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The hosting of Central Eurasian themed events is an important component of the IAUNRC's educational outreach efforts. Coverage of events held in the past can be seen at our website's Past Events Highlights page and also in our collection of biannual newsletters. For the latest Center-related news, please see our What's New page.

What's New at the IAUNRC

The Pan Asia Institute is happy to announce openings for both faculty and graduate student research exchanges between Indiana University and the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. The institute offers support for one- to six-week exchanges focusing on Asian and Pan-Asian studies, including round-trip economy class airfare to Canberra, study and research privileges at ANU, and a stipend for lodging and living expenses while working at ANU.

Dr. Sibel Crum’s Spring 2017 course “Accelerated Introductory Turkish I and II” (Introductory Central Eurasian Languages, CEUS-T198 & CEUS-T199), is a succession of two 8-week courses covering an academic year’s worth of beginning Turkish language. While currently listed as an undergraduate course, CEUS will open a graduate section if a graduate student wishes to enroll.

The Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is announcing a job opening in Central European Studies.

More information regarding the posting can be found here:

CEUS Faculty are offering a few second eight weeks classes for those who are interested.

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Past Events Highlights

This weekend, the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) will be hosting the Second Conference on Central Asian Languages and Linguistics (ConCALL-2) at Indiana University.  The main goal of ConCALL is to bring researchers focusing on how Central Asian languages are represented formally, as well as acquired by second/foreign language learners.  Thus, research into both formal linguistics and language acquisition is represented.

“Hopeless but Optimistic: A Hoosier Reports on America’s Endless War in Afghanistan.” By Emily Stranger


Heavy rain on Friday night and early Saturday afternoon didn’t stop thousands of people from attending the 2016 Lotus World Music Festival in downtown Bloomington this past weekend. The festival, now in its 23rd year, ran from September 15 through September 18. This year, the IAUNRC was proud to sponsor performances by three groups: Söndörgo (Hungary), Aallotar (Finnish-American Folk), and Anda Union (Mongolia). Both Aallotar and Söndörgo gave multiple performances throughout the weekend. Anda Union only performed one set on Saturday evening.

On September 8, 2016, doctoral student Giorgi Papashvili gave a presentation for the Central Eurasian Colloquium titled “The Ethnographic Portrait of the Caucasus around 1900.” His talk focused mostly on paintings and portraits produced during the late 19th century by Georgian artists. He emphasized how outside cultural influences, mainly those from nearby Russia and Iran, played into the human “types” that were depicted in the various pieces.

In mid-April, the IAUNRC brought Karol Taylor to Indiana University to guide students through the federal job application process. With over 28 years of experience in the federal government and eleven in federal hiring, as well as specialized training in career counseling, Karol Taylor was ideal for explaining the ins and outs of searching for federal jobs as well as creating a competitive application.

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