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Empire and Ethnicity in Modern Russian History

Regions Covered: 
Azerbaijan
Estonia
Finland
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Poland
Tajikistan
Tatarstan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia

This colloquium offers a comparative study of the concept of empire and of the major nationalities in tsarist Russia and the USSR. It seeks to provide an antidote to a traditional Russocentric approach as well as to narrow ethnocentric views regarding the non-Russian areas. We will stress the period since the mid-19th century when national movements began emerging among many of the ethnic groups in the empire. The course will assess developments both from the perspective of the center (nationality “policy” in St. Petersburg and Moscow) and that of the non-Russian borderlands.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/toivo-raun-0
Course Code: 
R698
When Taught: 
Spring 2013

Introduction to Central Asian History

This course carries COLL S & H distribution credit

Central Asia, the world’s “crossroads of cultures and civilizations,” has witnessed an unparalleled increase in world interest since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Its global significance, reflected in its strategic location between China, Russia, India and Iran, in the management of vital natural resources such as oil and natural gas, and the recent American conflict in Afghanistan, has turned the region into one of the key focal points for academics, policy makers, and practitioners.

Regions Covered: 
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/ron-sela
Course Code: 
R510

Property in Central Eurasia

Regions Covered: 
China
Hungary
Iran
Kazakhstan
Mongolia
Romania
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

A land of nomads and industrialists, communists and capitalists, media moguls and pirates all at the same time, Central Eurasia has been a testing ground-and battleground-for some of society’s greatest experiments in property: what can (or should) be owned, who can own it, and what they can do with it. This course explores the development of conceptions of property and property rights in Central Eurasia, from the establishment of rights over hunting and grazing grounds to fights over copyright and patents.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/kathryn-graber
Course Code: 
R599
When Taught: 
Spring 2013

The Naqshbandi Sufis in Central Asia

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia

This course will survey the origins and historical development of the Naqshbandi Sufi order in Central Asia.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R415
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Oil, Islam, and Geopolitics

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
China
Iran
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

Introduction to the politics of modern Central Asia, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, with reference to the timely themes of energy politics, global Islam, and geopolitics.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gardner-bovingdon-0
Course Code: 
R192
When Taught: 
Fall 2012

Turkic Central Asian Festival at IU

Date: 
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 8:00pm to Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 8:00pm

Celebrating Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Turkmen cultures. Three movie nights with a closing reception and cultural performances.

The Eastern Turkestan Republic (1944-1949) Through the Eyes of Western Diplomats

Date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

The Central Eurasian Studies Colloquium 2012-2013 presents Dr. Ablet Kamalov, Chief Research Fellow, R.B. Suleimenov Institute of Oriental Studies, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Collecting the Past to Remember: Kazakhstan’s Central State Archive of Cinema and Photography

As part of the Central Eurasian Studies Colloquium, Dr. Saule Satayva gave a talk entitled, Recovering the Richness of Central Asian Nomadic Culture: The Challenges for Public Memory.

Recovering the Richness of Central Asian Nomadic Culture: The Challenges for Public Memory

Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

A lecture by Dr. Saule Satayeva, Vice Director of Kazakhstan’s Central State Archive of Cinema and Photography and Fulbright Fellow at American University. Dr. Satayeva is currently conducting archival research related to American travelers who illuminated Kazakh Nomadic culture through their visual and written documents. Through her study of archival documents in the U.S., her hope is to preserve their heritage, and help create academic exchanges and joint research projects between our countries.

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.

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