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On the tracks through Central Asia

Open call for an experimental mobile summer school which will happen on and off rails of the Central Asian region spanning Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and take place from 19 August until 3 September 2023. Scholars, practitioners and artists are invited to participate and apply by 10 April.

The Zhelezka Summer School: On the tracks through Central Asia aims to generate a unique space for young researchers’ networking and developing conceptual and methodological approaches. During two weeks on mostly Soviet-era trains on the rails, commonly known as ‘zhelezka’, the group will focus on exploring life on and off the railroad by unraveling specific travel and mobility practices, documenting urban and rural landscapes, collecting stories of strangers, local communities and railroad workers in three countries of post-Soviet Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan. Some activities will include lectures, workshops, meetings, excursions in cities on the way, collaborative projects, a final workshop in Bishkek, documentation, and publication of findings.

Further information

For more details, please visit the CoMoDe Website