Thursday, June 28, 2007

LECTURE- Russian Minorities in Central Asia, Michelle Commercio, Jun 29, Dushanbe

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LECTURE- Russian Minorities in Central Asia, M. Commercio, Jun 29, Dushanbe

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"Divergence and Convergence: Trajectories of Russian Minorities in
Post-Communist Central Asia"

By: Dr. Michele Commercio (University of Vermont, USA)
When: Friday, 29 June 2007 4:15 PM
Where: OSCE Centre in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
(Refreshments will be served.)

This lecture will address problems the ethnic Russian minority
populations in Central Asia have confronted after the collapse of the
Soviet Union and fall of Communism, and how those populations have
adjusted during the first fifteen years of the post-Soviet era. The
lecture will adopt a historical and comparative perspective as a basis
for understanding contemporary political phenomena in the region, such
as various degrees of nationalization and responses to it. Though the
lecture will focus on Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan because these are
where Commercio conducted her field work, it will also touch on
Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, comparing and contrasting
the experiences of the Russian minorities across the region.

Michele Commercio is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at
the University of Vermont. A recent project of hers has focused on
ethnic Russian minority populations in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Latvia,
and Estonia. Commercio's manuscript addressing this issue is currently
under review with a university press in the U.S. She has also
published two shorter scientific works addressing the topic.
Commercio's second research project, which she has just begun, focuses
on the relationship of the state to Islamic education in Kyrgyzstan
and likely Tajikistan. Commercio is currently traveling in Central
Asia courtesy of a grant by the National Council for East European and
Eurasian Research.

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