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Diana Kopbayeva
diana kopbayeva

Project title: Building the Kazakh nation: an exploration of the discourse of nation building in Kazakhstan

Supervisors: Dr Anselma Gallinat and Dr Nick Negoran

A broad goal of my research is to examine how civic and ethnic models of nation have co-existed and have been incorporated in the official discourses of nation in Kazakhstan. I seek to explain how and in which circumstances civic and ethnic models of nation can coincide, despite the opposite principles that these two concepts are based on. In particular, I argue that none of these models of nation can exist in a pure form in modern nation-states. Within the limits of this research I specifically focus on analysing the present day discourse of nation in Kazakhstan.

Publications:

  • Kopbayeva, D. (2012). ‘HOW TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION CHALLENGES TRADITIONAL NOTION OF CITIZENSHIP’, Ekonomika, sociologiya i pravo: jurnal nauchnyh publikaciy (Economy, sociology and law: journal of academic publications,11, pp. 123-128

  • Kopbayeva, D. (2013). ‘Is Astana a nationalistic project? The role of Kazakhstan’s new capital in development of the national identity’, The European Scientific Journal Special edition, 2, pp. 800-813

  • Kopbayeva D. (2014) ‘Building the Kazakh nation: an exploration of the discourse of nation-building in Kazakhstan’ [Online]. Newcastle: Postgraduate Training Program, Newcastle University [Online]. Available at: https://illuminatingresearch2014.wordpress.com/meet-our-presenters/geography/diana-kopbayeva/ [Accessed: 22 March 2016)

Presentations:

  • Is Astana a nationalistic the project? The role of Kazakhstan's new capital in development of the national identity, Paper presented at 1st Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference (AIIC), University of the Azores, Ponta Delgada, Portugal, 24-26 April 2013
  • Building the Kazakh nation: an exploration of the discourse of nation-building in Kazakhstan, Paper presented at 1st Year HASS conference ‘Illuminating Research' within Postgraduate Training Program, Newcastle University, 24 June, 2014
  • Building the nation through history writing. The role of Genghis Khan, Paper presented at the Annual Nawruz Postgraduate Workshop on Central Asia: Spaces of Central Asia, Exeter, United Kingdom, 18-19 March, 2016. The workshop is supported by the Marie Curie Initial Training Network “Post-Soviet Tensions” under the 7th European Community Framework Programme (g rant no: FP7-PEOPLE2012-ITN-316825)
  • Discussant at panel on ‘Memory, Imagination, and Media: Nation Making in KZ’, The 17th CESS Annual Conference held at Princeton University on November 3-6, 2016
  • Presenter and panel chair on ANNUAL NAVRO'Z / NAWRUZ POSTGRADUATE WORKSHOP ON CENTRAL ASIA: ‘Contemporary Spaces of (Greater) Central Asia’, Newcastle University, UK, March 21-22, 2016

Teaching: Sociology of Health and Illness

Qualifications and Achievements:

  • International scholarship ‘Bolashak’ of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for PhD program 2013

  • International scholarship ‘Bolashak’ of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for MA program 2010

  • Scholarship of the International Summer School of KIMEP (Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research) July-August/2012

Links to other personal web profile:
http://www.isa-sociology.org/abstracts-dissertations/view-abstract.php?tl=387
http://newcastle.academia.edu/dianakopbayeva