Curriculum Vitae


2011 – 2016
Dr. phil. candidate at the Institute of Central Asian Studies, Faculty of Cultural, Social and Educational Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin
Dissertation Topic: Legal Pluralism in Kyrgyzstan: Ethnography of a Local Jurisdiction and the Customary Practices of Management of Trouble-Cases

2010 – 2014 
Doctoral Programme of Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures & Societies (BGSMCS), Free University Berlin

2005 – 2008
Master of Art in European Studies, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Master Thesis: New ‘Great Game’ or New Chance for the Region? The Central Asian Strategy of the European Union

2004 – 2006
Additional Qualification Teacher of German as a Foreign Language (DaF), Leibniz University Hannover
Certificate in Gender Studies, Open University Hagen

2001 – 2005
Magister Artium in German Language/Literature and Political Sciences, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Master Thesis: Standardization of the Spoken German Language

1999 – 2002
Bachelor of Law (distance learning), Law Faculty of Kyrgyz State National University, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

1996 – 2001
Bachelor of Training Teachers of a Foreign Language, Bishkek University of Human Sciences
Bachelor Thesis: New Methods of Translation Research and Teaching

1986 – 1996
School Education in Naryn/Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Professional Activities

05/2017 – present
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department “Law & Anthropology”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany

10/2016 – 12/2016
Research Fellow, Institute of Islamic Studies, Free University Berlin, Germany

04/2016 06/2016
Visiting Scholar, Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Columbia University, New York (USA)

01/2014 – 06/2014
Teaching of Kyrgyz Language, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin  

2011 – 2013
Project Assistance, Translation of the book ‘Genealogy of Sarybagysh”

2010 – 2011
Intern, Embassy of Kyrgyz Republic in Berlin, Germany

2008 – 2009
Member of the Faculty Staff, Institute of European Studies, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

2005 – 2006
Member of Faculty Staff, Archive for Women, Refugees and Migration, Institute of Political Sciences, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

2004 – 2005
Member of Staff, International Office, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Grants and Awards

STIBET Doctoral Programme, German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD)  

Graduation Stipend, Dahlem Research School (DRS)

2012 - 2014
Doctoral Scholarship, Gerda Henkel Foundation (GHS)

Travel Grant for Fieldwork, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Free University Berlin, Germany

Award for Social Commitment, Student Union, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Award for Best Master Thesis, Institute of European Studies, Leibniz University Hannover

2006 – 2007
ERASMUS Programme of the European Union (EU)

2002 – 2005
Scholarship for Foreign Nationals, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS)

Stipend for German Summer School, German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD)


2018 / 2019
Germany (mainly Berlin and Brandenburg)



Presentations at Conferences and Workshops

Paralleljustiz in Deutschland. Tagung "Parallele Lebenswelten? - Migrantinnen und Migranten in Deutschland im Brennpunkt von Polizei und Sozialarbeit? - Polizei und Sozialarbeit XXII" der Deutschen Vereinigung für Jugendgerichte und Jugendgerichtshilfen, Hofgeismar

Female Vulnerability and Gender in Central Asia, Annual Meeting of Bavarian East Association (Munich)

Cases, Customs and Laws: Legal Pluralism in Kyrgyzstan, Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Columbia University, New York (USA)

Contribution of Kyrgyz migrants in Europe to socio-economic development of the homeland. 3th International Forum Mekendeshter, Osh State University, Kyrgyzstan

Goldmine Kumtor: Scandals, Dividends, Investigation. German Conference of Development 2015, Greifswald

Legal practices in Kyrgyzstan: informal, traditional and local? International Conference: Informal Practices/Structures in Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN), University of Fribourg (Switzerland)

Legal Treatment of Marital Rape in KR. First International Conference: Women in Modern Central Asia, University of Graz (Austria)

Why we need a shelter for battered women in Kyrgyzstan? Annual Meeting of Bavarian East Association (Munich)

Law as an Instrument of Social Change. International Conference: Anthropology of Law: Synthesis. Faculty of Humanities Charles University of Prague (Czech Republic)

Kyrgyzstan – ‘failed state’ or ‘island of democracy’? German Society for Eastern European Studies, European Academy Berlin

Filmography & Exhibitions

Translation of the documentary series “Nomadism and Pastoralism across the World”, (produced by Neue Celluloid Fabrik, Germany)

Translation of the movie ‘Ayka’ made by Sergey Dvortsevoy

Translation of the script for movie production ‘Ala-Kachuu - Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan’, written by Maria Brendle (Filmgerberei GmbH, Switzerland)

Translation of the Movie ‘Heavenly Nomadic’, made by Mirlan Abdykalykov

Assistance in Postproduction of Documentary: ‘Erkinai – semi-nomad’, made by Nadine Boller

Assistance in Postproduction of Documentary: ‘Flowers of Freedom’, made by Mirjam Leuze

Assistance in Documentary Making: ‘Chabandyn kyzy’ (Nomad’s daughter), made by Nadine Boller

Photo Exhibition: Framing Muslims, 32nd German Conference of Oriental Studies (Muenster)

Photo Exhibition: Re-Presenting Muslims: Images, Texts and Voices, Long Night of Sciences at Free University Berlin

Photo Exhibition: Muslim Matter. Vernissage at the Institute for South Asian Studies, IAAW, Humboldt University Berlin

Social Activities

since 2010 
Vice Chairwoman of the Executive Board of German-Kyrgyz Cultural

since 2009
Membership of the aid project ‘Help for Kyrgyzstan’ of Bavarian Eastern Association


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