The Department of Interdisciplinary Eurasian Research was established by the Council of the Faculty of Philology of the Jagiellonian University on December 14, 2000 at the request of the Council of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Jagiellonian University. Its origins lie in the original concept of Prof. Jadwiga Pstrusińska, PhD and her interdisciplinary seminars - initially Celtic-Asian (since 1996), later Eurasian. The objective of these seminars was to provoke comparative discussion on the parallel cultural or language phenomena. Subsequent meetings allowed to go beyond the existing framework of academic debate and to analyse research items from new, cognitive perspectives. Today, after 19 years of activity of the Laboratory, the range of topics addressed during various meetings is wide – it covers philological, linguistic as well as historical, archaeological, anthropological, politological or religious issues. The spectrum of researchers who have participated in the activities of the Laboratory is also broad – it includes employees of the Jagiellonian University, University of: Warsaw, Łódź, Poznań, Rzeszów, Silesia and others. In accordance with the original idea of the founder, both junior and senior academic staff members as well as doctoral students or students are entitled to present their research. An important contribution to the activities of the Laboratory has the Afghanological field represented by the Afghanology Archives covering about 3.000 catalogued items. Currently the head of the Department is Mateusz M. Kłagisz, PhD.
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