Whose Nation is it Anyway? Identities and Nation-Building in Kazakhstan

Nation-building and nationalism moved in to fill the ideological void left behind by communism in post-Soviet Central Asia. Political elites moved seamlessly from being communist to nationalist ideologues. Thus, it is no surprise that nation-building, identity and ethnicity has been at the centre of the practice and discourse of post-Soviet politics in Kazakhstan.


In his lecture Rico Isaacs will trace the development of nation-building practice and discourse in post-Soviet Kazakhstan by examining its construction and how it is has been studied and understood by scholars. In both the practice and discourse of Kazakhstani nation-building the focus has been on artefacts of national identity, such as history, myths and language. The attention on their representation and symbolism results in four interrelated themes which Isaacs presents in his lecture.


Public Lecture (in English) – 13 February 2020 | 6:00 pm

With: Rico Isaacs (University of Lincoln)

Chair: Dr. Beate Eschment (ZOiS)

Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) Mohrenstr. 60 10117 Berlin