Veterans of the Soviet-Afghan War in Tajikistan
Speaker: Markus Göransson, Aberystwyth University, UK
Date: 4 March 2014, 11.00 am
Venue: University of Central Asia, 47 a Druzhba Narodov, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Room 101.
The Afghan War veterans movement of the 1980s was heavily invested in the structures and symbols of the Soviet state. The veterans turned to the state not just for material and financial benefits, but also for recognition of their identity as veterans. Regardless of their views on the war in Afghanistan, veterans in Tajikistan tended to emphasise that they had performed a service on behalf of the Soviet Union and were therefore entitled to certain benefits and recognition. In asserting this, they were also trying to associate with veterans of the Second World War, whom they viewed as their forebears. Based on extensive research in Tajikistan, including a large number of interviews with Afghan War veterans, the lecture will examine the beginning and early rise of the Afghan War veterans movement in Soviet Tajikistan.
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Markus Balázs Göransson is a PhD candidate at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, which he is due to complete in 2015. He is currently a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Central Asia Dushanbe. He has an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from Utrecht University and a BA in Modern History from Oxford University. He has worked for various think tanks and non-governmental organizations in the field of conflict and development.
The presentation will be conducted in English.