The mission of the SRIFIAS is to encourage and support scholarly research in all aspects of Inner Asian studies.

In support of this mission, the SRIFIAS maintains a library of 12,000 volumes, publishes for the field under several imprints, coordinates the Volga-Kama Initiative, organizes and sponsors international workshops and conferences, supports digital research projects, coordinates and organizes the Central Eurasian Studies Colloquium, and supports visiting scholars seeking to use the SRIFIAS library.

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Latest from the SRIFIAS

I.U. Press now handles SRIFIAS sales

The Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies is pleased to announce that our publication sales are now handled by Indiana University Press.  Please visit the IU Press main page at to place your order. The SRIFIAS office will be closed for the holidays from December 9, 2016 – January 11, 2017.  

Message from SGIS Dean about SRIFIAS

Dear Friends of SRIFIAS: It has been impressive to see the outpouring of support among students and scholars for the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies (SRIFIAS) and its renowned library. The SRIFIAS is among the finest of Indiana University’s area studies institutes and centers and, as part of the internationally-respected Department of Central […]

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Horizons of Knowledge Lecture

East-West Interaction on the Proto-Silk Road: An Archaeological Perspective Dr. Shuicheng LI Professor of Archaeology, Peking University, China April 8, 2:30-4:00pm Student Building Room 159 Dr. Shuicheng Li is a professor of archaeology at Peking University, China. He received his Ph.D. in history from Peking University in 1996. His research focuses on Neolithic Northwestern China, […]


Third Presentation in the CEUS Colloquium: Anne Tamm

The third presentation in the 2014-2015 Central Eurasian Colloquium will be held on Monday, March 23rd. Anne Tamm Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University Associate Professor, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary Researcher, Central European University Monday, March 23rd 4:15pm Ballantine Hall 140 “Negation in Uralic Languages” The grammaticalized expression of negation is […]


SRIFIAS Spring Research Methods Practicum Series

This spring semester SRIFIAS will be holding practicum lectures to introduce students to research methods involved in working with these collections. The SRIFIAS Practicum Lectures will be given by accomplished scholars with experience utilizing the institute to conduct research. Graduate and undergraduate students across disciplines are invited to attend.  

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Ad Fontes and Papers on Central Eurasia

The Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University is pleased to announce the launching of a new imprint—Ad Fontes: Texts on Central Eurasian Societies and Cultures—and resumption of a second previously published between 1987 and 2011 under the editorship of Yuri Bregel: Papers on Inner Asia. The latter will now appear as […]


Molla Nasreddin Exhibit at the 13th Annual CESS Conference

During the 13th Annual Conference of CESS, the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies is pleased to sponsor an exhibit of selected cartoons from the remarkable satirical journal Molla Nasreddin. Published weekly between 1906 and 1932, Molla Nasreddin was one of the earliest and, by all accounts, the most dramatic and sophisticated of such […]


SRIFIAS Publishes “Chinese Scholars on Inner Asia”

Chinese Scholars on Inner Asia Edited by Luo Xin and Roger Covey Published and distributed by the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies Indiana University Uralic and Altaic Series, Volume 174 Publication Date: February 2012 774  pages, 4 maps | 978-0-93307058-5 | $55.00 cloth, plus shipping In Chinese Scholars on Inner Asia, some of […]

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