Kazakhstan offers a multifaceted state narrative about the nation’s identity, with several competing repertoires: Kazakhness, Kazakhstaness, and a third one, advancing a transnational and modernizing brand for the country. Each of these three narratives target different audiences (the Kazakh-speaking, the Russian-speaking, and the international community) and intimately interconnect domestic and foreign policy strategies. Thirty years after the perestroika, the country is still facing profound changes in its nation-building, with growing interactions between the state organs and several segments of the society. In this presentation, Marlene Laruelle will discuss the ongoing evolutions of Kazakhstan’s nationhood and sociological changes pushing for a more Kazakhness-centered agenda.
Thursday, February 8th
Reception to follow
Copley Formal Lounge
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