Social and Cultural Anthropology


Nurzat Sultanalieva, M.A.

2014 to present
PhD student, University of Tübingen

2012 to present
Graduate student, Kyrgyz National Academy of Sciences, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Thesis: “Problems of expressing ethnic identity through physical space in Kyrgyzstan”).

Master of Arts in Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (Thesis: Symbolism, Space and Revolutions – a Curious Case of Kyrgyzstan).

Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Thesis: “Upper Paleolithic sites of Central Asia – Comparative Analysis.”


09/2011 -2014
Assistant Professor, American University – Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

04/2012 to present
Social Worker, Human Rights Advocacy NGO "Labrys", Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

09/ 2012 to present
Chairwoman, Human Rights Advocacy NGO "Kyrgyz Indigo", Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

06/2009 - 08/2010
Assistant, The Chancellor’s office on Trade Economic Issues of the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan . Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

11/2008 - 04/2009
Intern/Research Assistant, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA/Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

06/ 2008 – 08/2008
Intern, Russo – Belgian Archaeological Summer School, Geolog, Uzbekistan.

11/2007 – 04/2008
Research Assistant, AUCA Research Migration Project, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

09/2005 – 05/2006
Intern/Research Assistant, Aarhus University (Denmark) – Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.


Central Asia Studies Institute – Research grant 2012. Research topic «Cities of migrants, migrants of cities», Kazan, St. Petersburg.

2011 to present
Returning Scholar, Academic Fellowship Programme. Soros Foundation and Open Society Institute.

Central European University Full Tuition Waiver.

Central European University Partial CEU Fellowship.


Accepted abstract for the Annual Nawruz Postgraduate Workshop, Newcastle, UK. Paper title: The Sovietisaztion of the Yssyk-Kul lake: dynamics of change and adaptation to fluid environments”.

Central Asia in the Making, Tuebingen, Germany. Paper title: “A Stranger at the Lake: Negotiating Internal and External Sense of Belonging as a “Native Anthropologist”.

Resources in the Social Context(s): Curse, Conflicts and the Sacred, Tuebingen, Germany. Paper title: “The Production of the Liminal Places”.

CESS, Kazan, Russia. Paper title: “Living at the lake: dynamics of change and adaptation to fluid environments”.

Summer School Workshop, Tuebingen, Germany. Paper title: “Changing perceptions of water and sacredness of the Yssyk-Kul lake”.