In the spring of 2013 a private workshop was organized by a major international donor for its Tajikistani state and NGO partner organizations in Dushanbe. The event was part of the reporting process related to a large labour migration program being implemented by three large international development agencies. I attended this event as a part of fieldwork on the bureaucracy of migration management I conducted between 2012-2014.
Continue reading Representing the Social Costs of Migration: Abandoned Wives or Nonchalant Women by Malika Bahovadinova, Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
(Reposted by agreement with the Exeter Central Asian Studies Network. The original, posted on Jan. 21, 2014, can be found here.) Continue reading From Exeter CASN, Edward Lemon’s “Quoting Marx in a Tajik University: Producing Docile Bodies”
For most scholars of Central Asian history Adeeb Khalid‘s work needs no introduction. The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform is one of the most cited books in the field and Islam after Communism stands as one of the very few synthetic treatments of Central Asia’s Soviet century. I had the chance to catch up with my former teacher after his presentation at the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies convention in Sarajevo – where he had the courage to stand in front of a room full of Persianate scholars and argue that “Tajik” as a category only came into being in opposition to “Uzbek” after 1924. Continue reading Jadids & Bolsheviks: Adeeb Khalid’s sort of sequel to The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform
(Reposted by agreement with the Exeter Central Asian Studies Network. The original, posted on Oct. 7, 2013, can be found here.)
Artemy M. Kalinovsky, Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and author of A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan, was kind enough to chat with me regarding his new research about Soviet Tajikistan and experiences working in the archives. Continue reading "Developed Socialism" in the Periphery: Artemy Kalinovsky’s new research on Tajikistan during the Cold War period