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Slavoj Žižek and Expertism in Central Asia

Recently I went to Freie University to visit a lecture by Slavoy Zizek. His performance was all one could possibly hope for. And his ideas were very stimulating. His reading of Hegel’s philosophy as the very foundation of the modern idea of contingency (or the necessity for it) came quite unexpected. I never really read Hegel and always felt repelled by the idea of some guiding Weltgeist, something I considered the very end to the idea of contingency. I know, it sounds ignorant but, well, at least I made it to Zizek’s lecture. And Zizek continued his presentation with another killing of god (very funny: god – the bad programmer). With god gone there seems no hope left for a final solution to the problem of contingency. All the more irritating are attempts by capitalism (and before that communism) to fill the gap and present the world as a reality with no choice left but economic rationalization. However, instead of falling into despair because of such gloomy double outcome (no solution to contingency and the stupidity of capitalism), Zizek took the chance to ask for another revolution and called on us to overcome current limits to pure freedom or just ‚thinking‘, as he phrased it. Since we were in the sphere of academia, he finished by claiming that the current Bologna process is a dictatorship, repressively simulating the representation of the capitalist need for technical solutions only. Bologna stands for a world considered to be a cumulation of problems that call for experts to deal with them. In Zizek’s words Bologna turns out to be one face of the new god and another end to the idea of contingency and the contingent making of our world. This comparison awakened the rebel in many of us; well, and it reminded me very much of the world of development aid in Central Asia and the question for development in general and the group of people responsible for its management: the community of experts. Weiterlesen ‚Slavoj Žižek and Expertism in Central Asia‘


Elections in Kyrgyzstan in October 2010

(I liked the text when I wrote it back in October (in German); and I think some of its statements are still valid; therefore I tried to translate it into English)

There will be elections soon. On October 10, Kyrgyzstan will elect a new parliament. 29 parties compete for seats in the Zhogorku Kenesh. Chances to actually move into the parliament have some five to eight parties, whereas most of the others will return into the obscurity they came from. Perhaps with some exceptions like the party Aikol-El, with its leader Edil Baisalov, a young but rather experienced politician.

How the squabbling over coalitions will unfold, is the exciting question in the future, for the time after the elections. At the same time the pre-election period already provided with some surprises that are worth being discussed here, if even shortly. It surprises because it deeply questions our assumptions that we use to approach this white spot on the map.

The first surprise to address is the plurality of voices. In Bishkek and the rest of the country the election campaign is ongoing with full force. Some local observers have tears in their eyes when they see this gigantic waste of money and resources. The permanent organization of special campaign performances in stadiums, concerts, party marches, fireworks (!!) and even rides in a hot-air balloon (Party Respublika) costs huge sums of money. And yet, the force and even roughness, with which Kyrgyzstan teaches itself a lesson in plurality, impresses. It is not like all voices have something different to say. The opposite is true when the plurality of voices produces the same (old) stories. However, the possibility to observe that the many voices belong to different spokesmen, that suddenly diversity moves in front of the usual experience of a unified political representation (Akaev, Bakiev, Ak-Zhol), bears a special meaning. In the future, society can refer to such new experience and such reference already creates new conditions for political games to come. Any political force has to consider the new experience of the (peaceful) diversity of voices and has to anticipate its expectation within society. So, yes, it is a pity to see how much money is wasted (the more so since no clear difference can be observed among the messages being sent out to the voter), but it is exciting to see how colorful political representation has suddenly become in Kyrgyzstan. Weiterlesen ‚Elections in Kyrgyzstan in October 2010‘

New Coalition in Kyrgyzstan already Discredited before Forming the Government

Akipress published a document, showing the distribution of positions within the government and state related institutions and companies among the three parties ‚Respublika‘, ‚Ata-Zhurt‘, and ‚SDPK‘.

I repost the document here:

Wahlen in Kyrgyzstan und Ihre Bedeutung

Bald sind Wahlen. Am 10. Oktober wird hier in Kyrgyzstan ein neues Parlament bestimmt. 29 Parteien treten an, die Sitze unter sich aufgeteilt zu bekommen. Chancen kann man dabei vielleicht fünf bis acht Parteien einräumen, während wohl die meisten anderen nach Ablauf der Wahl wieder in der Versenkung verschwinden werden. Vielleicht mit einigen Ausnahmen wie Aikol El, der Partei unter Führung des jungen, aber erfahrenen Politikers Edil Baisalov.

Wie sich das Koalitionsgeschacher gestalten wird, ist die spannende Frage für die Zukunft, für die Zeit danach. Dabei hat die Zeit vor den Wahlen bereits für einige Überraschungen gesorgt, die es wert sind, kurz genannt zu werden. Denn sie hauen uns so einige Gewissheiten um die Ohren, mit denen wir uns bisher gerne diesem verlorenen Flecken Erde näherten.

Da ist an erster Stelle die Pluralität der Stimmen zu nennen. In Bishkek und dem Rest des Landes wird gewahlkämpft, was das Zeug hält. Mit Tränen in den Augen schauen einige lokale Beobachter dieser gigantischen Verschwendung an Ressourcen zu, ist doch die andauernde Organisation von Stadionauftritten, Konzerten, Parteiaufmärschen, Feuerwerken (!!) und sogar Luftballonfahrten (Partei Respublika) nicht mit unerheblichen Kosten verbunden. Und doch, es beeindruckt, mit welcher Härte sich Kyrgyzstan gegenwärtig eine Lektion in Pluralität verpasst. Nicht, dass alle Stimmen was unterschiedliches zu sagen haben, im Gegenteil, häufig ist es ein und derselbe Einheitsbrei. Aber die Möglichkeit zu beobachten, dass diese vielen Stimmen auch unterschiedlichen Sprechern gehören, dass hier plötzlich Vielfalt vor die übliche Erfahrung der Einheitsrepräsentanz (Akaev, Bakiev, Ak-Zhol) geschoben wird, ist von besonderer Bedeutung. In Zukunft kann auf diese Erfahrung zurückgegriffen werden und mit dieser Form des Rückgriffs werden neuen Bedingungen für zukünftige politische Spiele geschaffen. Deswegen: schade um des vielen Geldes (umso mehr, als dass die Inhalte eben kaum Differenzen aufweisen), aber erstaunlich, wie bunt politische Repräsentation mit einem Mal aussehen kann. Weiterlesen ‚Wahlen in Kyrgyzstan und Ihre Bedeutung‘

Preliminary Evaluations of Parliamentary Election Campaign in Kyrgyzstan

Several organizations in Kyrgyzstan recently published preliminary reports about the ongoing election campaign in the country, evaluating and assessing the activities of the 29 parties participating in the elections that are scheduled for October 10.

The following is a short collection of the reports:

The Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society issued its fifth report on the election campaign, monitoring the electoral race in the period between September 24 and October 4.

To download the full report from the Coalition follow the link: Koalicia_Report

The second report was published by the Legal Association Taza Shailoo and provides an overview of the current legal framework, the role of the election commission, and, last but not least, the actions of the competing parties.

To download the full report from Taza Shailoo follow the link: Taza-Shailoo

The last report was issued by the Youth movement Free Generation and shortly comments on the ongoing practice to mobilize students in schools and universities for electoral gains. The movement is mainly monitoring the situation in the cities in the Kyrgyz Republic.

To download the full report from Free Generation follow the link: Za_svobodnye_vybory

Kyrgyz HR Community Criticizes Ata-Jurt Party Leader Tashiev


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