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The CREES Brownbag Lecture Series continues at 12pm on Tuesday November 1 in Bailey Rm. 318 with a talk by KU Geography Professor Kristopher White. His talk is titled “'Tragic January:' Under a state of emergency in Almaty, Kazakhstan."


In early January, 2022, Kazakhstan was rocked by mass demonstrations and subsequent violent clashes resulting in thousands of arrests and hundreds of deaths. A photo essay will be presented, composed of images made by the author between January 11 and 15, 2022, documenting the aftermath of this violence during a state of emergency in central Almaty, Kazakhstan. This photo essay offers primary source materials (images, personal observations and experience of the author, and interview responses of residents) to chronicle this landmark event in the history of independent Kazakhstan. The narrative here emanates from the perspective of local residents and forgotten ‘ordinary’ citizens so often overlooked in academic discussions focused on political elites and regional geopolitics.


Kristopher D. White is a human geographer and Associate Professor in the College of Social Sciences at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Dr. White is currently a visiting scholar with the Department of Geography & Atmospheric Science here at KU. Published research to date has investigated human-environment interrelationships in the Central Asia’s Aral Sea region, cultural landscape expressions of the snow leopard (Panthera uncia) in Kazakhstan, and philatelic iconography as a representation of political transition in Kazakhstan.

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