Subject: This Month in Mongolian Studies - July 2021

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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
This publication is supported in part by memberships.  Please consider becoming a member of the ACMS, or renewing your membership by visiting our website at

Note: This issue of the newsletter has undergone some experimental changes in design. We would love to hear your feedback on what you like and where you think we could improve! 

Thank you!

ACMS Announcements, News and Media References

Introducing our new Content Captioning Technician!

Did you know some of our videos have started to be captioned in both Mongolian and English? Well, we have a lot more coming thanks to our new Content Captioning Technician!

As part of our efforts to improve accessibility of research within the Mongolian studies community to a wider audience, we created a new part-time position to deploy and fix the AI subtitling process. Our team knew we had to pick someone with an excellent command of English and Mongolian, as well as great attention detail, and we’re extremely pleased to announce Miss Munkh-Ireedui (Muuji) Bat-Unen as our Content Captioning Technician!

Online Intensive Mongolian Language Program 2021
launches with 9 students

ACMS began its eight-week Online Intensive Mongolian Language (OIML) program on June 7, 2021 with nine students in four cohorts. This is the second year implementation of this program, derived from the Summer Intensive Language Program, which had been canceled since the 2020 pandemic-caused travel restrictions.

This year, we have six U.S. citizen students, four of whom received fellowships from ACMS, and three students from Europe who are attending with third-party fellowships. The OIML students attend virtual face-to-face sessions with instructors on weekdays followed by supplemental e-learning exercises designed to improve reading, writing, listening, grammar, and vocabulary skills..

The live sessions of three Online Field School 2021 courses successfully concludes; recordings available for future students

On June 21, ACMS successfully completed the live sessions of the third online course, "Mongolian Buddhism: Sacred Geography of Munkh Khukh Tengeriin Oron (MB)". The previous two courses, "Mining and Environment in Northern Mongolia (MENO)", and "Digitizing Mongolian (DM)" concluded on May 31, and April 28, respectively, making all lesson recordings of the Session 1 of ACMS Online Field School program available on ACMS e-learning platform.

So far, 352 unique students have signed up for the platform; 133 enrolled into DM, 100 into MENO, and 169 into MB. Their progress, citizenship, and current statuses aggregated by the courses can be seen from attached graphs. Overall, 36.3% of the students were U.S. citizens, 32.8% Mongolians, and the rest comprised of various countries, including China, Russia, UK, and Germany.

US-Mongolia-Pakistan glacial archaeology project gets successfully funded by CAORC

We are pleased to note that the project led by Dr. Muhammad Zahir of Hazara University (Pakistan) and Dr. William Taylor of the University of Colorado-Boulder (USA), partnering with the American Center for Mongolian Studies, to document and preserve artifacts melting from mountain ice in northern Pakistan and western Mongolia, has been awarded the Multi-Country Research Fellowship and Mary Ellen Lane Award from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). We congratulate the project’s two principal investigators and wish them success in their archaeological research into the earliest prehistory of pastoral societies across Inner Asia..

Member highlight: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

We are pleased to announce the Los Angeles County's Natural History Museum has become an Institutional Member of the ACMS. NHMLAC protects and shares more than 35 million specimens and artifacts, the largest natural and cultural history collection in the western United States. Researchers from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Crustacea Section conducted a biological survey of branchiopod crustaceans of south-central Mongolia in August-September 2002, and their expedition notes are available online

Thank you for your membership!

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. July events are "F.W. Cleaves" panel and a lecture on Ulaanbaatar history. Both events will be held in English.

This month's ACMS Cultural Heritage Discussion was held on June 18, 10 am ULAT. The discussion was titled: "Соёлын Өв- Цуврал Хэлэлцүүлэг: Сан хөмрөг дэх соёлын өвийг шинжлэх ухааны эргэлтэнд оруулах" and was moderated by Dr. Urna Tsultem of Indiana University and had 7 panelists from various museums and relevant organizations.

The discussions are held in Mongolian, and the recordings of the panels are uploaded on the ACMS YouTube channel as well as livestreamed on our Facebook page.

Chimka Munkhbayar, Co-founder of Agrolly and Team leader of Agrolly Mongolia presented "Digitizing the agricultural farming in Mongolia" on June, 24, 9 pm ULAT.. The discussion was in Mongolian and will soon be uploaded with English subtitles.
The June Virtual Panel in Mongolian was titled "Space Science" and featured Dr. Erdenebaatar D, the Director of Mongolian Space Technology Association (MOSTA), aerospace engineer Mr. Enkhtaivan B, and the MSA Astropark  researcher, Mr. Amarjargal Ch. The panel was held on June 29, 8pm ULAT. The discussion was in Mongolian and will soon be uploaded with English subtitles.
The ACMS YouTube channel published the following videos this past month with Mongolian and English subtitles:

Vacancies and Fellowships

Tsadra Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

This fellowship program provides one-year grants to graduate students at North American universities in order to support them in their pursuit of dissertation research focused specifically on Tibetan Buddhism. Dissertation work must include significant textual work on Tibetan Buddhist primary sources and include translation into English. Two grants of $35,000 are available each year.

The purpose of the grant is not only to encourage more research in the area of Tibetan Buddhism, but also to encourage the sharing of academic research with the larger world. Within one year of finishing the grant term, recipients will be required to submit an essay to the Foundation aimed at sharing their dissertation work with a non-academic audience, with the purpose of advancing Buddhist literacy in North America and connecting educated readers with the research of academics on topics in Tibetan Buddhist studies. 

Graduate students in doctoral programs in North America who are engaged in study of Tibetan Buddhist texts, practices, and related topics.

A student is eligible to receive a fellowship if he or she:

Is a graduate student in good standing at an institution of higher education in North America who, when the fellowship begins, is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral program at that institution–applicants need not be currently ABD, but must have achieved candidacy by the time the grant period begins;

Possesses adequate skills in the language(s) necessary to carry out the dissertation project (i.e., Tibetan and possibly also Sanskrit, Chinese, Pali, or Mongolian.)

Current Grant Applications for summer/fall 2022: Application deadline: September 1st, 2021

Fully funded PhD in “Buddhist pilgrimage in the Anthropocene”

The CCBS is pleased to announce the availability of a 3-year fully-funded doctoral studentship from February 2022 at the Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.

The topic of the PhD project is Buddhist pilgrimage in the Anthropocene. The PhD-fellow will join a research team of six scholars working within the project WASTE and will be supervised by Associate Professor Trine Brox. For more information about the project and how to apply, please visit the job portal at the University of Copenhagen:

The PhD-scholarship has been generously funded by the Velux Fonden ( as part of the collaborative international research project led by Associate Professor Dr. Trine Brox titled WASTE: CONSUMPTION AND BUDDHISM IN THE AGE OF GARBAGE. The project is hosted by the CCBS at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, the University of Copenhagen. It will run over four years from September 2021 until September 2025.

Anticipated start date for project: 1 February 2022
Closing date for applications: 1 September 2021 at 23:59 (11:59 pm) (CEST).

2021-2022 Scholarship Program by the Institute of Mongolian Studies, NUM

The three Scholarship Programs in the honor of academician Ts.Damdinsuren, Sh.Luvsanvandan and B.Rinchen are now open for international doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. The main objective of these scholarships is to support young international scholars who are specialising in the fields of Mongolian Studies for taking advanced training and conducting fieldwork in Mongolia.

The Scholarship Programmes:
Academician Ts.Damdinsuren Scholarship - For scholars whose research focuses on Mongolian
literature and history.
Academician Sh.Luvsanvandan Scholarship - For scholars whose research focuses on the Mongolian
language, the Mongolian script and Altaic studies.
Academician B.Rinchen Scholarship - For scholars whose research focuses on Mongolian culture and
tradition, anthropology and ethnology.

Application Requirements:
• Scholarship will be granted to three selected international researchers who are under the age
of 40 and pursuing their doctoral and post-doctoral research which is related to Mongolian
• A scholarship recipient should able to start their research for 2020-2021 academic year and
conduct their research in Mongolia for the period of three months. A scholarship recipient can
choose their research period in Mongolia.
Scholarship Selection Process:
• Send your completed application documents to by July 11, 2021.
• Selected scholarship recipient will be notified by July 22, 2020.

Grants, Scholarships, and Calls for Paper

(Onsite-Online) Call for Papers - The International Conference on Populism in Asia: The Same or Different Story?

The studies of populism in North America and Europe have reached an agreement upon the basic nature of populism in the Western liberal democracies. As a “thin” ideology, populism is found to be authoritarian, antipluralistic, welfarism-oriented, and chauvinistic. Populism in the West is related to economic conditions and, because of which, the sense of being deprived among some social groups. Populism in the Asia-Pacific region has not, however, been thoroughly investigated. The extant literature does not agree upon the characteristics of populism in this region, compared with its western counterpart. Some believe that it is the same story as in those North American and West European democracies, others believe not.

The conference is thus to invite the Asia-Pacific experts in the world to get together and exchange their empirical observations and research findings on populism in the Asian-Pacific countries, such as the details of its making, consequences, and implications. We intend to draw a comprehensive picture of populism in Asia and construct a comparative framework to contrast the models of populism in different political systems in the Asia-Pacific with the conventional wisdom derived from the West. Quantitative research based upon innovative data approaches is highly preferred.

An edited book is planned to be published as a result of the conference. The themes for investigation in the conference include, but are not limited to:

Populism and Nationalism
Populism and Democracy
Populism and Social Movement
Populism and the Internet
Populism and the Middle Class

Papers are now invited from interested scholars for this conference to be convened on 3-4 December 2021 in Hong Kong.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 1000 words here before 15 July 2021.

(Hybrid) Call for Papers - Association of Asian Studies, 2022 Annual Conference

The AAS 2022 Annual Conference will be a hybrid conference that will incorporate both in-person sessions as well as virtual sessions taking place online.

The program committee seeks sessions that will advance knowledge about Asian regions and, by extension, will enrich teaching about Asia at all levels. AAS Membership is not a requirement for the submission of a proposal or participation.

The 2022 AAS Annual Conference will take place in Honolulu, Hawai'i from March 24-27 at the Hawaii Convention Center and the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

COVID-19 Note: AAS is planning for an on-site hybrid conference in Honolulu. Extended health and safety protocols will be in place in Honolulu. More information will be shared in the fall.

Proposal Submission Deadline:
Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 5:00 p.m. EST

New Resources
Interesting digital resource we discovered in June, 2021:
  • "Acta Mongolica" This Mongolian Studies journal issued at the National University of Mongolia has recently been made available online. First established in 2002, the journal has had a total of 17 volumes, and all are available on the NUM website. The journal has published peer-reviewed articles in Mongolian history, anthropology, archeology, culture, religion, society, philosophy, politics, law, and economics in English and Mongolian. The editorial board is composed of world-renowned scholars of Mongol studies and they are aiming to make Acta Mongolica an internationally accredited and recognized series.

Member contribution publications:

Selected scholarly articles published in June, 2021:

Other News and Events

Beyond Xinjiang: Xi Jinping’s Ethnic Crackdown | The Diplomat
The shifts in ethnic policy go well beyond Xinjiang. This is fundamental rethink of how the CCP manages ethnocultural diversity and its colonial possessions...

Mongolia logs 2271 new COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths | Xinhua
Meanwhile, 12 more people died from the virus, pushing the national death toll to 512, it added. Mongolia's COVID-19 surge continues...

State and Religious Rituals of Religion and State among the Buryat People
 | RSN
Justine Buck Quijada, author of "Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets: Rituals of History in Post-Soviet Buryatia" (Oxford University Press, 2019) joins Kristian Petersen to discuss her research into how the Buryat people re-contextualize the rise and fall of the Soviet period into Buddhist and shamanic histories.

Recent Books

The Rise of the Mongols: Five Chinese Sources by Christopher Atwood

Page: 264. Price: 48 USD
Rise of the Mongols offers readers a selection of five important works that detail the rise of the Mongol Empire through Chinese eyes. Three of these works were written by officials of South China's Southern Song dynasty and two are from officials from North China writing in the service of the Mongol rulers. Together, these accounts offer a view of the early Mongol Empire very different not just from those of Muslim and Christian travelers and chroniclers, but also from the Mongol tradition embodied in The Secret History of Mongols.
The five Chinese source texts (in English translation, each with their own preface): Selections from Random Notes from Court and Country since the Jianyan Years, vol.2, by Li Xinchuan, "A Memorandum on the Mong-Tatars," by Zhao Gong, "A Sketch of the Black Tatars," by Peng Daya and Xu Ting, "Spirit-Path Stele for His Honor Yelü, Director of the Secretariat," by Song Zizhen, "Notes on a Journey," by Zhang Dehui. Also included are an introduction, index, bibliography, and appendices covering notes on the texts, tables and charts, and a glossary of Chinese and transcribed terms.

Christopher Atwood is the chair of the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department, and a professor, Mongolian and Chinese Frontier & Ethnic History
Transforming Inner Mongolia: Commerce, Migration, and Colonization on the Qing Frontier by Yi Wang
Page: 336. Price: 105 USD
This groundbreaking book analyzes the dramatic impact of Han Chinese migration into Inner Mongolia during the Qing era. In the first detailed history in English, Yi Wang explores how processes of commercial expansion, land reclamation, and Catholic proselytism transformed the Mongol frontier long before it was officially colonized and incorporated into the Chinese state. Wang reconstructs the socioeconomic, cultural, and administrative history of Inner Mongolia at a time of unprecedented Chinese expansion into its peripheries and China’s integration into the global frameworks of capitalism and the...

Yi Wang is associate professor of history at Binghamton University.
Contemporary Mongolia: Political, economic and strategic chronicle of a nomadic country by Antoine Marie (in French)
Page: 242. Price: 25 Euro
Mongolia is mainly known in Europe for the conquests of the most illustrious of its emperors, Genghis Khan, or for the survival of a pastoral nomadism. These two elements explain the attraction of a growing number of tourists in search of exoticism and authenticity, and give rise to a varied literary production, in particular numerous travelogues...

Antoine Maire is an associate researcher at the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS)...
Mixing Medicines: Ecologies of Care in Buddhist Siberia by Tatiana Chudakova
Page: 288. Price: 32 USD
Traditional medicine enjoys widespread appeal in today’s Russia, an appeal that has often been framed either as a holdover from pre-Soviet times or as the symptom of capitalist growing pains and vanishing Soviet modes of life. Mixing Medicines seeks to reconsider these logics of emptiness and replenishment. Set in Buryatia, a semi-autonomous indigenous republic in Southeastern Siberia, the book offers an ethnography of the institutionalization of Tibetan medicine, a botanically-based therapeutic practice framed as at once foreign, international, and local to Russia’s Buddhist regions...

Tatiana Chudakova is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University.
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