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Research Interests
Ethnic identity and nation building, ethnic minorities, interethnic relations, kinship, migration, local history, cognitive anthropology, social norms

Research Area
South Kazakhstan


Indira Alibayeva obtained her B.A. in Education (2010) and M.A. in Cultural Sciences (2013) from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty. In 2013, after her graduation from the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Indira Alibayeva successfully applied for a PhD position at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology as part of a larger research project that is “Ethnic Differentiation, Interethnic Relations and Conflict in Central Asia: The Case of the Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan” in collaboration with the University of Zurich. She spent one year of intensive training at both institutions, during which she took several courses on anthropological theory and methods. During the same period she has also been teaching an introductory course on Kazakh language for two semesters at the University of Zurich. Beginning in summer 2014 she began her ethnographic fieldwork on Uzbeks in southern Kazakhstan, which is by now completed.  

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