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Workshop at the Institute of Education: "The Culture of Politeness (Odob) in Uzbek Education"

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Dear colleagues, 

We would like to invite you to the seminar

«Soviet and Post-soviet education: the research perspectives»

on Wednesday, 27th April, 5 p.m.


Jesko Shmoller,

Post-doctoral research fellow at the European University St. Petersburg and the Centre for Comparative History and Political Studies in Perm

will be presenting

“The culture of civility (odob) and its influence on the educational system in Uzbekistan

Within the regular seminars on the Soviet and post-Soviet education the Institute of Education starts a series of discussions devoted to the issue of higher education in Central Asia.

This special seminar series addresses researchers and students who are interested in the Central Asian education, as well as scholars investigating broader socio-economic and cultural processes in the former USSR. The discussions aim to expand the knowledge about educational routines in Central Asia and regional contexts that shape national education systems. The first seminar will be held on April 27th and will cover the topic of education in Uzbekistan.



This presentation introduces to the reader the relationship between ustoz (master) and shogird (apprentice) in Uzbek society, which takes a considerable influence on the structure of professional branches and the work processes within them. In the state service, the relationship is of specific relevance. It forms a part of the culture of politeness that is now being actively promoted and through which Uzbekistan can not only claim a moral superiority in the region and beyond but also dissociate itself from the Soviet past. When discussing identity formation in the post-Soviet sphere, one must register such internal discourses, as they signal the emergence of new developments and help to avoid a Russocentric interpretation of Central Asian affairs.

1. How can we think of Uzbek moral education in the Central Asian context?

2. What might this kind of moral education mean for the formation of people in Uzbek society?

3. Where can we locate the origins of this moral education?

The seminar consists of presentation of particular research (30 min), followed by one-hour discussion.

Chairs: Isak Froumin, Elena Minina, Dmitry Semyonov, Sergey Zair-Bek

Working language: English

Location: 16 Potapovsky Pereulok, Room 309.


We are pleased to invite you to watch a live stream of the workshop online

on iPad, iPod, iPhone;
on PC or laptop.