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Oil, Islam, and Geopolitics

Regions Covered: 
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.

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When Taught: 
Fall 2012

Lotus World Music and Arts Festival

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 4:00pm to Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 5:00pm



Turkic Central Asian Festival at IU

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.

Voices from Uzbekistan

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 6:30pm

Explore Uzbek music and dance, watch a video, and have the opportunity to ask questions about Uzbekistan with Uzbek Student and Scholar Association members. The event will be filled with passion and spirit of culture in Uzbekistan and will increase awareness about different cultures of the world among IU students. Delicious food from Anatolia restaurant will be served.

Public Lecture by Ilhom Nematov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Monday, November 26, 2012 - 5:30pm


Join us for a public lecture and reception. In addition to his Excellency’s speech, the program also features a photo exhibit,  short video, and an Uzbek dance recital. A reception with  traditional food follows the event.

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.

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

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

SWSEEL Lecture: Uzbek Hip Hop

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 6:30pm

Lecture: “Uzbek Hip-Hop,”  Nigora Azimova (Indiana University), 6:30 pm, ED 1225 

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


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