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Past Events Highlights

On the second of October, Professor László Borhi began the 2013-2014 Hungary Lecture Series with his talk “The Revolution and War of Independence of 1956”. This series is designed for a general audience and traces Hungarian history starting from the uprising in 1956, and working back through the Holocaust, the World War I Treaty of Trianon, and later examining medieval Hungary as well as Hungarian settlement in the Carpathian Basin.  

Nasir Ahmad Andisha is the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Fiji. On the night of Thursday, September 19th at 7pm Ambassador Andisha brought together over 45 Indiana University students and faculty to his talk entitled “Afghanistan Post 2014: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Way Forward”.

On September 18, 2013, Professor İdil Tunçer Kilavuz gave a colloquium presentation entitled “Power, Networks, and Violent Conflict: A Comparison of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan” as part of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

The Consul General of Turkey in Chicago, Fatih Yildiz gave a talk entitled “Turkey and Its Foreign Policy in a Changing World.”

Jaime Bue, Outreach GA at the IAUNRC, gave a short presentation to the audience describing the history and looking at a few art pieces that exemplify the cross-cultural contact of the Silk Road.

In one of the final events of the semester, the Central Eurasian Studies Colloquium 2012-2013 presented a lecture by Dr. Ablet Kamalov, Chief Research Fellow, R.B. Suleimenov Institute of Oriental Studies, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Dr. Kamalov, a visiting scholar at Indiana University’s Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, gave a lecture entitled, “The Eastern Turkestan Republic (1944­-1949) Through the Eyes of Western Diplomats,” which presented an alternative history based on his research in the United States.

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.

Every year for the past two decades, the Central Eurasian Studies Conference has taken place on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, hosted by the Association for Central Eurasian Students (ACES), a graduate student organization housed in IU’s Department of Central Eurasian Studies. Continuing in this tradition, the conference took place this year on April 6th and marked the 20th year of its inception.

On the weekend of March 23-24th, 2013, scholars of Hungarian studies convened for the 32nd György Ránki Hungarian Chair Symposium entitled, “Hungary on the border-land of two world powers: the Habsburgs and the Ottomans.” This symposium, which brought together scholars from across the U.S. as well as from Hungary, was sponsored by the Indiana University György Ránki Chair in Hungarian Studies, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, and Russian and East European Institute.

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.

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