Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology University of Zurich

Members of CASCA

Eliza Isabaeva, M.A.

PhD Candidate, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Zurich

Research interests

Migration, Urban Studies, Social Transformation, Anthropology of the State.

Research Area(s)

Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia

C. V.

Eliza Isabaeva graduated from the American University-Central Asia in 2005 majoring in Cultural Anthropology. She presented the results of the field research for her BA senior thesis paper at a regional conference at KIMEP, Almaty, Kazakhstan where she was awarded a certificate for the best undergraduate paper.
Eliza finished her MA degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Bern, Switzerland with the Diploma of Honors. A part of the research for her MA thesis paper was published in the Central Asian Survey’s special issue “Movement, Power and Place in Central Asia and Beyond: Contested Trajectories” (2011).

Currently Eliza is a PhD student at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. In her new research project Eliza would like to show the interaction between the state and society on the example of internal migrants who reside in illegal squatter settlements around Bishkek city.


Tel.: +41 44 634 52 28