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.
Past Events Highlights
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.
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.
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.