Ketmen means a hoe and it is used to dig the ground for a variety of purposes: soil tillage, creating irrigation ditches, mixing clay for bricks, making foundation for yurts, etc. One can think of all kinds of analogies: Ketmen will help till the soil of Central Asian academia and dig irrigation ditches for watering it and for connecting distant parts of the region with each other. It will help dig the foundations and mix the clay for raising the walls in the houses of local academic knowledge
Ketmen is also associated with hard and honest labor, connection to the folk on the ground and non-elitist status of the journal and its contributors.
Regional multi- and interdisciplinary focus
Ketmen publishes across a wide range of human and social sciences and encourages its contributors to use interdisciplinary approach and to collaborate with specialists from the variety of fields and countries within and outside Central Asia.
Types of submissions and peer-review process
Publishing in multiple languages
Foundation at the American University of Central Asia
Over the last three decades, the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) has been a flagman in academic research and publishing. While it is not the only liberal arts university in the region, its location in Kyrgyzstan – the most democratic of all Central Asian states – makes it most vocal and free in academic expression. Thus, it is only reasonable that AUCA takes on a leadership role in this endeavor and becomes a regional anchor that brings together scholars from the entire region.
Innovative and experimental approach
At the core of Ketmen, there is a group of highly motivated, experienced and productive scholars from AUCA and other partnering institutions who are committed to the idea of promoting local Central Asian scholarship. The board will engage in administering the journal and the peer review process, attracting contributions, popularizing the journal, providing feedback and making suggestions for improvement, proposing themes for special issues and fundraising.
Ketmen publishes three or four issues a year. It welcomes special issues devoted to specific themes proposed by the guest-editors or initiated by the members of Ketmen’s editorial board.
Formal registration of Ketmen
The journal is registered with the Ministry of Justice of Kyrgyz Republic and it follows the Ministry’s registration policy on academic journals. It is also registered with the Higher Attestation Committee of the Kyrgyz Academy of Science.
Collaboration and Funding
The journal is open to collaboration with and support by international and local organizations and foundations.
Decolonizing knowledge on Central Asia
For many decades during the Soviet period, local academia was dominated by the Soviet scholarly tradition. In the period of independence, it was replaced by the scholarship from the global West.
The time has come and resources are abound to establish and expand local knowledge on the region. Ketmen is a platform that brings this knowledge together.