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Dr Diana Kudaibergenova

Dr Diana Kudaibergenova

COMPASS Research Associate - Sustainable Communities Pillar


Dr. Kudaibergenova studies different intersections of power relations through realms of political sociology dealing with concepts of state, nationalising regimes and ideologies.  Dr. Diana T. Kudaibergenova received her PhD in 2015 from the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Her first book, Rewriting the Nation in Modern Kazakh literature (Lexington, 2017) deals with the study of nationalism, modernisation and cultural development in modern Kazakhstan. Her second based on her doctoral research focuses on the rise of nationalising regimes in post-Soviet space after 1991 with prime focus on power struggles among the political and cultural elites in democratic and non-democratic states (forthcoming with Pittsburgh University Press). Currently she is completing her third book manuscript on power, state and resistance in contemporary art of the post-Soviet Eurasia and works on new project dealing with empowerment. Dr. Kudaibergenova spent more than two years researching and teaching first sociology major students in Turkmenistan in English at the International University of the Humanities and Development in Ashgabat where she also helped to establish the first postgraduate program and Academic Writing classes. She has also held postdoctoral position at the Lund University Sociology of Law Department where she studied power, ideology and legality in Eurasia (primarily in Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and Crimea).

Her articles appeared in Nationalities Papers, Central Asian Affairs, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Eurasian Studies and many others.

Key Publications

"Eurasian Economic Union integration in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan" in European Politics and Society,

"Between the state and the artist: representations of femininity and masculinity in the formation of ideas of the nation in Central Asia" in Nationalities Papers,

"The Archaeology of Nationalizing Regimes in the Post-Soviet Space. Narratives, Elites, and Minorities" in Problems of Post-Communism,

"The Use and Abuse of Postcolonial Discourses in Post-independent Kazakhstan" in Europe-Asia Studies,

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