Emily Stranger is a PhD student in IU’s Department of Central Eurasian Studies. Here she talks about her evolving interest in Iran-sponsored militias and the role of social media in extending Iran’s sphere of influence.
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The IAUNRC Director, Toivo Raun, provides his thoughts about the Center's activities this semester.
On February 21, 2020, the IAUNRC and the Russian and East European Institute presented a nonproliferation and nuclear security workshop to students and faculty at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), one of our partner institutions.
It has been another action-packed year for the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center’s outreach program. With the advent of Coronavirus lockdown in the second half of the Spring Semester, you might have expected a hiatus to ensue—but no! The team has been working hard to expand our online offering and make our resources and services available to both parents and teachers as they meet the challenge of providing a virtual learning environment for their students.
The Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES) at Indiana University, Bloomington hosted the 26 Annual ACES Conference on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. The ACES Conference is an opportunity for graduate students and emerging scholars in Central Eurasian Studies to present their research. This year, 46 panelists from 13 universities representing six countries joined Indiana University students and faculty for a day of engaging scholarship on Central Eurasia.
Gulnisa Nazarova describes her ongoing research into the experiences of Uyghur emigres in Soviet Central Asia, here looking at the ways in which connections to a Uyghur homeland manifested during the later years of the Sino-Soviet rift between the 1960s and 1980s.
The IAUNRC caught up with Eylül Sözen, this year’s Turkish Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, to find out more about what brought her to IU and how she is finding her stay here.
This year’s Finnish Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies tells the IAUNRC about herself, her studies, and her experiences at IU.
On January 31, 2020, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center held a symposium highlighting a number of different approaches to understanding Central Asia. Despite being held on a Friday afternoon, the event attracted an audience of almost fifty students and faculty, filling the classroom in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies where the event was held.
IAUNRC Graduate Assistant Emily Stranger reports on her involvement in creating the Persian language module for IU CIBER’s Language and Culture Series to promote foreign language skills in business.
In August 2019, the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University welcomed a new Assistant Professor of Tibetan Studies, Dr. Stacey Van Vleet, who joined IU from the University of California at Berkeley. The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center spoke to Professor Van Vleet about what first got her interested in Tibet, her experiences in the field, her current research, and her thoughts on Tibetan Studies at IU.
The Fall 2019 semester has been a busy time for our Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center. As promised in our application for federal funding, we have engaged in a wide range of activities that seek to make our region better known among the American public of all ages.
In May 2019, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center facilitated an early childhood education study tour to Finland for faculty and students of St. Louis Community College. The Center collaborated with Learning Scoop, a company that specializes in providing insight into an educational system that is renowned for the success of its innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The tour was designed to provide cross-cultural learning opportunities and stimulate discussion as to how approaches to early childhood education might be developed and improved. Tour participants Jasmin Marshall and Carol Nixon report back on the experience and what they learned.
Meruyert Omirzakova is the Kazakh FLTA (Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant) at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University Bloomington. Here she talks about Kazakhstan, teaching languages, and life at IU.
The Tibetan Studies Student Association (TSSA) at Indiana University recently invited a leading Tibetan scholar of Tibetan history to the IU Bloomington campus to present a lecture and meet with faculty and students. His three-day visit brought together students and members of the Tibetan community in Bloomington in what was both a learning experience and a celebration of Tibetan language, culture, and history.
Tattybubu Aidarova is the Kyrgyz FLTA (Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant) at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University Bloomington. Here, she talks about her country, Kyrgyzstan, and adapting to life at IU.
It has been a busy summer of 2019 for students in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University. The Inner Asian and Uralic Resource Center asked a number of CEUS students to tell us more about what they got up to while school was out. Read on for tales of archaeology on the Mongolian steppe, a picnic at a 15th-century caravanserai, the music festival attended by 10 percent of Estonia's population, and more!
Jessica Storey-Nagy, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, gave a talk entitled “Nationalism in the European Union: A Hungarian Case Study” on June 19, 2019 for IU’s Language Workshop.
On July 13, 2019 the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the IU Language Workshop. Entitled “BALSSI at 25: The Experience and Its Contribution to Baltic Studies in North America,” the event explored the history and future of Baltic Studies.
On July 12th, 2019 Bloomington celebrated Naadam, the Mongolian summer festival, at Lower Cascades Park. A popular annual highlight among Bloomington's summer festivities, the event was sponsored by the Mongolia Society, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, and the Bloomington Mongolian Community.