Saturday, February 28, 2009

SEMINARS- Trevisani on Land Reform, Reeves on Migration and Territoriality, TOSCCA-Oxford, Mar. 6 & 13

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SEMINARS- Trevisani on Land Reform, Reeves on Migration, Oxford, Mar. 6 & 13

Posted by: Alexander Morrison <>

The Oxford Society for the Caspian and Central Asia presents two
further seminars in this term's series.


Friday 6th March, Hovenden Room, All Souls College, Oxford, 5pm

Dr Tommaso Trevisani (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin)

'Postsocialist land reforms and rural society in Uzbekistan'

Dr Trevisani will be speaking about the Government of Uzbekistan's
current agricultural reform policies and on the new social conflicts
which arise from these, together with the recent move towards
'consolidation' in the agricultural sector. The presentation will be
based largely on the extensive fieldwork which he has carried out in
Khorezm over the last seven years.


Friday 13th March, Hovenden Room, All Souls College, Oxford, 5pm

Dr Madeleine Reeves (Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change,
University of Manchester)

'Materialising state space: "creeping migration" and territorial
integrity in southern Kyrgyzstan'

Dr Reeves' presentation will explore the materialisation of state
space in the region of the new international border between Kyrgyzstan
and Tajikistan in the Isfara valley. Its empirical point of entry is
a phenomenon known in Kyrgyzstani political discourse as 'creeping
migration'. This process refers to the illegal purchase or lease of
land and property in Kyrgyzstani border villages by citizens of
neighbouring border villages in Tajikistan. Drawing on extended
ethnographic fieldwork, the presentation examines the dynamics of this
phenomenon in its historical context, examining the legacies of Soviet
delimitation and the contemporary political economy of land on both
sides of the border that has rendered swathes of territory
'contested'. It is also concerned to understand the life that
'creeping migration' has come to acquire in contemporary Kyrgyzstani
political discourse. Drawing on Timothy Mitchell's concept of 'state
effects', the paper considers how this phenomenon has been used to
legitimise a variety of initiatives aimed at 'stabilising' the state
in border regions, justified through threats to territorial integrity
and cultural loss. It argues that the 'creeping migration' of
political discourse is quite detached from the dynamics of coexistence
in the Isfara valley, and warns against the tendency to materialise
state separation through the militarization of borderland space.

Dr Alexander Morrison
Lecturer in Imperial History
The School of History
University of Liverpool
9 Abercromby Square
Liverpool L69 7WZ
Tel: 0151 794 2392

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