English or Russian?

Language Ideologies in Multilingual Khorog, Tajikistan While perusing wikileaks for information on English in Khorog, Tajikistan, the administrative centre of Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region, I noticed a cable sent in 2008 from the American Embassy, Dushanbe. It was entitled “Tajikistan — Why American Corners Matter,” and it describes Khorog as an ideal location for a […]

Multiplying Moscow

Provisioning and Connectivity on the Roof of the World On a cold winter morning in 2010 I travelled with the driver Mital and a group of other passengers from the town of Murghab in Tajikistan to Osh in Southern Kyrgyzstan. While the journey usually takes a day, snowfall, a damaged car or border closure can […]

Bulgaria’s Guerrilla Girl

In May of 1944, Bulgaria was at war with the United States, France, and Great Britain, and occupied large swaths of Northern Greece and Eastern Yugoslavia.  Across the country, rag-tag bands of guerrillas resisted the Nazi-allied Bulgarian monarchy.  In response to the growing threat of internal insurrection, King Boris III’s government deployed the gendarmerie to […]