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The World of Lao Kidai: Travels, Trades and Spoken Chinese Described in the Chinese Textbook during Mongol Period

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

PRESENTER: Yoshiyuki Funada (Faculty of Humanities, Kyushu University; Visiting Scholar, Central Eurasian Studies, IU Bloomington)

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

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

Hungary on the border-land of two world powers: the Habsburgs and the Ottomans: Aftermath of the Ottoman Period

On the weekend of March 23-24th, 2013, scholars of Hungarian studies convened for the 32nd György Ránki Hungarian Chair Symposium entitled, “Hungary on the border-land of two world powers: the Habsburgs and the Ottomans.” This symposium, which brought together scholars from across the U.S. as well as from Hungary, was sponsored by the Indiana University György Ránki Chair in Hungarian Studies, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and Russian and East European Institute.

Karma Exhausted: The Role of Tibetans and Mongols In High Asia’s Most Traumatic Event of the 13th Century

On March 19th, 2013, as part of the Tibetan Studies Student Association Lecture Series sponsored by the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and the IU Student Association, Dr. Roberto Vitali shared some of his preliminary findings that critically reexamined one of the defining moments in Tibetan-Mongol relations—the Drikung Rebellion of 1290. This rebellion resulted in the devastating massacre at Drikung Monastery by the Mongol armies of Qubilai Qan.

Mao in Tibetan Disguise: the Social Truths in Excesses

On February 28th, 2013, Professor Carole McGranahan presented a puzzling story that painted an unusual picture of Mao Zedong in Tibet. McGranahan, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, was part of the Tibetan Studies Student Association Lecture Series sponsored by the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, and the Indiana University Student Association.

2013 Roundtable on Post-Communism: “Migration”

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

This roundtable on migration in the the post-communist period will be focused around the topics of research and the pedagogical challenges of teaching "migration."

The Khams Region in the Context of Tibet’s Post-Imperial Period (9th-Early 11th Centuries)

On February 20th, 2013, Dr. Robert Vitali presented to the Central Eurasian Studies Colloquium a little known version of the least known historical period of Tibet—the “period of fragmentation” following the collapse of the Tibetan Empire in the 10th century. This period, spanning from about the 10th to the early 13th centuries, has been characterized by many scholars as a “dark age” for Tibet, as very little information exists about it in the historical record. Dr. Vitali shed some light on this little understood period, in particular, challenging the dominant historical narrative that claims that Buddhism was extinguished during this time in Tibet.

Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia: An International Conference

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 5:00pm

Muslims representing all strata of society throughout the world face an extraordinary degree of negative attention from both public and government eyes often resulting in discriminatory practices. These practices, born of stereotypical descriptions and definitions of “Islam” and “Muslims,” are connotative of the level of fear and hatred in many parts of the world when topics concerning this religion and its adherents arise. The upcoming conference will attempt to clarify this phenomenon by examining intersections between Islam, political Islam, Islamophobia, and human rights.

Fulbright Lecture: Laszlo Borhi "The Power of Weak States in International Politics"

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

This talk will examine weak states in East Central Europe in the 20th century through case studies. These will include instances when powerful actors of the international system shaped the destinies of the weak states there and also examples of how small countries were able to occasionally influence and even shape the course of international politics.


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