Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Similarities between Kyrgyzstan and Uganda

Today I saw Klaus Schlichte from the University of Magdeburg give a fascinating talk on the similarities between Kyrgyzstan and Uganda. In addition to political similarities he also noted that synergistic combinations of native and foreign influence were prominent in music and fashion. In Uganda people combine revived indigenous traditions with Imperial British ones. In Kyrgyzstan people combine reinvigorated native elements with Soviet ones. I had not really thought about these cultural aspects before, certainly not in a comparative manner.

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