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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

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.

Silk Road Bayram (Festival)

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

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.

Popular Islam in Central Asia

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The Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies hosted a colloquium by Dr. David Somfai Kara entitled "Islamic Traditions among Post-Soviet Kazakhs and Kyrgyz" on April 14, 2010. Dr. Kara is an Associate Professor of Tibetan Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This podcast is a recording of his presentation.

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Called the "Dasht-i Qipchaq" by early Muslim travelers and cartographers, the Kazakh steppe has been the home of various nomadic and sedentary groups over the millennia. Russian military settlements were established in the region beginning in the late 16th century, and throughout the following centuries Imperial Russian influence expanded southward and eastward.


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