Dr Aminat Chokobaeva, a former CAIS research scholar, has been selected for a position as a post-doctoral scholar in Eurasian Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Aminat was awarded her ANU doctoral degree in July 2017 having completed a thesis on the topic: 'Frontiers of Violence: State and Conflict in Semirechye, 1850-1938'. Dr Chokobaeva said her choice of research topic was opportune as the centenary anniversary of the uprising took place in the middle of her candidacy. Her post-doc is for two years and will consist of both research and teaching.
Over the course of her PhD program, Aminat has been very active. Presenting at conferences in Europe, Central Asia, Asia and Australia. This activity has served her well in making contacts and building her profile in the regions. She has recently lectured in the history program at The University of Sydney and tutored in numerous courses at ANU.
Aminat's supervisor, Dr Kirill Nourzhanov, and all CAIS staff congratulate her on these achievements.
Aminat's research interests include land relations in Semirechye, Soviet national politics, Soviet historiography of the 1916 uprising and revolution. Her publications include: The 1916 Central Asian Revolt: Rethinking the History of a Collapsing Empire in the Age of War and Revolution, eds. Alexander Morrison, Cloe Drieu, Aminat Chokobaeva. (Manchester University Press: Manchester, 2018). In press; 'Socialist Promises, Ethnography and the Building of a Kyrgyz Soviet Nation', Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques 69.3 (2015) pp.543-561; 'When the Nomads Went to War: The Uprising of 1916 in Semirech’e' in The 1916 Central Asian Revolt: Rethinking the History of a Collapsing Empire in the Age of War and Revolution, eds. Alexander Morrison, Cloe Drieu, Aminat Chokobaeva. (Manchester University Press: Manchester, 2019). In press; 'Krasnye kyrgyzy: sovietskaia istoriografiia vosstaniia 1916 goda' (The Red Kyrgyz: The Soviet Historiography of the Uprising of 1916) in Poniatiia o sovetskom v Tsentral’noi Azii (The Sovietization of Central Asia: Between Modernization and Colonialism), eds. Oksana Shatalova, Georgii Mamedov. (Bishkek: Shtab-Press, 2017) pp. 50-75; 'Born for Misery and Woe: National Memory and the 1916 Great Revolt in Kyrgyzstan' in Nationalisms and Identity Construction in Central Asia: Dimensions, Dynamics, and Directions, eds. Maria Omelicheva, Reuel Hanks. (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) pp. 37-51.
Dr Chokobaeva participated in the organisation of the workshop: 'Rethinking Resistance: The 1916 Uprising in Central Asia', held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, May 2016. A central aspect of her research she describes below:
The year 2016 marks the centenary of the 1916 Uprising in Central Asia. The largest and by far the most violent national protest against Russian colonial rule, the Uprising of 1916 remains one of the lesser-known episodes in the history of the region. Its causes were rooted in economic inequalities and social exclusion imposed on the indigenous population by the imperial authorities. Its impact on the local society was profound as it disrupted agricultural production, resulting in a refugee crisis, and led to increasingly violent competition for dwindling resources between the colonists and the local farmers and pastoralists. (See images of the conference exhibition below)