Gyuzel Kamalova

PhD Student

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Research Keywords
Disability anthropology, anthropology of post-socialism and Central Asia, medical anthropology

Research Regions
Kazakhstan, Central Asia

Working Dissertation


The Social Life of Cognitive Disability Diagnosis in post-Soviet Kazakhstan


Cassandra Hartblay
Janelle Taylor


Gyuzel  entered a PhD program in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto in 2019. She completed her MA in Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver and MA in Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her PhD research focuses on disability diagnosis and implications diagnosis has for people with disabilities in their everyday lives in highly medicalized post-Soviet Kazakhstan.

Her research interests include critical disability studies, care, post-socialism, ethnographic fiction, performative ethnography, and feminist ethnography.