Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Central Asian Seminar

Dr. Saida Daukeyeva

Dr. Saida Daukeyeva
saida.daukeyeva (at)

Dr. Daukeyeva is a Georg Forster Research Fellow (HERMES) at the Central Asian Seminar of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (April 2015- July 2017). Her research, supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, explores the intersection of music with political, social and cultural geographies in Central Asia, focusing on the musical construction of place and borders among the Kazakh diaspora in western Mongolia and returning migrants in Kazakhstan.

Fields of research:

  • Ethnomusicology and Historical Musicology of Central Asia and the Middle East
  • Music Culture of Kazakhstan and the Kazakhs of Mongolia
  • Medieval Arabic Writings on Music

Current research projects:

  • Musical Geographies of Central Asia: Sounding Place and Borders
  • Dombyra Performance, Migration and Memory among Mongolian Kazakhs
  • Kazakh Qobyz Performance
  • Funeral and Commemorative Rituals among Kazakhs in Mongolia and Kazakhstan
Saida Daukeyeva

Curriculum Vitae:

  • 2012-2015 Head of Folklore Research Laboratory and Lecturer at Kurmangazy Kazakh National Conservatory in Almaty
  • 2011-2012 Early Career Research Associate, Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London
  • 2010 PhD in Ethnomusicology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • 2000 Candidate of Science in Musicology, Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory


List of publications (PDF)