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Students and Faculty of the MA in Eurasian Studies at the 2015 Conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies in Zurich

2015 Entry

Gulnar Akanova holds a BA in Education (2013) from the Eurasian National University. In 2012 she was an exchange student at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Republic of Korea). She has work experience in Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan as a coordinator of Budget program 003.

Research interests: political sociology and social anthropology, particularly ethnicity, interethnic relations, gender relations, and state policy.

Thesis Topic: ‘Language Choice and Language Ideology: Youth of Urban and Rural Backgrounds in Kazakhstan’

Meiirzhan Baitas holds a BA in Economics and Sociology (2015) from Nazarbayev University.

Research Interests: formation of social classes, social mobility, class markers, and informal work practices.

Thesis Topic: ‘Kazakhstani Petty Traders: Coping Strategies in a Volatile Economy’

Saltanat Boteu holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance (2013) from the Financial Academy, Astana.

Research interests: volunteering, civil society and non-governmental/non-profit organizations – how these interact with each other, their relations to historical events, the role of NGOs in solving social problems, and how the cultural peculiarities of Kazakhstan may affect social activity/volunteering.

Thesis Topic: ‘Why do young people volunteer in Kazakhstan? The role of social and human capital in motivation to volunteer’

Dmitriy Melnikov holds an MA in Philosophy (2013) from the Eurasian National University, Astana. Since 2015 he has been a Senior Research Fellow in the project “Current Memory Practices: the Conceptualization of the Past and the Construction of Identity in Contemporary Culture of Kazakhstan”. He is also a member of the Institute for the Academic Study of Eastern Christianity (INaSEC).

Research interests: interdisciplinary study of time, trauma and memory studies.

Thesis Topic: ‘Imagining Eurasia in post-Soviet Central Asian Russian-language Literature’

Darina Sadvakassova holds a BA in Regional Studies from the Eurasian National University, Astana (2015), where her area of specialization was Western Europe and the USA.

Research Interests: Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Cultural Stereotypes, Nation Branding

Thesis Topic: ‘Branding Kazakhstan: The Relationship between State and Non-State Actors in Image Construction.’

Aliya Tazhibayeva holds an MA in Philology (2012), from Kostanay State University, after which she worked on international projects at the Head Department of the Nazarbayev Intellectual schools.

Research Interests: Education Management and International Cooperation. Internationalisation of Higher Education in Kazakhstan; Kazakhstan state initiatives in response to globalisation; Kazakhstan’s place in the international arena.

Thesis Topic: ‘The Internationalization of higher Education in Post-Soviet Kazakhstan: What Is the Strategic Line?’

2016 Entry

David Hansen holds a BSc in Anthropology and Cultural and Global Studies (2015) from Central Michigan University. He has experience conducting bioarchaeological and anthropological research in Bolivia, Romania, and Singapore.

Research Interests: bioarchaeology, disease transmission, trade routes and migration, mortuary practices, identity, biodistance, ritual and violence

Aigerim Kagarmanova holds a BA in Journalism (2015) from the International IT University, Almaty. She has a work experience in television, digital marketing and in NGO. She is a FLEX program alumna.

Research interests: Mass Media, Bilingualism in Kazakhstan, Political Journalism, the role of Mass Media coverage in historic events, the role of Social Media on political events and the development of civil society.

Togzhan Kalamysheva holds a BA in International Relations (2016) from Suleyman Demirel University, Almaty.

Research interests: trade, economic and social integration of the Eurasian region, religious radicalism.

Tabigat Kautay holds a BA in Chemistry (2006) from the Eurasian National University, Astana. In 2011 he graduated from Solbridge International School of Business in Daejeon (Republic of Korea) with an MBA diploma. He has work experience as an auditor for Tengizchevroil LLP.

Research Interests: Sociology of Religion; aspects of religious belief and its role in decision making processes.

Zhansaule Kimel holds a BA in Economics and Business (2014) from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty.

Research interests: gender policy, formation of social classes, unemployment in society, migration, cultural studies, internationalization of society.

Karina Matkarimova holds a BA in Regional Studies (2015) from the Eurasian National University, Astana, where her area of specialisation was East Asia.

Research interests: Eurasian integration, the soft power concept.

Dina Mukatova holds a BA in Regional Studies (2015) from the Eurasian National University, Astana, where her area of specialisation was East and South-East Asia.

Research interests: social policy, cultural and criminal anthropology, archaeology, media studies, public diplomacy, cultural stereotypes, intercultural relations, art & literature, border security, political behaviourism.

Merey Seitova holds a BA in Sociology (2016) from Nazarbayev University.

Research Interests: social policy in the Eurasian area, specialising in Kazakhstan

Xeniya Udod holds a BA in journalism (2002) from the Eurasian  National University, Astana. She has worked as a journalist, editor and presenter for the Astana TV-Channel, as well as a freelance author for various print and digital media. In 2008 she won a Chevening scholarship for the ‘What makes democracy work?’ course at the University of Birmingham, UK. Since 2009 she has worked as a press and information assistant at the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Research Interests: media, journalism, freedom of speech and expression; gender and feminism;  international relations; art and literature.

Di Wang holds a BA in International Relations (2016) from the University of Rochester.

Research interests: trade history, material culture and religions of the Silk Road.

Nurgul Zhanabayeva  holds a BA in Simultaneous Interpretation (2014) from the International Ataturk Alatoo University , Kyrgyzstan. In 2011 she was an exchange student at the Eastern Mediterranean University (Northern Cyprus). She has taught Global Perspectives and Research at the Nazarbayev Intellectual School in Taraz for 2 years.

Research Interests: The role of education in solving gender issues, gender and employment, cultural stereotypes, the concept of ‘feminism’ in Kazakhstan.