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Grazing Disturbance as a Tool to Enhance Rangeland Health
This presentation will focus on selected studies that examine the impact of grazing by cattle, examine the role of litter (dead plant material) in the ecosystem and make an argument for its application at a time when bison have been extirpated and fires are actively suppressed.
Central Europe's Special Role in the History of Europe
This region has always played a special role in the history of Europe. From the beginning of the first millennium, when the kings of this region decided to follow Christianity, governed by Rom, they marked the later destiny of their land forever. In the turbulent times of the Middle Ages, during the Enlightenment and Romanticism and later on until the end of the First World War, these people tried to find their balance, living on the borderline between East and West.
Higher Education and Science Reform in Republic of Kazakhstan: Diverse Trajectories of Developing Partnerships
This presentation describes key educational reforms in higher education in Kazakhstan and the Graduate School of Education, Nazarbayev University’s (NUGSE) role in contributing to these reforms.
Poetry and Wisdom in the 21st Century: Thinking Out Loud
Drawing on his experience in the arts and media, renowned writer, poet, playwright and screenplay writer Temur Kasymovich Zulfikarov will address key issues of the 21st Century related to identity, technology and media and philosophy in this lecture. Questions to be considered and discussed include: Where is humanity headed? What will happen to us and our children in a globalised world? Who are the true prophets of our problematic times? How do wisdom and poetry feel in the era of the Internet? Who reads great books in the age of show business?
The Challenge of Establishing World-Class Universities in Emerging Countries
Contextualizing the drive for world-class higher education institutions and the power of international and domestic university rankings, this lecture outlines possible strategies and pathways for establishing globally competitive universities and explores the challenges, costs, and risks involved. Its findings will be of particular interest to policy makers, university leaders, researchers, and development practitioners.
Migration and Gender Relations: How Does Russia Shape a Tajik Male Migrant's Perspective?
Migration has, in many ways, come to define the current economic situation in Tajikistan and Central Asia. Of course, movement of this kind, at such a scale, also has profound effects on individuals and society here in Tajikistan, both for those who go and for those—individuals and communities—who remain behind. This presentation will explore migration’s effects on the views and perceptions of those who travel, through the lens of Tajik taxi drivers.
Beyond Remittances: Three Perspectives on the Myriad, Deeper, Personal Effects of Migration
The presentations introduce ongoing anthropological and ethnographic field research at three different field sites in Tajikistan to explore the effects of migration on land and people. Finally, these presentations will consider the dynamic state of migration—the recent Russian economic downturn, Russian visa policies—to ask how variations might relate to gender relations and land use. How much will change if more migrants come back, if more stay?
Interdisciplinary research and capacity development – a strategy for mountain societies
In this presentation I will draw on my own research experience – from a long-term, interdisciplinary research project on land and water management in Central Asia (Khorezm region in Uzbekistan) – and on the more recent debates on development and climate research, to explore how a long-term, salient, and credible science program could be shaped that would help delivering the needed ‘change from within’.
Moving Mountains: Reflections on an Agenda for Central Asian Mountain Studies in a Context of Change and Integration
The presentation will explore a possible agenda for Central Asian mountain studies by drawing upon experience from mountain areas outside Central Asia, especially from Mountainous Mainland Southeast Asia which in many respects such as increasing trans boundary integration, multi-ethnic mountain societies, and the influence of dominant powers such as the People’s Republic of China, provides points of reference for a comparison with Central Asia.
Climate Change, Energy Poverty and the Global Energy System
The world faces two global energy grand challenges that are inextricably intertwined with one another. The first is the present and growing risks of climate change, largely as a direct consequence of the burning of fossil fuels to meet our need for energy services. The second is the lack of modern energy services in many parts of the developing world. The result is a large gap between different parts of the world in both energy consumption and climate relevant emissions.