This article, which contributes no real new information or novel analysis, studies the cultural production of Turkmenistan under the reign of Saparmurad Niazov (1985-2006).  Basing herself on Benedict Anderson’s reference work, the author seeks to explain the media output in this new state and the instrumentation of specific cultural symbols.  To this end, she refers to newspapers, television channels, the Ruh-nama, monuments of the capitals such as the Neutrality Arch and the Monument to the 1948 Earthquake, as well as to the National Museum and the Museum of National Values.  In concluding, she examines the degree of “internationalisation” of this cultural output and questions the legitimacy of S. Niazov as “founding father” of an independent Turkmen people.

Sébastien Peyrouse, Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington, DC
CER: I-8.4.F-746