Event: Digital Memory and a ‘Massacre’: Post-Soviet Uzbek Identity in the Age of Social Media

by Noah Tucker on 5/29/2013

An Uzbek woman holds her granchild in the rubble of their home in an eastern part of Osh. The tiny transitional house behind her is home to ten members of their family.

Please come see Sarah Kendzior and I present some new work on themes we’ve both written about right here on Registan.

“Digital Memory and a ‘Massacre’: Post-Soviet Uzbek Identity in the Age of Social Media.”

June 5, 4:00-6:00 PM
Elliott School of International Affairs
George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 412
Washington, DC

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The speakers will examine the trans-national effort by ethnic Uzbeks to document the June 2010 violence and mobilize international support, first for intervention to stop the conflict and then in an effort to defend minority rights and preserve evidence of alleged injustices suffered by the community in Kyrgyzstan. These efforts were made possible primarily by new forms of digital communication and social media. Instant, global communication made the plight of Uzbeks in Southern Kyrgyzstan an issue of broad resonance for the wider ethnic community in a way that similar outbreaks of civil or state violence had never been in the past and facilitated the re-imagining of other late- and post-Soviet historical conflicts to fit new ethnic narratives. Combining analysis of digital media, art, and documentation with recent ethnographic fieldwork in Southern Kyrgyzstan, they will address questions about how permanent “digital memory” of violence shapes the process of conflict resolution and re-adapting to post-conflict everyday life, and how narratives produced by the global community–most of whom did not experience the conflict itself–shape, and sometimes conflict with, collective memory and understanding of the conflict for those who actually experienced it.

If you plan to join us please RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/6-5-digitalmemory.


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Noah Tucker is managing editor at Registan.net and an associate at George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs Central Asia Program. Noah is a researcher and consultant for NGO, academic and government clients on Central Asian society and culture. He has worked on Central Asian issues since 2002--specializing in religion, national identity, ethnic conflict and social media--and received an MA from Harvard in Russian, E. European and Central Asian Studies in 2008. He has spent four and half years in the region, primarily in Uzbekistan, and returned most recently for fieldwork in Southern Kyrgyzstan in the summers of 2011 and 2012.

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