MSRI Regional Conference: The Art of Neighborhoods: Border Dynamics, Natural Resources and Mobility in Central Asia

Date: 05 February 2020
Other languages: Русский язык |
The Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) of the Graduate School of Development at the University of Central Asia (UCA) is pleased to announce a call for participation in a regional conference on “The Art of Neighborhoods: Border Dynamics, Natural Resources, and Mobility in Central Asia” on February 5th 2020 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Research on the formation of national borders in the countries of Central Asia is mainly focused on security research issues. Important aspects affected by borders such as natural resource management, mobility, and new forms of cooperation remain on the periphery of this research. Over the past four years, the Mountain Societies Research Institute has conducted comprehensive research in the Ferghana Valley, an area of high concentration of borders and of vital interests to several countries in the region. The developed research framework has been used to analyse the national discourses, socio-economic and political realities, and to deflect the predominant focus from a security perspective to a wider, more inclusive development perspective.

Various aspects with this research framework have been considered, the relevance of which are caused by the most acute socio-economic and political issues of the region. The results have formed the basis for a review on “Cross-border Dynamics and Natural Resources in the Ferghana Valley,” which will be presented at the conference. Contributions from regional experts will reflect and contextualise the findings from national and regional perspectives. Participants will be welcome to challenge dominant orthodoxies, and rethink the approaches to study the manifestation of borders as well as their impacts in Central Asia, and expand the understanding of cross-border issues beyond the scope of the security discourse.

About the Conference
The conference is designed to provide a platform for broad expert discussions focusing on the issues addressed in thematic panels:
  • Natural resource management in the context of neighborhood practices transformation.
  • Mobility, communications, and economic dynamics of border areas.
The conference is organised as part of the “Improving Stability and Better Natural Resource Management in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan” project supported by UK Aid.

To register as a participant, send a request before January 7, 2020 to Elnura Omurbekova by e-mail: indicating your name and organisation.
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