The Research Seminar series “Notes on Methodology and Research Philosophy in Social Science(s)”

Sociology department, Eurasian National University

Seminar’s Convener – Adil Rodionov

Sociology at the Eurasian National University is pleased to invite you to participate in the series of research seminar. This academic year is called “Notes on methodology and research philosophy in social science(s)”. Methodology and research philosophy is Achilles’ heel for Kazakhstani social sciences. In the case of local social sciences, we observe the domination of naïve ‘positivist’ methodology based on ‘objective reality’ or ‘facts’. In opposition to this view, we want to spark off interest to ‘less objective’ view on the social reality and the research practice of this reality.

Meetings are being organized once in two-three weeks. The working language of seminar is English (if needed with translation on Russian). Every event is free and open for the public. The schedule of meetings and short information about the first seminar is below. More detailed information about other seminars will be in near future.

If you have some comments, advices and suggestion about seminars or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact with us by e-mail:

Preliminary Seminar Schedule:

25th Jan.: Professor François Ruegg (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

8th Feb.: Dr. Bülent Şenay (Uludag University, Turkey)

28 February.: Dr. Iskander Yasaveyev (Kazan State University, Russia)

5th March: Professor Heiko Schrader (Magdeburg University, Germany)

28 March: Professor Aigul Zabirova (Eurasian National University, Kazakhstan)

30 April: Professor Sally Nicoline Cummings (Saint-Andrews University, Scotland, UK)

21 May: Professor Pal Tamash (Institute of Sociology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) 

First seminar

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 12.00p.m.

Faculty of Social Sciences, Janushkevicha 6, 106 room

Prof. François Ruegg

University of Fribourg

“Who has the right to talk about whom? The problem of researcher’s identity in anthropological research”

Who has the right to talk about whom? Whether native scholars have a privilege to study and to present own culture or foreign scholars have advantages because they don’t suffer from ethno/culture centrism?