Ulan Bigozhin

Assistant professor , Postdoctoral Scholar

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Ulan Z. Bigozhin received a PhD in Anthropology from the Indiana University, Bloomington in the Spring of 2017.  His primary research interests are in religion, nationalism, patrimonial relations and state building in post-Soviet Kazakhstan, with a focus on the question of how religion (Kazakh Muslim sacred places veneration) is involved into state and nation building processes on the ground level. His dissertation is entitled “Shrine, State and Sacred Lineage in post-Soviet Kazakhstan”, where he conducted field research in the areas of Ekibastuz (Northern Kazakhstan) on the sacred shrine complex of Isabek Ishan. In his dissertation he shows that state, local business and sacred lineage descendants (qozhas) are deeply involved into state and nation building process via shrine complex restoration.

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Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Indiana University

2017 → …

MA, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University

2008 → …

B.S., Al Farabi Kazakh National University

2002 → …

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