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Territory in Socialist Central Asia. A Political Geography of Soviet Modernity, 1953-1982
Funded by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for 2010-2013
GG.0473 Global Change, Development & Ethics (SP 2012)
GG.0305 Politische Geographie (SP 2013)
GG.0747 Project in Human Geography (SP 2013)
GG.0530 Field Course Central Asia (SP 2013)
Andrea Zinzani, University of Verona (PhD candidate)
2009. Conflict transformation in Central Asia. Irrigation disputes in the Ferghana Valley. London: Routledge.
2012. â'The drought does not cause fear'. Irrigation history in Central Asia through James C. Scott's lenses.â Revue d'Ă©tudes comparatives Est-Ouest (RECEO), 44(1-2), pp.73-108
2011. âLiquid challenges. Contested water in Central Asiaâ. Sustainable Development Law and Policy, XII (1), pp. 24-30.PDF
2005. âIn search of harmony: repairing infrastructure and social relations in the Ferghana Valley.â Central Asian Survey, 24 (1), pp. 53-66. PDF
(forthcoming) âIn (not so) cold blood. Reflections on ethnography as a methodology for researching conflict in the Ferghana Valleyâ. Central Asian Review (in 2012).
2011. (with K. Mukhabbatov and L. Sherfidinov). âLand, Water, and Ecology.â In: Starr, F. S. (ed.). Ferghana Valley: The Heart of Central Asia. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe Inc., pp. 253-277.
2010. (with G. Fokou, A. Ibraimova, U. Kasymov, B. Steimann, and S. Thieme). âNatural resource institutions in transformation: tragedy and glory of the private.â In: Hurni H., Wiesmann U., editors; with an international group of co-editors. Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerships. Perspectives of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South, University of Bern, Vol. 5. Bern, Switzerland: Geographica Bernensia, pp 255â269. PDF
2009. (with S. Mason, T. Hagmann, E. Ludi and Y. Arsano). âLinkages between sub-national and international water conflicts: the Eastern Nile Basin.â In: Brauch, HG. et al. (eds). Facing Global Environmental Change. Environmental, Human, Energy, Food, Health and Water Security Concepts. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, Vol. 4. Berlin: Springer.
(forthcoming) âTrouble on the margins. Peacebuilding in the borderlands of Soviet Central Asia.â In: Korf, B., Goodhand, J. and Raeymaekers, T. (eds). Bringing the Margins Back In: War Making and State-Making in the Borderlands. ABORNE African Borderland Series. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan (in 2012).
2009. âItâs about more water. Natural resource conflicts in Central Asia.â In: PĂ©clard, D. (ed.). Environmental peacebuilding: Managing natural resource conflicts in a changing world. Berne: swisspeace. PDF
2005. (with S. Hostettler and B. Strasser). âShould I buy a cow or a TV?â Reflections on the conceptual framework of the NCCR North-South based on a comparative study of international labour migration in Mexico, India and Kyrgyzstan. NCCR North-South dialogue. Berne: NCCR North-South. PDF
2013. Review of: âGovernment of Paper. The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistanâ (Matthew S. Hull, 2012) Regional Studies, 47 (4), pp.645-646.
2012. Review of: âMaking great power identities in Russia. An ethnographic discourse analysis of education at a Russian elite universityâ (Martin MĂŒller, 2008). Geographica Helvetica (1-2/2012).
2012. Review of: âAlong the Archival Grain. Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Senseâ (Ann Laura Stoler, 2009). Journal of Historical Geography, 38 (2), pp. 198-199.
2011. Review of: âSpace, Place, and Power in Modern Russia. Essays in the New Spatial Historyâ (Mark Bassin, Christopher Ely and Melissa K. Stockdale, 2010). Ab Imperio, 2, pp. 372-377.
2010. Review of: âArgorods of Western Uzbekistan. Knowledge Control and Agriculture in Khorezmâ (Caleeb Wall, 2008). Central Asian Survey, 29 (4), pp. 566-569.
2006. âZaghafte Neuorientierung in Kadamschai. Niedergang und Nostalgie in einer sĂŒdkirgisischen Kleinstadt.â Neue ZĂŒrcher Zeitung, 25 March 2006. PDF
2005 Hallo Taxi - Mit schĂ¶nen Frauen spreche ich ĂŒber die Liebe, NZZ Folio, 11/5. Link
2012. âMigrantsâ. Settlers from mountain areas to the steppe in a documentary film made in Soviet Tajikistan (1968). Invited presentation at workshop âMobility and Identity in Central Asiaâ, 25 â 27 May 2012, ZĂŒrich, Switzerland.
2012. Water, Politics and Conflict in Central Asia. Invited talk at roundtable âWater, Politics, and Conflictâ, breakout session on International Relations & Politics, Annual Munk School of Global Affairs Graduate Student Conference âNot a Drop To Drink: Water Scarcity and Politics in the 21st Centuryâ, 31 March 2012, Toronto, Canada.
2012. Problemy razvitia Srednei Azii v postsovetskii period. Vsgliady iz Shveitsarii (na primere Ferganskoi doliny i Golodnoi stepi). Invited talk at Mountain Seminar, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, 16 February 2012, Moscow, Russian Federation.
2011. Lost objects. In the realm of the Soviet archive. Presented at RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2011, panel âMe, myself and the archive. Reflecting on encounters and enchantmentsâ, 31 August - 2 September 2011, London, Great Britain.
2011. Von der Hungersteppe zum Neuland. Ăberlegungen zum Begriff âtselinaâ in der Tadschikischen SSR (1959-1979). Presented at workshop âZentralasien: Auf dem Weg in die Moderne? Internationaler Workshop zur Untersuchung einer Konflikt- und Zukunftsregionâ, UniversitĂ€t Basel, 26-27 May 2011, Basel.
2011. In the Name of Victory. Turning the Hungry Steppe into âNew Landâ in Zafarabad, Tajikistan (1959-1979). Public Lecture at University of Central Asia, 17 May 2011, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
2011. In (not so) cold blood. Reflections on ethnography as a methodology for researching conflict. Keynote speech at conference âStudying Conflict and Violence in Central Asia: Academic Traditions and Interdisciplinary Challengesâ, American University of Central Asia, 14 May 2011, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
2011. On the territory of the Hungry Steppe. Presented at Geocolloquium, Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, 19 April 2011, Fribourg.
2010. Spatial trialectics. Taking Henri Lefebvre to Soviet Central Asia. Presented at 42th Annual Convention for the Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), panel âContact Zones and Border Zones: Central Asia in the Post-Stalin Soviet Unionâ, 18-21 November 2010, Los Angeles, USA.
2010. Wasserkonflikte in Zentralasien. Knappe Ressourcen oder umstrittene Grenzen? Invited talk at Tagung âKlimawandel und Konflikteâ of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft fĂŒr Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (AFK), panel âWasserverknappung als Medium von Konflikt und Kooperationâ, 26-28 February 2010, Hamburg, Germany.
2010. Trouble on the Margins. Peace-building in the Borderlands of Post-Soviet Central Asia. Presented at International Workshop âBringing the Margins Back In: War Making and State Making in the Borderlands, 12-14 February 2010, Ghent, Belgium.
2009. Dangerous Divisions: Revisiting Peace-building in the Ferghana Valley. Invited talk at the Seminar of the Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus, School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), 22 October 2009, London, Great Britain.
2008. Geographies of aid. Peace-building in Central Asia. Presented at Geography Seminar Series of the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, 3 October 2008, Singapore.
2008. Catching the sunlight. Aid workers and moral reasoning in southern Kyrgyzstan. Presented at First Regional Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), panel âEthnographies of Moral Reasoning in Kyrgyzstanâ, 4 â 7 August 2008, Choq Tal, Kyrgyzstan.
2008. Water rights in southern Kyrgyzstan. Legal provision and social practices for access to water. Presented at workshop on âWater rights in Central Asia and South Asiaâ, 24 January 2008, Centre for Development and Environment (ZEF), Bonn, Germany.
2007. Bright future blues: development aid workers and technologies of the self in southern Kyrgyzstan. Presented at 106. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association âDifference, (In)equality and Justiceâ, panel âDevelopment of the Developed Second World, 27 November â 5 December 2007, Washington DC, USA.
2007. Wasser ausser Kontrolle? Reflexionen ĂŒber BewĂ€sserung und postsowjetische Transformation in Kirgistan. [Water beyond control? Reflections on irrigation and post-Soviet transformation in Kyrgyzstan]. Presented at Deutscher Geographentag, panel âTransformationsprozesse in Zentralasienâ, 29 September â 5 October 2007, Bayreuth, Germany.
2007. Itâs about more water. Natural resource conflicts in Central Asia. Presented at swisspeace Annual Conference âEnvironmental Peacebuilding: Managing Natural Resource Conflicts in a Changing Worldâ, 13 November 2007, Berne, Switzerland.
2007. Water linking people: examples from the Ferghana Valley. Presented at Centre for Peacebuilding (KOFF) event âWater linking People: The Potential of Water for Cooperationâ, swisspeace, 13 June 2007, Berne, Switzerland.
2007. Water and conflict: conceptual and empirical links from the Ferghana Valley. Presented at workshop âEnvironmental Conflicts: Experiences from Africa and Central Asiaâ, Europainstitut of the University of Basel, 8 June 2007, Basel, Switzerland.
2007. Poverty, conflict, and water. Guest lecture at OSCE Academy, module âDevelopment Economics, Policy and Practice in Central Asiaâ, 20 March 2007, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
2006. Managing competing demands for water: case study from Central Asia. Presented at International Symposium âDesertification and Global Changeâ, 31 May 2006, Berne, Switzerland.
2006. âThe secret service is looking for youâ â Researching conflict in Central Asia. Presented at workshop âPersonal Security as a Challenge for Field Research: Experiences and Strategiesâ, swisspeace, 12 April 2006, Berne, Switzerland.
2005. Transboundary water conflicts and their management at community level. Experiences from the Ferghana Valley. Presented at workshop âTransboundary Management of Natural Resources in Transition Countries. Challenges, Potential and Constraints for Swiss Agency of Development Cooperation (SDC) and Partner Organisationsâ, 17 November 2005, Berne, Switzerland.
2005. White Beards or active citizens? Institutional approaches of the state and international organizations to mitigate conflicts in local southern Kyrgyzstan. Presented at workshop âCivil Society in the South Caucasus and Central Asia: Bridging Research and Practiceâ, 20 October 2005, London School of Economics (LSE), London, Great Britain.
2005. Conflict transformation and civil society in southern Kyrgyzstan. Presented at 9th European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) Conference âCentral Asia: The Local, the Regional and the Globalâ, 12 â 14 September 2005, Krakow, Poland.
2005. Weisse BĂ€rte und aktive Frauen: Institutionelle AnsĂ€tze von Staat und internationalen Organisationen zur KonfliktlĂ¶sung in SĂŒdkirgistan [White beards and active women: institutional approaches of the state and international organisations for conflict mitigation in southern Kyrgyzstan]. Presented at Forum Entwicklung und Umwelt, University of Berne, 13 March 2005, Berne, Switzerland.
2004. âRepairing canalsâ â water conflicts & the politics of infrastructure in Batken province, Kyrgyzstan. Presented at Annual Conference of the Swiss Political Science Association, Working Group âSecurity Policyâ, 18 â 19 November 2004, Balsthal, Switzerland.
2004. Ressourcenkonflikte um Wasser auf dem blauen Planeten â ein Paradoxon? [Resource conflicts over water on the blue planet â a paradox?]. Guest lecture at Spring Academy âWasser â Konfliktstoff des 21. Jahrhundertsâ of Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, 21 March 2004, Lambrecht, Germany.
2003. Wasserkonflikte im Ferghana-Tal: Der Fall des Kanals Nourgaziev [Water conflicts in the Ferghana Valley: the case of the canal Nourgaziev]. Presented at Forum Entwicklung und Umwelt, University of Berne, 26 November 2003, Berne, Switzerland.