Taking advantage of the Gateway's proximity to Eastern Europe, IU researchers have organized events intended to strengthen ties with IU’s Polish and Russian partner institutions.
In collaboration with Jagiellonian University, Michael Brose, Director of IU’s Pan Asia Institute and the East Asian Studies Center, gathered a group of scholars for a workshop in November that explored the evolution of Sinology – “China Studies” – in the Cold War period. It was Brose’s second event hosted at the Gateway in 2019 after his international workshop on “Halal Economies in non-Muslim Countries” in May, which was co-sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
Further east, in June, the Gateway Director participated in the International Partners' Week of one of our closest Russian partner institutions, the Higher School of Economics Moscow, to further strengthen the bonds while exchanging ideas and best practices in international education and planning joint future events. Having hosted a series of workshops involving scholars from HSE at the Gateway in the past, we are looking forward to organizing more events in the upcoming years: the Russian Studies Workshop at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies is currently planning an academic workshop on Siberian studies in 2020 and a joint HSE-IU summer school in 2021.
Whenever necessary and possible, the IU Europe Gateway supports global partnerships and collaborations that could otherwise not be realized. In August, Michael Kowolik, Executive Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and of Global Engagement at the IU School of Dentistry (IUPUI), met with colleagues from Tehran University of Medical Sciences at the Gateway to plan joint research projects and discuss a possible future workshop in Berlin.