Kulshat Medeuova is Professor of Philosophy at the L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University.
Her work develops interdisciplinary approaches to philosophy of culture, urban anthropology and memory practices in Kazakhstan. Her recent research engages with the epistemological dimension of nationalizing practices such as: the new capital of Kazakhstan; the secret life of “monuments”, and decolonization and knowledge production in post-Soviet Kazakhstan.
Her major research projects include How Authoritative Spaces are Formed: A Comparative Analysis of Industrial and Postindustrial cities (2013-2015, funded by the Open Society Institute, Hungary); Memory Places in Kazakhstan (2017) and Memory Places, Cultural Diversity and New Memory Places in Kazakhstan (2020), both supported by the French Research Institute of Central Asia (IFEAK). Her works also include several projects financed by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan: “Places of Memory” in the Modern Culture of Kazakhstan: The processes of Commemoration in public spaces (2018-2020), Actual Practices of Memory: Conceptualization of the Past and the Construction of Identity in the Contemporary Culture of Kazakhstan (2015-2017), and Anthropology of Morality: Discourses and Everyday Practices in Modern Kazakhstan (2012-2014).