CEUS Colloquia

2008 – 2009      2009 – 2010     2010-2011     2011-2012     2012-2013     2013-2014     2014-2015

The Central Eurasian Studies Colloquium is an annual project hosted by the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies and supported by additional funding from the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center and the Central Eurasian Studies Department. The colloquium was conceived by Professor Christopher Beckwith and began during the 2008-2009 academic year. Its initial raison d’etre was to provide a forum for informal discussion of the current research of Indiana University faculty pursuing themes relating to the history and culture of past and contemporary societies within the territory of Central Eurasia, a space that includes Central Asia proper, the Volga-Ural region and Siberia, the Caucasus and Black Sea region, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Mongolia, and Tibet. Beginning in 2009-2010, we modified the profile of the colloquium by also inviting speakers from outside IU.

Colloquia Schedule 2014-2015

October 8: Christopher Beckwith (Indiana University) “Tokharian and Indic influence on rulership ideology in the first Türk Empire: The meaning of Aršilaš (“Ashina”) and Türkwač in context”

November 17: Kathryn E. Graber (Indiana University) “Here Be Dragons: Charting an Interdisciplinary Approach to Ethnolinguistic Categories”

December 1: Tóth-Czifra Erzsébet (Cultural Linguistics Doctoral Research Programme, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest) “Hungarian: Myths, Facts, and Cognitive Linguistics?”

February 2: Paul Losensky (Indiana University) “Coherence and Cohesion in Two Ghazals by Sā’eb Tabrizi”

March 23: Anne Tamm (Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Central European University) “Negation in Uralic Languages”

Colloquia Schedule 2013-2014

November 6: Nicola Di Cosmo (Princeton University) “The Pax Mongolica Reconsidered: Venice, the Golden Horde, and the Fourteenth-Century Crisis”

February 26: István Benczes (Cornivus University, Hungary) “From Goulash Communism to Goulash Populism”

March 5: Nikolay Tsyrempilov (Institute of Mongolian, Tibetan, and Buddhist Studies, Russian Federation) “The Buriat Lamas at the Interface Between Two Empires”

Colloquia Schedule 2012-2013

November 7: Jennifer Dubeansky (Indiana University) “Where’s Kujula? Tracing the Early Route of Kushan Conquest”

December 4: Sergei Miniaev (Institute of the History of Material Culture, St. Petersburg, Russia) “The Xiong-Nu”

February 13: Saule Satayeva (Central State Archive of Cinema and Photo Documents, Kazakhstan), “Recovering and Preserving the Richness of Central Asian Nomadic Life: The Challenges for Public Memory”

February 20: Roberto Vitali (Independent Scholar) “The Khams Region in the Context of Tibet’s Post-Imperial Period (9th-Early 11th Centuries)”

April 10: Ablet Kamalov (R.B. Suleimenov Institute of Oriental Studies, Kazakhstan) “The Eastern Turkestan Republic (1944-1949) Through the Eyes of Western Diplomats”

April 14: Edward J. Lazzerini (Indiana University) “The Agency of Learned Natives and the Production of Oriental Knowledge in the Russian Empire”

Colloquia Schedule 2011-2012

September 14: Monica Whitlock (Journalist) “Through the Looking Glass: The Andijan Massacre—A Film and a Conversation”

November 29: KODAMA Kanako (Chiba University, Japan) “Ecological Resettlement in Western Mongolia”

January 18: Paul Werth (University of Nevada at Las Vegas) “Foreign Confessions in Foreign Contacts: Religion across the Borders of the Russian Empire”

January 19: Paul Werth (University of Nevada at Las Vegas) “The Russian Empire and the Problem of Religious Diversity”

February 8: Isaac Scarborough (Indiana University) “Out from Behind the Statues: Daily Life in Modern Turkmenistan”

February 22: Kate Graber (Independent Scholar) “Mixed Messages: Media and Language Politics in Ethnic Buryatia (Russian Federation)”

February 29: TACHIBANA Makoto (Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research) “The Forgotten History of Mongolia: The Bogd Khaan Government of 1911-1921″

March 7: Elise Anderson (Indiana University) “Making Minzu Heritage in Xinjiang”

March 21: Elena Vedernikova (Mari State University, Russian Federation) “Endangerment of the Mari Language: Myth or Reality?”

March 28: Eric Fry-Muller (Indiana University) “Revisiting Marpa the Translator: Narratives, Questions, and the Vajravarahi Controversy”

April 4: Tim Grose (Indiana University) “Heads of the Class: Uyghur Women’s Pursuit of Higher Education, Ethnic Identity, and Redefining Gender Roles”

Colloquia Schedule 2010-2011

October 20: Rebekah Tromble (Indiana University) “Bad Islam: The Myth of Uzbek Radicalism in Kyrgyzstan”

November 3: Aimee Dobbs (Indiana University) “Nineteenth-Century Colonial Convergence: The Role of Tiflis in the Development of an Azerbaijani Intelligentsia”

November 17: Elliot Sperling (Indiana University) “The Last Era of Mongol Domination in Tibet”

January 26: Ondrej Klimes (Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic) “Uyghur Perceptions of Community and its Interests from Late Qing to the 1930s”

February 9: Noor O’Neill Borbieva (Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne) “Cosmopolitan Longing: Faith, Desire, and Material Struggle in Kyrgyzstan”

February 16: Chris Atwood (Indiana University) “A Mongolist Looks at Kazakh Nomads: Comparative Approaches to Central Eurasian Society”

February 23: Karl Reichl (Universität Bonn) “Voice and Presence: Performance Aspects of Turkic Oral Epics”

March 2: Nicola Di Cosmo (Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University) “The Manchu Conquest of China as ‘Just War'”

March 9: Paul Buell (Charité Medical School Berlin) “The Mongols and Information Exchange: Arabic Medicine in 13th and 14th-Century China”

March 23: Del Schwab (Indiana University) “Bookstores, Kiosks, and Mosques: The Market for Islamic Literature in Kazakhstan”

March 30: Christopher Beckwith (Indiana University) “Huns and Turks”

April 6: Brian Baumann (Independent Scholar) “Astral Allegory and the Secret History of the Mongols”

April 13: Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University) “Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road”

Colloquia Schedule 2009-2010

September 23: Renata Holod (University of Pennsylvania) “Trading and Raiding on the Eurasian Steppe: The Grave Goods of a Turkic Chieftain

October 7: Michael Frachetti (Washington University) “The Process of Pasturalism in Eurasia: A Mountain View to the Steppes

November 4: Gardner Bovingdon (Indiana University) “Ürümchi’s Hot July

January 20: Paul Losensky (Indiana University) “You are the Meaning Behind Every Form: Translating the Ghazals of Amir Khusrow”

January 27: Nicole Willock (Indiana University) “New Approaches in Tibetan Studies: Studying the life of A lags Tshe tan zhabs drung”

February 3: Anne Pyburn  (Indiana University) “Chinggis Khan or Santa Claus: Choosing a Heritage for Kyrgyzstan

February 17: Cholpon Turdalieva (American University of Central Asia)
“Kyrgyz Identity through the Lens of 19th-Century Travelogues”

February 24: Tristra Newyear (Indiana University) “Early Buryat Theater and the Drama of Literacy

March 10: David Anthony (Hartwick College) “The Archaeology of Indo-European Origins”

March 31: Elliot Sperling (Indiana University) “Tanguts on the Tibetan Plateau”

April 14: David Somfai Kara (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) “Popular Islam among Post-Soviet Kazakh and Kirghiz

Colloquia Schedule 2008-2009

October 15: Christopher I. Beckwith “The Central Eurasian Culture Complex: Engine of Dynamic Change in Pre-Medieval Japan, France, and Tibet”

October 29: Ágnes Fülemile “Royalties, Nobles and Burgers in National Dress – Pageantry and Competing ‘Displays’ of Legitimacy in the Last Empires of Europe: The Case of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

November 12: Christopher I. Beckwith “Scholastic Argument Structure in Medieval Central Asian Philosophical Texts”

December 3: Erdem Cipa “Selim the ‘Grim’: What’s in a Nickname?

January 21: Chris Atwood “Ouyang Xiu, Rudi Lindner, and the Turco-Sogdians of Inner Mongolia: Some Notes from the History of ‘Tribalism’ on China’s Inner Asian Frontier”

February 4: Christiane Gruber “Real Absence: Picturing God in Islamic Art

February 18: Martin Spechler “Is Russia Winning in Central Asia?