- Department of Central Eurasian Studies (Indiana University)
Department of Central Eurasian Studies Location 1011 East 3rd St., Goodbody Hall 157
Information Type Public Established 1943 Chair Chris Atwood Campus Indiana University (Bloomington) Information 812-855-2233 Website http://iub.edu/~ceus
The Department of Central Eurasian Studies, often abbreviated as CEUS, is a specialized academic department in the College of Arts and Sciences at the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. Since its original formation in 1943 as a language-training program for the U.S. military, the department has become the sole independent degree-granting academic unit staffed with its own faculty dedicated to Central Eurasia in the country. Due to the department and the presence of several additional centers - the Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center, the Denis Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, and the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region - Indiana University currently hosts the premier program of Central Asian studies in the United States.
CEUS is home to many notable scholars of Central Asian studies, including Christopher Beckwith, Yuri Bregel, Devin Deweese, Denis Sinor, and Elliot Sperling. The department teaches many less commonly taught languages, including Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Pashto, Tajik, Turkmen, Uyghur, and Uzbek.
- 1 History of the Department
- 2 Degrees and scope of coverage
- 3 Affiliated Centers
- 4 References
- 5 External links
History of the Department
In 1942, after the entry of the United States into World War II, an Army Specialized Training Program was created to provide training in several Eurasian languages, including Russian, Turkish, Finnish, and Hungarian. As such, the Department was founded in 1943 as an "Army Specialized Training Program for Central Eurasian languages". It was formally organized as the Program in Uralic and Altaic Studies in 1956. In 1965 it became the Department of Uralic and Altaic Studies. Since 1993 it has been known under its current name.
Professor Denis Sinor arrived from Cambridge University in the academic year of 1962-63. On his initiative, in 1965, the Program in Uralic and Altaic Studies was recognized as a graduate department. Professor Sinor was appointed the first Chairman of the Department and he held this position until 1981.
Degrees and scope of coverage
The Department of Central Eurasian Studies offers both a Master of Arts and a PhD track of study, including a PhD minor. The department's area studies program emphasizes language proficiency and familiarity with indigenous cultures. The degree program requires students to select a language of specialization local to the region and a specific region of specialization within Central Eurasia. Though currently offering only advanced degrees, CEUS plans to start offering an undergraduate minor next year.
- Mongolian and Turkic languages: Azerbaijani, Kazakh, modern Turkish and Ottoman Turkish, Uyghur, and Uzbek/Chagatai.
- Iranian languages, focusing on Kurdish, Pashto, Tajik, and Persian.
- Uralic languages, primarily: Estonian, Finnish, and Hungarian.
Geographical areas covered
The following areas, both political and cultural, are considered to fall within the scope of the department.
Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center
In 1962, Indiana University became home to the Uralic and Altaic Language and Area Center, which in 1981 was renamed the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC). It is part of the National Resource Center program, and is funded by funded by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education, through which it receives approximately $230,000 a year. It scope includes the civilizations of Central Asia, Mongolia, and Tibet, together with neighboring areas and peoples that in certain periods formed cultural, political, or ethnolinguistic unities with these regions. It is the only national resource center focusing on Inner Asia.The center awards FLAS fellowships and engages in outreach and educational activities in the local area and throughout the country.
Denis Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies
Established in 1967 as the Asian Studies Research Institute (ASRI), its name was changed to the Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies (RIFIAS) in 1979, and then renamed the Denis Sinor Institute for Inner Asian Studies (SRIFIAS) in 2007. It is an independent, non-profit institution accountable to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. The SRIFIAS has had five directors, all members of the faculty of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University: Denis Sinor (1967-1981), Stephen Halkovic (1982-1985), Yuri Bregel (1986-1997), Devin DeWeese (1997-2007), and Edward Lazzerini (since 2007). The mission of the SRIFIAS is to encourage and support scholarly research in all aspects of Inner Asian Studies. One of the central tasks of the SRIFIAS is to maintain and develop scholarly and technical resources necessary for research in Inner Asian studies.
Institute of Hungarian Studies
The Institute of Hungarian Studies was established in 1991 to disseminate knowledge about Hungarian society and civilization; to support organizations and projects related to Hungarian Studies at Indiana University; and to house the Institute's impressive library of several thousand volumes of Hungarica. During the 2002/2003 academic year, the Institute was closed as a separate operation, while continuing to be administered by CEUS, which offers graduate degrees in Hungarian Studies. The significant collection of materials from the Institute’s Library and Archives was integrated into the Indiana University Herman B Wells Library collections.
Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region
Indiana University's Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) is one of fifteen current Language Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI grants. Additional support comes from the College of Arts and Sciences. The goal of CeLCAR is to enhance U.S. national capacity for teaching and learning the languages and cultures of Central Asia and surrounding regions. In 2008 the center was awarded a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to train U.S. government personnel in the history, cultures, and languages of Afghanistan.
- ^ Aranaga, Carlos (12 February 2009). "University Studies Introduce Central Asia to Americans". U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Information Program. http://www.america.gov/st/educ-english/2009/February/20090212192544ECaganarA0.1429407.html?CP.rss=true. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
- ^ a b Department of Central Eurasian Studies
- ^ a b "Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center". International Education Programs Service, U.S. Department of Education. http://iris.ed.gov/iris/ieps/grantshow.cfm?award_Number=P015A060057. Retrieved 2009-04-23.
- ^ a b Aranaga, Carlos (February 12, 2009). "University Studies Introduce Central Asia to Americans". U.S. Department of State. http://www.america.gov/st/educ-english/2009/February/20090212192544ECaganarA0.1429407.html. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
- ^ "2 distinguished professors reflect on President’s Medal for Excellence". Indiana Daily Student. October 2, 2008. http://www.idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=63264. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
- ^ MA and PhD Requirements Department of Central Eurasian Studies
- ^ Adams, Haley (September 7, 2009). "Brother Of Dalai Lama Dies Near Indiana U.". CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/09/politics/uwire/main4429106.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
- ^ Regions of Specialization in CEUS
- ^ IU receives grant to train Provincial Reconstruction Team commanders heading to Afghanistan IU News Room, Indiana University.
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- Denis Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies
- Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region
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