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New Mongol Literatures

Regions Covered: 
Mongolia

The course offers an overview of the main modern central and southeastern Mongol, Buryat and Kalmyk writers, poets, novelists and playwrights, their lives and works, ideals and ideas, their quest for national identity in a widening world.

No knowledge of a Mongolic language is required.

Professor: 
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Course Code: 
R569
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Frontier China: Migrants, Nomads, and Borderland Nobodies

Regions Covered: 
China
Mongolia
Tibet
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

There is a rich China, a beautiful China. And there is a China that is anything but: poor, marginal, and hardscrabble. In our minds, a Great Wall separates the two. High civilization, productivity, and the state lie on one side, crude lawlessness lies on the other. Yet, throughout Chinese history, ordinary people straddled the line between heartland and frontier: settlers, immigrants, merchants, missionaries, runaways, and nomads. What, then, did the Great Wall represent? What dynamics defined the historical relations between settled and mobile communities in China?

Professor: 
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Course Code: 
G200
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Empire of the Mongols

This course is an introduction to the Mongols Empire of the 13th century—the largest land empire in the world. In the class, we will look at the Mongols’ unique steppe nomadic lifestyle, how it prepared them for military success, and then how Chinggis Khan (known in the West as Genghis) added rapid adaption to siege warfare and governmental institutions to that foundation.

Regions Covered: 
Mongolia
Historical Central Eurasia
Course Code: 
R193
When Taught: 
Spring 2013

Lotus World Music and Arts Festival

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

 

 

The 20th Annual Association of Central Eurasian Students' Conference Keynote Lecture: Tibet and Mongolia: The search for nationhood in the early 20th century

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Dr. Shakya is Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

His lecture was entited: Tibet and Mongolia: The search for nationhood in the early 20th century

 

 

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Mongolia and Tibet: Nation-building at the dawn of the nation-state era

On the evening of April 6th, 2013, the conference goers of the 20th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference filled a lecture room in Woodburn Hall for the keynote address. This year’s keynote speaker was Professor Tsering Shakya, Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia.

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

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

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

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.

The Peculiar Lives of Texts in Translation: Common Challenges in Medieval Studies across Cultural and Disciplinary Boundaries

To engage directly with the challenges brought by the global scope of Medieval Studies, IU’s Medieval Studies Institute brought together scholars whose work spanned the Eurasian continent to discuss their common challenges as well as their common grounds for cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Panelists included Asma Afsaruddin (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures), Christopher Atwood (Department of Central Eurasian Studies), Christopher Beckwith (Department of Central Eurasian Studies), Manling Luo (Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures), and John Walbridge (Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures). The panel was moderated by Rosemary McGerr, Director of the Medieval Studies Institute and Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature.

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