Subject: Speaker Series - Kenneth Linden - August 11th 5:30 PM, Natsagdorj library

ACMS Speaker Series
 Collectivization in the Mongolian People’s Republic,
Speaker: Kenneth Linden 

5:30 PM, Tuesday - August 11th, 2015, Library of American Corner, Ulaanbaatar public library

One of the most striking and unique features of Mongolia today is the mobile herding economy and culture. The state of today’s herding cannot be fully understood without first understanding the transformative period of collectivization that occurred under socialism. Mongolia began efforts to collectivize its herding economy in 1929-1930, at the same time as the Soviet Union Due to widespread resistance and rebellion, as well as international concerns, collectivization in Mongolia was stopped and declared a failure in 1932. In 1954 when plans to collectivize the livestock began to be implemented again. Six years later collectivization was declared complete.
In this talk, he will discuss the history of collectivization in Mongolia from 1929-1960. He will show how collectivization in Mongolia fit in both the socialist world and in the history of Mongolian herding. He will also share some thoughts on his future research, as well as how his work can be of use to scholars, activists, and government officials to understand and improve herding in Mongolia today.

Co-Sponsored by the American Cultural and Information Center, Ulaanbaatar 
About the Presenter

  About the Speaker: Kenneth Linden

Kenny Linden is a doctoral student in Indiana University’s Central Eurasian Studies Department. He is currently in Mongolia this summer doing pre-dissertation research, thanks to the ACMS Summer Research Fellowship, an IU OVPIA pre-dissertation travel grant. This summer he is a visiting scholar at the National University of Mongolia. He is working on his dissertation on the collectivization campaigns in Mongolia, which focuses on the environmental history aspect of collectivization, as well as the rhetoric of modernization and equality during collectivization. Kenny completed his MA Thesis in May 2015, entitled “Representations and Memory of the Collectivization Campaigns in the Mongolian People’ Republic, 1929-1960.” He has given a number of talks on collectivization and herding in Mongolia as well as Buryatia. He hopes to return to Mongolia next year to continue his research. 


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