Issue Gender as Intersections: A Different Way of Seeing Central Asia. Volume 9: Issue 2 – 4.
Giving a voice to Central Asians to speak on gender from a new perspective, one that isn’t dominated by violence and politics.
Gender-based violence, (geo)politics, and Islam continue to dominate the production of knowledge about Central Asia. While using a gender lens, this Special Issue offers a different perspective on the region. The authors link historical analyses of imperial and Soviet gendered modernities to contemporary Central Asians’ daily lives and local nationalisms to shed light on often overlooked areas in the literature, such as a systematic screening out of historical and contemporary gender diversity, sex work, virginity tests, in-bodiment, queer activism, and the use and abuse of discourse on traditions. As a platform for a conversation about negotiating gender in Central Asia and indigenizing gender theory from within other than Euro-American contexts, this roundtable presents an example of knowledge production by and with Central Asians.