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Permanently Besieged: Agrarian Uzbeks and the Conundrum of Independence

Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series // Russell Zanca, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northeastern Illinois University, depicts the cultural changes and continuities that have occurred as a result of Uzbekistan's recent political independence from the Soviet Union. This case study examines how the agrarian population has faced unremitting material hardships, brutal state repression, leaving the major opportunity for the youth and able-bodied has been either migration to cities or to countries abroad.

Date & Time

Jan. 17, 2013
3:30pm – 5:30pm

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Permanently Besieged: Agrarian Uzbeks and the Conundrum of Independence

Spotlight on Central Eurasia Series //

The talk addresses rural life, attempting to represent people's hopes and fears about life beyond collective farming. Peasants and other agrarian villagers welcomed Uzbekistan's independence in 1991 with great expectations and some anxiety. For two decades now, few of the state's declarations about future prosperity and freedom seem to bear even a vague relation to reality. Rather, the agrarian population has faced unremitting material hardships, brutal state repression, and the major opportunity for the youth and able-bodied has been either migration to cities or to countries abroad.

Please note that seating for this event is available on a first come, first served basis. Please call on the day of the event to confirm. Please bring an identification card with a photograph (e.g. driver's license, work ID, or university ID) as part of the building's security procedures.


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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region though research and exchange.  Read more

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