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In today’s world, international organisations and institutions like US AID or the Dutch SNV are active all over the world, but tend to subscribe to similar notions and practices. Until 1991, the Soviet Union and its allies offered a competing approach which they implemented at home as well as abroad. This talk will explore some of the ways that social scientists, communist politicians, engineers and other actors sought to transform rural Central Asia. It will also examine how the people affected by these interventions negotiated these transformations, and how their resistance, engagement and accommodation forced Soviet planners to rethink their assumptions. Finally, the talk will point to some of the parallels between socialist development and more familiar western approaches and consider how paradigms change over time.

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Date 3 April 2018
Time 18:00 -20:00
Artemy Kalinovsky Whos in Town AUC

Dr. Artemy Kalinovsky is Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam

Location: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenor: Dr. Maxim Kupovykh