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Women in Central Eurasia (II). Modern Period: Women between Tradition and Modernity Facing Stereotyping, Social Expectations and Social Pain [English&Kazakh] 
Funda Guven (Nazarbayev University)
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Uli Schamiloglu (Nazarbayev University)
Zhazira Agabekova (Nazarbayev University)
Gender Studies
308 (Floor 3)
Saturday 8 June, -
Time zone: Asia/Almaty


This panel navigates how political social norms and pressure causes social pain across Turkic societies and empower women to overcome social cultural and political hegemony and their personal struggles. Papers provide cultural insight and literary analysis of the writers while seeking agency of women during the social transformation. Papers on Alash activist and writer Nazipa Kulzhanova adresses the issue of gender equality in Kazakh society while. Papers on woman’s support on Alash movement and as images of colonial Kazakh literature juxtaposes Kazakh women’s struggles and success as role models. Paper shed light on the social pain that polygamy caused in Turkis societites in the second part of the panel questioned together woth modernisation in Ottoman and contemporary Uzbek societies. The paper on slavery of women discusses how and Causassian women being concubines justified in the elite women author Fatma Aliye’s woks, who lived in the modernization period of Ottoman Empire while the Dual Realities: Navigating Cultural Norms and Personal Choices in Uzbek Second Marriages shed lights on contemporary Uzbek women’s perception and practice polygamy.

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Session 1 Saturday 8 June, 2024, -