Eva-Marie Dubuisson
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Eva-Marie Dubuisson received her PhD in Linguistic Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Support for her doctoral research on the oral tradition of aitys poetry came from Fulbright, Wenner Gren, the Eurasia Program of the Social Science Research Council, and the Institute for the Humanities at UM. Dubuisson’s teaching and research interests include expressive culture and performance; semantic and pragmatic meaning; linguistic anthropology and discourse analysis; methods and ethics in social science research, and the politics, history, ethnography, ecology and geographies of Eurasia. Her writing and research often center on themes of socio-political accountability and worldview, and how these emerge in different forms of story and encounter.

In her current project, Dubuisson describes discourses of ‘protection’ in current debates over environment and land use in Kazakhstan, as well as the social geographies and pragmatic alignments invoked by these discourses: whose world is being protected, how, and why? Her recent research and analysis (2015-2018) was undertaken together with students from SHSS at Nazarbayev University, and has been supported by a Marie Curie CIG Fellowship from the European Commission, a BAGEP fellowship from the Science Academy, Turkey, and a short term research fellowship from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research in the U.S.


Prior to coming to Nazarbayev University, Dubuisson developed courses on language and ethnography as a Mellon postdoctoral teaching fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. She taught courses in linguistic anthropology, Central Asian studies, and research methods for social sciences at Boğaziçi University in Turkey. In the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Dubuisson teaches courses in linguistics from a social and cultural perspective.