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History 499, The Silk Road Today: Focus on Kazakhstan

Summer in Kazakhstan
Instructor: Azade-Ayse Rorlich
Dates: May 14 - May 31, 2012 (approximate)

This will be a “problem based” learning experience which will put a “real face” on one of the “stans” of Central Eurasia.  Kazakhstan is a country larger than all of Western Europe; its natural and social landscape is diverse. This is a country of vast steppes and soaring mountains, one where there are still  people who pursue at least  a semi-nomadic way of life, while others, for instance, are engaged in exploiting its oil and mineral  resources.  Today, Kazakhstan exhibits  an impressive  diversity ; its multiethnic and multicultural society puts before its government and citizens alike the challenge of finding a harmonious balance between a Kazakhstani identity and ethnic identities.  The students participating in this program will have an opportunity to understand better issues of identity construction, cultural retrieval, political and economic challenges in the context of nation building  through  activities  which our host institution – KIMEP , a prestigious International University, located in Almaty, the “cultural capital” of Kazakhstan will help us organize.

Click here for the program application.  Deadlne to submit application is November 15, 2011

Program Costs:

Tuition: $5680

Flights: $1400-1600 (as of 9/29/11)

Additional expenses: $1050*

Total: $8130-8330

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for accommodations, visa fees, cultural excursions, a trip to Turkistan, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student).

For further information, contact Professor Azade-Ayse Rorlich at