Category Archives: Messages

Previous Meetings: Programme of 14th Meeting, Szeged 1971

Dear Reader,

from the archives of Györges Hazai the editor could obtain the programme of the 14th Annual Meeting of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference, Szeged 1971. There are some minor differences between this programme and the Proceedings; not all contributors to the proceedings appear as speakers in the programme, and vice versa.

Oliver Corff, September 03, 2022.

Previous Meetings: List of Participants and Programme of 13th Meeting, Strasbourg 1970

Dear Reader,

recently, the editor obtained from the archive of the Hungarian scholar György Hazai a copy of the original list of participants and programme of the 13th Annual Meeting of the PIAC, held in Strasbourg (France) in 1970. You can follow either link; the first one leads directly to list and programme, the second one includes information on the proceedings and a short introduction by I. Melikoff, the President of that Meeting.

Oliver Corff, September 03, 2022.


Report of the 64th Annual Meeting Budapest 2022 Available

Dear Reader,

It was a challenging experience for the organizers to organize the 64th Annual Meeting of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference at short notice in Budapest from August 21 to August 26, 2022. Yet all’s well that ends well, and this can be said with all justification about this Meeting.

The Report of the 64th Annual Meeting is now available.

Oliver Corff, September 1st, 2022.


Information about the upcoming 64th Annual Meeting of the PIAC

Dear Reader,

the 64th Annual Meeting of the PIAC is to begin soon. It will take place in Budapest, Hungary, August 21 – 26, 2022, and will be hosted by the Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.

On our dedicated page for the 64th Annual Meeting 2022 you can find travel information.

While the programme is not yet finalized, there is a list of confirmed participants and their papers.


Mourning Alexander (Sasha) Vovin

The members of the PIAC community mourn Alexander (Sasha) Vovin, directeur d’études, Centre de recherches linguistiques sur l’Asie orientale (CRLAO), École des hautes études en sciences sociales (ÉHESS), who passed away in Paris on April 8, 2022. He leaves to the academic world a rich and complex oeuvre encompassing trail-blazing studies in historical linguistics on ancient and classical East Asian languages, in particular Japanese, Korean, Mongolic and Tungusic. His research interests and the vast number of his published works cover many more languages and approaches, and inspired and will continue to inspire a large circle of colleagues and students all over the world. Alexander Vovin was not only an exceptional scholar but also served the academic community in his capacity of academic teacher, editor, referee, convenor of conferences and recipient of research funds.

Sasha was a longtime friend and supporter of the PIAC. In 1986 he attended an Annual Meeting (Tashkent) for the first time. At the Meeting in 2017 (Székesfehérvár) which he attended with his wife Sambi Ishisaki-Vovin and two children, he presented first results of the spectacular analysis of the Brahmi Khüis Tolgoi and Bugut inscriptions, a project which he developed jointly with other PIAC colleagues D. Maue, M. Ölmez and E. de la Vaissière.

Sasha was a wonderful companion, sociable, outgoing and endowed with a rare sense of humour, not to forget his refreshing talent for constructive criticism. The PIAC community will greatly miss this unusually successful scholar and esteemed friend.

Barbara Kellner-Heinkele
Secretary General
April 10, 2022

Proceedings of the 62nd Annual Meeting of the PIAC published

Dear Reader,

today it is with great pleasure that I can announce the publication of the Proceedings of the 62nd Annual Meeting of the PIAC:

Religion and State in the Altaic World

Proceedings of the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference (PIAC), Friedensau, Germany, August 18–23, 2019

Edited by: Oliver Corff

I wish to thank all contributors, and my special thanks goes to De Gruyter, the publisher. De Gruyter has acquired the Klaus Schwarz Verlag, owned by the late Gerd Winkelhane, and continues to support for publishing selected PIAC Proceedings under the “Edition Klaus Schwarz” label.

Oliver Corff, February 27, 2022.

Previous Meetings: 57th Annual Meeting of the PIAC, Vladivostok 2014

Dear Reader,

there is a constant flow of material of previous meetings that is not (hopefully, yet) included in the PIAC website Thanks to Olga Dyakova who shared the source documents of the Programme and Book of Abstracts of the 57th Annual Meeting which took place in Vladivostok in 2014, the programme of said Meeting and nearly all abstracts are now available online: 57th Annual Meeting of the PIAC, 2014: Programme.

Oliver Corff, October 2021.

63rd Annual Meeting of the PIAC successfully closed

Dear Reader,

the 63rd Annual Meeting of the PIAC closed on August 28th, 2021. The meeting was held under the most unusual, but hopefully unique circumstances. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic had forced the organizers first to postpone the Meeting from 2020 to 2021, and then to conduct the Meeting in electronic form, i.e. as a video conference.

Despite so many “firsts”, the Meeting went smoothly and was appreciated by all participants. A detailed report can be found here.

Oliver Corff, Sept. 6th, 2021.


63rd Annual Meeting, 2021: Second Day

Dear Reader,

the second day of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the PIAC featured two sessions, one on Mongolian Language and Thought,, chaired by D. Tumurtogoo, the other one on Turkic Studies, chaired by L. Bold. Both sessions ended in lively discussions.

In the meantime, more Mongolian media report on the 63rd Annual Meeting, e.g. The article shows Bat-Ireedüi during his opening speech and also allows a glimpse into the “command post” of this year’s meeting.

Oliver Corff, August 27th, 2021.