Personen

Dr. Nikolaos Olma

Telefon: +49-(0)30-80307-146
Forschungsprojekt: Precarious Half-Lives: Co-habiting with Radiation and Ignorance in Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan

Positions

Since 07/2020
Research Fellow at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin, Germany
Since 07/2020
Associate in the department “Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Germany
Since 10/2019
Lecturer in the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany
01/2019 - 06/2020
Research Fellow in the department “Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia”, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Germany
11/2013 - 03/2018
PhD Fellow in department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Education

2013 - 2018
PhD, department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Dissertation Title: Enacting Memoryscapes: Urban Assemblages and Embodied Memory in Post-Socialist Tashkent
2014
Visiting research student, School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
2010 - 2012
Research MSc in Social Sciences, Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2008 - 2009
MA in International Conflict Studies, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, United Kingdom
2003 - 2008
BA in Mediterranean Studies, Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Greece

Publications

Forthcoming. “Where the Streets Have No Name: Informal Taxis, Wayfinding and Tashkent’s System of Orientiry.” In Post-Socialist Streets: Vehicles, Movements and Frictions, by Ger Duijzings and Tauri Tuvikene. Oxford & New York, NY: Berghahn.

Forthcoming. “Driving in the Shadows: Rural-Urban Labour Migrants as Informal Taxi Drivers in Post-Socialist Tashkent.” In Labour, Mobility and Informal Practices in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, by Rano Turaeva and Rustamjon Urinbayev. London & New York, NY: Routledge.

2020. “Looking into the Past, Living in the Future.” Social Anthropology 28(2). doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12895

2020. “Pandemic (Im)Mobilities: Motorbike Delivery Workers in Locked-down Athens.” REALEURASIA Blog, May 7. www.eth.mpg.de/5450337/blog_2020_05_07_01

2020. “Urbane Ruins: Of Tashkent’s Trees, Old-Timers, and Newcomers.” Theorizing the Contemporary, Fieldsights, March 24. culanth.org/fieldsights/urbane-ruins-of-tashkents-trees-old-timers-and-newcomers

2020. “Stacze Kolejkowi (Poland).” Global Informality Project. www.in-formality.com/wiki/index.php)

2019. “Taksovanie (Uzbekistan).” Global Informality Project. www.in-formality.com/wiki/index.php)

Conferences and Events

Invited Talks

“Enacting Memoryscapes: Urban Assemblages and Embodied Memory in Post-Socialist Tashkent.” Paper presented at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg, 5 December 2019.

Organisation of Workshops and Conference Panels

“Minorities in Asia: Between Homogenization and Fragmentation.” Panel co-organised with Ildikó Bellér-Hann at the 8th International Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) Conference, Copenhagen, 20-22 June 2016.

“The Past and Present of Central Asian Megapolises: Society and Politics.” Panel co-organised with Zayra Badillo Castro at the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Annual Conference, Cambridge, 2-4 April 2016.

“Urban Research Methods: Beyond Static Interviews.” Workshop organised at Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, 12 March 2015.

Selected Conference Paper Presentations

“Immutable Automobiles: Informal Taxis and the System of Orientiry in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.” Paper presented at the Marshrutka Project’s Final Conference: Spatial Dynamics of Informal and Shared Mobilities, Berlin, 8-10 November 2018.

“Uzbek Strokes on a Soviet Canvas: Identity-Building Architecture and its Effect on the Memoryscape and Urban Identity of Tashkent, Uzbekistan.” Paper presented at the 21st Annual Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), New York, 14-16 April 2016.

“Mundane Memoryscapes: Housing as a Node of Urban Memory in Contemporary Tashkent, Uzbekistan.” Paper presented at the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Annual Conference, Cambridge, 2-4 April 2016.

“Creating Memoryscapes: Practices of Mobility and Orientation Points as Nodes of Social Memory in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.” Paper presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), Washington, DC, 15-18 October 2015.

“‘Tashkent is Dead,’ Long Live Tashkent: Urban Redevelopments and Belonging in the Capital of Uzbekistan.” Paper presented at the “Development and Modernisation in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periphery” conference, Leiden, 25-26 September 2015.

“Navigating through the Urban Memoryscape: Mobility Practices and the Creation of Places of Memory in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.” Paper presented at 6th Annual Stadtkolloquium, London, 30-31 May 2015.

Scholarships and Grants

2020
Max-Cam Mobility Grant, Max Planck-Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change
2019
Two-year post-doctoral scholarship, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
2016
Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) travel grant, University of Copenhagen
2015
Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) travel grant, University of Copenhagen
2013
Three-year PhD scholarship, University of Copenhagen
2012
STUNT travel grant, University of Amsterdam
2010
Merit scholarship, Baku Summer Energy School
2005
Merit scholarship, Semper Polonia Foundation

Teaching Experience

2020
Introduction to Economic Anthropology (BA level), Ethnographies of Post-Soviet Central Asia (BA level); Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
2019
Introduction to Economic Anthropology (BA level); Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
2016
Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities in Central Asia, Russia, and Eastern Europe (BA level); Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
2015
Politics and Public Space in Modern Asian Cities (w/ R. Elling & D. Hirslund, MA level), Socialist and Post-Socialist Cities in Central Asia, Russia, and Eastern Europe (BA level); Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Language Skills

Greek: Native speaker

Polish: Native speaker

English: Fluent

Russian: Advanced

German: Basic

Kyrgyz: Beginner