Beyond post-Soviet: layered legacies and transformations in Central Asia

  • Thirty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Central Asian republics are still often granted the epithet “post-Soviet.” While this is technically true, the region has been shaped and diff erentiated not only by seven decades of Soviet rule, but also by a pre-Soviet feudal and colonial history as well as various more recent phenomena and developments. Thus, each social phenomenon observed in Central Asia today has its own unique combination of elements from the past deriving from “layered legacies” – legacies of diff erent phases that reinforce, interact with or contradict each other in complex ways and can have very diff erent consequences in diff erent local contexts. This volume examines some of the region‘s layered legacies by eclectically zooming in on to-pics, such as urban planning, water management, agricultural production, communal coopera-tion, migration patterns, ethnicity, Islam and gender. The overarching question explored across these diff erent examplesThirty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Central Asian republics are still often granted the epithet “post-Soviet.” While this is technically true, the region has been shaped and diff erentiated not only by seven decades of Soviet rule, but also by a pre-Soviet feudal and colonial history as well as various more recent phenomena and developments. Thus, each social phenomenon observed in Central Asia today has its own unique combination of elements from the past deriving from “layered legacies” – legacies of diff erent phases that reinforce, interact with or contradict each other in complex ways and can have very diff erent consequences in diff erent local contexts. This volume examines some of the region‘s layered legacies by eclectically zooming in on to-pics, such as urban planning, water management, agricultural production, communal coopera-tion, migration patterns, ethnicity, Islam and gender. The overarching question explored across these diff erent examples pertains to the relative relevance and dynamic interaction of these layers of legacies. Are Soviet structures still relevant today? How much was disrupted by the transformation eff orts in the 1990s and to what degree are the Central Asian republics today aff ected by current global socio-economic and political dynamics? These questions were addressed in two workshops in 2020 and 2021 in Augsburg and Ebers-walde that brought together Central Asia researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds to present and discuss their ongoing research on the region. These two events also served as the fi rst annual meetings of the Central Asian Studies Network in Germany (CASNiG), an open net-work of Central Asia researchers and experts set up to exchange ideas, concepts and fi ndings, and to promote collaboration, mutual support and solidarity. This volume presents selected papers based on contributions from the two workshops, addressing contemporary issues and layered legacies in Central Asia from various angles.show moreshow less

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URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:384-opus4-890356
Frontdoor URLhttps://opus.bibliothek.uni-augsburg.de/opus4/89035
ISBN:978-3-948283-05-6OPAC
ISSN:1862-8680OPAC
Series (Serial Number):Geographica Augustana (33)
Publisher:Institut für Geographie, Universität Augsburg
Place of publication:Augsburg
Editor:Matthias SchmidtGND, Rune Steenberg, Michael Spies, Henryk Alff
Type:Book
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2021
Publishing Institution:Universität Augsburg
Release Date:2021/09/16
Tag:Transformations in Central Asia; Beyond Post-Soviet
Pagenumber:107
Institutes:Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik
Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik / Institut für Geographie
Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik / Institut für Geographie / Lehrstuhl für Humangeographie und Transformationsforschung
Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 91 Geografie, Reisen / 910 Geografie, Reisen
Licence (German):Deutsches Urheberrecht