PhD Summer School
Organisers: Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Leipzig, Germany
American University of Central Asian (AUCA), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Location: Bishkek and Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Dates: 14.08.2016 – 18.08.2016
The PhD Summer School is embedded in the research and network project Fluid mobilities for cities in transformation: spatial dynamics of marshrutkas in Central Asia and the Caucasus (Marshrutka Project). Within the scope of the project, we want to gain insights into transformation processes through the lens of changing mobility practices.
We are inviting doctoral students from diverse disciplines, such as geography, urban studies, anthropology, social and political sciences, and others, interested in the questions of space, mobility and transformation. The summer school is designed to encourage transnational interdisciplinary discussions, and provide high-impact feedback and networking opportunities for its participants. We offer  thematic key-note speeches,  training sessions on research methods,  an opportunity to share, discuss, and receive feedback for ongoing research projects,  mobility-themed field trips.
Besides offering a unique and understudied thematic focus, we offer a cozy and thorough working environment and networking opportunities. The summer school invites five project-funded PhD students, ten external PhD students (please see information on funding opportunities below), ten project partners from Kyrgyz, Kazak, Tajik, Russian, Georgian and German academic institutions, international and local key-note speakers, trainers and stakeholders. Such a high student/professor ratio and a diverse regional and thematic expertise of the participants will ensure an opportunity for constructive in-depth discussions.