5pm Friday March 21 to 1:00 pm Sunday, March 23, 2014 (Room 100, Porter Hall, Carnegie Mellon University)
This one credit mini-course is part of a series organized by regions around the world based on their role on the world stage, their importance within the Muslim world, and the critical influence they play in the global community. The series and course seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and our partners at institutions around the world, the mini course series seeks to have students gain understanding of the religious, culture, economics and political influences of Muslims in a global context.
Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, students will:
1. Gain an understanding of history, governance, economics, law, gender education and political dimensions of the peoples and regions focused for each mini course.
2. Explore one of these factors in depth, through a research paper.
Engaging the Muslim World - Cole, Juan, St, Martens Press (2009). This book is available at the University of Pittsburgh's Bookstore and Carnegie Mellon's Bookstore
The Muslims in the Global Context series offers the opportunity to examine the factors and trends that are having major impacts on these diverse regions and their relationships with other world regions and countries. The mini-courses consist of presentations on topics of critical importance to the understanding of Muslims in diverse regions of the world. In addition to attendance at all lectures, students enrolled for credit are required to develop and write a research paper on one of the themes of the mini-course and answer reflection prompts during the course. One- credit/ 3 units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each mini-course.
Due to the immersive nature of the course, students are expected to attend all sessions on all three days. Further, each student will be required to read the assigned book and develop a research paper on one dimension of Muslims in a global context that has been introduced in class. The paper should be based on one of the topics covered in the course. The length of the research paper will be 5-10 pages, double spaced in 11 point font. Research papers are due by Wednesday, April 16, 2014 and should be submitted through the University of Pittsburgh's Courseweb or Carnegie Mellon's Blackboard assignment tab for the course.
Carnegie Mellon students may also audit the course by attending all the sessions, but not writing the paper. You should be sure to process an audit form, both if you are auditing from the beginning or later if you have decided not to do a paper and want your status changed from credit to audit. Once the course has started students will be graded based on how they signed up for the course.
University of Pittsburgh students must take the course for a letter grade. Students who wish to attend without earning credit may do so my registering as a community member.
Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center, Political Science Department and the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and Carnegie Mellon University's Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs
This schedule is tentative (last updated 2/11/14)
Friday, March 21, 2014 5:00 pm- 9:15 pm5:00 pm – 5:15 pm Introductions and Welcome 5:15 pm - 6;15 pm Jennifer Murtazashvili, "Central Asia and its Neighbors" 6:15 pm - 6:30 pm Break 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm Morgan Liu, "Central Asian Cities: What is Urban Life Like, and What that Tells Us About the Region and the Times" 7:45 pm - 8:00 pm Break 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm Laura Adams, "Heritage Wars and Pop Stars: Central Asians Navigating Local, National and Global Culture"
Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:30 am – 6:15 pm8:30 am - 9:45 am Scott Levi, "Islam in Precolonial Central Asia" 9:45 am - 10:00 am Break 10:00 am - 11:15 am Ali Igmen, "The Nuances of Islamic Practice under Communism in Central Asia" 11:15 am - 11:30 pm Break 11:30 am - 12:45 pm John Heathershaw, "Political Islam and Internal Politics in Former Soviet Central Asia" 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Eric McGlinchey, "Hands Off! Property Rights and Predatory Central Asian States" 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Break 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Amanda Wooden, “Discourses about 'Nature’ and ‘Resources’ in Post-Soviet Central Asia” 4:45 pm- 5:00 pm Break 5:00pm - 6:15 pm Sarah Kendzior, "Youth and Digital Media in Central Asia"
Sunday, March 23, 2014 9:00 am - 1:15 pm9:00 am - 10:15 am Noor Bobieva, "Gender and Social Change in Central Asia: Women Encounter Development" 10:15 am - 10:30 am Break 10:30 am - 11:45 am Madeleine Reeves, "'He Who Hasn't Been a Foreigner, Hasn't Been a Muslim": Debating Labour, Migration and the Ethical Life in Rural Central Asia" 11:45am- 12:00pm Break 12:00pm - 1:00pm David Montgomery, "Islam, Well-being, and Everyday Life in Central Asia" 1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Conclusion and wrap-up
Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center and Political Science Department and Carnegie Mellon University's Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs
Jennifer Murtazashvili is Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Development at GSPIA. In her research she uses tools of political economy to understand sources of order and stability in the region based on a wide variety of original data including experiments, public opinion surveys and ethnographic fieldwork. She has completed a book based on two years of research in Afghaninstan, Informal Order and the State, that explores how people govern themselves in the absence of an effective state. She is currently finishing a second book on the role property rights historically have played in building stability of the Afghan state. In addition to her academic work, she has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Samarkand Uzbekistan and managed democracy and governance programs for USAID in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She has lived for nearly a year in Russia, five years in former Soviet Central Asia, and three years in Afghanistan.
Morgan Y. Liu is a cultural anthropologist studying Muslims in former Communist countries, the impact of oil extraction on Central Asian societies, urban space, and Islamic ideas of social justice. His broadest interests concern how Central Asians make sense of and act on structural inequalities and abuses of power. This includes using an ethnographic lens on the developing connections between Central Asia, Turkey, and China.
He is an Associate Professor in Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University. Before a postdoc at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, he got his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Anthropology.
His 2012 book, Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh, concerns how ethnic Uzbeks in the city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan think about political authority and post-Soviet transformations, based on research using vernacular language interviews and ethnographic fieldwork of urban social life from 1993 to 2011.
Dr. Adam's research explores globalization and the nation-state in the context of the visual and performing arts, specifically in Soviet and post-Soviet Central Asia. Her book, The Spectacular State: Culture and National Identity in Uzbekistan won the 2010 book award from the Central Eurasian Studies Society. Currently she is teaching in the Sociology Department at Georgetown University. She is also Director of the Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus and Academic Advisor to the M.A. program in Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at Harvard University. Laura received her B.A. in sociology and Russian area studies from Macalester College (USA) and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Levi is Associate Professor of Central Asian history at Ohio State University. In addition to his articles and book chapters, he has authored The Indian Diaspora in Central Asia and its Trade, 1550–1900 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002) and he has edited India and Central Asia: Commerce and Culture, 1500–1800 (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007) and co-edited (with Ron Sela) Islamic Central Asia: An Anthology of Sources (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010). He is currently working on his next research monograph, Central Asia on the Frontier of Empires: The Khanate of Khoqand, 1709–1876.
Dr. İğmen is Associate Professor of Central Asian History, and the Director of the Oral History Program at the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). His book Speaking Soviet with an Accent: Culture and Power in Kyrgyzstan has been published by the “Central Asia in Context Series” of the University of Pittsburgh Press in July 2012, and was a finalist for the Central Eurasion Studies Society's Best Book Prize in 2013. His most recent article "Four Daughters of Tököldösh: Kyrgyz Actresses Define Soviet Modernity” appeared in 2012 (32/1) in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME). His book chapter “Kyrgyz Houses of Culture, 1920s and 1930s” appeared in Reconstructing the Soviet and Eastern European Houses House of Culture, (Habeck and Donahoe, editors,) by Berghahn Press in 2011. He received his doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2004, and as a post-‐doctorate visiting scholar, taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also taught classes in Kyrgyz National University in Bishkek, Osh State University in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, and Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. A significant number of awards helped İğmen support his research on Kyrgyzstan such as Fulbright-‐Hays, SSRC, Mellon Slavic Studies Initiative Grant and FLAS. An invitational workshop at the Max Planck Institute in Halle, Germany helped him wrap up these projects. Recently, he received the university-‐wide Early Career Excellence Award from CSULB in 2011. He has given other book talks in University of Pittsburgh, University of Toronto, University of Washington, York University of Toronto, UCLA and Harvard. His current work is a comparative project on the often-‐conflictingstate-‐initiated and society supported “hero-‐making” processes during the 1960s and 1970s in Soviet Central Asia and Turkey.
Dr. Heathershaw is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter and Principal Investigator (2012-2015) of the three-year, UK-funded research project ‘Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia’. His research concerns the conflict, security and development in Central Asia, particularly Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Heathershaw has held teaching and research posts at the University of Notre Dame, the American University in Central Asia, and King’s College, London. His first book was entitled Post-Conflict Tajikistan: the politics of peacebuilding and the emergence of legitimate order (Routledge, 2009). He is on the board of the Central Eurasian Studies Society and a member of the international advisory board of the academic journal Central Asian Survey.
Eric McGlinchey is Associate Professor of Politics and Director of Graduate Studies for George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs. He is the author of Chaos, Violence, Dynasty: Politics and Islam in Central Asia (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). McGlinchey’s areas of research include comparative politics, Central Asian regime change, political Islam, and social mobilization. His current book project focuses on methods of public resistance to predatory authoritarian rule in Central Asia. McGlinchey received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2003.
Amanda E. Wooden
Dr. Wooden is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania (US) and editor of “The CESS Blog” for the Central Eurasian Studies Society. Her research focuses on environmental protests, public opinion and discourse, environmental policy and conflict, natured nationalisms, and water politics. She earned her Ph.D. in International Relations and Public Policy at Claremont Graduate University and her B.A. in Political Science & Russian at Syracuse University. Dr. Wooden served as Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Economic and Environmental Officer for the Osh, Kyrgyzstan field office in 2006-07. She also taught at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Tbilisi State University, and Georgian Technical University, and worked as Academic Coordinator for the Civic Education Project in the Caucasus. Her publications include “Another Way of Saying Enough: Environmental Concern and Popular Mobilization in Kyrgyzstan” Post-Soviet Affairs (2013), “Water Resources, Institutions, and Intrastate Conflict” Political Geography (2010) with Ismene Gizelis, and the edited volume The Politics of Transition in Central Asia & the Caucasus: Enduring Legacies and Emerging Challenges (2009) with Christoph Stefes.
Sarah Kendzior is a writer for Al Jazeera English who covers politics, the economy and media. She has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University. Her research focuses on the authoritarian states of the former Soviet Union – in particular, Uzbekistan -- and how the internet affects political mobilization, self-expression, and trust. Her academic articles have been published in journals including American Ethnologist, The Journal of Communication, and Central Asian Survey. Foreign Policy has named Kendzior one of “the 100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events”. Visit http://www.sarahkendzior.com for more information about her work.
Noor O’Neill Borbieva
Dr. Borbieva is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard University (2007) and a B.A. from Princeton University (1996). Her research, on religious change and development in the former Soviet Union, has been published in Central Asian Studies, Slavic Review, Anthropological Quarterly, and other journals.
Madeleine Reeves is a lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Her interests lie in the anthropology of politics, the state, mobility, and ethnicity. She is the co-editor of Ethnographies of the State in Central Asia: Performing Politics (with Johan Rasanayagam and Judith Beyer), the editor of Movement, Power and Place in Central Asia: Contested Trajectories and the author of Border Work: Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia. With Nina Bagdasarova she directed the three-year OSI-HESP Regional Seminar on Nationhood and Narrative in Central Asia: History, Context, Critique.
David W. Montgomery
Dr. Montgomery is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of Program Development for CEDAR--Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion. He has conducted long-term anthropological field research in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Albania. His work focuses on the transmission of religious and cultural knowledge, expressions of everyday religious life, and the social aspects of religion and well-being in Central Asia and the Balkans.
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- The New Great Game in Central Asia: Geopolitics in a Post-Western World (Council on Foreign Relations
- Murtazashvili, J. (2011). Coloured by revolution: the political economy of autocratic stability in Uzbekistan. Democratization, 78-97. (link)
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Morgan Y. Liu
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- Liu, Morgan Y. 2012. Under Solomon's Throne : Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. (link)
- From Yurts To Kimchi, Protecting The World's 'Intangible' Cultures
- Uzbekistan: Nordic Telecom Distances Itself from First Daughter’s Fashion Event
- Kazakhstan: Making Culture Pay
- Kyrgyzstan: Dark Days for Performing Arts in Osh
- Tajikistan: Intellectuals Finding Little Room for Reasoned Discourse
- Uzbekistan: Tashkent Trying to Keep Culture from Going Pop
- Laura L. Adams (2013) Ethnicity and the politics of heritage in Uzbekistan, Central Asian Survey, 32(2), 115-133. (link)
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- Igmen, A. F. (2012). Speaking Soviet with an accent: culture and power in Kyrgyzstan. Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press.
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- Uzbek Extremism in Context, Part 1: The Uzbek Jihad and the Problem of Religious Freedom (Registan.net)
I. The Imperfect Rise of Private Property in the Post-Soviet Space
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II. Courts and Property Rights
Solomon, Peter H. “Courts and Judges in Authoritarian Regimes.” World Politics 60, no. 1 (2007): 122–145.
III. Central Asia Specific Cases
- 2013 Investment Climate Statement - Uzbekistan. U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, February 2013. (link).
- 2013 Investment Climate Statement - Kyrgyz Republic. U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, February 2013. (link)
Amanda E. Wooden
- Wooden, A. E. (2013). Another way of saying enough: Environmental Concern and Popular Mobilization in Kyrgyzstan, Post-Soviet Affairs.
- Dark Ages?
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- Digital Freedom of Expression in Uzbekistan
- Networked Authoritarianism and Social Media in Azerbaijan
- A Reporter Without Borders: Internet Politics and State Violence in Uzbekistan
- Kendzior, S. (2011). Digital distrust: Uzbek cynicism and solidarity in the Internet Age. American Ethnologist, 38 (3), 559-575.
Noor O’Niell Borbieva
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- Asylbekova, Nurgul, et al. n.d. "The United Nations in the Kyrgyz Republic: Translating Commitments on Gender Equality into Actions." Edited by United Nations. Bishkek. Available here.
- Kuehnast, Kathleen Rae. 1998. From Pioneers to Entrepreneurs: Young Women, Consumerism, and the "World Picture" in Kyrgyzstan. Central Asian Survey 17(4):639-654.
- Borbieva, Noor O'Neill. 2012. Empowering Muslim Women: Independent Religious Fellowships in the Kyrgyz Republic. Slavic Review 71(2):288-207.
- Cieślewska, Anna. 2013. "From Shuttle Trader to Businesswomen: The Informal Bazaar Economy in Kyrgyzstan." In The Informal Post-Socialist Economy: Embedded Practices and Livelyhoods, edited by Jeremy Morris and Abel Polese, 121-134. Hoboken: Taylor and Francis.
- Marsden, Magnus. 2012. “For Badakhshan – the country without borders! Village cosmopolitans, rural-urban networks, and the post-cosmopolitan city in Tajikstain”. In Caroline Humphrey and Vera Skvirskaja, eds., Post-Cosmpolitan Cities: Explorations of Urban Coexistance, pp. 217-239.
- Reeves, Madeleine. 2013. ‘Migration, masculinity and transformations of social space in the Sokh valley’. In Marlene Laruelle Migration and Social Upheaval as the Face of Globalization in Central Asia. Leiden: Brill, pp. 305-329.
- Reeves, Madeleine. 2011. ‘Staying put? Towards a relational politics of mobility at a time of migration.’ Central Asian Survey, 30 (3-4): 555-576.
- Thieme, Susan. 2008. “Living in Transition: How Kyrgyz Women Juggle Their Different Roles in a Multi-Local Setting.”Gender Technology and Development 12 (3): 325–345.
- Sahadeo, Jeff. 2012. “Soviet ‘Blacks’ and Place Making in Leningrad and Moscow.” Slavic Review 71 (2): 331–358.
David W. Montgomery
- Borbieva, Noor O'Neill. 2013. "Anxiety, order and the other: well-being among ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks." Central Asian Survey no. 32 (4):501-513.
- Louw, Maria. 2013. "Even honey may become bitter when there is too much of it: Islam and the struggle for a balanced existence in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan." Central Asian Survey no. 32 (4):514-526.
- Werner, Cynthia, Holly Barcus, and Namara Brede. 2013. "Discovering a sense of well-being through the revival of Islam: profiles of Kazakh imams in Western Mongolia." Central Asian Survey no. 32 (4):527-541.
- McBrien, Julie. 2006. "Listening to the wedding speaker: discussing religion and culture in Southern Kyrgyzstan." Central Asian Survey no. 25 (3):341-357.
- Schwab, Wendell. Unpublished. "Reformist Muslims, Fun, and Sociality in Kazakhstan."