2015 Conference Program

University of Louisville Asian Studies Program presents the

5th Annual Lang Symposium in Asian Studies:


Authoritarian Persistence in Central Asia


Saturday, March 28th, 2015, Ekstrom Library, Room W104, University of Louisville


Continental Breakfast



Morning Session:

10:00-10:05am – Welcome Remarks: Charles Ziegler, University of Louisville


10:10-10:50am – Mariya Omelicheva, University of Kansas

“Ideological Factors of Authoritarian Persistence in Central Asia”

10:50-11:00am – Discussant--Charles Ziegler, University of Louisville

11:00-11:15am – Q/A


11:15am – 11:25am – Break


11:25am-12:05pm – Reuel Hanks, Oklahoma State University

“Of Myths and Mullahs: Narratives of Authoritarianism and Islam in Central Asia”

12:05-12:15pm – Discussant—David Buckley, University of Louisville

12:15-12:30pm – Q/A


Lunch (provided)



Afternoon Session:

1:20-2:00pm – Erica Marat, National Defense University

“The Politics of Police Reform: Society Against the State in Post-Soviet Countries”

2:00-2:10-pm – Discussant—Stacy Closson, University of Kentucky

2:10-2:25pm – Q/A


2:25pm-2:35 pm – Break


2:35-3:15pm – Lawrence Markowitz, Rowan University

“Bequeathabilty Problems and Authoritarian Durability in Central Asia”

3:15-3:25pm – Discussant—Jason Abbott, University of Louisville

3:25pm-4:40pm – Q/A


4:40pm – Concluding Remarks: Charles Ziegler, University of Louisville