Visit from the Australian Central Asian Studies Research Team

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Visit of the Australian Central Asian Studies Research Team (Macquarie University) to the Trust 4.07.2011 and presentation of publications. Dr Gunner Mikkelsen worked on the Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum project which was based at the Trust from 2000 to 2005. Dr John Sheldon had been a student of the late Sir Harold Bailey (Sanskrit and Khotanese) 1961-1963. Professor Sam Lieu is a recently appointed Trustee of AIIT and he will begin a Visiting Fellowship at Wolfson College (Camb.). in early 2012. The camera-ready manuscripts of two books presented by the team …

A New Arrival!

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Anna, AIIT’s administrator, has given birth to a beautiful baby boy.  Wilfred Arthur Altai Midsummer Eve was born on Monday 20th June at 8.43pm – Midsummer’s Eve of course!   Congratulations to Anna and her husband Stuart – everyone at the Trust looks forward to seeing baby Wilf very soon. A few pictures of Anna and Wilf are available on her Flickr page.

New issue of INDIRAN

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A new issue of  the Ancient India and Iran Trust’s newsletter, INDIRAN, is now available. This issue includes an account by Bi Bo, visiting scholar from Renmin University of China, Beijing, of her work on Sogdian  manuscripts from Khotan, Xinjiang. Ian Proudfoot, Australian National University, describes exciting finds of unique Malay printed books. Deborah Sutton, University of Lancaster, examines the Hindu temple in terms of political and cultural encounter during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The newsletter also includes reports of a joint presentation by Annabel Gallop and Venetia …

Zakirullah Jan’s Lecture

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The AIIT’s Pakistan Visiting Fellow, Dr. Zakirullah Jan, gave a lecture on 11th March on his fieldwork in Pakistan. The talk was entitled: ‘In Quest of the Indus Civilization in the Gomal plain, Northwest Pakistan’, and was well attended. Below is a photo of Bridget Allchin with Zakirullah, Almut Hintze and other lecture attendees.

Forthcoming Lectures

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18 March Dr Zakirullah JAN, (University of Peshawar) In Quest of the Indus Civilization in the Gomal plain, Northwest Pakistan SPECIAL EVENT In association with the Britain-Nepal Academic Council, CRASSH and the Centre for South Asian Studies 19 April Professor Robin CONINGHAM (University of Durham) Lumbini: preserving and protecting a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nepal. NB: This lecture starts at 5.30pm and a reception will follow.