Eliza Isabaeva

E-Mail: eliza.isabaeva@uzh.ch 

Project description

Host Society – Kyrgyzstan: Deportees, Memories and Bi-Directional Migration

At the center of her post-doctoral research project are the forced migrations of Volga Germans, Koreans and Chechens to Kyrgyzstan following Stalin’s orders in the 1930s and 40s, their return to homelands after rehabilitation, and their interaction with the receiving Kyrgyz communities. Particularly, the project will focus on how the host communities made sense of migratory currents.  By analyzing the case of Kyrgyzstan, the project aims to provide answers to bigger questions in the study of international migration: Under what conditions do people see immigration as an enrichment or threat to their lives; and under what circumstances does emigration become a loss or relief?

This project is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (2020-2022).

Eliza Isabaeva has been awarded a grant from the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki, Finland to work on her book based on her PhD dissertation (Jan-Feb 2020).

For further information please see Eliza Isabaevas CV.

Publications by Dr. Eliza Isabaeva

Book Sections

Isabaeva, E. (forthcoming). “A Proper House, Not a Barn”: House Biographies and Societal Changes in Urban Kyrgyzstan. In: Snapshots of Change, Methodological Approaches to the Study of Transforming Societies. Yasmine Berriane, Annuska Derks, Aymon Kreil and Dorothea Lüddeckens (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan.

Isabaeva, E. (forthcoming). Squatters and the Social Heritage: Comparing Squatter Settlements in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. In: Comparative Approaches to Informal Housing Around the Globe. Udo Grashoff (ed.). UCL Press.

Journal Article

Isabaeva, E.  “Samozakhvat” – Illegal Land Squatting. The Global Informality Project

Isabaeva, E. Unerfüllte Hoffnungen. Anpassungsprobleme afghanischer Kirgisen an das Leben in Kirgistan. Zentralasien-Analysen 129.

Isabaeva, E. The Middle East in Global History. Asia & Europe Bulletin. No. 6. Pp. 33-34.

Isabaeva, E. Political Implications of North-South Dichotomy on the Example of a Squatter Settlement in Bishkek. (in Russian language). Etnographicheskoe Obozrenie (Ethnographic Review). No. 4. July-August. Pp. 10-19.

Isabaeva, E. Migration into the “Illegality” and Coping with Difficulties in a Squatter Settlement in Bishkek. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie. No. 138. Pp. 1-16.

Isabaeva, E. From Denizens to Citizens in Bishkek: Informal Squatter-Settlement Residents in Urban Kyrgyzstan. The Journal of Social Policy Studies. Vol. 12, No. 2. Pp. 249-260.

Isabaeva, E. ‘Moscow Was Not Built at Once’: On How Squatter-Settlement Residents Organize Their Life. Eds. Peter Finke und Günther Schlee. In: Halle-Zurich CASCA. Framing the Research, Initial Projects. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Department “Integration and Conflict”. Field Notes and Research Projects VI.

Isabaeva, E. Leaving to enable others to remain: remittances und new moral economies of migration in southern Kyrgyzstan. Ed. Madeleine Reeves. In: Central Asian Survey.30(3-4). Pp. 541-554.