I’m a little late to the party on this, but then again it’s never too late to find time to read a brilliant series of articles on OpenDemocracy from earlier this year on how academic research is conducted in Central Asia.
Spearheaded by tireless UK/Sweden/globally based academic and activist Dr Diana T. Kudaibergenova, the series currently includes the following articles:
When your field is also your home: introducing feminist subjectivities in Central Asia by Diana Kudaibergenova
When “the field” is your institution: on academic extortion and complaining as activism by Elena Kim
How does it feel to be studied? A Central Asian perspective by Syinat Sultanalieva
Listening to women’s stories: the ambivalent role of feminist research in Central Asia by Davlatbegim Mamadshoeva
A view from the margins: alienation and accountability in Central Asian studies by Mohira Suyarkulova
“Two fields” within: Lost between Russian and Kazakh in the Eurasian borderland by Zhanar Sekerbayeva
The series has been well received by other Central Asia experts, who have been sharing their feedback on social media:
What an important conversation (finally) happening in Central Asian studies! Informed by local feminist perspectives, an open critique of global structures of knowledge production. Thank you, Diana! @CreativeCorazon https://t.co/QOiL7yzPPw
— Erica Marat (@Ericamarat) October 8, 2019
So what are you waiting for? Get those tabs open and set your learning mode to “on”!