Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Lecture Series

IAAS Lectures are typically held on Wednesdays at 1:15 pm EST and are open to students and scholars with an interest in Inner Asia. For the 2021-22 academic year, all lectures will be virtual and held online via Zoom.
Registration is required for each online lecture event. The Zoom registration link for each lecture will be emailed to those on the IAAS mailing list, and posted below. 
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2021-22 Virtual IAAS Lecture Series

 

October 6, 2021 at 1:15 pm EST  (Register to receive Zoom link)

Pests, Keystone Species and Hungry Ghosts: The Gesar Epic and Human - Pika Relations on the Tibetan Plateau

Abstract

Prof. Emily Yeh, University of Colorado Boulder

 

November 3, 2021 at 1:15pm EST (Register to receive Zoom link)

Politics and Literature in Mongolia 1921-1948

Abstract

Dr. Simon Wickhamsmith, Rutgers University

 

December 1, 2021 at 1:15pm EST (Register to receive Zoom link)

Reincarnations of Power Amongst the Mongols: From Möngke Tengri to the Śiditü Lama

Abstract

Prof. Sangseraima Ujeed, University of Michigan 

 

February 2, 2022 at 1:15pm EST (Registration link to follow)

The Transcultural Features of Mongolia’s Buddhist Manuscripts and Xylographs

Prof. Vesna Wallace, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

February 16, 2022 at 1:15pm EST (Registration link to follow)

Ethnic, Linguistic, and Religious Diversity in Afghanistan, in Historical Perspective

Prof. Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Emerita, University of Vienna, and Associate, South Asian Studies, Harvard University

 

March 2, 2022 at 1:15pm EST (Registration link to follow)

Deer Stone, Khirigsuur Culture: First Emergence of Inner Asian Nomadic Empires

Dr. Bayarsaikhan Jamsranjav, National Museum of Mongolia

 

April 6, 2022 at 1:15pm EST (Registration link to follow)

Title TBA

Dr. Joshua Freeman, Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, Princeton UNiversity

 

Previous IAAS Lectures

IAAS Lecture Series Academic Year 2020-2021

Previous Events, Spring 2021 virtual IAAS Lectures:

April 7, 2021, at 1:15 pm ET  
The Invisible Outsider: Non-Chinese "Chinese" Art in the Harvard Art Museums   
Sarah Laursen, Alan J. Dworsky Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Harvard Art Museum
 
February 3, 2021, at 1:15 pm ET 
Settler Nativization in the Inner Eurasian Borderlands of the Qing and Russian Empires  
Abstract
Wei-chieh Tsai, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Shenzhen University
 
March 3, 2021, at 1:15 pm ET 
Scientific Exchange at the Courts of Mehmed II and Bayezid II  
Abstract                  
Robert Morrison, Professor and Chair, Department of Religion, Bowdoin College
 

Fall 2020 virtual IAAS Lectures:

September 16, 2020, at 1:15 PM ET
The Secret Life of a Turkic Lexeme: Grammaticalization in Modern Uyghur 
Dr. Gülnar Eziz, Preceptor in Uyghur and Chaghatay Languages, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

October 7, 2020, at 1:15 PM ET 
A Tangle of Hair-Knots: Uṣṇīṣa Buddhas and Intertextuality in Early Tibet  
Abstract
Prof. Jacob Dalton, Khyentse Foundation Distinguished University Professor in Tibetan Buddhism, UC Berkeley
 
November 4, 2020, at 1:15 PM ET 
The Circulation of Medicine and Notions of Healing in Early 20th Century Chinese Turkestan via Network Analysis  
Abstract
Prof. Arienne Dwyer, Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, University of Kansas
 
December 2, 2020, at 1:15 PM ET
Smallpox Against Itself: Exploring the History of Inoculation in Tibet
Abstract
Dr. Lobsang Yongdan, Research Fellow, University of Bonn

IAAS Lecture Series Academic Year 2019-2020

Spring 2020 IAAS Lectures:

 

Monastic Wealth in Qing China's Buddhist Inner Asia  
Lan Wu, Assistant Professor of History, Mount Holyoke College
Feburary 5, 1:15 pm
 
Manchu Archives and the Cartographic Knowledge of the Northeast in the Huangyu Quanlan Tu
Kicengge (Chengzhi), Professor, Institute of Liberal Arts, Otemon Gakuin University, Japan;  Visiting Research Scholar at EALC, Harvard University (April 2019 - March 2020)
February 12, 1:15 pm
 
Abodes of Alien Ancestors: Buddhist Geography and Genealogy in 18th-Century Beijing      
Wen-shing Chou, Associate Professor of Chinese Art, Hunter College
March 4, 1:15 pm
 

 

Fall 2019 IAAS Lectures:

The Green-Eyed Lama (Ногоон нуден лам): Reflections on her best-selling novel and Mongolia's recent history
Description
Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, former Member of the Mongolian Parliament and former Minister of Sports, Culture and Tourism
October 16, 2019, 1:15 pm
 
Dangling Threads to Examine the Channels: Tales of Pulse Diagnosis in Tibetan and Chinese Literature
Abstract
William McGrath, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College
November 6, 2019, 1:15 pm
 
Why Pots (Don't) Matter: Complexity in Bronze Age Eurasia
Abstract
Paula Dupuy, Assistant Professor of Anthropoogy, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
December 4, 2019, 1:15 pm
 
Postponed until 2020-21 Lecture Series:
The Circulation of Medicine and Notions of Healing in Early 20th Century Chinese Turkestan via Network Analysis
Abstract
Arienne Dwyer, Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, University of Kansas
Date to be announced
 

 

IAAS Lecture Series Academic Year 2018-2019

 

IAAS Lectures in 2018-19 Series:

October 3, 2018, 1:15 pm
Wisdom of Royal Glory(Kutadgu Bilig) and the Persian Connection: The Sources of a Turko-Islamic Mirror for Princes
Prof. Robert Dankoff, University of Chicago

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018,4:00 pm
Recent Developments in Xinjiang
Dr. Adrian Zenz, European School of Culture and Theology
Moderated by Prof. Mark Elliott, Harvard University
Co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center, the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, and the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School.

 

November 7, 2018, 1:15 pm
Precious Pills and the Politics of Tibetan Learning in Qing China
Prof. Stacey Van Vleet,Indiana University, and Harvard EALC Fellow 2018-19
 
December 5, 2018, 5:00 pm Joseph Fletcher Memorial Lecture
From Turco-Mongolian Dual Kingship to Power Sharing: Questions of Theory and Practice
Prof. İsenbike Togan (AM' 69, PhD '73), Boğaziçi University, Turkey
 
February 6, 2019, 1:15 pm
Looting and Climate Change Threaten Mongolia's Achaeology and Cultural Heritage
Dr. Julia Clark, NOMAD Science; and American Center for Mongolian Studies, Ulaanbaatar
Abstract and speaker bio here

 

February 20, 2019, 1:15 pm
Marks of Faith: Observation on Christian Iconography of the Sogdian Coins
Dr. Barakatullo Ashurov, Visiting Scholar in NELC, Harvard University

 

March 6, 2019, 1:15 pm
From Warriors to Violence: Gender Based Violence in Mongolia
Mrs. Bayartsetseg Jigmiddash (LLM '08) Fellow, Yale University; Former Secretary of State for the Ministry of Justice, Mongolia (2012-2016). Speaker bio.
 
April 3, 2019, 1:15 pm
A Colonial Muslim History of Qing Central Asia: Revisiting Sayrāmī'sTārīkh-i Ḥamīdī
Prof. Eric Schluessel (PhD '16), University of Montana
Abstract and speaker bio here
 

 

 

IAAS Lecture Series Academic Year 2017-2018

 

2017-2018 IAAS Lecture Series

Lectures are held on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

 
October 4, 2017 Prof. Robert Mayer, Oxford University
Rethinking the Tibetan Treasure Tradition
1730 Cambridge Street, CGIS South Building, Room S153

 

November 1, 2017 Dr. Berthe Jansen, Leiden University
The Legal Role of the Monastery in Pre-modern Tibet
1730 Cambridge Street, CGIS South Building, Room S153
 
December 6, 2017 Prof. Christopher Atwood, University of Pennsylvania
The Manuscript Mong. 75 and Mongolian Apocalyptic Writings in the Fourteenth Century Crisis
1730 Cambridge Street, CGIS South Building, Room S250
 
January 31, 2018 Prof. Kirill SoloninRenmin University of China
How Tanguts Understood Themselves: Evidence from Native Texts
1730 Cambridge Street, CGIS South Building, Room S250

 

February 7, 2018 Prof. Beatrice Manz, Tufts University
Tribes, Armies and Empires: Reflections on the Social Morphology of Pastoral Nomads
1730 Cambridge Street, CGIS South Building, Room S250
 
March 7, 2018 Prof. Imre Hamar, Eötvös LorándUniversity
The Influence of the Buddhāvataṃsaka-sūtra in Central Asia
1730 Cambridge Street, CGIS South Building, Room S250
Co-sponsored with the Department of South Asian Studies
 
April 4, 2018 Prof. Tansen Sen, NYU Shanghai
The Mongols and the Changing Patterns of Indian Ocean Interactions
1730 Cambridge Street, CGIS South Building, Room S250

 

April 18, 2018 Prof. Minoru Inaba, University of Kyoto
Did the Hindu Kush Really Kill Indians? Geography and Historical Routes Across Afghanistan
1730 Cambridge Street, CGIS South Building, Room S250
 

 

 

IAAS Co-sponsored Events

IAAS Co-Sponsored Events 2020-21

2020-21 Co-Sponsored Event: 
 
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | 4-5:30pm
Mobility, Power, and Knowledge in the Mongol Empire
Ahmed al-Rahim, Associate Professor and Director of Islamic Studies, University of Virginia
Sponsored by The Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program and the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies.

IAAS Co-sponsored Events 2019-20

Photography exhibition depicting everyday life in Xinjiang, China’s westernmost region. The photographs, taken byLisa Ross, depict beds and their occupants outside in the open air. Sleeping outdoors is a traditional means to keep cool in the hot desert climate for many Uyghurs, Xinjiang’s Muslim-majority ethnic group. This way of life, however, is rapidly disappearing under the Chinese government’s mass detentions of many of the region’s residents. 

The exhibit is co-sponsored by theHarvard University Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies,Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies,Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and theHarvard Asia Center Arts Initiative; with support from the Provostial Fund Committee, Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities 

February 25 - March 29, 2020, CGIS South BuildingConcourse, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA.  

View the exhibit online on the Harvard Asia Center website

 

 

A discussion with Sophie Richardson, China Director at Human Rights Watch, and Rayhan Asat (HLS LLM ’16) international lawyer. Moderated by Professor William Alford, Director of East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. 

Hosted by Harvard Law School Advocates for Human Rights, East Asian Legal Studies at HLS, and the Program of Law and Society in the Muslim World. 

Co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Harvard Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, and the Harvard Muslim Law Students Association. 

Monday, March 9, 2020, 12pm to 1pm Harvard Law School, WCC 2009 Classroom 

Read a summary of the March 9 discussion written by the Human Rights Program at HLS 

 

IAAS Co-sponsored Events 2018-19

Exhibit: Three Uyghur Poets

February 14 - March 29, 2019 

An exhibit of work by three contemporary Uyghur poets, with translations by Ph.D. Candidate Joshua Freeman, Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies. 

On display in the Asian Centers' Lounge, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge from February 14 - March 29, 2019. 

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and the Harvard University Asia Center. 

IAAS Co-sponsored Events 2016-17

Co-Sponsored Talk:

"The historical geographic background of the Silk Road"  

Prof. Ge Jianxiong, Institute of Historical Geography, Fudan University  

 

November 21, 2016   5-6 pm, Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall 110  

Co-sponsored by the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies 

 

Film screening:

"The Eagle Huntress" by Otto Bell  

Film screening co-sponsored by the Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Lecture Series and the Harvard Art Museums 

March 23, 2017   6:00 pm, Harvard Art Museums, 0505 - Menschel Hall 

IAAS Co-sponsored Events 2014-15

Film screening:  "The Land of Many Palaces" 

Film screening followed by discussion with directors Adam Smith and Song Ting. 
Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Lecture Seriesco-sponsored with the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

January 30, 2015   7:30pm 

CGIS Belfer Case Study Room (S020), South Building 1730 Cambridge Street 

IAAS Co-sponsored Events 2012-13

Dr. Ablet Kamalov, Turan University, Almaty, Kazakhstan 
March 26, 2013,  4-5pm  CGIS Knafel North Building, Room K262, 1737 Cambridge Street 

Inner Asian and Altaic Studies Lecture Series event co-sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, the Harvard University Asia Center, and the Davis Center for Eurasian and Russian Studies