64th Annual Meeting of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference
Hosted by the
Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities,
Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary
Budapest, Hungary, August 21 – 26, 2022
The 64th Annual Meeting of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference (PIAC) was held in Budapest, at very short notice. While the Covid-19 pandemic already had forced the hosts of the 63rd Meeting in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to postpone the Meeting from 2020 to 2021, the pandemic situation continued to exert its negative influence to the effect that the Meeting could only be held in a virtual form for the majority of international participants. According to the original planning, the 64th Annual Meeting was to be held in Moscow this year, but military aggression, with all its consequences, made it impossible to convene a Meeting in Moscow. The Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary was willing to host the meeting, with Ákos Bertalan Apatóczky as President; he had already presided over the 60th Annual Meeting in Székesfehérvár in 2017. This Meeting would not have been possible without the energetic organizational skills of Cecília Hazai whose late father happens to be the eminent turkologist Prof. György Hazai (who was the President of the 12th Annual Meeting of the PIAC in 1969, held at Humboldt University in then East Berlin/GDR), as well as H.E. ambassador János Hóvári.
The Opening Ceremony took place in the Senate Hall of the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary on Monday, August 22, between 09:45 and 10:20 o’clock. President Ákos Bertalan Apatóczky welcomed the participants, followed by a welcome speech by Prof. Dr. Péter Furkó, vice-rector of the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. In her remarks, Secretary General Barbara Kellner-Heinkele offered her words of thanks to all those who had made this Meeting possible.
A minute of silence was held in remembrance of the many scholars, members and friends of the PIAC whose recent loss we have to mourn:
- Edward Tryjarski (March 31, 1923 – August 23, 2021),
- Géza Bethlenfalvy (February 10, 1936 – November 18, 2021)
- Manfred Taube (March 11, 1928 – October 19, 2021),
- Aloïs van Tongerloo (July 13, 1952 – February 25, 2022),
- Alexander Vovin (January 27, 1961 – April 8, 2022) and
- Kara György (June 23.6.1935 – April 16, 2022), recipient of the IU Prize for Altaic Studies (2011), colloquially known as PIAC medal.
In a separate ceremony, now in the lecture hall which would host the Meeting for the rest of the week, this year’s PIAC Prize for Altaic Studies (informally known as PIAC Medal) was awarded to the eminent scholar Alice Sárközi in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of Mongolian studies. In the best possible combination of theory and practice, she is the author of many books as well as an important teacher several of whose students have become Mongolian scholars in their own right. Beginning in 1973, her frequent participation in PIAC Meetings spans nearly half a century.
After lunch, 27 participants from approx. 10 countries (a figure which cannot be stated more precisely than that due to the international background and occasional multiple affiliations of the participating scholars) introduced themselves to each other and shared their recent research activities. This section, called Confessions, is a time-honoured and important segment of all PIAC Meetings since the very beginnings. It allows all participants to get acquainted with each other and is an established means to further the understanding of the scholarly activities of the members, their institutions and their countries.
- Şükrü Halûk Akalın
- Ákos Bertalan Apatóczky
- Michael Balk
- Christine Bell
- Oliver Corff
- Alice Crowther
- Ayşe Şeyma Fındık
- Ilya Gruntov
- Ekaterina Gruzdeva
- Juha Janhunen
- Kao Hsiang-Tai
- Barbara Kellner-Heinkele
- Martijn Knapen
- Julie Lefort
- Pierre Marsone
- Olga Mazo
- Innokentiy Nikolaevich Novgorodov
- Elisabetta Ragagnin
- Katharina Sabernig
- Alsu Shamsutova
- Maria Magdolna Tatár
- Sarolta Tatar
- Guldana Togabayeva
- Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev
- Hartmut Walravens
- Abdurishid Yakup
- Peter Zieme
The presentations started on Monday afternoon with Opening Lectures. Barbara Kellner-Heinkele spoke about the formative years of the young V. V. Radlov, followed by Oliver Corff who spoke about transformational processes in two generations of Manju dictionaries.
All communications during the sessions of Tuesday and Thursday went exactly as outlined in the programme, which deserves mentioning as this is not always the case during PIAC Meetings. Hence, the following lines offer only a most rudimentary summary. All titles and references can be found in the aforementioned programme. On Tuesday, the first session on Linguistics was opened by Ekaterina Gruzdeva and Juha Janhunen, followed by Julie Lefort, Şükrü Halûk Akalın and Kao Hsiang-Tai. The second session, themed Scripts and Writing Systems, had presentations by Pierre Marsone, Michael Balk and Ákos Bertalan Apatóczky. A second secion on Linguistics featured presentations by Ayşe Şeyma Fındık, Elisabetta Ragagnin and Innokentiy Nikolaevich Novgorodov as well a joint presentation by Ilya Gruntov and Olga Mazo. The day ended with a session on Intellectual Heritage, with presentations by Hartmut Walravens, Alice Crowther and Guldana Togabayeva (three presentations in total).
The presentations on Thursday, August 25, 2022, began with a session on Material Culture (Christine Bell and Katharina Sabernig).
Judit Nagy, Vice-Dean for International Affairs, invited the participants to take a tour of the premises of the university which is located in the wonderfully restored architectural marvel of the Károlyi-Csekonics Palace.
One more session on Linguistics (with presentations by Maria Magdolna Tatár, Martijn Knapen and Abdurishid Yakup) and a session on history (with presentations by Peter Zieme, Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev, Sarolta Tatar and Alsu Shamsutova) completed the scientific communications of this Meeting.
Excursion (August 24st, 2022)
During the traditional excursion, the participants were given a tour of the new Museum of Ethnography. In the afternoon, the Executive Director of the Representation Office of the Organization of Turkic States, H. E. Ambassador János Hóvári, invited the PIAC members to a reception at the Representation Office, located in the Ybl Villa, named after its architect Miklós Ybl, Hungary’s most influential architect and one of Europe’s leading architects in the second half of the 19th century.
The Business Meeting was conducted on Thursday afternoon. The President, Ákos Bertalan Apatóczky, will send information on the publication of Proceedings in due course. Proceedings of the 56th Annual Meeting, were finally published in 2021. The process of publishing the Proceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting, Bishkek 2018, has been stalled, mainly due to the sheer size of the volume. The Proceedings of the 62nd Annual Meeting 2019 have been published in early 2022. There are currently no news about the progress of the Proceedings of the 63rd Annual Meeting 2021.
The members of this year’s Medal Committee were elected by secret ballot as follows (in alphabetical order): Juha Janhunen, Hartmut Walravens and Peter Zieme. The Medal Committee is completed by Secretary General and President, both ex officio.
With reference to her intention revealed in the opening remarks to step back as Secretary General, Barbara Kellner-Heinkele announced formally that she would not be available for this post anymore. By unanimous vote, Oliver Corff was elected as new Secretary General.
Judit Nagy, Vice-Dean for International Affairs, closed the Meeting formally with a short speech, taking the occasion to individually thank all contributors.
The members assembled in the 64th Annual Meeting of the PIAC wish to
- express their profound gratitude to Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary for the admirable hospitality hosting the 64th Annual Meeting of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference at the wonderful venue enjoyed by all;
- thank the President of the 64th Meeting, Ákos Bertalan Apatóczky for his readiness to step in as President at short notice,
- thank H. E. Ambassador János Hóvári and the Representation Office of the Organization of Turkic States for their wonderful generosity and hospitality;
- thank the Hazai sisters, notably Cecilia Hazai, for their organizational skills without which this Meeting would not have materialized at such a short notice;
- thank the helpers Marci (Márton) Batisz, Petra Varga and Csilla (Covid test nurse) for their excellent service;
- thank Secretary General Barbara Kellner-Heinkele for 15 years of outstanding service and dedication to the cause of the PIAC.
Impressions of the Meeting