Subject: This Month in Mongolian Studies - May 2023

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In this Issue:

ACMS Announcements 

ACMS Sponsored Programs and Events

Vacancies, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Grants and 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

Thank you!

ACMS Announcements, News and Media References

ACMS Fellowship Selection

In 2023 the ACMS has received a record number of applicants for Field Research Fellowship and Intensive Summer Language Program. The applications for all three programs, including the Library Fellowship program closed on March 1, 2023. After due review by an independent committee 6 Field Research Fellows, 2 Library Fellows and 4 Intensive Summer Language Program Fellow were selected. All selected Field Research and Library Fellows have accepted their fellowships and 3 Intensive Summer Language Program Fellows accepted.

We congratulate the selected Fellows and hope that you will also join us in their congratulations.

From among the Fellows Prof. John Koprowski and his graduate student Jeff Dolphin, who applied for a joint fellowship have already commenced their field work in Mongolia.

For the full list of selected ACMS Fellows and their respective research proposals, please visit our website at: 

If you have just found out about the ACMS Fellowship programs To look up general information for our fellowships, please visit our website at: 

Mongolia Field School 2023 
Application Closed

On April 30 came the final deadline for Mongolia Field School 2023. The applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. 

About Mongolia Field School:
MFS is a summer program that offers an educational travel experience blending academic insights and discussions with travel experiences that allow participants to interact with local people and locations off the usual tourist track. For 2023 we are offering 3 different courses, which all begin in Ulaanbaatar with an orientation on Mongolian culture, history, language and contemporary issues. Participants will meet with their instructors and classmates from Mongolia and around the world and begin their learning journey. Class groups will then travel to selected sites across Mongolia where they will pursue field research, gaining an understanding of the topics studied in the context of the landscapes and people in the regions visited. All participants will have the opportunity to see important sites in Mongolia and participate in tourist activities, while also gaining the unique insights offered by their course leaders and the local people and officials encountered during the field studies. The course titles are:
  • Discovering The Sonic World of The Mongolian Countryside: June 2 - June 15
  • Climate Change and Public Health: What does climate change mean for the people of Mongolia?: June 19 - July 4
  • Mongolian Buddhism, Nature, and Conservation: June 19 - July 4
If you found out about the Mongolia Field School 2023 recently and would like to participate, please email your statement of interest to ACMS will give consideration on an individual basis. However due to the first course of Mongolia Field School beginning on June 2 we will only receive email statements of interest until May 15.

ACMS is planning to offer more Mongolia Field School courses next year. If you could not make it this year, please look for the Mongolia Field School 2024 announcement in Fall 2023, when we announce the plans for the next year.

Visit for more details about Mongolia Field School in general and individual courses.

Mongolia Field School webinars:
Mongolia Field School 2023 Webinar # 2 is available on YouTube

On March 15th, 2023, ACMS held a second informational webinar for the Mongolia Field School 2023, going over logistics of the program and application process, as well as answering some questions from emails and from the audience. As usual we have made the recording available. Click the button below to watch the recording.
Mongolia Field School 2023 Webinar # 1 is available on YouTube

On January 18th the ACMS held an informational webinar for those who are interested in attending Mongolia Field School. The webinar was hosted by Dr. Charles Krusekopf and the instructors of all three courses planned for 2023.
Click on the below button to watch the webinar recording on YouTube.

Last Week's Word

ᠬᠥ᠊᠊ᠯᠣ᠊ᠭᠡ᠊ᠯ‍ᠠ‍ᠬᠥ /gölügelekü/ - (Cyrillic: гөлөглөх /gululukh/, English: to litter [zoology] puppies) - [1] to litter wolf or dog puppies, [2] continuously play your hand in a game of dominoes or cards (хөзөр гөлөглөх), [3] the budding of trees and bushes, [4] presence of clotted blood in urine after being treated for rabid dog bite.

The definitions are taken from We also have regular Mongolian language classes, including lessons in Mongolian script. To check out our language program, please visit:

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Becoming a Member

ACMS membership is another way to support and engage with the ACMS. Individuals and institutions can become members of ACMS, both come with corresponding benefits. In April, 4 new people and 1 new institution have signed up to become ACMS members.

ACMS welcomes new members:
  • Johan Wilem van Rosevelt
  • Ole Forsberg
  • Urikhan Kh.
  • Uemaa G.
Institutional membership:
  • University of Pittsburgh

Visit our website here for details about memberships:

If you are in Ulaanbaatar, you can also visit our office to sign up for membership in-person. Our UB office address is Natsagdorj Library, East Entrance, Seoul St – 7, Sukhbaatar District, Ulaanbaatar 14521

ACMS Sponsored Programs and Events
In April ACMS hosted Prof. Otgontugs Banzragch for VSS from the School of Arts and Sciences of the National University of Mongolia. Prof. Otgontugs is an economist and her presentation topic was "Intergenerational Social Mobility in Mongolia: 2010-2020". The panel study was carried out together with Manlaibaatar Zagdbazar and is first of its kind ever done in Mongolia. The project was funded by the International Organization for Migration and the data was provided by the National Statistics Office of Mongolia.
In 2023 ACMS received a record number of applicants for our Field Research Fellowship. This year we have offered 6 Field Research Fellowships. The first of the 2023 Fellows, Jeff Dolphin has already arrived in Mongolia and started their research. We interviewed Jeff and briefly spoke about his current research in Mongolia. Click the button to view.
Visit our YouTube channel to see more series of the Virtual Speaker and Virtual Panel Series, as well as our videos on Cultural Heritage Project, interviews with our Field Research Fellows and more.

Latest uploads to our YouTube Channel:
May Events
  • Speaker Series "Wolves, dogs, and human dimensions in a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Mongolia" by Jeff Dolphin, May 9th 5pm ULAT at the American Corner in UB Public Library
  • Language Teaching Methodology Seminar "Language Ability Assessment" by Gantsetseg N., Teacher and Consultant, May 25 8pm ULAT (online)
  • Speaker Series "Mongol Music on the Global Stage" by Charlotte D'Evelyn, May 30th 5pm ULAT at the American Corner in UB Public Library
We are working to bring back in-person speaker events, we will be putting these events up as more in-person speaker become available. If you would like to speak in-person for an ACMS Speaker event, please email

Vacancies, Scholarship, and Fellowships
ACMS Is Hiring: 

Job title: Mongolia Field School Assistant Coordinator (temporary position)

DurationMay 15 - July 15, 2023

The qualifications of a successful candidate will generally include:
  • Experience working with international visitors in Mongolia through academic programs, tourism leadership, or work experience
  • A university degree and experience working within academic settings
  • Advanced English required
The Field School Coordinator will work closely with ACMS staff members to:
  • Support logistical planning for the Field School including transportation, accommodation and meals, safety, and other aspects of the program together with program faculty and ACMS staff
  • Communicate with course instructors on logistical support
  • Assist in the logistics and dissemination of pre-arrival materials including orientation and course packets, travel information for participants, safety plans and other materials.
  • Assist the delivery of the program orientation and group activities in Ulaanbaatar
  • Support the successful delivery of Field School courses
  • Act as the primary logistical point person in the field
  • Gather feedback and information from participants and write post-program evaluations
Applications must be submitted no later than May 10, 2023 to with the subject line “Application for Field School Assistant Coordinator”. Interested applicants should submit their resume and a cover letter.
The Institute for Mongolian Studies: 3 Scholarships for Foreign Mongolists

The Institute for Mongolian Studies of the National University of Mongolia announced the Damdinsuren, Luvsanvandan, and Rinchen Scholarships for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, with the aim of supporting up and coming scholars engaged in Mongolian studies and are conducting field work in Mongolia.
  • The Damdinsuren Scholarship is granted to scholars whose research focuses on Mongolian literature and history.
  • The Luvsanvandan Scholarship is granted to scholars whose research focuses on Mongolian language, script and Altaic studies.
  • The Rinchen Scholarship is granted to scholars whos research focuses on Mongolian culture, and tradition, anthropology and ethnology.
  • Under the age of 40
  • Pursuing doctoral or postdoctoral research in Mongolian studies
  • Be able to start their research in 2023-2024 academic year
  • Conduct research in Mongolia for the period of 3 months (the recipient may choose their research period in Mongolia)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications including research projects undertaken
  • Letter of Intent, clearly stating the applicant's objectives and scope of studies, name and department of the supervisor at the National University of Mongolia and specifying which scholarship the applicant is applying for
  • HIV test for Mongolian visa (required if accepted)
Once selected, the following terms and conditions shall apply:
  • Work under the supervision of a professor at the National University of Mongolia, who has agreed to supervise the proposed research proposal
  • IMS will provide accommodation the International Student Dormitory of the NUM. recipient may choose not to occupy the dormitory. If so the recipient shall arrange their own accommodation
  • Recipient shall receive a monthly scholarship award of ₮800000
Recipients also must:
  • Give a lecture or a seminar on their research area at IMS/NUM
  • Publish a research paper in an academic journal
  • Submit a written report to the IMS on their research
  • Abide by the rules and regulations of NUM during scholarship period
Send your application documents to by July 11, 2023
Scholarship recipients shall be notified by email on July 25, 2023

Visit the IMS website at:

Scholarship: Fulbright Scholar Award

Application deadline: Friday, September 15, 2023

Award start period:
August 2024 - September 2024 or January 2025 - February 2025

Award length:
7 months - 10 months

Projects are sought in all disciplines

Award Activity:
Fulbright scholars will teach and/or conduct their own research, work collaboratively with new colleagues at the host institution, engage with students, and become involved in the local community. Applicants may propose teaching projects, research projects, or a combination of both in a range of subject areas relevant to Mongolia, the United States, or U.S.-Mongolia relations. Scholars may also be asked to assist the host institution with curriculum and program development and/or supervise graduate student research projects. For teaching/research grants, research should make up no more than 50 percent of grant activities.

Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host

Two-semester grants must begin in August 2024 or September 2024; one-semester grants may begin in August 2024, September 2024, January 2025, or February 2025. Fall semester begins in August or September (until late December); spring semester begins in January or February (until mid-June). Academic calendars vary by institution.

Areas of Interest
Fulbright Mongolia is particularly interested in encouraging research on contemporary issues relevant to Mongolia, the United States, or U.S.-Mongolia relations in the following fields: artistic and cultural, agriculture, anthropology, archaeology, computer science, education, engineering, environmental sciences, geology, information sciences/systems, journalism, medical sciences, public administration, public health, social work, tourism, urban planning.

Special Features
Fulbright East Asia Pacific Regional Travel Program

As conditions allow, Fulbright Scholars in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region may have the opportunity to apply for funds to support short-term (3-14 days) travel to other countries in the EAP region for activities such as lectures, workshops, graduate or faculty seminars, master classes or recitals, curricular advising or panel presentations. EAP Regional Travel Program funding covers transportation only. Regional Travel Program activities/host sites should not be included in the initial Fulbright application. Scholars may start the process of seeking out invitations for short-term activities in other EAP countries once notified that they have been selected for a Fulbright grant, but will only be able to apply for travel program funds, conditions permitting, once they have actively started their Fulbright grant in their host country. Scholars on Flex grants are not eligible for the regional travel grant.

Visit their website for more details on requirements, award benefits and to apply online:

URL link:

Grants and Calls for Paper
CFP: Precarious Racial Superiority: Imperial Prestige and 
Deviance in colonial Asia, ca. 1800-1940

The rhetoric of racial and/or civilizational superiority was unequivocally the basis on which imperialism and colonial rule were legitimised in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Difference between ‘colonisers’ and the ‘colonised’, and the incapability of the latter to rule themselves evidently provided the justification for colonial rule. Such difference was, however, unfixed, thus Ann Laura Stoler posited, in her formative essay, to examine the ‘coloniser’ and the ‘colonised’ as “an historically shifting pair of social categories”.

In colonial societies, concepts of whiteness intersected with not least ideas of race, class, gender, age, and respectability to determine membership in the colonising group. In British India for example, racial prestige could be tarnished, when ‘low and licentious Europeans’, exposed themselves to the colonised population. Thus warranted reactive measures from colonial authorities and social movement organisations to keep them in line or out of sight. While a focus on subalterns of the colonising group is instructive in delineating the internal boundaries within said community, an investigation into the processes underlying anxieties surrounding the presence of colonial subalterns in the colonies could prove useful in explaining seemingly contradictory narratives about ‘problematic’ behaviour.

Will Jackson and Emily J. Manktelow have shown how the approach of ‘thinking with deviance’ allows historians to re-evaluate the dynamics of colonial rule. Behaviours, situations or persons labelled as ‘deviant’ reiterated colonial expectations of what was considered acceptable while seemingly undermining them. Deviance as a lens, thus, allows the historian to examine how the proscription of some behaviours and persons was designed to reinforce the boundaries of the ‘coloniser’ category while revealing the fissures within which. It furthermore illustrates the precarity of imperial rhetoric; episodes of moral panic over ‘deviant’ behaviour or persons were reflective of a sense of insecurity that prompted vigilant maintenance of ostensible racial superiority.

The transimperial approach, according to Daniel Hedinger and Nadin Heé, brings together multiple empires and focuses on “imperial competition, cooperation and connectivity” as “entangled processes”. Informed by this approach, this workshop invites scholars at all levels to consider how the interplay of concepts of deviance and whiteness reified and/or challenged the rhetoric of racial superiority in colonies across Asia, specifically East, South, and Southeast Asia, ca. 1800-1940. More broadly, the workshop aims to address the use of ‘deviance’ as a lens to understand imperial/colonial socio-political hierarchies. Topics might include:

Definitions and types of deviance e.g. intoxication, madness, prostitution
Experiences and agency of those labeled as deviant
Reading deviance in colonial archives
Functions of deviance in colonial societies
Inter- and/or intra-imperial circulation of knowledge of deviance
Effects of ‘deviance’ on relationships between the ‘coloniser’ and the ‘colonised’


This workshop will take place on 1-2 February 2024 at Villa Hatt (ETH Zürich) in Zürich, Switzerland. For individual paper proposals, please submit a title, 250-word abstract, and a short CV (max. 1 page) to Denise Lim ( by 20 June 2023. Confirmation of acceptance of papers will be sent by end July 2023.

Call for Papers: 2023 Annual Members Meeting and Conference 
of the Mongolia Society

The Mongolia Society is pleased to announce that its 2023 Annual Members Meeting and Conference will be held in conjunction with the Central Eurasian Studies Society, on the weekend of October 19-22, 2023, at the University of Pittsburgh.

At this time, The Mongolia Society is placing a CALL FOR PAPERS: We invite scholarly submissions in all fields of the humanities and social sciences relating to Mongolia and the Mongols. Abstracts from individuals and fully formed panels should be submitted to The Mongolia Society office, no later than 
July 1, 2023.

Each abstract must contain the paper title, be no more than 300 words, and include your contact information (email address and telephone number). If your abstract is accepted, you will have 20 minutes to present your paper.

Please send your abstract to Susie Drost at

Please note that you must be a member of The Mongolia Society in order to present a paper.

To join the Society, go to or contact Susie Drost at the address provided above. An attendance donation will also be requested.

The meeting and conference will be fully hybrid, so we welcome both in-person and virtual participation.

Call for Contributions: Overlapping Borderlands

Seeking Contributions for Overlapping Borderlands: Sources and Translations from Inner Northeast Asia

The editorial board for Overlapping Borderlands invites contributions from scholars working on topics related to Inner Northeast Asia (including but not limited to Mongolia, Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East, Northeast China, Inner Mongolia, the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and adjacent island territories). Contributions will take the form of English translations of textual sources that highlight the diversity of this region and a short introduction to each translation contextualizing the source for non-specialists. At present the project already includes Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Manchu, Mongolian, and Russian language clusters, and we would also welcome proposals for translations from minoritized languages of the region. Scholars working in all disciplines and/or multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary areas and all time periods are welcome to join. In addition to translations and introductions, the final publication will also include citations to open-access online repositories or reproductions of some primary sources as either digital supplements or as part of the printed volume itself. In this way, we hope this volume will serve as a resource both for introducing the region in undergraduate survey courses, as well as for advanced language learners looking for study materials to practice their reading skills on primary sources. We are committed to making this publication open access and have several subventions under consideration to ensure this publication is accessible to scholars and students everywhere.

If you have any questions about the project or if you are interested in contributing, please contact James Meador [] and Loretta Kim [] with the following information:

  • a brief self-introduction (maximum 150 words)
  • a description of the text to be translated and its significance as a source of information about regional history and culture and for a broader understanding of Inner Northeast Asia (maximum 250 words)

We hope to receive inquiries about the project by May 30, 2023.

Call for Papers: Religion and Society Special Issue Proposal

Editors:Simon Coleman, University of Toronto, Sondra L. Hausner, University of Oxford

Religion and Society has been receiving increasing numbers of excellent suggestions for special issues. We have therefore decided to invite proposals to be sent to us by a given deadline each year, in order to select the most appropriate special section for the journal. The pool of proposals will be considered by our editorial board, and decisions sent back to proposers as swiftly as possible. This arrangement will apply for the first time for our 2025 issue. Our timetable for proposals is as follows:

May 1, 2024: submission of proposal to Religion and Society editors (no fixed number of papers, but maximum 50,000 words)

June 1, 2024: decisions sent out, including choice of the proposal to be published

June-December 2024: external refereeing and redrafting process, with submission of final proofreading by January 2025

The format of the proposal sent to Religion and Society should be as follows:

• Description of the special issue, including summary of its fit with Religion and Society, and assurance that all papers exist in draft form, fully ready to be send to reviewers (max. 500 words)

• Abstracts of all papers (max. 400 words each)

• Bios of special issue editors and all other contributors (max. 100 words each)

• List of potential reviewers for each paper, and assurance that special issue editors will work to obtain external reviews to fit with deadlines


The Religion and Society style guide is based on The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS). Please note that the journal uses US punctuation and spelling, following Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Please refer to the Style Guide online:

Please submit articles, reviews, and other contributions as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) files by e-mail to the editors:

Simon Coleman at and 
Sondra Hausner at

New Resources
Interesting digital resource we discovered in April, 2023:
  • "Digital Library for International Research (DLIR)" - Building on the established libraries and research collections of its twenty-three constituent centers, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) in 1999 launched the American Overseas Digital Library (AODL). The AODL is as a cost-effective, efficient, centralized, Internet-based mechanism for the standardization and electronic delivery of important bibliographic and full-text primary and secondary source information from all CAORC member centers, covering both print collections and research collections in other media. The initial resources for the AODL program were located in overseas centers in Europe, the Near and Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and West Africa. The program now includes bibliographic materials from Inner Asia and the New World, as well as from other collections in countries that host centers. To reflect this new level of participation and coverage, in November 2004 the program's name was changed to Digital Library for International Research (DLIR).
  • "Yongle Da Dian" - The Yongle da dian 永樂大典, or Yongle Encyclopedia, stands out as one of the most extensive attempts in world history to capture the entirety of human knowledge in book form. The 41 volumes digitized here represent the complete holdings for this title in the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. Although this number may represent only a small fraction of the whole encyclopedia, it is nevertheless the largest assemblage of Yongle specimens in a collection outside Asia.
Member contribution publications:
(If you would like to announce your publication, please reach out to us at Make sure you put Member contribution publication in the Subject field of your email.

Selected scholarly articles published in April, 2023:
Other News and Events

XV Annual Mongolian Studies Conference
/Mongolian Cultural Center/ April 27. XV Annual Mongolian Studies Conference will be held in May 12-13, 2023, in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC. Conference fee is
$50 (breakfast and lunch included). In the evening of May 13 there will be a reception hosted by the Embassy of Mongolia. To register, send your first and last name, employer (optional), and location (only city and state will be sufficient) to, and pay the conference fee. 

You can mail your conference fee to Mongolian Cultural Center, 7638 Wood Mist Lane, Falls Church, VA 22043; or bring cash with you on the first day of the conference; or send via Zelle to (202) 302-4340.

Annual Conference (CESS 2023)
/Central Eurasian Studies Society/ The CESS Annual Conference in 2023 is being hosted by The University of Pittsburgh. The conference will run from October 19 to 1pm on October 22, 2023, with pre-conference workshops held in the morning of October 19. The Call for Paper has already passed and proposal outcomes to be announced in May 2023. However, non-presenting delegates are welcome to register right up to the start of the conference. The costs of registration, transportation, hotels and other expenses are each delegate’s responsibility. 
2 Week in-country summer course on Mongolian Language and Culture
/NUM News/ March 14. The Institute for Mongolian Studies at the National University of Mongolia will be running a 2 week in-country summer Mongolian Language and Culture course. In addition to classroom instruction participants will go on an Ulaanbaatar and countryside tour organized by the IMS. The course will run from August 3 to August 15, 2023. Those interested in participating in this course must submit an Enrollment Form before Jun 30, 2023 to the IMS. For details go to:
Head of Philology of the Institute for Language and Literature Has Passed Away
/Mongolian Academy of Sciences/ April 14. On April 13 Dr. Purevjav Erdene, Head of Philiology of the Institute for Language and Literature of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences passed away. Dr. Purevjav born in 1961 in Mankhan sum, Khovd province graduated from the Language and Letters Faculty of the National University of Mongolia in 1985 and has worked in the Institute for Language and Literature since 1985 with tenure of visiting professor at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 2014-2016 and resuming his work at the Institute until his passing in 2023. During his tenure he authored numerous articles on Mongolian language, produced monographs on "Greeting language in Mongolian", "Mongolian Language Norms and Etiquette" and edited volumes of Mongolian Language Studies and commentaries on the the Secret History of the Mongols, on works of Rinchen B., Luvsanvandan Sh., Damdminsuren Ts. He also wrote Mongolian-Japanese Dictionary and Dictionary of Abbreviations in Mongolian Language. Rest in Peace. Obituary from the MAS
Untouched Burial of a Yuan Empress Found in Sukhbaatar
/ April 21. A grave of a 13th century Yuan Dynasty Mongolian queen (khatun/empress) was found intact in Ongon sum, Sukhbaatar province. Another grave found alongside, belonging to a male warrior, was robbed, but the grave of the queen was left intact. There was gold ring embedded onto the queen's mandibular tooth - an unusual burial ritual. The dig was led by Assistant Professor, Dr. Turbat Tsagaan, Director of the Center for Archaeological Studies, National University of Mongolia heading a team of archaeologists from the CAS, NUM and Institute for Archaeology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences... Read in the interview in Mongolia
Minister of Culture Requests the Return of Xiongnu Era Artifacts from the Hermitage
/ April 27. The Minister of Culture Nomin Chinbat received the representatives from the Russian scientific community and the Hermitage Museum and discussed the possibility of repatriating artifacts discovered in Russian archaeological expeditions to Mount Noyon in Mongolia and opening joint exhibitions. The artifacts date back to the Xiongnu period. Read More in Mongolia
Google Maps Now Displays Bus Lines in Ulaanbaatar
/ April 12. Google Maps now shows bus lines when you input your travel destination in the app. There are 107 bus lines in the City of Ulaanbaatar. The Department of Public Transportation gave the information on 97 bus lines to the Metropolitan IT Department to be included in this feature. Now when you Google you destination not only can you see the bus line but also where you can board the buses. Source

The National Library of Mongolia Started Its Own Journal - "Nom un Sanci"
/Natinoal Library of Mongolia/ April 17. The National Library of Mongolia is now publishing their own journal called Nom un Sanci  or The Librarian. The first issue has finished receiving submissions. All questions can be directed to here:  Source
Burials reveal women’s high status in ancient Mongolia
/ April 14. Xiongnu women were honoured with artful coffins and other signs of social leadership. Women were elite political strategists in the Xiongnu Empire, which ruled present-day Mongolia from around 209 BC to AD 100, a study suggests. Read more
Pope Francis confirms trip to Mongolia in September
/ April 14. The pope's trip to Mongolia will be strategic to the Vatican, which has strained relations with neighboring China, primarily due to apparent violations of an agreement between China and the Vatican which outlines procedures for the appointment of bishops. In August 2022, Pope Francis named Italian Bishop Giorgio Marengo, apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to be the first cardinal based in Mongolia. Cardinal Marengo has served in Mongolia since 2003 and at 48 years old is the youngest member of the College of Cardinals. Read more
Poland reopens its embassy in Mongolia
/TVPWorld/ April 25. I hope that the Polish embassy in Mongolia will be an accelerator of economic relations between the two countries - it will perform all consular functions, such as issuing visas to those who want to go to Poland, Polish President Andrzej Duda said during the opening of the Polish embassy in Ulaanbaatar. Read more
Shucking 600 oysters all in a day's work for Suvi Selenge as she fulfilled life wish to own her own business
/ABC News/ May 1For five years as owner of the iconic Oyster Barn in Ceduna, South Australia, it was nothing for Suvi Selenge to shuck 50 dozen oysters — that's 600 oysters — every day. She started work before 4am, or 3am on busy days, heading home 16 hours later, sometimes with a daily tally of 60 dozen oysters shucked. Ms Selenge is from Mongolia and moved to Australia in 2014 after meeting her future husband, Peter Tully, who was in her home country setting up mines. The union was not a likely prospect. Ms Selenge was a single mum working in a restaurant called Casablanca, where Mr Tully had failed to pay the bill for his large table of diners, leaving her facing the prospect of having to pay because they'd skipped out. Continue reading
Recent Books

"Chinese Archery Studies: Theoretic and Historic Approaches to a Martial Discipline" by Hing Chao (Editor), Lianzhen Ma (Editor), Loretta Kim (Editor)

119.99 (Hardcover), €96.29 (Ebook)

This book, the first research publication on China’s archery culture to appear in the English language, introduces the historic development, key concepts, and research methodologies for archery studies. Archery was the most important weapon of war in pre-modern China; at the same time, archery practice was intimately tied to Confucius’ cultural and pedagogic ideals. Chinese archery was divided into the domains of military archery (wushe) and ritual archery (lishe), and may be further distinguished into han (Chinese) and hu (barbarian) archery traditions. Bringing together the leading scholars in this field, including Ma Mingda, Stephen Selby, Ma Lianzhen, Peter Dekker, and others, this book presents the most comprehensive statement on archery studies to date. In particular, it provides an in-depth survey of archery development during the Qing period and offers a unique cultural perspective to understanding China’s last imperial dynasty—through the lens of Manchu archery.

Hing Chao is the founder and Executive Director of Institute of Martial Studies, Executive Director of International Guoshu Association, and Trustee of Hong Kong Maritime Museum. He is also the founder of Hong Kong Martial Arts Living Archive, the largest 3D martial arts archive in the world, and has curated and produced several pioneering exhibitions including “300 Years of Hakka Kung Fu: Digital Vision of Its Legacy and Future” (Hong Kong: 2016, Melbourne: 2017), and “Kung Fu Motion” (Lausanne: 2018).

Lianzhen Ma is a professor at the Sports Science School of South China Normal University, and is the deputy director for Postgraduate Education in Traditional Physical Activities and Culture Major, and for the Exercise & Training Department. He is a well-known martial artist and the 3rd generation inheritor of Ma’s Tongbei Martial Studies. At the same time, he is the deputy director of Shaolin Changong Committee of Mt. Song Shaolin Temple, president of International Guoshu Association, president of Gansu Province Ma’s Tongbei Wuxue Association, chief editor of Wuxue, and the headmaster of Jiangong Academy.

Loretta Kim is assistant professor and director of the China Studies programme at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Hong Kong. She is a historian of late imperial and modern China. Her primary research areas include the comparative history of borderlands and frontiers, Sino-Russian cultural relations, and Chinese ethnic minority languages and literatures. She is the author of Ethnic Chrysalis: China’s Orochen People and the Legacy of Qing Borderland Administration (Harvard Asia Center, 2019).

"Sex in the Land of Genghis Khan: From the Times of the Great Conqueror to Today" by BAASANJAV TERBISH

Price: $95.00 • (£73.00) Hardback, $45.00 • (£35.00) Ebook

This book examines the history of sexuality in Mongolia over the last 800 years. As a culture-specific and time-specific system of values, practices and identities, sexuality in Mongolia, as elsewhere, has been subject to change as Mongolian society transformed from an empire to a post-imperial regional power to a Qing colony to a socialist country, before embracing liberal democracy in the 1990s. Since every social change tends to become reflected in sexuality, this study takes into account a range of intertwined topics, including religious ideologies, political ideologies, law, gender and relationships between individuals and the state, all of which have evolved throughout Mongolia’s history and require rethinking if one is to describe such a complex social phenomenon as human sexuality.

Baasanjav Terbish is affiliated researcher at the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit of the University of Cambridge.
"The Khan's Mistake: The Fight for the Throne" by Diane Wolff

Kindle Vella

For action-packed historical fiction, this is the story of Genghis Khan's young life, overcoming tragedy and betrayal and rising to create a vast empire. Four wives, whistling arrows, deceptions in warfare. You may think you know Genghis Khan, but this the real story. The question is, Who follows Genghis Khan? At the end of a desert campaign, Genghis is feeling his mortality. He hears of a Chinese sage who possesses an Elixir of Immortality. He must have it. And then the trouble starts. The book is historical fiction based on an authoritative bibliography and 30 years of research and writing. It is suitable for students from 9th grade and above to undergraduate level as assigned reading for courses in global history. The book is published on the serialized story platform Amazon Kindle Vella in 40 episodes. The first three episodes are free. After that, there is a small subscription charge

Diane is the author of the Silk Road Series, the Heirs of Genghis Khan. The first book of the series Batu, Khan of the Golden Horde: The Mongol Khans Conquer Russia was nominated for the Buchanan prize of the association for Asian studies. Her previous online book in a serialized story platform was Fish Shoes: A Palace Memoir. This is the story of Khubilai Khan’s second daughter, the Princess Supreme, Who becomes the queen of Korea at the age of 16 and must install a government for her father. The story is available by title search on Wattpad. An introduction and historical backdrop and the first chapter were featured in the Spring 2022 issue of Education about Asia, the magazine of the association for Asian studies.

Diane has been experimenting with online serialized stories for students. This Amazon platform allows students to ask questions and leave comments.
"China’s BRI in Different Regions of the World: Cooperation, Contradictions and Concerns" by Sanjeev Kumar (Editor)

Price: $170.00 (Hardcover)

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is completing a decade. There have been varied responses to the Initiative from countries and regions besides the emergence of alternative initiatives and narratives. This sets the stage for evaluating the robustness of the Initiative, its implementation as well as its implications from the perspective of individual countries and regions across the globe.

This book begins by examining China’s domestic, economic, maritime and strategic interests as drivers for the Initiative. BRI has been analysed in country-specific, regional and continental contexts. It brings out the experiences and responses from South Asia, Eurasia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Arab world, Latin America, the Caribbean as well as from Europe and Africa. Further, BRI has been studied in the larger context of the US-China competition. The final section explores BRI in the context of the twin challenges of recent times, i.e., the pandemic and Russia-Ukraine conflict. The book concludes with an epilogue which outlines the broad trends related to BRI that have emerged from this study of ICWA.

Sanjeev Kumar is Senior Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. He has been a Member and Coordinator of ICWA’s Core Group on China, and a Member of Vivekananda International Foundation’s China Experts Group. His research interests include: domestic dynamics of China, India-China relations, and China’s foreign and neighbourhood policy. Dr. Kumar has published research papers in reputed journals and contributed chapters in volumes published in India, China, and the US. His recent co-edited publications include China and the Eurasian Region: Geographic and Geopolitical Influences.
"The Ideological Foundations of Qing Taxation" by Taisu Zhang

Price: $120 (Hardcover)

How states develop the capacity to tax is a question of fundamental importance to political science, legal theory, economics, sociology, and history. Increasingly, scholars believe that China's relative economic decline in the 18th and 19th centuries was related to its weak fiscal institutions and limited revenue. This book argues that this fiscal weakness was fundamentally ideological in nature. Belief systems created through a confluence of traditional political ethics and the trauma of dynastic change imposed unusually deep and powerful constraints on fiscal policymaking and institutions throughout the final 250 years of China's imperial history. Through the Qing example, this book combs through several interaction dynamics between state institutions and ideologies. The latter shapes the former, but the former can also significantly reinforce the political durability of the latter. In addition to its historical analysis of ideological politics, this book makes a major contribution to the longstanding debate on Sino-European divergence.
  • Provides the first somewhat comprehensive English-language survey of late imperial Chinese fiscal institutions, policy, and thought
  • Offers new theoretical insights into the nature of political ideologies, the intellectual tradeoffs they must make to gain influence, and how that shapes their political life-cycles
  • Constructs an ideological, rather than economically rationalist, explanation for Qing Dynasty fiscal weakness
Taisu Zhang is Professor of Law and History at Yale University.

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