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CEID Seminar: In service of dominant elites? Nation, Education, and Peacebuilding in Post (civil) War Tajikistan

January 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Speaker: Dr Laila Kadiwal, UCL Institute of Education

Chair: Prof Moses Oketch, UCL Institute of Education

Abstract: Following the cessation of the Soviet Union over two decades ago, Tajikistan grapples with ramifications of the civil war, global geopolitics, Soviet legacies and the revival of religious and ethnolinguistic identities – all of which influence identity formation and peacebuilding through contemporary discourses around education and development in Tajikistan.

This seminar presents on the ways global and local political, economic, military, social and cultural agendas intersect with people’s identities, and the ways in which these are mirrored in education, fuelling conflict. The seminar draws upon the theories of ‘discourse,’ ‘global governmentality’ and ‘new imperialism’ concerning education, to explore dominant conceptions of national identity and peacebuilding and what implications these have for normalising unequal power relations and social cohesion.

With reference to Gorno-Badakhshan, an ethnolinguistic and religious minority province, the session also investigates how local communities are responding to the interrelationships of the local, national and global. The presentation argues that global-national-local discourses cast populations as politically compliant and polarised global market-based citizens in a globalised authoritarian state that serves dominant global and local elite interests. Recommendations include ways forward for challenging dominant discourses and for rethinking issues of inequities, social cohesion and sustainable peacebuilding in education policy.

Speaker bio: Dr. Laila Kadiwal has specialist interests in the role of youth and teachers in conflict and peacebuilding in the global South and in the issue of education and conflict in Muslim contexts. She has carried out fieldwork in a variety of complex contexts worldwide, including; Tajikistan, Pakistan, UK, China, and Dubai. Although, a sociologist by training, most of her research projects apply an interdisciplinary, and a mixed-method approach. Dr Kadwial worked as a development practitioner, and teacher and youth educator in India for more than 15 years before moving to the UK. She has also taught briefly in Pakistan as Civic Studies teacher.

Registration: The seminar is free to attend and open to all. Please register in advance via Eventbrite here, or email ceid@ucl.ac.uk Please note this session will be recorded and livestreamed. The livestream will be published here and on the CEID webpage. Join the discussion with #CEIDSeminars


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