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CREECA Lecture: Chechen Demographic Growth as a Reaction to the Existential Threat from Russia with Marat Iliyasov

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

This lecture presents research findings which explored the reasons behind Chechen population growth in times of harshness. The investigation starts with an observation of a quite contradictory nature: Chechens would not postpone creating families in the time of wars (1994-1996 and 1999-2009). Being based on demographical statistics, which imply longitudinal studies, the analysis goes back as far as 200-250 years ago, when the first estimates of Chechen population size were made. This lecture analyzes available statistical data of the censuses conducted in Imperial Russia, Soviet Union, and Russian Federation, coupled with the previous periods of harshness experienced by the Chechen nation. The investigation relies on qualitative methodology, and the data was collected using semi-structured interviews and focus groups. The analysis of the interviews allowed confirming a strong link between reproductive motivation and two other variables, namely ethnic identity and population loss due to times of harshness.

About the Speaker: Marat Iliyasov is a graduate of Vilnius University, where he obtained his MA in Diplomacy and International Relations. His second MA comes from Ilia State University, and he holds a PhD from the School of International Relations of the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His current work comes to the crossroad of several disciplines, among which are: International Relations, Ethnography, and Political Demography. Dr Iliyasov is an author of several publications that analyze migrants’ identity evolution, the demographic trends in the conflict and post-conflict societies, self-legitimation of authoritarian governments, and politics of memory in autocracies.

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Date:
February 17
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm