Svetlana Jacquesson

Svetlana Jacquesson is an area study scholar with a strong anthropological bias. Her recent research focuses on nationalist claims about transnational heritage and on conflicting or collusive metadiscursive regimes for the (b)ordering of pasts and presents, of traditions and modernities, and of vernacularities and cosmopolitanism.

Formerly, she has published extensively on “history making,” or popular ways of re-emplotting history to support old and new identity claims as well as on the post-Soviet transformations of lives and identities in Kyrgyzstan. Before joining the MA Program in Central Asian Studies in 2022, she was a key researcher in ‘Sinophone Borderlands: Interaction at the Edges’, a research project supported by the European Regional Development Fund and hosted by the Asian Studies Department of Palacky University (Czech Republic).