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Nikolay Tsyrempilov "The Buriat Lamas at the Interface between Two Empires"

Wed, Mar 5, 5:30 pm
Distinguished Alumni Room, IMU

Central Eurasian Studies Colloquium 2013-2014

Dr. Nikolay Tsyrempilov

Senior Research Fellow

Institute of Mongolian, Tibetan, and Buddhist Studies

Russian Academy of Sciences

“The Buriat Lamas at the Interface between Two Empires”

Wednesday, March 5


Distinguished Alumni Room

Indiana Memorial Union

Indiana University

900 E. Seventh Street

Bloomington, Indiana

Nikolay Tsyrempilov is a senior research fellow of the Institute for Mongolian, Tibetan, and Buddhist studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  Currently he is a member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study.  Nikolay specializes in the modern history of Tibet and Mongolia and the history of Tibetan Buddhist communities in Russia.

His talk will touch on the issues of comparative empire studies, religious policies implemented by the Romanov and Qing dynasties, colonization strategies, imperial bureaucracy, and religious migrations.  Nikolay’s main focus is the Buriats, a small indigenous ethnic and religious minority inhabiting the area around Lake Baikal.  Following Alexei Miller, he argues that thorough analysis of the history of frontier peoples like the Buriats is only possible if we consider their history in the context of imperial macro systems.


Additional Support from the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, The Mongolia

Society, the Russian and East European Institute, the Religious Studies Department, and the

Central Eurasian Studies Department

School of Global & International Studies—Indiana University—Bloomington