Social Dynamic and Conflict: A Study of Public Opinion in South Kyrgyzstan by Asel Murzakulova, Policy Expert, Polis Asia, Bishkek.

Date: 27 October 2011
Location: UCA Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Topic: Social Dynamic and Conflict: A Study of Public Opinion in South Kyrgyzstan
Speaker: Asel Murzakulova, Policy Expert, Polis Asia, Bishkek
Date: 27 October 2011, 4:00 pm
Venue: Conference Room, University of Central Asia, 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
In 2011, Polis Asia, a think tank based in Bishkek, conducted several studies in three southern provinces of Kyrgyzstan: Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken. The main goals of the research was to investigate: (i) conflict and social resistance to conflict; (ii) experiences and practices of the institution of mediation in the contemporary cities of Osh and Jalal-abad; (iii) sociocultural stereotypes such as conflict potential; and (iv) understanding and interpretation of terms such as authority and power by the contemporary society. The methodology used includes in-depth interviews, focus groups, discourse analysis of the media and inclusive observations. In this presentation, Ms. Murzakulova, a Policy Expert at Polis Asia, provides an overview of findings from these studies.
Brief information about the Polis Asia:
In 2007, a group of socio-political study experts created an independent think tank, Polis Asia. The goal of the organization was to foster relevant studies in the area of transformation of socio-political processes and institutions in Central Asia and in the post-Soviet space. The think tank’s studies focus on three main areas: political institutions and processes (political models, institutions and communication); social identities (processes of nation-building and interethnic interrelations); and socio-political communication in Kyrgyzstan (networks, norms and institutions). 
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The presentation will be conducted in Russian. English translation will be provided upon prior request.
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