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, oral traditions, and performance; pragmatics and discourse analysis; linguistic anthropology, methods and ethics in social science research, ecology and geography, and the history and ethnography of Eurasia.

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