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Past Meetings: 56th Annual Meeting Izmit/Kocaeli, 2013: Programme and List of Participants

Dear Reader,

Most of the information of the 56th Annual Meeting, held 2013 at Kocaeli University, is now online. This includes the original programme and the list of participants, both of which can be found at the page dedicated to the 56th Meeting Izmit, 2013.

Oliver Corff, September 04th, 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.


Previous Meetings: Report of 28th Meeting Venice 1985 now available

Dear Reader,

Not all information relevant to the PIAC appears in the same place. Historically, there was never something like a central repository of all things PIAC. In the case of the 28th Meeting which had been held in Venice in 1985, the editor’s attention had only recently been guided to the Report of the 28th Meeting, written by Ádám Molnár and published by the Acta Orientalia of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1988.

The PIAC Newsletter No. 16, August 1986, in contrast, has a short summary.

Oliver Corff, July 19th, 2018.

The Complete PIAC Newsletter Archive

Dear Reader,

A few days ago, I wrote here that the Permanent International Altaistic Conference Newsletter produced by the PIAC Secretariat started in 1966 and ended in 1999. By today, I stand corrected: the last Newsletter was produced in 2002. It looks quite different from the earlier issues as modern computer-aided text-editing systems became ubiquitous. Computers and the internet brought an end to the necessity of using newsletters to communicate important information for a selected audience; this was felt already in the late 1990s but became manifest around the year 2000.

The PIAC Newsletters, beginning with No. 1 in 1966 and ending with No. 27 in 2002 (only No. 24 is missing, the number never existed and was skipped unintentionally) span an era of fulminant political changes of the Altaic world; what used to be a world divided into two blocs, all things Altaic firmly located in the less accessible bloc, suddenly became a world of open frontiers and new fledgling states in Central Asia. Inner Asian and Central Asian studies, once supported by governments out of political logic, became, at least for a few years, a new fashion; the number of new conferences and study courses announced in the Newsletter after 1990 gives vivid testimony. After economic and political reality left their impression, interest in Central Asia somewhat diminished, only to re-emerge temporarily after 2001.

The Newsletters end in 2002, and it is the chronicler’s task to record what has happened since. Denis Sinor’s (mostly) yearly reflections on the immediate past as well as the ramifications of arranging the next meeting (most rewarding to read is his report on how the 29th Meeting in Tashkent 1987 was organized). Equally insightful is his review of the 13th Meeting in Strasbourg, where he reflects on success and failure due to the political circumstances of the time.

Even if Altaic Studies are not intended as political studies, their research objects are frequently embedded in highly political environments. This fact has not changed since the conception of the PIAC in 1958; only the modalities have changed.

An overview of all Newsletters is found on a dedicated page. All contents of all Newsletters is listed, Newsletters can be downloaded, and individual articles of the Newsletters have found their way into the corpus of www.altaist.org.

Oliver Corff, June 24th, 2018.