On April 24, 2020, the International Scientific and Practical Online Seminar "Ethnicity and Denomination in the Modern Mentality: Methodological and Research Issues" was organized. The organizer was the Center for the Study of Interethnic and Interconfessional Relations in the Central Asian Region of the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The speakers of the International Online Seminar were Dr. Beate Beate Eschment, researcher at the Center for East European and International Studies (Berlin, Germany), professor Anatoly Bashmakov, chairman of the Association of Chairs of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, Dr. Peter Kazmerkevich, chief international expert of the International Organization for Migration (Poland, Warsaw), Professor Muratbek Imanaliyev, stateman and politician of the Kyrgyz Republic, ex-Secretary General of the SCO (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) and Akhmet Yarlykapov, candidate of historical sciences, research fellow at the Center for Caucasus issues and regional security of the MGIMO MIA of Russia University.
During the seminar speakers and participants discussed issues of civil, ethnic and religious identity in the modern world, the problems of social vulnerabilities and long-term radicalization, as well as the factors of changing religious practices in the context of globalization challenges.
The main results of a sociological research devoted to the examination of identity and the situation of small ethnic groups in Kazakhstan were shared by Dr. Beate Eschment who underlined that in general, the state policy in the field of interethnic relations is successful. However, given the changing conditions for the development of the demographic and ethno-political situation in the country, special attention should be paid to deep analytical research in this area. Anatoly Bashmakov in his speech focused on the activities of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan noting that it played a huge role in shaping the Kazakhstani model of interethnic harmony and mentioned the seven factors in favor of the APK and its reset.
Dr. Petr Kazmerkevich, presenting the findings of field studies as part of a joint work with the office of the International Organization for Migration in Nur-Sultan, focused on the fact that in addition to ideological factors leading to the risk of long-term radicalization of migrants from Central Asian countries there are factors of socio-economic vulnerability.
The issues of religious identity, historical development, factors and characteristics of the formation of Islamic identity were addressed in the speech of Professor Muratbek Imanaliyev. He also noted that studying Islamic identity and the narratives created around it, it is necessary to differentiate these processes according to regional, country and ethnic characteristics. Akhmet Yarlykapov in his speech also touched on the topic of Islamic identity but from the perspective of the transformation of Muslim religious practices in response to globalization challenges. In this regard, the concept of the implementation of religious practices in the context of the coronavirus pandemic was identified as an actual discourse.
KazISS under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan was represented by the head of the Department of Social and Political Studies (DSPS) Alua Zholdybalina, the head of the Department of International Studies Asel Nazarbetova, the head of the Department of Social and Economic Research Zhanna Karimova and the leading researcher at the DSPS Madina Bektenova.