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
Check out the images from our regional conference in Kazan, 2016 – many thanks to Leila Almazova for the photos! Continue reading Photos from Kazan 2016
We are currently soliciting submissions to the Blog for immediate consideration, on the topic of fieldwork: Continue reading Call for submissions on fieldwork!
We would like to announce a turn-over in the editorship of the CESS Blog this year, and to send a big THANK YOU to Morgan Liu at The Ohio State University, for his work in the previous few years!
In the summer of 2017, the editorship of the CESS Blog shifted to Eva-Marie Dubuisson, who teaches at Bogazici University in Istanbul.
You may reach Eva-Marie at TheCESSBlogEditor@gmail.com with your comments and suggestions. Please stay tuned for news and updates.
Some visual impressions of the smart people and the beautiful places (or is it the other way around?) at the Annual Conference at Princeton University, 3-6 November 2016 Continue reading Vignettes from the CESS 2016 Conference at Princeton