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Nari Shelekpayev, PhD

Nari Shelekpayev, PhD
Current Position Assistant Professor at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale University


Ottawa, Brasília, Astana: the Construction of Capital Cities in Canada, Brazil, and Kazakhstan (1850-2000)

(Supervisor: Michèle Dagenais, Montréal)

My current research focuses on the elaboration of capital cities between 1850s and 2000s in Brazil, Canada, Germany, and Kazakhstan in transnational and comparative perspectives. The investigation analyses three phases of the elaboration of these cities: the legislative and executive activities aimed at choosing and promoting their new sites; the design competitions for the governmental buildings and districts; and the inauguration ceremonies. Through an interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of these moments I propose to rethink intellectual and political projects of (post)colonial societies who established new capitals in order to understand how their aspirations, utopias, and compromises were translated into the form and the architecture of their capital cities.

Thesis defended on March 15, 2019 with distinction (mention 'Excellent')

The dissertation is published at the Papyrus Server of the Université de Montréal. For more information, see: https://papyrus.bib.umontreal.ca/xmlui/handle/1866/21731
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