Approximately 370,000 ethnic Kyrgyz people live in Uzbekistan, the majority in Ferghana Valley regions adjacent to Kyrgyzstani territory. The lecture explores the status and fortunes of this minority group, especially what happened to them in June 2010 and afterwards. It presents research based on fieldwork in Kyrgyz communities in Uzbekistan, interviews in Tashkent, and analysis of Uzbekistani media. It also discusses the longer-term existence and thriving of national minorities in Uzbekistan and similarly in Kyrgyzstan.
Dr Nick Megoran is a Reader in Political Geography at Newcastle University, England. He has been researching processes of nation-state building in the Ferghana Valley since 1995. His research examines what has happened to borderland communities in the Valley as international borders have slowly materialised. He has written numerous articles on this subject, and is the author or co-editor of three books: Central Asian in International Relations (Hurst, 2013), Nationalism in Central Asa: A Biography of the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Boundary (Pittsburgh, 2017) and Interrogating Illiberal Peace in Eurasia (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018).
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street
2nd Floor Seminar Room
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation will be provided upon prior request.