Our New Call (2015!)

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 DATES: 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: daadsummerschool2015@gmail.com


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: http://wp.me/p3atAA-2B

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

58 Responses to Our New Call (2015!)

  1. Aliaskar says:

    I will be graduate this summer, may I still apply for this summer school?

  2. Iqbol says:

    I will graduate Foreign languages faculty this year, can I apply?

  3. Shirin says:

    I am graduating Commercial Engineering faculty of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics in Moscow. At the time of summer school i will be in Moscow, so i will need to travel from there to Bishkek. Can you please, let me know if i am eligible for the program, since i am eager to join it.

  4. Farhod says:

    Dear Alexander,

    I have a question regarding the application form:

    Can I use/send my own Euro Pass CV as an Application Form or I must use the temlplate uploaded on the web site? I understand about the Motivation Form in which I will use as uploaded on the web site.

    Thank you for your time.


  5. Gönül Akbal says:

    Dear Alexander,

    I am really very interested in this summer school, however I cannot speak Russian. But for this summer school I would start to learn Russian and till August I would, at least, be at level A2. Is that ok? Otherwise I would start to learn Russian and apply next year.


  6. Paul says:

    Dear Mr Wolters,
    As a German student currently enrolled in the UK (graduate program), am I eligible to apply, too?
    Best regards

    • Dear Paul,
      yes, you can apply. DAAD will cover travel expenses from Germany to Kyrgyzstan and back (Pauschale) only. If you have to arrive from UK first (to Germany), you might having more expenditures, please keep this in mind.

  7. Makhabat says:

    Добрый вечер! Могут ли работники Гос. учреждений подать документы ……?

  8. Timurbek says:

    Dear Alex,

    i’m a student of Tashkent state Law college among the third year students, and i’m 17 years old. But am i permitted to take part in the summer school?

    Thank you for your time!
    Timur Muhammedov

    • Dear Timur,
      we look for students who are at least in their third year of their BA programme or in the beginning of a MA programme. Age does not matter to us, but advanced studies are a requirement.

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  10. Nodirbek says:

    Dear Mr. Wolters,
    I study in German university but citizen of Uzbekistan. Am I elligible to apply too?

  11. Gulangez says:

    Dear Mr. Wolters,
    I am Tajik Citizen and currently working for International Committee of Red Cross. Am I eligible to apply?
    Thanks for your time and best regards,

  12. Sabina says:

    Здравствуйте, хотел у Вас спросить, Студенты знающие только русский язык (а уровень Английский базовые), могут подавать документы?

    • Dear Sabina,
      English knowledge is necessary for participation in our summer school, since most articles and materials will be in this language. Discussions and debates will be held in English too. Please consider if you plan to apply.

  13. Farzona says:

    Dear Mr. Wolters,
    I am just finished my study and am working right now, Am I elligible to apply?

  14. Manizha says:

    Hello, Mr. Wolters
    I’m from Tajikistan but now I am on the 6th semestry of political sciences (BD) at Tehran University. I know russian and english well, so can apply for this summer school?
    Best, Manizha

    • Dear Manizha,
      we ask students enrolled at university in CA to apply, since we can only afford travel expenses from destinations within the region. Please consider this if you decide to apply.

  15. Ayubbek says:

    Dear Alex,
    I graduated my Bachelor Degree as an economist in 2009 and this year I have applied to Master Degree sponsored by Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. If i am granted this year, I will start studying at Master Degree.
    So Am I still eligible to your program?
    Thank you.

  16. Tahmuras says:

    Dear Alex,
    I am going to graduate my Master Degree in this year. Am I still eligible to apply to your program?

  17. Mehtar says:

    Daer Alexander
    I’m student from Tajikistan.
    I graduated my Bachelor Degree as an applied Mathematics. Now I’m student Master Degree an applied Mathematics.
    Am I eligible to apply?


  18. Asliddin says:

    Dear Alexander
    I am from Tajikistan in 2014 I graduate my Bachelor Degree. And this year I apply for my master degree to KIMEP University in International Relations faculty.
    Am I eligible to apply?
    Also my CV and Motivation letter in your form are ready, can I send them by this e-mail: daadsummerschool2015@gmail.com

  19. Khurshed says:

    I am From Tajikistan, I am studing in the the third year Bachelor degree
    Am I eligible to apply?

  20. Orazbek says:

    Currently I’m second year student at university, by August I’ll have finished the second academic year ,so am I eligible to apply for the Summer School ???
    Thanks for your consideration.

  21. Anil Kumar Jha says:

    Dear Sir
    I am an Assistant Professor and teach Geography. I am keenly interested to participate in this summer school. It will help me in teaching and researching central asia and an opportunity for networking. is it possible?
    Anil Kumar Jha, India

  22. Elena says:

    How many candidates will be selected from each country?

  23. Gavhar says:

    Dear Alexander
    I’m from Uzbekistan but I’m studying at MA
    linguistics in India. May I apply for this
    summer course?
    Best regards

  24. Zuhrob Rajabov says:

    hi Mr Alexandr I’m from Tajikistan. I’m study in faculty of foreign languages but I want study business school in Europe. Can I send my documents. My documents are ready. Zuhrob: thanks for your time.

  25. Mahmudjon says:

    is it anyhow possible to be a student of your summer school for tajik citizen currently on a third year of bachelor degree on chinese business, which is being obtained in one of Beijing universities?

  26. Dilshoda says:

    Hi Mr. Alexander. I am from Tajikistan and have some questions about how to fill CV for the summer school. In the field Education should i write where i studied at school or the university is enough? And what address do i have to write?
    Looking forward for your answer

    • Dear Dilshoda,
      information about university education is enough for us
      Where it concerns the address please enter information about your current residence or simply the address, where you are registered.

  27. Mahliyo says:

    Hello Mr Alex,
    Wanted to know, only selected candidates will be informed or all candidates who are applied?

    Best Mahliyo

  28. Cholpon says:

    Dear organising committee!
    I have applied for Summer School “Power, Identity and Economy: Dimensions of Perception and Conflict in Central Asia”.
    Have you informed all selected participants ? I have not receive any email, does it mean that I failed?

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