Madeleine Reeves

Madeleine Reeves is a research fellow in social anthropology at the University of Manchester, where she is completing Border Work, an ethnography of the new international borders in the Ferghana Valley.

A Weekend in Osh: In Kyrgyzstan

Madeleine Reeves, 8 July 2010

The Ferghana Valley – the rich, fertile basin of the Syr Darya that today cuts across Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – has long been seen as a region defined by its ethnic and cultural tensions: a ‘Eurasian Balkans’ divided by artificial Soviet-era borders, a tinderbox ready to ignite. This view emerged during the Cold War, but it has taken on new life since the...

The Latest Revolution: In Kyrgyzstan

Madeleine Reeves, 13 May 2010

There is an eerie thrill to be had from walking through the home of a deposed president. Legitimate trespassing. Private vice exposed. By the time we came to gawp on Saturday afternoon, three days after the uprising that had overthrown Kyrgyzstan’s government on 7 April, the Bakievs’ house in the capital, Bishkek, was an empty, burned-out shell. Everything sellable had been taken,...

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