Sussex Centre for Language Studies


Negotiation of Soviet legacies, religious and ethnolinguistic identities in Central Asia’s education systems

Thursday 22 March 13:00 until 14:00
Fulton 107
Speaker: Dr Laila Kadiwal, Teaching Fellow, UCL Institute of Education
Part of the series: CIE Research Cafe

This event is hosted by the Centre for International Education (CIE).

This talk will explore some of the vital educational challenges of identity formation and nation-building in contemporary Central Asia. Following the cessation of the Soviet Union over two decades ago, the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan have had to wrestle with the questions of who belongs in the national identities of the countries of Central Asia and what they represent. Soviet rule in Central Asia had facilitated state-imposed national identities among diverse peoples. The post-Soviet states grapple with Soviet legacies, and revival of religious and ethnolinguistic identities, in rapidly globalizing contemporary conditions in Central Asia’s education systems. This presentation will discuss various forces, which include international actors, competing power groups, economic urgency and reassertion of suppressed local identities that influence the relationship between the state identity formation, cohesion and education. With specific reference to Tajikistan, the talk will explore various contestations of national identity within the state, why the state has chosen a particular construction of identity over the other options, how these normalise unequal power relations and what implications it has for education and social cohesion in the country and for the global peace.


CIE Research Cafes take place every Thursday in term time in Essex House. Each Cafe is hosted by a guest speaker - from an affiliate organisation or from across the University. These events are open to all postgraduate taught and doctoral researchers across the University.

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