IFEAC : Book presentation “Researching Central Asia: Navigating Positionality in the Field”

IFEAC is pleased to invite you to the presentation of the book by Jasmin Dall’Agnola and Aijan Sharshenova, entitled:

« Researching Central Asia: Navigating Positionality in the Field »

Date / Time : February 19, 2024 at 11:00.

Speakers:

  • Aijan Sharshenova, co-editor of the book, Executive Director at Crossroads Central Asia think tank (Kyrgyzstan).
  • Lucia Direnberger, discussant, Sociologist at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
  • Alexa Kurmanov, book contributor, Doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Kasiet Ysmanova, book contributor, Director of the Central Asia Barometer.

Language : English.

The event will take place in the IFEAC library.

ATTENTION: Please confirm your participation by sending a message to ifeac.bichkek@gmail.com and indicate your last name, first name, and affiliation in the email.

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The book “Researching Central Asia: Navigating Positionality in the Field” is an open-access book published under the framework of the SpringerBriefs in Political Science. The editorial team of the book and contributors come from Central Asia and Western countries united by the common passion – interest in the region. The authors, who come from various backgrounds, discuss their fieldwork reflections, struggles and challenges researchers face based on factors such as race, gender, institutional affiliation, languages spoken, and various other aspects of their identity.  They also touched upon issues of subjectivity and positionality that shapes their reception in the region, subsequently influencing how they write about and disseminate their research.

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Dr. Aijan Sharshenova is a Bishkek-based political analyst and the Executive Director at Crossroads Central Asia think tank (Kyrgyzstan). She holds two Masters in the EU and Central Asian Studies and in International Studies, and a PhD in Politics from the University of Leeds. Aijan’s research interests include foreign policy and soft power, as well as democracy promotion, autocracy diffusion. She published extensively on Central Asian politics, focusing on the region’s relations with the EU, Russia and China. Aijan authored a book on the EU democracy promotion in Central Asia and co-edited a recent book on navigating positionality in research. In addition to her academic career, Aijan has worked on promoting sustainable development goals in the international development area, including within the UN system in the Middle East.

Dr. Lucia Direnberger is a sociologist at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). https://legs.cnrs.fr/lequipe/membres/lucia-direnberger/. She is currently working on an ANR project entitled “Governing the living, controlling human reproduction (post)colonial trajectories of eugenics”.

Alexa Kurmanov is a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Broadly their research focuses on LGBT and feminist activism in Kyrgyzstan through the lens of Black feminist theorization and methods of intersectionality. In particular, they explore the ways in which the category of “woman” in (post)socialist/(post)colonial Kyrgyzstan is reconstructed by state and public discourse. Furthermore, how the category of woman cuts through class, race, and space and how local LGBT and feminist communities navigate, contest, and rearticulate notions of gender and sex in the everyday.

Kasiet Ysmanova is the Director at Central Asia Barometer, with over 4 years of experience leading research throughout Central Asia. In her capacity, she oversees research teams across the entire spectrum of research activities, from initial planning and sampling to quality assessments and comprehensive data analysis. Kasiet’s skill set extends to the development of research tools, the facilitation of researcher training programs, and the conduct of interviews and focus groups. Beyond her role at Central Asia Barometer, Kasiet also serves as the national representative of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) in Kyrgyzstan.


OpenEdition vous propose de citer ce billet de la manière suivante :
ifeac (12 février 2024). IFEAC : Book presentation “Researching Central Asia: Navigating Positionality in the Field”. IFEAC. Consulté le 18 juillet 2024 à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/vsya


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