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Learning, Connecting, Recruiting: Building on over sixty years of IU’s Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL)

Each summer, for the past sixty-three years, students from all over the world converge in Bloomington to study over twenty less commonly taught languages offered at the Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL). Founded in 1950, SWSEEL is one of the oldest and largest programs of its kind in North America and has grown to include Central Eurasian languages such as Dari, Kazakh, Mongolian, Hungarian, Pashto, Tatar, Uyghur, and Uzbek. This year, for the first time, Turkish and Persian were also offered.

Thirteenth Annual CESS Conference

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Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:00pm to Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 12:00pm

The Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) will be held at Indiana University, hosted by the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center. The program will feature panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia, a geographic domain which extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Central and Inner Asia.

2012 Roundtable on Lessons From Post-Communism: Energy and Conservation

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Friday, April 6, 2012 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The 2012 Annual Roundtable on Post-Communism brings together internationally renowned experts and academics for a day-long seminar on Energy Policy, Conservation, and the teaching of such issues, drawing upon a vast body of work covering the post-Soviet space.  Participants include Peter Thomson, Director of Sustainable Development, Europe and Asia Region, World Bank, Judith Shapiro, Director of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, American University, DC, Sergei Zhuk, Associate Professor of History, Ball State University, and many others. 

The Shayhs of Jam: An Introduction to an Under-Studied Sufi Lineage

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Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 11:30am

John Dechant, a PhD candidate in Indiana University's Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Department, will present a talk entitled "The Shayhs of Jam: An Introduction to an Under-Studied Sufi Lineage" on Thursday, March 08 at 11:30 AM.  The talk, part of the Graduate Student Brown Bag Lunch Series, will focus attention on the Sufi hereditary lineage linking back to Shaykh Ahmad-i-Jam, a prominent 12th century religious figure in historical Khurasan.  While the descendants of Jam proved an important political and economic force in the following centuries, their influence has been l

Mixed Messages: Media and Language Politics in Ethnic Buryatia

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 4:00pm

The 2011-2012 Central Eurasian Studies Colloquium is pleased to welcome Kate Graber, PhD Candidate in Anthrpology at the University of Michigan to Indiana University and present her lecture, "Mixed Messages: Media and Language Politics in Ethnic Buryatia" on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.  Sponsored by the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and the Central Eurasian Studies Department, Ms. Graber's talk is free and open to the public.

Lecture: Ulugh Beg and Transoxiana: How Much do the Sources Actually Tell Us?"

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 4:00pm

As sponsored by the Denis Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies and welcomed by IAUNRC, Professor Beatrice Forbes Manz of Tufts University will be presenting the annual Yuri Bregel lecture this Wednesday, October 26, at 4:00 PM in Indiana University's Memorial Union.  Professor Manz's talk is entitled "Ulugh Beg and Transoxiana: How much do the sources actually tell us?" and will delve into the historical period and impotance of Shahrukh's son, Ulugh Beg.  Beg was the Renaissance astronomer prince, portrayed as a semi-independent ruler, ignoring his pious father's turn

Silk Road Bayram (Festival)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University and the Silk Road Institute Present The 19th Annual Silk Road Bayram in a program of Dance and music of the Turkic World of the Silk Road Cultures

Featuring guest artists Cavit Tebrizli (Turkey), Hasan Mamedov (Turkmenistan/Russia), Simin Sabri (Norway/Azerbaijan) & Behrouz Farrokhi (USA/ Azerbaijan)

With Music and dance from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, East Turkistan, Greece, Middle East, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Cultural Fair, 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7-10 p.m.
Includes a Fashion Show

“Trading and Raiding on the Eurasian Steppe: The Grave Goods of a Turkic Chieftain”

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Professor Holod's talk concerns a Turkic chieftain's burial site in Ukraine, a tomb that is unique in many aspects. She describes how the team of scholars working on the site came to date the warrior's burial to the 13th century, directly preceding the Mongol subjugation of the Qipchaqs of that area. The materials found in the grave serve as both evidence of the chronology and as a point of divergence to discuss the nomadic horse culture of raiding and trading.

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The Process of Pastoralism in Eurasia: A Mountain View to the Steppes

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Professor Frachetti discusses the argument from his recent book, Pastoralist Landscapes and Social Interaction in Bronze Age Eurasia. The archaeological sites that Frachetti has visited in Kazakhstan and around Central Asia have given him evidence to suggest possible processes for the transmission of pastoralism.

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