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Phd Project

In my dissertation, I want explore the depiction of the Russian and Soviet empires in soviet and post-soviet Kazakh and Uzbek literature. My dissertation will have two main parts with some chapters each. In the first part, I want to analyse the literary depiction of human and environmental catastrophes. For this, I want to examine how these catastrophes are depicted and whether or not they are being connected to the Soviet Union or with imperial institutions and norms. In the second part, I want to analyse the literary depiction of social and political aspects. Here, my focus will be on analysing on the one hand how ethnic and soviet identities, repression and the situation of women are depicted in the texts and on the other hand what influence imperial structures and orders have on these aspects.