The Newsletter 72 Autumn 2015

IIAS seminar report International seminar: transnational religious and ideological influences in modern Central and Inner Asia

Willem Vogelsang

In the context of the three-year IIAS programme ‘Rethinking Asian Studies in a Global Context’, which is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (New York), IIAS co-organised a seminar that discussed socio-political processes in Central and Inner Asia that are intersecting with global ideological trends. Particular emphasis was put on the question how the global processes influence current nation-building policies, social identities and people’s loyalties. The seminar, supported by the International Unit for Central and Inner Asian Studies, followed up on a previous meeting, ‘Knowledge production and knowledge transfer in and on Central and Inner Asia’, which was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on 5-6 August 2014.