I.U. Press now handles SRIFIAS sales

The Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies is pleased to announce that our publication sales are now handled by Indiana University Press.  Please visit the IU Press main page at  http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/ to place your order.

The SRIFIAS office will be closed for the holidays from December 9, 2016 – January 11, 2017.


Message from SGIS Dean about SRIFIAS

Dear Friends of SRIFIAS:

It has been impressive to see the outpouring of support among students and scholars for the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies (SRIFIAS) and its renowned library. The SRIFIAS is among the finest of Indiana University’s area studies institutes and centers and, as part of the internationally-respected Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS), its future in the School of Global and International Studies (SGIS) is secure. Its 12,000-volume collection will be open to students, faculty, and other researchers this coming Fall and for years to come.

In April, after review and recommendation by CEUS, SRIFIAS director Edward Lazzerini was reappointed for a new three-year term starting in July 2015. At that time, funding for the SRIFIAS, including resources for two graduate assistants and an hourly employee, were reauthorized as well.

CEUS will move in early Fall into the new Global and International Studies Building, just steps from the main Wells Library. In April, SGIS requested and the SRIFIAS provided a detailed report on space needs for its library and research facilities. Based on that report, SGIS has been working with the campus to secure an appropriate location where the SRIFIAS and its library can be curated, with ample facilities for research and expansion. In the meantime, the SRIFIAS will remain open in Goodbody Hall until its relocation later this year.

Indiana University remains committed to the intellectual and pedagogical missions of the SRIFIAS. We are delighted that you are too. Please consider supporting the fundraising campaign for SRIFIAS, which will help establish an endowment for its collections and research. You may show your support for the SRIFIAS library and research institute by donating at this link:  https://www.myiu.org/one-time-gift) Please indicate in the “write in gift area” that your donation is for SRIFIAS.

Sincerely yours,

Lee Feinstein Dean, School of Global and International Studies


Horizons of Knowledge Lecture

East-West Interaction on the Proto-Silk Road:

An Archaeological Perspective

Dr. Shuicheng LI

Professor of Archaeology, Peking University, China

April 8, 2:30-4:00pm

Student Building Room 159

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Dr. Shuicheng Li is a professor of archaeology at Peking University, China. He received his Ph.D. in history from Peking University in 1996. His research focuses on Neolithic Northwestern China, early interactions between the East and the West, ancient salt industry, and environmental archaeology. He has been a major figure in many Sino-foreign collaborative archaeological projects in China since 2000.

For more information contact Dr. Ling-yu Hung (lhung@indiana.edu). If you have a disability or need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please call 855-1041.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, and the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies.

Third Presentation in the CEUS Colloquium: Anne Tamm

The third presentation in the 2014-2015 Central Eurasian Colloquium will be held on Monday, March 23rd.

Anne Tamm
Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
Associate Professor, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary
Researcher, Central European University

Monday, March 23rd
Ballantine Hall 140

“Negation in Uralic Languages”

The grammunnamedaticalized expression of negation is a linguistic universal. This talk presents negation in the Uralic language family. A comprehensive typological questionnaire provides the basis for this talk, viewing negation in 17 Uralic languages, most of which are endangered. As in Turkic languages and unlike the languages in Europe, there is an extensive system of morphological negation in Uralic languages. Various special features will be discussed: negative auxiliary verbs–the special Uralic feature–and their ways of combining with the rich inventory of other negators in different types of clauses, as well as negative replies, negative indefinites, abessives/caritives/privatives, scope, polarity and emphatic negation.

Anne Tamm is currently a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University. She obtained her PhD in Linguistics from the Theoretical Linguistics Program, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, in 2005. She has published on categories, mainly case, aspect, modality, evidentiality, negation, and verb classes. She is a co-editor for the forthcoming volume from John Benjamins: “Negation in Uralic Languages” (Edited by Matti Miestamo, Anne Tamm, and Beáta Wagner-Nagy, University of Stockholm/Johns Hopkins University/University of Hamburg).

SRIFIAS Spring Research Methods Practicum Series

sperlingThis spring semester SRIFIAS will be holding practicum lectures to introduce students to research methods involved in working with these collections. The SRIFIAS Practicum Lectures will be given by accomplished scholars with experience utilizing the institute to conduct research. Graduate and undergraduate students across disciplines are invited to attend.