Dr. des. Baktygul Tulebaeva

Research Assistant

Tel.: +49 (0) 69 / 798-33066
Fax: +49 (0) 69 / 798-33065
E-Mail: tulebaeva (at) em.uni-frankfurt.de

Office hours: Tuesdays 2–4 p.m., please register by E-Mail.
Room: IG 552

Research Focus

Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, Anthropology of Childhood, Anthropology of Personhood, Anthropology of Health and Illness, Rituals, Moral Education.


(2017) In Search of the Good Life. Value Conflicts and Dilemmas in the Practice of Islam in Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan. In Hardenberg, R. (ed.). Approaching Ritual Economy: Socio-Cosmic Fields in Globalized Contexts. Tübingen: SFB 1070 Publications

(2015) Being a Kyrgyz Child. In Contemporary Society: Tribal Studies (Volume -X). New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company, pp.38-55

(2014) Revisiting Ethics in Ethnographic Research with Children. The Oriental Anthropologists, 14(2), pp. 223-236

(2009) Belief and Knowledge in Healing Practices. In Aitpaeva A. (ed.). Sacred Sites of Issyk-Kul: Spiritual Powers, Pilgrimage, and Art. Bishkek: Aigine RC, pp. 299-309

(2009) Let's Learn to Express our Thoughts. In ScholarForum: The Journal of the Open Society Institute's Network Scholarship Programs, Number 12, NY: Open Society Institute, pp. 4-5

Selected workshops and conferences (from 2008 onwards)

2015      “Between the past and present. The role of schools in shaping values and identities”. 14th Bi-Annual Conference of the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) “Central Asia in the XXI Century. Historical Trajectories, Contemporary Challenges and Everyday Encounters”, Zurich.

2015      “The value of a ‘constructed’ child”. 3rd International Conference of the International Childhood and Youth Research Network “Theory and Method in Child & Youth Research”, European University Cyprus, Nicosia.

2014      “Taking away our child’s anxiety: Islamic and non-Islamic concepts of healing child diseases”. Summer School Workshop “Religion and Resource: Local and Global Discourses”, Tübingen.

2014      “Bringing up a child in a Kyrgyz way”. IUAES inter-congress “The Future with/of Anthropologies”, Panel Convenor, Chiba, Japan.

2014      “Self-identification and changing values of Kyrgyz people on the examples of child-related rituals”. Workshop “Living in Asian Borderlands: An Appreciation of Resources”, Tübingen.

2013      “Formal and informal institutions in the child health care system in Kyrgyzstan”. Conference “Informal Practices and Structures in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”, Fribourg.

2013      “Meanings behind transformed traditions: on the example of child related rituals among contemporary Kyrgyz families”. Conference “Constructing Authority through Custom and Tradition”, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek.

2013      Self-identity as a determinant of health-seeking behavior: A case study from Kyrgyzstan on the negotiation of the sources of treatment”. EASA Conference “Encounters and Engagements: Creating New Agendas for Medical Anthropology. Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona.

2013      “Novelties in the child health care system in contemporary Kyrgyzstan”. 3rd Annual Health in Transition Conference “Challenges of 21st Century: past, present and future of medicine and health care in post-socialist world(s)”. University of Warsaw, Warsaw.

2012      “Between development, soviet science and traditional healing: Childhood and child health in Kyrgyzstan”. IUAES Inter-Congress 2012 “Children and Youth in a Changing World”, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar.

2012      “Interdependence and discrepancy of formal and informal institutions: On the example of child health development projects in Kyrgyzstan”. Conference “Formal and Informal Central Asia: Institutions, Identities and Discourses”, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek.

2010      ERASMUS Intensive Programme, “Biocultural Diversity: Concepts and Interdisciplinary Methods”, University of Kent, Canterbury.

2009      “Cross-cultural study of the concept of personhood and personal well-being as applied to children”. Conference “Central Asian Visions of the Other. University of Leeds, Leeds.

2008      “The role of the women in building civil society in Kyrgyzstan”. Central Eurasian Studies Society Conference, Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan.

Grants and Awards

  • 2011–2014 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) – University of Central Asia Scholarship
  • 2013 Global Supplementary Grant Program, Open Society Foundation
  • 2012 Global Supplementary Grant Program, Open Society Foundation
  • 2008–2009 The University of Edinburgh, British Council and Open Society Institute Scholarship