Subject: This Month in Mongolian Studies - January 2022

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In this Issue:

ACMS Announcements 

ACMS Sponsored Programs and Events

Vacancies and Fellowships

Grants, Scholarships, Calls for Papers

New Resources

Other News and Events

Recent Books

This Month in Mongolian Studies is a monthly listing of selected academic activities, resources and other material related to Mongolia. This list is based on information the ACMS has received and is presented as a service to its members. If you would like to submit information to be included in next month's issue please contact the ACMS at
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ACMS Announcements, News and Media References
Tuvshinzaya T, Program Coordinator
"Our General Manager Baigalmaa egch worked hard this year to cover the "backstage" duties for all the programs, on top of her main duties of ensuring the UB Office's smooth operation. Our nonprofit permit in Mongolia was due this year and it's something akin to defending a dissertation, but she compiled the report of our activities for the Immigration Agency of Mongolia and handled it masterfully."
Gantungalag T, Library and Media Coordinator
"Our Mongolian Language Program Manager Tsermaa bagsh tirelessly teaches Mongolian to many students over Zoom, but her learning modules expanded to OIML 2021 program -- shout out to Gantuul bagsh too! -- and a pilot Classical Mongolian program this year. All of it culminated to her supporting UW Mongolian teacher and officially publishing her language textbooks as the new year drew. Twenty-twenty-one was in the books!"
Baigalmaa B, General Manager
"Natso, who is always full of ideas, has been developing the ACMS e-learning platform, and supported half of the Online Field School courses and the Online Intensive Mongolian content. He hosted 19 Virtual Speaker Series events. And he's making the best out of his relocation to the US Office -- exciting trips to UC Berkeley and Harvard University!"
Tsermaa T, Mongolian Language Program Manager
"Under Bolor zahiral's encouragements and leadership, our programs are timely and accessible to both U.S. and Mongolian side, including the bilingual shift of our lectures and the Cultural Heritage Discussion. She advises the most timely topics and speakers. Moreover, she revived old partnerships and forged new ties with many institutions in Mongolia and the U.S., such as the National Museum of Mongolia and AMNH with some exciting projects to be announced underway."
Natso Baatarkhuu, US Director
"Tuvshee's commitment to excellency and resourcefulness can be seen from the Upenn-Wharton virtual tour this spring and the workshops she has been organizing for our AFCP Textile Conservation Project. She has also been leading the monthly “Cultural Heritage Discussion” series that started this year, and over its 12 events, many distinguished moderators discussed timely and important issues."

Bolortsetseg Minjin, Executive Director
"Gana made great progress in ACMS Library, cataloging and showcasing new books, and in Media, especially handling the technical and marketing aspects of the CHP and capturing and editing workshop videos, including the historic library professional's 'Cataloging as Public Service' and the AFCP's 'Photo conservation'. Her meticulousness shined this year when she co-supported the Online Field School and OIML programs."

Mongolian Embassy Dialogue Focuses on Boosting the Field of Mongolian Studies
The Mongolian Ambassador to the U.S., H.E. Batbayar U, met with Dr. Bolortsetseg Minjin, the ACMS Executive Director, and Dr. Saruul-Erdene Myagmar, the Founder of the Mongolian Cultural Center and the Mongolian Specialist at the U.S. Library of Congress, to strategize the future partnership activities to bring the field of Mongolian studies in North America to new heights.

As part of their ongoing collaboration dialogue, the parties resolved a) to support the Mongolian Cultural Center's annual Mongolian Studies conference in the first half of 2022; b) to support the ACMS North American Mongolian Studies Digital Library Consortium Project, which aims to create a single portal that curates all Mongolian studies digital collections in North America; and c) to develop a North American Mongolian studies Cultural Heritage encyclopedia. With the broad strokes agreed, the parties pledged to host the next meeting with extended stakeholders and specific agenda.

ACMS Digitization Project Team Visits Harvard Univeristy
The ACMS team visited Harvard University to research the archives of Joseph Fletcher, who was a student of the Late Mongolist Francis Cleaves between Dec 12-15. Between the research, the team also discussed collaboration projects with the school administration, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Harvard-Yenching Library. The trip was funded by the continued generous donation of Jack Weatherford and William Brown. We would also like to thank Dr. Manduhai Buyandelger, Kristen Pearson and Dr. William Taylor for their assistance in setting up connections during the trip.

ACMS Accepting Applications for 2022 Fellowships

ACMS is pleased to announce its 2022 fellowships, namely on field research, summer language program, and library fellowships. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the fellows may be expected to defer their research to the following year even if accepted.

ACMS Field Research Fellowship Program provides awards of up $4000 to US citizen students and/or university faculty to conduct academic field research in Mongolia between May and October. The fellowship is supported with funding from the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through a grant by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Deadline for receipt of complete applications: February 15, 2022.

ACMS Library Fellowship Program provides US citizens who are advanced graduate students or faculty in library science or related fields with up to $4000 to conduct short-term projects and/or research in Mongolia between May and October. This program helps support the development of the ACMS research library through specific defined projects designed to enhance the collection content and resource availability. The fellowship is supported with funding from the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through a grant by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Deadline for receipt of complete applications: February 15, 2022.

ACMS Intensive Mongolian Language Program. Students and scholars are invited to enroll in an eight week Intermediate Intensive Mongolian Language Program at the ACMS in Ulaanbaatar, from June 6 to August 5, 2022. The focus of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to enhance their communicative competence through systematic improvement of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, in an authentic environment. Some full and partial fellowships are available to cover the cost of tuition, which is $2,000. Deadline for receipt of applications: February 15, 2022.

Mongolia field study opportunities return through five course offerings in Summer 2022

The Mongolia Field School will offer 5 courses in summer 2022 on-site in Mongolia examining key topics such as Climate Change, Buddhism, Public Health, Sustainable Mining, and the Literature and Music of Mongolia.These courses offered over 9-18 days in two summer sessions provide a unique educational travel opportunity led by international and Mongolian university faculty.

The courses are open to a diverse range of participants, including undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and life-long learners, and offer an opportunity to experience learning and travel guided by academic experts in Ulaanbaatar and the beautiful Mongolian countryside.

A significant number of scholarships of up to $2,000 are available thanks to the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and other donors, with awards based on need, diversity, and merit.

ACMS Sponsored Programs and Events
Please note that our VSS programming is alternating monthly between Mongolian and English as part of our larger plan to create inclusive and accessible discourse. January events will be held in English.
December Cultural Heritage Discussion was held on December 24, 10 am ULAT. The discussion was titled: "Соёлын Өв-Нэгдсэн Хэлэлцүүлэг" and was moderated by Dr. Angaragsuren O, a cultural heritage conservator and a member of the Japanese Cultural Heritage Partnership Consortium, and had panelists from previous discussions.

The discussions are held in Mongolian, and the recordings of the panel will be uploaded on the ACMS YouTube channel soon

Dr. Munkhtsetseg N, dean of the Applied Linguistics Department, Institute of Linguistics and Literature, MAS, presented "The Compiling of the E-Database of Mongolian Terms" on December 23, 9am GMT+8. The discussion was in Mongolian and will soon be uploaded to ACMS YouTube channel with English subtitles. However, the full livestream is also available on the ACMS Facebook page.

Vacancies and Fellowships

Tenure-Track Professor in Buddhist Studies at Vienna University

At the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna the position of a Tenure-Track Professorship for the field of Buddhist Studies (full-time position) is to be filled.

The research and teaching focus of candidates should be in one or more of the following areas of Buddhist Studies: history of philosophy, of religion, and of literature. Primary sources should play a prominent role in both research and teaching. Consideration of the social dimension is welcome. Candidates should have command of and use Sanskrit and Pali; knowledge of Buddhist Chinese and/or Tibetan is desirable. Readiness to cooperate especially with Tibetology and South Asian Studies as well as with other disciplines of the University of Vienna is expected.

The application deadline is 10 January 2022.
The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies

Institutions of higher education worldwide are eligible to apply for grants up to $300,000 (to be expended over four years) in support of new teaching positions in Buddhist studies.

The proposed position must be a new position, not a replacement for a retirement or for an otherwise vacated position in the same or very similar field.

The establishment of the position must contribute significantly to the institution. This has been taken to mean establishing a curriculum in Buddhist Studies where none has existed or where such a curriculum was in clear and urgent need of support.

Award funds should be used only for the new professor’s salary, benefits, and research expenses, not for indirect or administrative costs, or office expenses.

In addition, applicant institutions are eligible to request funds for costs related to a competitive search for the proposed position. The request must not exceed the $300,000 maximum.

A letter must be attached to the application from the institution’s president, vice-chancellor, rector, provost, or dean expressing the institution’s commitment to maintain the seeded position as a permanent, tenure-track post after the expiration of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation's funding, consistent with the university's policies on tenure-track positions. At institutions without a tenure-track system, the applicant institution must commit to continuing the position for a substantial period after the expiration of grant funding and must provide a description of how this commitment fits its contractual practices.

The heart of the application is a statement outlining the proposed position—its responsibilities, departmental location, its rank, the fit with the institution’s mission and curricular plans, and the qualifications sought in potential appointees. The statement should describe the process of identifying the appointee.

Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship and Grant Administration (OFA) System ( no later than 9PM Eastern Time, January 11, 2022.
Assistant Professor of East Asian History at Boston University

The History Department at Boston University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor in Modern East Asian History, beginning Fall 2022.

The Department seeks candidates with expertise in modern East Asian history, and possible intersecting interests in Southeast Asia, with a preference for applicants with comparative, transnational or global perspectives. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to excellence in research and teaching. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate core courses and in fields of specialization. 
Ph.D. in hand by beginning of employment. 

Applicants should submit by October 12, 2021 a cover letter detailing teaching and research interests, a C.V., and two letters of recommendation to Academic Jobs Online

Please direct any questions about this position to Professor Benjamin Siegel at

Grants, Scholarships, and Calls for Paper

Call for Papers: "EU in Central Asia: An Uninvited Guest in China's and Russia's Backyard?" University of Groningen Workshop, February 10-11, 2022

Please submit your paper abstract (300 words max. + paper title + 5 keywords) electronically to Dr Marek Neuman ( and to Dr Agha Bayramov (

A selection of papers will be submitted to a high-impact journal as part of a special issue on the "EU's external governance in Central Asia" or will be edited into a volume to be published in late 2022 / early 2023.

With regard to funding, the organizers will be able to provide limited travel grants to participants from Central Asia (with travel bookings having to be completed before August 31, 2021 for administrative reasons). Should you wish to qualify for travel funding, please indicate so by elaborating upon your motivation when submitting your paper abstract.

Deadline for paper submission and their circulation among participants: January 30, 2022:

Call for Papers: "The Journal of Northeast Asian History Vol. 17

The Northeast Asian History Foundation continues to expand its interaction with scholars specializing in Asian history and related fields outside East Asia. The Foundation is also strengthening its ties with leading institutions and scholars by encouraging interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to research on geopolitical, cultural, educational, and other issues in East Asia.

The Foundation publishes the Journal of Northeast Asian History (JNAH), a peer-reviewed semi-annual English-language journal that focuses on history-based approaches to Asian politics, cultures, economy and other fields to shed light on the historical realities of the Asian World. The Journal's geographical scope extends to other parts of the world which have significant relevancy to Asian history, thus charting globalism and localism from global perspectives.

The Journal of Northeast Asian History calls for the submission of outstanding and unpublished papers for review and possible publication in summer 2021. We invite colleagues to consider the Journal when seeking to publish ongoing research since we believe this can be an impetus for further scholarly collaboration in the future. For full consideration, please submit manuscripts by March 15 of 2021.

Please contact us at or should you have any questions regarding the journal, its submission process or subscription to it.

Call for Applications - "Field Courses" NOMAD Science - Jun 15 - Sept 5, 2022

If you are interested in preserving Mongolia's cultural and natural heritage through research and public outreach, NOMAD Science is presently assembling its annual international, interdisciplinary team to conduct fieldwork in northern Mongolia. No experience necessary.

Please see for course offerings, schedule, and more information.the journal, its submission process or subscription to it.

Call for Proposals: "Teaching East Asia in the Humanities" University of California Berkeley Conference, April 23-24, 2022

The past decade has produced a great corpus of literature which defends and reimagines the value of the humanities—its potential to cultivate critical reasoning and cultural literacy necessary for a healthy civil society (Helen Small, 2013), ethically meaningful reading practices (Peter Brooks, 2014), and the character and judgement required to become “more human” (James Hankins, 2017). For teachers of the humanities, maintaining the sort of engaged pedagogy necessary to deliver on these promises means frequent trial and error. This conference is designed to serve as a forum to discuss both our challenges and successes in achieving our goals as humanities teachers in East Asian fields. We invite proposals that reflect on your own stories of challenging and rewarding moments in your teaching, as well as common pedagogical strategies within your fields. How do we grapple with tensions between global and local perspectives? How do we account for particularities (philosophical concepts, literary forms, and social institutions) in East Asia while avoiding essentialisms, or introduce students to Western theory without perpetuating discursive hegemony? How should we navigate or challenge the boundaries imposed by the premodern/modern divide, or disciplines such as history, literature, philosophy, and religion? What pedagogical hurdles and advantages accompany teaching translated sources? Ultimately, how should we tailor our pedagogy to foster humanistic thinking?

Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length, and will be followed by questions and answers. Proposals should be no longer than 300 words, and might include any of the following:

  1. A brief description of a teaching experience that your presentation might highlight
  2. Reflections on new trends in teaching in your field or new digital resources
  3. How your presentation addresses questions of humanistic pedagogy in East Asian fields, such as (but not limited to) those raised above
Please submit proposals to by January 31, 2021.

Contact Info:
Xiaoyu Xia, PhD Candidate in East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley (

Nicholas Constantino, PhD Candidate in History, UC Berkeley (

Call for Papers: "Transnational Asia Conference 2022" Salt Lake Community College, March 22, 2022

Transnationalism can be defined as a flow/exchange of ideas, people, religions, cultures, goods, diseases, technologies, and capital across various regions that leads to connections and conflicts across national boundaries. These flows and exchanges have always existed in human history. Traders and merchants have bought and sold goods; scholars, educators, and religious leaders have spread ideas, religions, and philosophies; and people and entire communities have moved to, resettled in, or conquered new locations. Such movements and exchanges have transformed societies by altering the relationships between different population groups and sometimes disrupting the balance of power within regions.

The History Department at SLCC will host the "Transnational Asia Conference" at Salt Lake Community College on 31 March, 2022. The conference will explore the interactions described above in an Asian context.

We invite faculty and students from across the humanities and social sciences to submit proposals for papers or panels that adopt a transnational or interdisciplinary approach. All submissions must be based on original research. True to the name of the conference, sessions/panels will be organized by themes that cross geographical, political, and cultural boundaries.

Send abstract (~300 words) and CV to

Deadline for submissions: 15 January, 2022

Student video challenge: Multimedia Collaboration between Asian and U.S. Undergraduates - ASIANetwork Annual Conference 2022, October 15, 2021

The ASIANetwork Student Video Competition facilitates focused and direct interaction between students at ASIANetwork and Asian undergraduate institutions. Student teams will examine a current global issue from a comparative perspective and, in a multimedia video, present their conclusions.

Winning Entries will be promoted on the ASIANetwork website and featured at the Annual Conference. The team will produce a video (5-minute maximum) based on the year’s theme.
The completed video will be submitted through the ASIANetwork website by the faculty advisor.
Winners will be chosen by a selection committee made up of experts in Asia/global affairs, media, and film.

The faculty advisor of the winning team will be invited to the annual conference with a complementary registration fee. A certificate and $100 award will be presented to each student member through the ASIANetwork institution.

Application Procedures
The faculty advisor submits an on-line application. Deadline: October 15

A list of team members (name, major/minor, year, contact information, university)
Name and contact information for the faculty advisor
Project title with a 250-word abstract
By November 1, ASIANetwork verifies eligibility and agrees to accept the video submission.

The faculty advisor submits the video through the ASIANetwork website. Deadline: February 1.

New Resources
Interesting digital resource we discovered in December, 2021:
  • "Mongolian Scientific Term Dictionary": With over 12,000 entries from the medical, social, and natural sciences, engineering, and humanities, this dictionary is a vital tool for scholars and translators. Each entry is cited in English, defined in modern Mongolian, and transliterated in Classical Mongolian.
Member contribution publications:
(We received the following announcement of publication from our members. If you would like to announce your publication, please reach out to us at

Selected scholarly articles published in December, 2021:
Other News and Events

"Embassy dialogue focuses on boosting the field of Mongolian studies" | Montsame
H.E. Ambassador U.Batbayar has met with Dr. Bolortsetseg Minjin, the ACMS Executive Director, to strategize the future partnership activities...


The Fall of the Soviet Union: Mongolia’s Path to Democratic Revolution | The Diplomat
The singularity of the Mongolian revolutionary process deserves to be underlined...

Recent Books

A Thousand Steps to Parliament" By Manduhai Buyandelger

Price: 32.50 USD (paper) 288 pages. UChicago Press
A Thousand Steps to Parliament traces how the complicated, contradictory paths to political representation that women in Mongolia must walk mirror those the world over.

Mongolia has often been deemed an “island of democracy,” commended for its rapid adoption of free democratic elections in the wake of totalitarian socialism. The democratizing era, however, brought alongside it a phenomenon that Manduhai Buyandelger terms “electionization”—a restructuring of elections from time-grounded events into a continuous, neoliberal force that governs everyday life beyond the electoral period. In A Thousand Steps to Parliament, she shows how campaigns in Mongolia have come to substitute for the functions of governing, from social welfare to the private sector. Such long-term, high-investment campaigns depend on an accumulation of wealth and power beyond the reach of most women candidates. Given their limited financial means and outsider status, successful women candidates instead use strategies of self-polishing to cultivate charisma and a reputation for being oyunlag, or intellectful. This carefully and intentionally crafted identity can be called the “electable self”: treating their bodies and minds as pliable and renewable, women candidates draw from the same practices of neoliberalism that have unsustainably commercialized elections. A Thousand Steps to Parliament traces how the complicated, contradictory paths to representation that women in Mongolia must walk mirror those the world over, revealing an urgent need to grapple with the encroaching effects of neoliberalism in democracies globally.

Manduhai Buyandelger is professor of anthropology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of Tragic Spirits: Shamanism, Gender, and Memory in Contemporary Mongolia, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
The Impact of Mining Lifecycles in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan: Political, Social, Environmental and Cultural Contexts" Edited By Troy Sternberg, Kemel Toktomushev, Byambabaatar Ichinkhorloo

Price: 128 USD (hardcover) 39.16 USD (eBook)
This volume investigates how mining affects societies and communities in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. As ex-Soviet states, Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan share history, culture and transitions to democracy. Most importantly, both are mineral-rich countries on China’s frontier and epi-centres of resource extraction. This volume examines challenges communities in these countries encounter on the long journey through resource exploration, extraction and mine closure. The book is organised into three related sections that travel from mine licensing and instigation to early anticipation of benefit through the realisation of social and environmental impacts to finite issues such as jobs, monitoring, dispute resolution and reclamation. Most originally, each chapter will include a final section entitled "Notes from the field" that presents the voice of in-country researchers and stakeholders. These sections will provide local contextual knowledge on the chapter’s theme by practitioners from Mongolia and Central Asia. The volume thereby offers a distinctively grounded perspective on the tensions and benefits of mining in this dynamic region. Using Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan as case studies, the volume reflects on the evolving challenges communities and societies encounter with resource extraction worldwide.

The book will be of great interest to students and scholars of mining and natural resource extraction, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.

Troy Sternberg is a senior researcher in the School of Geography at the University of Oxford, UK. He is the editor of multiple books, including Arid Land Systems (2019) and Societies and Climate Hazard Crises in Asia (Routledge, 2017).

Kemel Toktomushev is a research fellow at the University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. He is the author of Kyrgyzstan: Regime Security and Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2016).

Byambabaatar Ichinkhorloo is a director of the International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations under the auspices of UNESCO. He is also a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, National University of Mongolia.
Under the Shadow of White Tara: Buriat Buddhists in Imperial Russia by Nikolay Tserempilov

Price: 124 USD
The book systematically explores the history of the Buddhist community in the Russian Empire. It offers an advanced overview of the relations that existed between the Buriat Buddhists and the Russian imperial authorities.
Various institutions and actors represented Russian power: foreign and interior ministries, the Irkutsk general-governorship, the Orthodox Christian mission of East Siberia, local journalists and academic scholars. The book is focussing especially on the evolution of imperial legislation and specific administrative mechanisms aiming at the regulation of Buddhist affairs. The author demonstrates how these actors responded to conflicting situations and collisions of interests. Thus the history of relations between Russia and her Buddhist subjects is shown as a complex process with participation of a number of actors with their own interests and motivations.

Nikolay Tsyrempilov, Doctor in History, currently holds the position of Associate Professor at the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies of Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan). He specializes in the history of Buddhism in Tibet, Mongolia and Russia in the 17-mid 20th century.
Suncranes and Other Stories: Modern Mongolian Short Fiction, Translated by Simon Wickhamsmith

Page: 296. Price: 25 USD
Over the course of the twentieth century, Mongolian life was transformed, as a land of nomadic communities encountered first socialism and then capitalism and their promises of new societies. The stories collected in this anthology offer literary snapshots of Mongolian life throughout this tumult. Suncranes and Other Stories showcases a range of powerful voices and their vivid portraits of nomads, revolution, and the endless steppe.

Spanning the years following the socialist revolution of 1921 through the early twenty-first century, these stories from the country’s most highly regarded prose writers show how Mongolian culture has forged links between the traditional and the modern. Writers employ a wide range of styles, from Aesopian fables through socialist realism to more experimental forms, influenced by folktales and epics as well as Western prose models. They depict the drama of a nomadic population struggling to understand a new approach to life imposed by a foreign power while at the same time benefiting from reforms, whether in the capital city Ulaanbaatar or on the steppe. Across the mix of stories, Mongolia’s majestic landscape and the people’s deep connection to it come through vividly. For all English-speaking readers curious about Mongolia’s people and culture, Simon Wickhamsmith’s translations make available this captivating literary tradition and its rich portrayals of the natural and social worlds.

Simon Wickhamsmith teaches in the writing and Asian studies programs at Rutgers University. He is the translator of Tseveendorjin Oidov’s The End of the Dark Era (2015).
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