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A preliminary program and conference schedule for the 19th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference will be posted in January, 2012

2011 Schedule of Panels (tentative, subject to change).

All events scheduled Saturday, March 5th, 2011 in Woodburn Hall and the Indiana Memorial Union at Indiana University - Bloomington

The Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES) at Indiana University is pleased to announce the program for the 18th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference, to be held on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, Saturday, March 5, 2011.

Faculty, lecturers, staff and students of CEUS and associated units are invited to attend the conference, which will take place in Woodburn Hall and the University Club, Indiana Memorial Union. There will be no fee for participation.

The formal program will run from 9 am until 6pm, with 15 panels and more than 50 speakers addressing issues pertaining to the Central Eurasian region, which for the purposes of this conference refers to the study of the historical and contemporary Afghan, Balto-Finnic, Hungarian, Mongolic, Persian, Tibetan, Tungusic, and Turkic peoples, languages, cultures, and states.

The keynote lecture this year will be given by Nicola Di Cosmo, Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, who will speak on the subject of 'Ethnogenesis, Co-evolution and Political Morphology of the Earliest Steppe Empire: The Xiongnu Question Revisited'.

Registration for panel speakers, panel chairs and other participants will commence at 7.30 am in Woodburn Hall (outside Rm 101) and the first panel sessions will begin at 9 am.

Additionally, faculty, lecturers, staff and students of CEUS, their friends, families and guests, are invited to join the officers of ACES and the conference participants at Crazy Horse (Downtown Bloomington) for post-conference festivities.

An outline of the preliminary schedule (subject to change) may be found below, but for more details of panel titles and participants, as well as information regarding location, transport and accommodation, please contact the Conference Committee at

Detailed Schedule

The full schedule is available for download.

Schedule outline

An outline of the schedule may be found below:
time event Woodburn 106Woodburn 109 Woodburn 111Woodburn 112
7.30 am-8.45 am Registration & Breakfast (outside Woodburn 101)
8.45 am-9.00 am Welcoming remarks (outside Woodburn 101)
9.00 am-10.30 am panels: Morning I Hungarian Studies
Chair: Laszlo Borhi

Secular and religious identities in contemporary Kazakhstan
Chair: Hans Ibold
Sources and approaches to the study of Islam in Central Asia
Chair: Devin DeWeese
10.40 am-12.10 pm panels: Morning II Turkic Linguistics and Pedagogy
Chair: Christopher Beckwith
The art of remembrance in Estonian and Finnish culture
Chair: Toivo Raun
Tibetan Studies
Chair: Rick Nance
Discourses in Afghan Society
Chair: Nazif Shahrani
12.10 pm-1.30 pm Lunch (President's Room, University Club, IMU)
1.30 pm-3.00 pm panels: Afternoon I Urban politics in Central Asian History
Chair: Ron Sela
Aspects of Uyghur culture
Chair: Lynn Hooker
Modernity and transformation in the Russian Empire
Chair: Edward Lazzerini
International Relations and Security Studies
Chair: Rebekah Tromble
3.10 pm-4.40 pm panels: Afternoon II Youth and development issues in Central Asia
Chair: Christopher Atwood
Finno-Ugric Languages
Chair: Tapio Hokkanen
Uses of literature in Central Eurasian contexts
Chair: Kemal Silay
Xinjiang in historical perspective
Chair: Brian Cwiek
5.00 pm-6.00 pm Keynote lecture (Woodburn 101) "Ethnogenesis, Co-evolution and Political Morphology of the Earliest Steppe Empire: The Xiongnu Question Revisited"
Nicola Di Cosmo
6.00 pm-7.00 pm Reception and Dinner (President's Room, University Club, IMU)

ACES wishes to thank the following academic departments and organizations at Indiana University for their support: the Departments of Central Eurasian Studies, Economics, and History, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, the Indiana University Student Association, and the Graduate and Professional Student Organization.