Category Archives: Anthropology

Inside Rulas.kz: mapping Kazakh youth’s tribal identity, by Diana Kudaibergenova

If you think that Kazakh youth is far too modern and stylish for tribal identity talks, think again. Let’s go back and look beyond the D&G shirts, fast cars and fancy bags that constitute the desired and/or obtained bricolage of a mainstream modern and young Kazakh. Differences in class, occupation, and place of residence may not stand as the main identification points if you wish to talk about pride and “coolness” from the roots’ point of view. It is the Tribe that does relate to all these things above all for many young Kazakhs. Tribal identity packed in the symbolic acoutrement of contemporaneity – cell phone and IPad cases, car plates, and even business stationary – wins its own market in Kazakhstan. The launch of the official social network based on tribes – Rulas.kz – was more or less a logical continuation addressing the urges for Kazakh youth to identify with their tribal heritage. Continue reading Inside Rulas.kz: mapping Kazakh youth’s tribal identity, by Diana Kudaibergenova

CESS Book Award for Study on Osh & Interpreting Authoritarianism

At the last CESS Conference at Columbia University, Morgan Liu (our new CESS Blog editor!) received the CESS Book Award for best monograph in the social sciences published 2012-2013 for Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Societal Renewal in Osh (2012 Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press).    Continue reading CESS Book Award for Study on Osh & Interpreting Authoritarianism

CESS Award for archaeologist of Iron Age Kazakhstan

The CESS Blog recognizes the valuable contributions of both young and more senior scholars in our field.  One of these annual recognitions is the CESS awards.  At the October 2014 meeting, Tekla Schmaus received the 2014 CESS Graduate Student Paper Award for the paper “The Pastoral Landscape in Semirech’ye, Past and Present.”
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Learning to See Invisible Children: Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Central Asia

cover artEducation is the first institution of society outside the family that touches a child’s life through attendance of a kindergarten or primary school. Children who learn the lessons of prejudice, oppression, and corruption through exclusion from education or discrimination in the classroom will internalize and perpetuate these values as adults, making societies less cohesive and less equitable. Continue reading Learning to See Invisible Children: Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Central Asia