Belonging, Politics and Knowledge in Central Asia and the CaucasusFriday, January 30, 2015 - 9:00am
Krista Goff and Meltem Sancak
Organiser (s): CASCA, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Location: CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
The Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus seeks participant proposals for a half-day symposium to be held on January 30, 2015. The symposium will consist of two public panels, as well as a closed lunch discussion with symposium participants and Harvard graduate students. We ask interested scholars to submit a CV and a 250-word proposal describing how their research fits one of the panel themes. Applications are due November 30, 2014, and should be submitted through the symposium website here. Questions may be directed to Krista Goff and Meltem Sancak at PCAC@fas.harvard.edu. Partial funding will be available to help cover travel costs.
The first panel will focus on erasure, identity, inclusion/exclusion, belonging and citizenship. Participants will explore how categorizations—whether ethnic, national, gender, religious, economic, or other—have been created, managed, and enacted by state and non-state actors. Citizenship and identity categories are continuously contested and experienced in everyday lives. How do local, national, and international dynamics influence the negotiation of these categories and exclusionary practices? How and why are different peoples absent from national narratives in Central Asia and the Caucasus?
The second panel builds on the first by exploring fieldwork challenges connected to state and social sensitivities about categorizations, exclusions, and gaps between national narratives and lived experience. Ever-evolving politics in the region pose serious challenges to local scholars, as well as to foreign researchers trying to build professional relationships and conduct scholarly research in the region. This panel is a forum for researchers to discuss methods, analyze some of the sensitivities that curb scholarly inquiry and fieldwork agendas in the region, and explore the path forward.