Dr. des. Baktygul Tulebaeva

Teaching and Research Associate

Tel.: +49 (0) 69 / 798-33066
Fax: +49 (0) 69 / 798-33065
Email: tulebaeva (at) em.uni-frankfurt.de

Office hours: Tuesdays 2–4 p.m., registration by email.
Room: IG 552

Research focus

Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Anthropology of Childhood, Anthropology of Personhood, Anthropology of Health and Illness, Rituals, Moral Education.


Academic career

Since 2016    Teaching and Research Associate, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology,
                      Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

2011 – 2017  PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
                     
                      Research Project: ‘Born Kyrgyz, Raised as Russians and Buried as Arabs: Negotiating
                      Childhood and Personhood in Kyrgyzstan

 2008 – 2009 Master of Science in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh

                      Research Project: 'Cross-cultural study of the concept of child well-being'


Publications

(2017) In Search of the Good Life. Value Conflicts and Dilemmas in the Practice of Islam in Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan. In: Hardenberg, R. (Ed.). Approaching Ritual Economy: Socio-Cosmic Fields in Globalized Contexts. Tübingen: SFB 1070 Publications, pp. 71-103

(2015) Being a Kyrgyz Child. In: Behera, D.K. (Ed.). Contemporary Society: Tribal Studies (Vol. X: Tribal Children and their Childhood). New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company, pp. 38-55

(2014) Revisiting Ethics in Ethnographic Research with Children. The Oriental Anthropologists, 14(2), 223-236

(2009) Belief and Knowledge in Healing Practices. In: Aitpaeva A. (Ed.). Sacred Sites of Issyk-Kul: Spiritual Powers, Pilgrimage, and Art. Bishkek: Aigine RC, pp. 299-309

(2009) Let's Learn to Express our Thoughts. In ScholarForum: The Journal of the Open Society Institute's Network Scholarship Programs, 12, 4-5


Workshop and panels (from 2014 onwards)

2019

Char/discussant of the panel “Women, Agency and Identity in Central Asia”, 20th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), October 10-13, George Washington University, Washington, USA

2018

Chair of the working group “Innovation and (Dis)Empowerment”, Workshop “Resource-based perspectives on the good life (Buen Vivir) in the humanities”, June 25-29, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2015

Organizer of the panel “Education and identity in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan”, 14th Bi-Annual Conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) “Central Asia in the XXI Century. Historical Trajectories, Contemporary Challenges and Everyday Encounters”, October 8-11, Zurich, Switzerland

2014

Convenor/chair/discussant of the panel “Childhood(s) and youth(s) of the future: children as cultural and social resources”, IUAES inter-congress “The Future with/of Anthropologies”, May 14-18, Chiba, Japan


Conferences and presented papers (from 2014 onwards)

2019

“Work as part of good tarbiya (upbringing) in Kyrgyzstan”, 20th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), Washington, USA

2019

“The economy of light: Sufi networks and the role of Sufi shrines in the pursuit of well-being” poster presentation, Summer Symposium, Frobenius Institute for Research in Cultural Anthropology, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2019

“Re-Islamization processes and value-conflicts in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan”, workshop “Religious Speakers and Religious Speech – Authority and Influence of Word and People”, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2018

“Pilgrimage to Sufi shrines as a resource to achieve a good life”, workshop “Values and Valuation: Identifying Resources in the Quest for the Good Life”, Isfahan, Iran

2018

Value-conflicts in bringing up a ‘healthy’ child in Kyrgyzstan”, 19th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), Pittsburgh, USA

2015

“Between the Past and Present. The Role of Schools in Shaping Values and Identities”, 14thBi-Annual Conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) “Central Asia in the XXI Century. Historical Trajectories, Contemporary Challenges and Everyday Encounters”, Zurich, Switzerland

2015

Yrym (ritual) and its Role in ‘Constructing’ a Child”, Altay Communities conference “Religion and Belief Rituals – Language and History Issues”, Antalya, Turkey

2015

“The Value of a ‘Constructed’ Child”, 3rd International Conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network “Theory and Method in Child & Youth Research”, Nicosia, Cyprus

2014

“Taking away our child’s anxiety: Islamic and non-Islamic concepts of healing child illnesses”, Summer School workshop “Religion and Resource: Local and Global Discourses”, Tübingen, Germany

2014

“Bringing up a child in a Kyrgyz way”, IUAES inter-congress “The Future with/of Anthropologies”, Chiba, Japan

2014

“Between Development, Soviet Science and Traditional Healing: An Ethnography of Childhood and Child Health in Kyrgyzstan” poster presentation, Global Supplementary Grant Program-Europe Conference “Active Academia: A Catalyst for Societal Change”, Oxford, UK

2014

“Self-identification and changing values of Kyrgyz people on the examples of child-related rituals”, workshop “Living in Asian Borderlands: An Appreciation of Resources”, Tübingen, Germany


Research grants

2018 Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers (GRADE),
         Junior Researchers in Focus, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

2013 Global Supplementary Grant Program, Open Society Foundation research grant

2012 Global Supplementary Grant Program, Open Society Foundation research grant

2012 University of Central Asia research grant

2011 – 2014  DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and
                      University of Central Asia (CAFDP fellowship)


Taught courses

  • Methoden
  • Culture, health and healing
  • Einführung in die Ethnographie Indiens
  • Einführung in die Materielle Kultur
  • Religious pluralism in India: Between dialogue and communalism (co-taught)
  • Islam in India: Anthropological approaches to the cultural and religious life of Muslims in India
  • Children in different cultures: Cross-cultural perspectives
  • The latest research on current societal issues in Central Asia
  • Introduction to the anthropology of Central Asia
  • Kyrgyz language (beginners – advanced level)