Department of Sociology and Anthropology

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Summer archaeology: NU faculty and students excavate east Kazakhstan’s Semey region

Summer archaeology: NU faculty and students excavate east Kazakhstan’s Semey region This summer Professor Paula Dupuy and history faculty Aidyn Zhunishkhanov led archaeological excavations in the Semey region to uncover new information on its ancient societies. The team included undergraduate and graduate students from Nazarbayev University, Shakarim State University of Semey, and the United States (Washington University […]

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Graduate student from Mexico is studying koumiss

Great steppe culture and Kazakh national cuisine are attracting great interest among foreigners. For example, Sandra Real from Mexico is currently exploring the koumiss nutritious drink. Sandra’s interest in the national drink grew stronger as she learned that in addition to taste, this drink helps to cure many diseases. Therefore, her first thesis in undergraduate […]

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Undergraduate Student Conference by Sociology and Anthropology Department

On Saturday, April 7th, 2018, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology held its first annual undergraduate capstone conference.  The capstone conference was a culmination of a year-long capstone course that has allowed our ten graduating fourth-year students majoring in either Anthropology or Sociology to conduct original research and present their findings to members of the […]

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UK and Kazakhstan worked together to assess the implications of the transition to the mandatory social health insurance in Kazakhstan

Academics from the UK and Kazakhstan had worked together to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to the mandatory social health insurance in Kazakhstan at the workshop in March 26-27, 2018 in Astana at Nazarbayev University. In 2015, a group of researchers from the London School of Economics and Nazarbayev University received […]

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Professors go on an archaeological survey to the Altay region

Professors Reed Coil and Gabriel McGuire joined with former SHSS professor Zachary Cofran to carry out a joint ethnographic and archaeological survey of the Altay region of eastern Kazakhstan this summer. The team spent two weeks in the mountains and valleys around the Zaisan basin, where they spoke with local villagers and searched for possible […]

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