Curriculum Vitae


2011 -2014
Research Fellow at Zentrum Moderner Orient - Crossroads Asia competence network

Ph.D Candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale),
Dissertation topic: Kyrgyz patron – client relationships

September 2005 – August 2006
MS in Social Research of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, OSI/FCO-Chevening/Edinburgh Scholarships,
Subjects: Research Design, Research Skills in the Social Sciences-Quantitative and Qualitative methods.
Dissertation topic:  Emergence of New Class Relationships- Ethnographic fieldwork, Kyrgyzstan

August 2001 – June 2005
BA in Cultural Anthropology and Archeology, American University - Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), University Scholarship
Dissertation topic: The Triangulation of Economy, Subsistence Strategies, and Mentality during Transition

September 1991 – May 2001
High School Education – Kant, Kyrgyzstan

Teaching Experience

Summer semester. Introduction to Kinship. Marthin Luther University in Halle (Saale) Germany (lang. English)

Winter semester. Zensus, Statistik, Bürokratie together with Larissa Vetters at Marthin Luther University in Halle (Saale) Germany (lang. English and German)

August. Research Methods and Theories of Identity. Lecture for senior scholars from Central Asia at the CARTI Sumer School program, Izmir, Turkey

Summer Semester. Central Asia Identity Politics at Marthin Luther University in Halle (Saale) Germany (lang. English)

Invited Lectures

Crossroads Asia Lecture Series ‘Coping Strategies: Public Avoidance, and Migration, Marriage in the Aftermath of the Osh Conflict, Fergana Valley in Kyrgyzstan’ at Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), 28th of March, 2012

Aga Khan University Lecture Series ‘Coping Strategies: Public Avoidance, and Migration, Marriage in the Aftermath of the Osh Conflict, Fergana Valley in Kyrgyzstan’ at the University of Central Asia, Bishkek, 27 July, 2012

The Danish Society for Central Asia Lecture Series ‘Localized Democracy: Change and Future in Kyrgyzstan’. A public talk on at the University of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark, April 15, 2010 []

Summer Schools

Summer school Inter-ethnic tolerance. Batken 2-13 August, 2012
Funded by Aigine, USA Embassy in Kyrgyzstan

2007-2011 (July)
Summer school ‘Building Anthropology in Eurasia’, Issik-Kul, Kyrgyzstan funded by Soros Foundation

Summer school on The Soviet in Everyday Life,” Regional Seminar on Excellence in Teaching, OSI/HESP, 16 July-31 July.

Workshop and Conference Participation

‘Transnational Religious Networks in Central Asia: Structure, Travel, and Culture of Kyrgyz Davatchi’. The 2nd Crossroads Asia Conference Mobilizing Religion: Networks and Mobility, July 18-19, 2013, Bonn.

‘As long as the Capital is far away: multi-scalar regionalisation in Central Asia’ New Geographies of Central and Eastern Europe’. Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography. Leipzig 7-8 October 2013

‘Invisible borders: Divided Osh city along the ethnic lines’. Crossroads Asia: Tracing Connections – Explorations of Spaces and Places in Asian Multilocalities . Centre for Development Studies (ZELF), Freie Universität Berlin held on 20 – 21 June.

‘Coping Strategy: Marriage in the Aftermath of the Osh Conflict, Fergana Valley’. The 1st Crossroads Asia Conference Figurations of Mobility. 22-24 November 2012

‘The Role of Women in Building Peace between Kyrgyz and Uzbek Ethnic Groups’. ‘Gender in Central Asia: Contemporary issues in nation-building of former Soviet States’. Venue : Réseau Asie – Pacifique / Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris. 4 June.

‘Single Mothers in Osh:Well-being and Coping Strategies of Women in the Aftermath of the 2010 Conflict in Kyrgyzstan’. Micro-Level Analysis of Well-Being in Central Asia. German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Berlin 10 - 11 May.

‘Migration and patrilineal descent: the role of women in Kyrgyzstan’
Beyond the 'patriarchal family': Forms of uxori- /matrilocality and matrifocality in Islamic Societies. Past and Present. Universität Bamberg, Germany 9. -10. December

‘Performing Democracy: State-Making through Patronage in Kyrgyzstan’ ‘Rethinking the Political in Central Asia’. University of Manchester’. Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change. Manchester, England Sept. 14–16. Conference Participation

Field Research




Kyrgyz , English, Russian, German


European Society for Central Asian Studies; The Central Eurasian Studies Society; American Anthropological Association, Social Science and History Association

Selected Honours, Awards, and Grants

2010 (January-August)
Graduate School Society and Culture in Motion (writing up fellowship),
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (MLU)

2010-2011 (Winter Semester)
Teaching and Research Assistantships for International PhD Students, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (MLU)

2010 (September-December)
Grant recipient ‘Regional Competence-Building for Think Tanks in the South Caucasus and Central Asia’, The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. Oslo

Pre-Academic Summer School –The Network Scholarship Programs, Bilgi University, Turkey

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