As a platform for knowledge sharing, Central Asia Hub of PEER Network organised online research seminars in 2021. Invited scholars of Central Asia presented their completed and on-going research in the broad areas of education in Central Asia within a political economy analysis framework. The series is aimed at all those who seek to better understand the complex situations facing education systems in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. This freely available seminar series was recorded and is available to watch by clicking the links below.

Education, Development and Peace in the service of authoritarian elites: the case of Post-Soviet Tajikistan

Lessons from women’s spaces of empowerment, power and knowledge in Uzbekistan: Informing formal education practices

Nation-Building Narratives in Kazakhstan: State, Media and Society

Common Patterns of Religious Revival in Central Asia and Challenges to Develop Human Rights and Inclusive Society

Educational Research & Knowledge Production in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Revisiting the Global Discourses of Decolonization, Recolonization and Indigenization

In this webinar Sarfaroz Niyozov reflects on the questions of knowledge production and education research from the experiences of post-Soviet Central Asia, with taking Tajikistan as case study.

Beyond the Western Horizon: Rethinking Education, Values, and Policy Transfer in Post-Socialist Transformations

In this webinar Iveta Silova reflects on the education, values, and policy transfer in post-Socialist transformations with links to decolonial literature as well as consider challenges to the next generation of research.

Pedagogy of the Queer: A case of participatory action research and education in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

In this webinar Mohira Suyarkulova reflects on the experience of leading the community-based (a group of LGBTQ + activists in Kyrgyzstan) research and education project undertaken between 2018 and 2020, and shares some of the findings and insights that resulted from this process.

Multilingualism: Soft skill or social practice?

In this webinar Juldyz Smagulova considers the language as social practice by discussing current understanding in sociolinguistics and dominant language ideologies as well as related findings from Kazakhstan.

Global Citizenship Education: its contribution to multicultural education in Kazakhstan

Natalya Hanley discusses the concepts of global and local citizenship education and how it might contribute to the mitigation of nationalistic perspectives within the multicultural context of Kazakhstan.

“Happy Soviet childhood”: forging “new citizens” in schools

In this webinar, Anel Kulakhmetova discusses the evolution of soviet construct of childhood and talks about schooling as a necessary component of “happy childhood”.