The Third Biennial Mapping the Landscapes of Islamic Studies at Indiana University conference, which took place from October 31st to November 2nd 2014, featured an array of speakers from both IU and other universities. The talks focused on topics ranging from Arabic translations of Greek philosophical works to the economics of contemporary Islamic piety. Below are summaries of selected talks by CEUS professors and students.
Past Events Highlights
On October 20th, 2014, Indiana University hosted Mujib Mehrdad, an Afghan poet. He read selections in English and Dari from his latest collection of Dari poems entitled “Soldiers.” Afterwards, Mehrdad answered questions about his poetry, his political views, and the state of Afghanistan today.
The 21st Lotus World Music & Arts Festival took place on September 19th to 20th of 2014. The festival included twenty bands performed live in both ticketed and public events, as well as a variety of non-musical performers. The IAUNRC was proud to sponsor Arga Bileg (Mongolia) and to co-sponsor Erkan Oğur’s Telvin Trio (Turkey) and Tsuumi Sound System (Finland).
On September 12th, 2014, Dr. Carole McGranahan from the University of Colorado, Boulder, gave a talk entitled “Love and Empire: The CIA, the Dalai Lama, and Arrested Histories of the Tibetan Resistance Army,” hosted by the Center on American and Global Security.
On April 25th, 2014 Professor Kereidjin D. Bürgüd gave a lecture on her research on the Chinese transcription of “The Secret History of the Mongols”.
On Monday, April 21st, Professor Enkh-Amgalan Byambajav, who is an Associate Professor at the School of Economic Studies at the National University of Mongolia, and is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Economics at Indiana University, gave a talk on the “Current Economic Situation in Mongolia.” Professor Enkh-Amgalan charted the recent history of the Mongolian economy, and showed that while GDP and other important economic indicators have increased since the democratic revolution in 1990, its nature remained volatile.
On March 7th, 2014, a special workshop on Romani Studies in the Digital Age was convened by Professor Lynne Hooker. Péter Szuhay, Senior Curator of the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography, presented two of his films about the Roma.
April 7th, 2014 in the fourth lecture of Visiting Fulbright Professor Laszlo Borhi’s series, he discussed the “hidden threads” in Hungary that contributed to the end of the Cold War.
On April 5th, 2014 Visiting Fulbright Professor Istvan Benczes gave the keynote address, entitled "From goulash communism to goulash populism: Path-dependence in Hungarian economic transformation", for the Inaugural Conference of the Hungarian Cultural Association. His talk focused on Hungarian economic history in the 20th and 21st centuries, arguing that the slow yet steady erosion of Hungary’s economic performance in the new millennium is a direct, though unintended consequence of Hungary’s previous successes (the “good old days” of goulash communism).
Dr. Anna Peczeli, a Visiting Fulbright Fellow and member of the Hungarian Foreign Affairs Institute, gave a lecture on April 4th, 2014, entitled “The Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone and Other Regional Treaties as Models for the Middle East.”