Caught in the Middle: Nationalism and International Boundaries in Central Asia
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Nick Megoran (Newcastle University)
Date: 7 December 2017Time: 5:30 PM
Finishes: 7 December 2017Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B204
Type of Event: Seminar
The Ferghana Valley has historically been a mosaic of social groups and identities. The emergence of international boundaries with the break-up of the Soviet Union imposed a new political geographical logic on the social fabric of the Valley. This talk explores the tensions between these two logics of ordering territory. Focussing on ethnically-mixed rural villages along the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan boundary, it traces the fate of communities whose existence challenged both the new ideologies of nationalism and the analytical narratives of inter-communal tension. The talk is based on over two decades of ethnographic and social science research along the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan boundary.
Nick Megoran is a Reader in Political Geography at Newcastle University. He is author of Nationalism in Central Asia: A Biography of the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Boundary, Pittsburgh University Press, 2017, and editor, with Sevara Sharapova, of Central Asia in International Relations: The Legacies of Halford Mackinder (Hurst & Co, 2013).
Organiser: SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus
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