Craig Hatcher

plans in his dusty Bishkek office, the urban planner at the State Agency for Construction and Architecture ( Gosstroy ) seemed to be becoming agitated. Deflecting one of my questions, the planner asked: “Why does everyone keep coming to me about this settlement?” Without giving me any time to respond

Emil Nasritdinov and Philipp Schröder

We have heard many tourists and visitors to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, say that they like the city very much. But when asked about what exactly they like, many get confused and have difficulty forming a strong answer. There is nothing special about Bishkek’s architecture or its planning

Cholpon Turdalieva and Rene Provis

making in an urban context, specifically in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Organized on a larger scale and with more expenses than elsewhere in the country, Bishkek toi demonstrate material and spiritual reciprocities that are crucial in the reproduction of social solidarity and exclusion, poverty

Emil Nasritdinov and Nurgul Esenamanova

Introduction: The War of Billboards In July 2016, the residents of Bishkek and many other cities and towns across Kyrgyzstan woke up to see billboards with banners depicting three images next to each other. The first image portrayed a group of Kyrgyz women wearing traditional Kyrgyz dresses

Emil Nasritdinov and Philipp Schröder

of Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The following reflections mainly are based on oral history data that was gathered during multiple episodes of ethnographic fieldwork by the authors, but also as part of the seminar “Facebook, Urban Life, and Youth Culture,” which took place in the fall of 2014

Philipp Schröder

In recent years, urban change in Bishkek has proceeded in a particularly dynamic fashion. Demographically, the population of Kyrgyzstan’s capital has almost doubled within the last two decades (to unofficially more than 1.3 million). In 2005 and 2010, Bishkek was the stage of the country’s two

Natalya Kosmarskaya, Artyom Kosmarsky and Guzel Sabirova

, and practices produced by different social actors in the course of their “consumption” of this part of the city, probably the most politically and symbolically charged space of contemporary Bishkek. The “square” is broadly understood as an area that includes not only the square as it is shown on the

Bahtiyar Kurambayev, Mary L. Sheffer Ph.D. and Ecaterina Stepaniuc Ph.D.

asking officials an “inappropriate” question, 30 as with the 2016 dismissal of well-known tv journalist Ernis Kiyazov from nts tv , which is based in Bishkek, for a Facebook question addressed to the President of Kyrgyzstan. Some high-profile journalists—such as Alisher Saipov, Yuri

Farrukh Irnazarov and Marina Kayumova

Introduction Urban studies have largely neglected Central Asian cities. While the major Central Asian cities—Almaty, Astana, Ashgabat, Bishkek, Dushanbe, and Tashkent—are the hubs of major economic and political processes in their countries, the cities themselves occupy little space in