On February 20th, 2015, Kamol Mustaev, a visiting Fulbright scholar in the department of Comparative Literature and Samarkand native, gave a presentation entitled “On the Same Latitude on the Other Side of the Earth: Views, Sounds and Taste of Samarkand.” Prior to the event, traditional Samarkandi food was served. Prof. Mustaev began by talking about Central Eurasia and the history of Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in Uzbekistan. In particular, the presentation focused on the Timurid era, which saw a growth in the architectural richness of the city. Prof.
Past Events Highlights
On February 2nd, 2015, Dr. Paul Losensky gave a presentation for the Central Eurasian Colloquium entitled “Coherence and Cohesion in Two Ghazals by Sā’eb Tabrizi.” The talk centered on the debate between two groups of scholars of ghazals, a form of poetry popular throughout the Islamic word that uses rhyming couplets and a repeating rhyme. The two groups, whom Losensky dubbed “atomizers” and “unifiers,” disagree about the unit of meaning for the ghazal.
On January 26th, 2015, Dr. Rohullah Amin, director of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies in Kabul, gave a talk entitled “Dehumanizing Stereotypes of the ‘Other’ in Afghan Ethnic Relations64% of all Afghans currently live with some form of mental illness. Certainly, in this post-war society still racked with interethnic conflict, this number is not entirely surprising. But as a psychiatrist might tell you, there are tangible, negative effects of untreated mental illness on individuals.
On January 16th, 2015, members of the IU and Bloomington communities came together to welcome the Tibetan New Year in a celebration held by the Tibetan Studies Student Association. The celebration marked the beginning of the lunar year of the Female Wood Sheep. After a brief prayer by a monk from one of the local Buddhist centers, Dr. Elliot Sperling of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies gave a talk recounting notable events that had taken place during past years of the Female Wood Sheep. After his talk, a member of the Bloomington Tibetan community gifted Dr.
On Friday, January 16th, Christopher Atwood, a professor in the Central Eurasian Studies Department at IU, gave a presentation entitled “Repackaging Chinggis Khan: Bilingual Histories of the Dynastic Founding in the Yuan Dynasty.” This talk was the first talk of the spring semester in the East Asian Studies Colloquium. You can listen to the podcast of this talk here.
In Fall 2014, the IAUNRC continued the new Graduate Student Brown Bag Talks, that began last year. These talks were given by graduate student that study the region, who will be discussing their research methods, recent work, and experiences.
As a part of the newly-revived CEUS Colloquium, Dr. Christopher Beckwith, Dr. Kathryn Graber, and Tóth-Czifra Erzsébet gave talks on October 8th, November 17th, and December 1st.
On November 12, Dr. Allen J. Frank gave the 2014 Bregel Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University and the Dennis Sinor Research Institute.
On Monday, November 10th, Dr. Nematullah Bizhan gave a talk entitled "The Danger of Repeating the History of State-Building in Afghanistan."
On October 31st, students, faculty, and families gathered to celebrate the 91st anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Turkey.