Concerning Selection

Dear Applicants, due to delays in the selection process and some technical problems we are behind our schedule in informing everybody about the results. You should receive an answer in the coming week. In case you are in need to receive your result right away, please send us an e-mail to our address, and we will try to come back to you immediately.

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New Dates for our Summer School “Power, Identity, and Economy”: August, 11 – 21, 2015

Dear Students and Colleagues:

due to changes in preparations we had to revise our schedule for our up-coming Summer School “Power, Identity and Economy: Dimensions of Perception and Conflict in Central Asia” at Issky-Kul in August this year. The new dates are:

11.8.2015 – 21.8. 2015

Please keep the new dates in mind when applying to our Summer School!


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Call for Applications for Summer School “Power, Identity and Economy: Dimensions of Perception and Conflict in Central Asia”


Date: August 2 – August 12, 2015 NEW DATE: August 11 – August 21, 2015 Location: Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan Participating Institutions:

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD, sponsor)

  • Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)

  • Department of Anthropology at the American University of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan)

Project Managers: Dr. Philipp Schröder, Dr. Alexander Wolters, Elina Schröder (MA) Contact:


Reflections on recent conflicts in Central Asia, for example the Osh events in Kyrgyzstan in 2010 or the clashes in Zhanaozen in Kazakhstan in 2011, are often characterized by a stark contrast between the dominant official narratives and the diverse experiences of actual conflict participants. Their desires to tell of alternative stories, in which timelines and rationales may differ, for the most part have been neglected. From such disconnection between politically approved plots and the accounts of regular citizens emerges a situation, which complicates a sound reflection on the role of conflicts in society and thus prevents progressive initiatives to take root in Central Asia. In consequence, many questions remain unanswered about the causes, processes and conditions of current and historic conflicts in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

In our Summer School we want to inquire into the tense relation between official narration and untold experiences, as well as into the social relevance of this contradiction in contemporary Central Asian societies. We will structure our inquiry along three dimensions: Power & Politics; Economy & Well-being; Subjectivization & Identity. These three dimensions, we believe, will help us identify different discourse strategies and reflect on essential discrepancies when ‘speaking about conflict’.


  • The Summer School is designed for students of the social sciences and humanities, especially for students of sociology, anthropology, international relations, economy and history. Students of other disciplines are welcome to apply in case they show a special interest in the topic and program of the Summer School.

  • In order to apply, a student should currently be at least in the third year of his/her studies or be enrolled in a Master’s program. Please understand that students who have already completed a Master’s program or PhD candidates are not eligible to apply for the Summer School.

  • Students enrolled at universities in the following countries can apply:

    • Kazakhstan
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Uzbekistan
    • Tajikistan
    • Germany
  • Students must be citizens of one of the states but can be enrolled in a university in one of the other countries (for example, Uzbek citizen studying in Kyrgyzstan).
  • The seminars and trainings of the Summer School will be held in English and Russian, and working proficiency in both languages is required for participation.

  • Candidates need to submit a CV and short motivation letter (max. 500 words, in English) using the Microsoft Word-template to be found at the Summer School’s website:

The deadline for the submission of applications is April 5, 2015.

Selected candidates will be informed by May 4, 2015. Final confirmation by selected candidates will be expected until May 17, 2015.

Participation in the Summer School is free of charge. Expenses for travel, accommodation, food and the extra-curricular program will be covered by the organizers. The sessions of the Summer School will be on every day from August 11 – August 21, 9am until 6pm, and full attendance is required. The participants of the Summer School will receive a certificate of attendance.

To download the Call please follow the Link: CfA-Download

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Application Forms for Download (2015)

The application consists of two documents, a CV and a Motivation Letter.

The application form for the CV you can download here in CV_Form (DOC), CV_Form (DOCX), CV_Form (ODT), CV_Form (PDF).

The application form for the motivation letter you can download here in MotivationLetter_Form (DOC), MotivationLetter_Form (DOCX), MotivationLetter_Form (ODT), MotivationLetter_Form (PDF).

Please fill out the forms and send the application to the following e-mail addresses:

Deadline for submission: April 5, 2015

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Sachbericht Über Unsere Sommerschule in Osch / Kirgistan im September 2012

Sommerschule: Ethnizität, Konflikt und Erinnerung in Südkirgistan und im Ferghana-Tal
Osch, 18.-26. September 2012



Ziel dieser von der Europa Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder organisierten Sommerschule war es, Studenten und Wissenschaftler aus Kirgistan, Tadschikistan und Deutschland zusammenzubringen, um die Frage nach der Rolle von Ethnizität in einer von Konflikten geprägten Gesellschaft zu diskutieren. Die Diskussionen fanden aus zwei Perspektiven statt:

(a) einerseits wurden methodologische Konzepte der Ethnologie zur Untersuchung der Rolle
von Ethnizität bei verschiedenen Arten sozialer Interaktion durchgesprochen;

(b) andererseits wurden Begriffe aus der Erinnerungsforschung vorgestellt, mit deren
Hilfe die Teilnehmer die Mechanismen verstehen sollen, wie Gesellschaften an
eine schmerz- und konfliktreiche Vergangenheit erinnern, wie dies in der Stadt
Osch der Fall ist.

In der zweiten Woche der Sommerschule hatten die studentischen Teilnehmer die Möglichkeit, betreut durch die Dozenten die diskutierten Konzepte in Form von kleinen Feldforschungsarbeiten umzusetzen, die an verschiedenen Orten der Stadt Osch durchgeführt worden sind …

Um den Bericht in voller Länger zu lesen, inklusive zweier Forschungsberichte (von Philipp Schröder und Alexander Wolters), folgt dem Link:


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Summerschool Impressions

Some pics made by our participants during the Summerschool

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A New Summerschool Project …

We are in the process of planning a new Summerschool project for Summer 2014. So far ideas relate to the issue of resources in conflict and we aim to expand our concepts to encompass cultural, religious, social and political resources next to common ideas of natural or economic ones. We also want to diversify the national composition of our group of participants and invite students from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to study together with students from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Germany. So far we have not selected the exact location for our new School, but we decided to return to Kyrgyzstan next year and search for a seminar place close to Issyk-Kul. Last but not least, we plan to invite some of our colleagues who have been visiting our Schools in the past and also approach new experts who can contribute their special knowledge about different types of resources.

More news will follow soon!

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