Category Archives: Allgemein

Internationale Altaisten-Konferenz in Mainz (1959)

Dear Reader,

In the days June 23rd to 26th 1959, the then recently founded PIAC had convened its second Annual Meeting, steered by Secretary General Prof. Walther Heissig. Media covered the event with broadcasts and feuilleton contributions. One journalist, Erik Emig, wrote a piece on the aforementioned meeting. His article and letter to Prof. Heissig are reproduced here.

Oliver Corff, September 3rd, 2019.

Letters regarding the early years of the PIAC

Dear Reader,

One of the founding fathers of the PIAC, Prof. Walther Heissig (1913–2015), was not only a pioneer of Central Asian Studies in Germany, an outstanding scholar of Mongolian studies, and a prolific writer. He also maintained close and personal ties with many of the eminent Central Asian scholars of his time, among them György Kara, Herbert Franke and György Hazai, to name just a few.

As first Secretary General of the PIAC,  he also entertained communications, many of them with Denis Sinor. The letters also reflect the administrative burdens of organizing PIAC meetings, especially given the fact that travel (and obtaining permission to participate in conferences abroad) was by far not as convenient as today.

From Prof. Heissig’s estate, more than 70 letters and other documents relating to the early years of the PIAC, hitherto unpublished, are edited by H. Walravens as:

Briefwechsel mit György Kara, Herbert Franke, György Hazai und Alice Sárközi sowie aus den Anfängen der Altaistenkonferenz (PIAC) Katalog mongolischer Blockdrucke in London. Paperback, 220 pages. ISBN-13: 9783739218830. Publisher: Books on Demand, June 4th, 2019.

Oliver Corff, September 2nd, 2019.

New Books Presented by PIAC Members, 2

Dear Reader,

The other day, an incomplete list of books presented to the 62nd Annual Meeting of the PIAC was published here, and four titles were missing from that list which are presented here:

  • Li, Yong-Sŏng. Türk Dillerinde Akrabalık Adları. Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu Yayınları, 2019. isbn: 978-975-17-4223-0.
  • Tekin, Talat. Altayistik. Makaleler 1. Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu Yayınları, 2013. isbn: 978-975-16-2554-0.
  • Аникеева, Т. А. Предания Коркута. Огузкий героческий эпос как источник по истории тюркских народов Центральной Азии IX–XI вв. Москва: Наука — восточная литература, 2018. isbn: 978-56041860-3-9.
  • Зайцев, И. В., and А. В. Шумкин, eds. Muẖtaṣar tariẖ — История и родословная Черкесов. Издание рукописи тюркского исторического сочинения XVIII в. Москва: Издательство восточной литературы, 2019. isbn: 978-56041860-3-9.

Oliver Corff, September 1st, 2019.

New books presented by PIAC members

Dear Reader,

during the opening ceremony of the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference, several members presented their recent books:

  • Campi, Alicia. Mongolia’s Foreign Policy. Navigating a Changing World. Boulder London: Lynne Rienner, 2019. isbn: 9781626377820.
  • Clauson, Sir Gerard. Türkçe-Moğolca çalişmaları. Translated by Fatma Kömürcü. Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu Yayınları, 2019. isbn: 978-975-16-3258-6.
  • Ersoy, Feyzi. Çuvaş Türkçesi Grameri. Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu Yayınları, 2017. isbn: 978-975-16-3349-1.
  • Şçerbak, Aleksandr. Eski dönem Türk-Moğol dil ilişkileri. 8.–14. Yüzyıllar. Translated by Rysbek Alimov. Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu Yayınları, 2019. isbn: 978-975-17-4209-4.
  • Terbish, Baasanjav. Türkiye Türkçesi ve Çağdaş Moğolcada Çatı. Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu Yayınları, 2019. isbn: 978-975-17-4224-7.
  • Turan, Fatma Ahsen, and Meral Ozan, eds. Türk Mitolojisine giriş. 4. baskı. Ankara: Gazi kitabevi, 2018. isbn: 978-605-344-769-6.
  • Функ, Д. А., ed. Шорский героческий эпос. Шорский эпос в самозаписях сказителя-кайчи В. Е. Таннагашева. Vol. 5, bk. 1. Издательство Томского университета, 2018. isbn: 978-5-7511-2547-9.
  • Хөвсгөл, С. Утга туурвилын ертөнцөөр… Судлал, шүүмж. Улаанваатар, 2019. isbn: 978-99978-66-01-1.

Oliver Corff, August 25th, 2019.

62nd Annual Meeting Press Coverage

Dear Readers,

As part of their public relations work, Friedensau Adventist University issued a press release which was published by the local media group and a network for professional education:

Oliver Corff, August 25, 2019.


Proceedings of the 60th Annual Meeting in Székesfehérvár, 2017, Available

Dear Colleagues,

The pdf of the PIAC 2017 Proceedings is now downloadable from:

The individual off-prints will be soon available at the Studia uralo-altaica homepage, too. Thank the authors for their contributions and kind cooperation during the publication process!

Friendly regards,



Last Minute Traffic Information

Dear Participants in the 62nd Annual Meeting,

Ongoing Road Construction Work which was scheduled to be finished on August 16th, 2019, will now continute during our Meeting.

Please check the updated information page with travel information.

Thank you very much for your kind understanding.

Seeing forward to gathering with you at Friedensau soon,

Oliver Corff,
— President —
62nd Annual Meeting of the PIAC
August 18th to 23rd, 2019