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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Last Days of Summerschool in Varzob, Tajikistan

The Summerschool comes to an end. In the last days our participants have been busy conducting interviews and training their skills in participatory observation. Prepared by Philipp Schröder and Barbara Christophe, our guest lecturer from the Georg Eckert Institute for International Text-Book Research, first our students went in groups to different locations in Dushanbe for observation (Church, Café, Avtovokzal (bus station), Park). The second part of the practical research was made up of interviews with selected respondents. Our groups of students, combining different language abilities and social research experiences, met with a teacher, a hotel guard, with a babushka and her daughter in law, and with a (former) labour migrant and conducted biographical-narrative interviews. Both practical units were followed by presentations to all Summerschool participants and discussions about the experienced insights from / and limitations of our research methods. Despite our short time frame we have been able to look deeper into conceptions of modernity and tradition in Tajikistan, into the relationship between different religious groups, the patterns of regionalism and ethnicity in everyday life and perceptions of the Soviet past and Islam and Christianity today. Surprisingly for many in our group, harsh distinctions or divisions – may they be regional, confessional or ethnic – are mostly absent, and, what is more, such distinctions seem to be blurry and often underlying conceptions rather broad or even contradictory. People in Tajikistan, we preliminary concluded, are coping with the hardships of the present by flexibly employing diverse notions of social distinctions, and most often not engaging into radical separations for the sake of getting the everyday business done.

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Our Summerschool Programme

The programme for our summer school consists mainly of two blocks: a theoretical part that serves to familiarize students with concepts of identity, conflict, religion and regionalism; and a practical part that aims to train the participants in social research methods, like participatory observation and interview conduction. In between our guest lectures Mehmonsho Sharif from Bergen University and Emil Nasritdinov from the American University of Central Asia inform our students about cases of conflict & religion in the region and some leisure time is reserved to discover Dushanbe and the surroundings of Varzob.


To download the full programme in PDF, follow the link: SS Program Tajikistan 2013


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Our Summerschool Has Started

Our Summerschool has started. July 4th we arrived at our location in Varzob near Dushanbe in Tajikistan; we, that are students from Kyrgyzstan, from Germany and from different regions in Tajikistan, plus the group of lecturers. Yesterday we started with our first lectures and seminars by Philipp Schröder on theories on Identity in the morning, followed by Alexander Wolters who read about theories of conflict in the afternoon session. Today we already enjoyed a seminar by Elina Schröder about the conflict of Osh in Kyrgyzstan in June 2010, and currently we are listening to Bernard Christophe, who introduces our mixed group of students from different disciplines in the social and cultural sciences to the movement of Milli Görüş in Germany. Tomorrow we will continue with a seminar by Manja Stephan about the diversity as well as contestations and conflicts in Tajikistan’s religious field with particular reference to new religious authorities. In the following days we will shift our focus towards questions related to the application of social research methods, such as conducting interviews and participatory observation. In between we enjoy our stay here in in Varzob and discover Tajikistan a bit. More news will follow.

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