Subject: This Month in Mongolian Studies - November 2022

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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
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Thank you!

ACMS Announcements, News and Media References

Good morning, Mongolia! Hello everyone! ACMS is planning to open applications to our fellowship programs this week. The fellowship programs are: Field Research Fellowship, Library Fellowship and the Intensive Summer Language Program Fellowship. All three fellowship applications will be opened at the end of the week (the week of November 7 - 13). Make sure you visit our Fellowship page on our website the link is below:
AFCP Textile Archaeology Workshop

ACMS is pleased to inform you that we held our first in-person component of the "Conserving and Preserving Mongolia's Endangered Textile Collections and Traditions" project. This project is funded by the U.S. Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation. To remind the reader, ACMS was selected to implement this project in 2019. However, due to the pandemic we have been organizing online workshops. Like our other programs and projects we are rolling out in-person components of the AFCP funded project as well. 

The AFCP Textile Archaeology workshop took place on October 5-7, 2022 at 3 different venues for each day - National Center for Cultural Heritage of Mongolia, American Corner and ACMS. Project fellows Angaragsuren Odkhuu and Kristen Pearson.

Have a little sneak peek at behind the scene of the workshop using the link below and see how our Project fellows prepared for the workshop. Blogpost written by Kristen Pearson.

Career Growth

Program officer Tuvshinzaya (Tuvshuu)'s presence in the American Center for Mongolian Studies has been invaluable. Her talents and skills enable us a great many things. Recognizing Tuvshuu's contribution to ACMS we made her our Program Manager. 

In anticipation to her larger role within ACMS and the larger CAORC community she went on a CAORC sponsored professional development tour in the U.S. from September 27 to October 18, 2022. 
Our newly gazetted Program manager went to Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City to visit the offices of CAORC, American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), American Research Center in Turkey (ARIT), both of whom are our counterpart research centers in their respective countries, our gracious donor Henry Luce Foundation, the Library of Congress, Montgomery college, Lauder Institute, Penn Global Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, Dr.Morris Rossabi at the University of Columbia, the National Geographic, Department of Education, Mongolian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the U.N., and to look at public programs of American Museums such as the Smithsonian and American Museum of Natural History. These are just to name a few.
Mongolian Language Teaching

Our Mongolian language program remains popular. Besides from individual online and in-person learners, we are teaching Mongolian to groups of students from the U.S. Currently we have classes set up for a couple of Fulbright scholars, who are doing research at the National University of Mongolia and the Mongolian State University of Education. 
Pictured are Mongolian learners hailing from Princeton University, through their Princeton in Asia program, which allows recent graduates to acquire work experience in Asia.
New Library Acquisitions

The Library of ACMS acquired of these new books. Our readers can access these books at the ACMS Library. 

  • “The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World’’ by Marie Favereau, 2021
  • “Mongolian Sound Worlds’’ edited by Jennifer C. Post and Sunmin Yoon, 2022
  • “Nomads: The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World’’ by Anthony Sattin, 2022
  • “Mixed Messages: Mediating Native Belonging in Asian Russia’’ by Kathryn E. Graber, 2020
  • “The Mongol World’’ edited by Timothy May and Michael Hope, 2022
  • "Mobility and Displacement Nomadism, Identity and Postcolonial Narratives in Mongolia" by Orhon Myadar, 2020
  • “The Rise of the Mongols: Five Chinese Sources’’ translated by Christopher P. Atwood, 2021
  • “A Monastery on the Move: Art and Politics in Later Buddhist Mongolia’’ by Tsultemin Uranchimeg, 2020
  • "New Approaches to Ilkhanid History" edited by Timothy May, Dashdondog Bayarsaikhan and Christopher P. Atwood, 2021
  • "Master of Mongolia, A.D. Simukov: His life and Works" translated from the Russian by Mary Rossabi, 2022
  • "The Impact of Mining Lifecycles in Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan: Political, Social, Environmental and Cultural Contexts" edited by Troy Sternberg, Kemel Toktomushev, Byambabaatar Ichinkhorloo, 2022
To see detailed descriptions of our new books please visit our website here:

Book Donations!

Another library related news is that the Department of Anthropology of the National University of Mongolia has donated books to the ACMS Library. Our Communications coordinator Buyandelger received these books from Dr. Munkh-Erdene from the Department of Anthropology. Our sincerest gratitude to the the Department of Anthropology and the National University of Mongolia.

These books will be added to our catalogue and made available for readers.

on Online Security

As you know, last month we had to deal with a surge of bot accounts subscribing to our newsletter emailing list. With help from our service provider, GetResponse, we were able to take adequate measures to prevent any harm. We have removed over 900 suspicious email addresses from our emailing lists, some have gotten on our lists since September 2021.

If you subscribed to our newsletter sometime since August 2021 your email address may have been removed from our emailing list by mistake. But if you are receiving this email, then you rest assured you are still in our emailing lists. We will make a pinned post to our social media with a link to our signup form.
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This may also serve as a cautionary tale to our subscribers, especially institutions to take their own online security seriously and become literate in online security, so as to take necessary measures to protect themselves online
ACMS Sponsored Programs and Events
October VSS was held in Mongolian on October 30, 2022. As our guest speaker, we invited Dr. Honichuud N. Gerelt, research fellow at the International Institute for Study of Nomadic Civilizations (UNESCO) on "Kinship of Mongols: Ovog Name". His presentation is available on our Facebook page. Please click the button below to watch the video.
Field Research Fellow Interview

2021 Field Research Fellow John Duffy, arrived in Mongolia to do his field work. John Duffy is an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. His research in Mongolia focuses on "High Performance Government in Mongolia". To see Professor Duffy's interview click the button below.
Cultural Heritage Colloquium Q4 discussion workshop was organized on October 28. The discussion topic was on "Imminent Challenges of Restoration and Conservation of Mongolian Cultural Heritage – 2" and moderated by our AFCP Project fellow, conservator, Dr. Angaragsuren Odkhuu.

The discussion is available for viewing on our Facebook. Cclick the button below to watch.

We are announcing our first in-person Speaker Series event since the Covid-19 pandemic. Join Dr. Hedwig A. Waters and ACMS at the American Corner UB at the Natsagdorj Ulaanbaatar Public Library on November 22 at 05:30pm. Dr. Waters studied Mongolian language and script with ACMS and she will be reading a lecture on "Interrelation of bank debt and the informal wildlife trade in rural Eastern Mongolia."
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.

Vacancies, Scholarship, and Fellowships
Vacancy: Assistant Professor of Asian American History

Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of History invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Asian American History. Creative, original scholars working on a broad range of thematic and topical areas are encouraged to apply. Candidates should identify the ways their scholarly profile complements and broadens the existing strengths of the department in the history of labor, race, gender, and/or the history of science, medicine, technology, and the environment. We welcome applications from scholars with a range of disciplinary backgrounds including History, Anthropology, and Asian American studies.

The candidate will teach courses on a 2/2 semester load. In addition to teaching courses in Asian American history, a successful candidate will be able to offer courses on the social history of transnational immigration/migration or diaspora studies.

The candidate must receive the Ph.D. by July 1, 2023. The completed application should include 1) a c.v.; 2) a cover letter of no more than 2 single-spaced pages detailing research and teaching interests; 3) a writing sample of no more than 8000 words, including notes; 4) a statement of no more than 500 words indicating how the candidate will contribute to the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and 5) names and contact information for three recommendation letter writers.

Applications must be received on or before December 1, 2022. Review of applications will commence immediately. Contact person: Amanda Katz .

Carnegie Mellon University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its community on a range of intellectual and cultural dimensions. Carnegie Mellon welcomes faculty applicants who will contribute to this diversity through their research,
teaching and service.

For more details please visit:

Vacancy: Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

The Department of Asian Studies in the College of Arts, Languages, and Letters at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa invites applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track, full-time assistant professorship, to begin Fall 2023, pending availability of funds.
Full-time, tenure track position in Asian Studies to begin Fall 2023, pending position clearance and availability of funds. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM) offers interdisciplinary BA and MA degree programs and Graduate Certificates in the study of China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Inter-Asia. The Department of Asian Studies seeks a collegial and talented colleague to contribute to its new concentration on Asian international affairs. This concentration combines the interdisciplinary, Asia-centric perspectives provided by area studies with policy-relevant research. For more information, see

Minimum Qualifications
  • Earned PhD in a humanities, social sciences, or related interdisciplinary field with emphasis on Asia from a college or university of recognized standing (ABDs will be considered, all requirements for doctoral degree must be completed by August 2023);
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more areas of the contemporary Indo-Pacific region (Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and/or South Asia) and in the fields of traditional and/or non-traditional security (e.g., issues of environment, health, food, cybersecurity, transnational crime, economic security, etc.);
  • Research competence in an Asian language and evidence of active research agenda in Asia;
  • Ability to develop and teach innovative interdisciplinary courses at the undergraduate level and core courses in the MAIA graduate program;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with students, faculty, staff and administration.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • Research that examines the drivers or effects of the rise of China and/or India in the Indo-Pacific region;
  • Expertise in policy-relevant areas of research and/or experience engaging with policy makers;
  • Demonstrated ability to support the university’s mission of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Visit the following website to see detailed instruction on how to apply:
Vacancy: Postdoctoral Associate in East Asian Studies

The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University seeks applications for the CEAS Postdoctoral Associates Program. The appointment period is from July 1st, 2023 – June 30th, 2025.

Inaugurated in the 1999-2000 academic year, the Postdoctoral Associates Program at the Council on East Asian Studies provides promising young scholars specializing in East Asia two years at Yale University in which they can prepare their dissertations for publication, pursue research projects, gain experience teaching advanced seminars to undergraduates, and utilize Yale’s resources. Proposals with single region or transregional emphasis on China, Japan, and/or Korea are welcome.

For more information and complete application requirements, please visit

Requirements: Ph.D. awarded between 2020 and June 15, 2023 in any field specializing in East Asia; remain in residence for duration of appointment; during appointment revise doctoral dissertation or complete research project resulting in publishable manuscript; and teach one undergraduate course for majors in East Asian studies. Proposals with single region or transregional emphasis on China, Japan, and/or Korea are welcome.

Application Instructions
To apply, please submit cover letter, CV, dissertation abstract (250 words), course proposal, statement regarding intended research project (no more than 2500 words), writing sample (no more than 30 pages), and 3 letters of recommendation by Friday, January 6, 2023. The writing sample can be a dissertation chapter, journal article, or other such academic paper. Letters of recommendation must be uploaded via a dossier service or from the recommenders directly. Please be sure that your recommenders address your teaching abilities in their letters. Names of references will not be accepted in lieu of confidential letters of recommendation. No late applications will be accepted.

All application materials must be submitted online through Interfolio:

Grants and Calls for Paper
Call for Papers: 6th Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference
School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
Date: 16 & 17 March 2023
Location: School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. The School of Geography and the Environment is located in the University Science Area, South Parks Road, Oxford
Subject Fields: 

Deserts and drylands encompass 40% of the globe and shelter two billion people. Arid regions are home to the major religions, valued natural resources, scarcity, wealth and poverty, and face issues that dominate our time. Geopolitics, climate change, development, land degradation, population growth and conflict are issues that have relevance beyond any singular department or perspective.

The Oxford Desert Conference brings together academics and non-academics who research, work and live across the world's desert and semi-desert regions for two days of vibrant talks, presentations, panels and networking opportunities. It is a truly interdisciplinary event which allows social and physical scientists to exchange views, develop lasting collaborations and make a positive global impact.

To register, please complete the online form.

After you have submitted this form, please pay your conference fees via the Oxford Desert Conference 2023 webpage on the Oxford University Stores website.

Submit your paper abstracts by 10 January 2023.

For queries please contact: 
Dr Troy Sternberg
Tel: +44 (0)1865 285070
Call for Papers: IMC Leeds, 3-6 July 2023

Chinggisid Ripples: Networks and Entanglements and the Mongol Impact

Dr Geoff Humble (University of Leeds)
Dr Márton Vér (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

The Mongol imperial project has recently received a relatively sympathetic characterisation,
reflecting an optimistic view of proto-globalising linkages and cultures in contact. This may
obscure the extractive lineage-based aristocratic frameworks of Chinggisid rule, and the
massive disruption of such large-scale warfare. It nonetheless remains clear that the impact of the ‘Mongol moment’ was felt right across and well beyond the territories held by the Great Khans.

These sessions will draw out the broad range of new lineages and linkages disrupted by or
emerging from the convulsions of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, aiming to explore
the degree to which Chinggisid expansion marked a departure from, or evolution of, previous
ways of life across and beyond the conquest space.
We would welcome papers addressing themes such as:

● Lineage construction and recording
● Ranges, limits, stability, and fragility of networks
● Network constraints, rules, and social roles
● Prosopographical techniques and limitations
● Connective infrastructure, such as the jam postal system
● Permissions and paizas
● The Pax Mongolica, intra-ulus conflict
● Entangled and overlapping structures, from the Central Secretariat to the darughachi
● Religious networks; orders, pilgrims, advisers
● Envoys, agents, ortoqs and traders
● Nökör, anda, atabeg and other formalised relationships
● Qatuns, wives and gendered reading
● Böge ‘shamans’ and ritual status groups
● Material forms (ceramics, textiles)
● Settlement patterns
● Technological spread and change
● Other exciting topics!

Please email with enquiries or proposals. Abstracts should be
around 200 words and sent by 15 August 2022.

Coronavirus restrictions permitting, the IMC organisers are planning to host an in-person
gathering in Leeds, with virtual involvement possible for those who are unable to attend in
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

Grant: British Library Endangered Archives Programme

The call for applications for Round 18 (2022/23) is now open and the deadline for preliminary applications is Monday 14 November 2022 at midday GMT. The application process has two stages:

Preliminary applications give an outline of the proposed project and description of the endangered material. These are reviewed in December and a subset of applications are invited to the second stage.
Detailed applications provide a full description of the project including content to be digitised, the project team, project plan and the budget. It is especially important to provide clear evidence of rights and permissions to digitise and make the digitised content available. The detailed applications are reviewed by an extended expert team.
All applications must be submitted via the online portal:

Past experience has shown that around a half of the preliminary applications go through to the detailed stage, and of those around 30 offers are made. Applicants are advised to contact the EAP team with any questions that they might have in order to improve the quality of their proposal and ultimately ensure their project is successful. Webinars for applicants to Round 18 were held on 21 September 2022. Contact us if you missed them and would like to hear the recordings.

Visit program page for details of this grant at their website:

Grant: Princeton Library Research Grant

The 2023-2024 application is now open and will close at 12pm EST on January 17, 2023.

Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offers short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the Princeton University Library special collections. Applications will be considered for scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings in Special Collections, including Mudd Library; as well as rare books in Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and in the East Asian Library (Gest Collection).

These grants, which have a value of up to $4,800 plus transportation costs, are meant to help defray expenses incurred in traveling to and residing in Princeton during the tenure of the grant. The length of the grant will depend on the applicant’s research proposal, but is ordinarily between two and four weeks. Library Research Grants can be used from May of the year they are awarded through the following April.

Visit the grant website to see instruction on how to apply:

New Resources
Interesting digital resource we discovered in October, 2022:
  • "Alvin" - is platform for digital collections and digitized cultural heritage. Here you can find photographs made by people, who traveled to and through pre-revolutionary Mongolia.
  • "Digital Bodleian" - is the digital library of the Oxford's Bodleian Library. The digital library has some interesting materials on Mongolia, Tibet and Buddhism, though the digital collections of such items are a bit small. Digital items on China and Chinese items are bountiful.
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 October, 2022:
Other News and Events

The Chinggis Khaan Museum ready to open its doors
/ October 10. Mongolia will open its new the Chinggis Khaan Museum to the public, unveiling a vast permanent exhibition of accurate copies of historic items related to the Mongol Empire. Opening ceremony of the museum will be held on 11 October, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. However, the museum will open to public on 12 October. The museum is free for children aged 0-16, elders and people with disabilities while entrance fee costs for MNT 30,000 for adults, MNT 15,000 for students and family for 20,000. The museum was built on the site of the current natural history museum, located in the heart of Ulaanbaatar just to the north-west of the State Palace. The nine-story modern museum with 15 exhibition halls will cover an area of 20,500 square meters. Read more
108 vol. Kanjur printed in India for Mongolian monasteries and NGOs
/ October 12. India has restored 108 volumes of sacred Mongolian Ganjuur [Kanjur] and has sent them to 50 Buddhist monasteries and educational institutions in Mongolia. Ganjuur is the canonical texts of Buddhism, which contain the words of Lord Buddha... Read more in Mongolian
Learn Mongolian script, while in traffic
/ October 20. Social media has been taken over by the news about a bus decorated with Mongolian script. It was the "Erdem trans" LLC bus driver, Ms. Amarjargal B's idea to have her bus decorated with Mongolian script and so she contacted girls from "Oyut urlan", a calligraphy studio. Calligrapher girls Erdenebolor R. and Oyunchimeg B. wrote Mongolian script alphabet and words of encouragement on the bus walls... Read the interview in Mongolian...
90th anniversary of creation of Mongolian studies program at Eötvös Loránd University commemorated
/Montsame/ October 26. On October 18, in Budapest, a conference was held to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the introduction of Mongolian studies in the curriculum of the Eötvös Loránd University and the 120th birth anniversary of Ligeti Lajos, a renowned Hungarian orientalist, and philologist, who specialized in the Mongolian language. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Hungary S. Baatarjav participated in the meeting along with eight lecturers and researchers from the National University of Mongolia and the Mongolian State University of Education... Read more
The first Mongolian speech recognition bot developed
/Montsame and October 27. During the press conference on Ulaanbaatar City Digital Transition Plan the first Mongolian speech recognition bot was unveiled. The Mongolian speech recognition bot was developed by ICT Group, Mongolian information technology group company. During the press event the city mayor, Sumiyabazar D. conversed with the bot... Read more from Montsame Read more from
Mongolia rolls out residence permits to Russian citizens
/Mongolia Society/ October 20-22. The annual Mongolia society meeting took place on October 20-22 in a hybrid form (both virtual and in-person). Mongolian ambassador to the U.S. his excellency Batbayar Ulziidelger made the opening remarks of the 3 day event. The annual meeting hosted various topics on Mongolian studies, spanning from art to history. See the agenda
International Conference on Mongolian Buddhism
/ October 20-21. Department of Mongolian and Inner Asian, Research Centre for Mongolian Studies and Budapest Centre of Buddhist Studies of the Eötvös Loránd University organized organized the Fourth International Conference on Aspects of Mongolian Buddhism in Budapest, Hungary. With collaboration of Gandantegchenling Monastery, the Centre of Mongolian Buddhists, Embassy of Mongolia in Budapest, Oriental Collection of the Library and Information Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Ferenc Hopp Museum of Asiatic Arts, Dharma Gate Buddhist Church. Conference program, abstracts and other items can be obtained from here:
Foundations for the Bilge Tonuykuk Museum laid in Nalaikh
/Mongolian Academy of Sciences/ November 2. As part of Mongolian-Turkish cultural cooperation the Bilge Tonyukuk Museum foundation laying ceremony was held in Nalaikh District of Ulaanbaatar city. The 2 countries signed a Development cooperation agreement in 2018 and the government of Turkey will be funding this museum project through a 6.2 million dollar grant. Read more in Mongolian
Recent Books

"Regnum Chinae: The Printed Western Maps of China to 1735" by Marco Caboara

Price: €150.00 (Hardback & Ebook)

The first European map of China faintly relied on the copy of a Chinese original, obtained through bribing and espionage; the last covered in this book was the result of the largest land survey ever made until that time. These two and another 125 maps depict, sometimes uniquely, sometimes copying each other, a country whose images were so different that it was hard to understand which to trust.

This study reproduces and describes, for the first time, all the maps of China printed in Europe between 1584 and 1735, unravelling the origin of each individual map, their different printing, issues and publication dates. It also tells, for each, the unique story that made possible these visions from another world, stories marked by scholarly breakthroughs, obsession, missionary zeal, commercial sagacity and greed.

Marco Caboara, Ph.D. (2011), University of Washington, Seattle, is the Head of Special Collections at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Library. He has published articles on Classical Chinese bamboo manuscripts and on the Jesuit Cartography of China.
"Venezia e i Mongoli/Venice and the Mongols" by Nicola Di Cosmo and Lorenzo Pubblici

Price: € 30,40

In the 13th century Venice was the dominant maritime power of the Mediterranean and the Mongols the masters of an immense empire that included China, Persia, Russia and Central Asia. The Mongol conquest integrated regional economies and politics into a continental space where trade and diplomatic relations flourished. From the union between the continental circuits controlled by the Mongols and the sea routes that led to Europe, managed by Genoa and Venice, enormous possibilities arose.

The meeting and connection point was the Black Sea, where Italian settlements flourished, a crossroads of people, cultures, and goods. If the most conspicuous presence was Genoese, Venice was an active protagonist, with its specific challenges and realities. The relations between the Mongols and the Venetians are for the first time the subject of a reconstruction that clarifies the intertwining, the relationships, the difficulties and the ambitions of both sides in a perspective of global history.

Nicola Di Cosmo is an East Asian historian at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, USA). In particular, he studies the relations between nomadic peoples and China from antiquity to the modern period. His main monographs include Ancient China and Its Enemies: The Rise of Nomadic Power in East Asian History (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Manchu-Mongol Relations on the Eve of the Qing Conquest (Brill, 2003).

Lorenzo Pubblici teaches History and cultures of pre-modern Central Asia at the University of Naples l’Orientale. Among his monographs we mention Mongol Caucasia. Invasions, Conquest, and Government of a Frontier Region in 13th-century Eurasia (Brill, 2022); Cumans. Migrations, power structures and society in nomadic Eurasia, 10th-13th centuries (Florence U.P., 2021) and From the Caucasus to the Azov Sea. The impact of the Mongol invasion in Caucasia between nomadism and sedentary society, 1204-1295 (Florence U.P., 2018).

*NOTE the book is in Italian.
"The World of the Ancient Silk Road" edited by Xinru Liu

Price: £152.00 (Hardcover)

This volume explores human migration, communication, and cross-cultural exchange on the Silk Road, a complex network of trade routes spanning the Eurasian continent and beyond. It covers thousands of years of human history, from the 3rd millennium BCE to the early 2nd millennium CE.

Consolidating archaeological discoveries, historical analyses, and linguistic studies in one comprehensive volume, The World of the Ancient Silk Road brings to light diverse perspectives from scholars who have lived and worked across this vast region, many of which are published here in English for the first time. It contains extensive references of primary and secondary sources in their original languages and scripts. From Early Bronze Age cultures to the rise of regional Islamic empires, from the Mediterranean to the Yellow River basin, this multidisciplinary volume seeks to offer new insights and expand Silk Road studies to the Anglophone world.

The World of the Ancient Silk Road provides an essential reference work for students and scholars of world history, particularly those studying the regions, cultures, and peoples explored in this volume.

Xinru Liu received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. She is Professor Emeritus at the College of New Jersey. She has published extensively on topics related to the Silk Road, including Ancient India and Ancient China; Silk and Religion; The Silk Road in World History; and The Silk Roads, a Brief History With Documents. She has been teaching courses on the Silk Roads for more than thirty years.
"A Brief History of Chinese Design Thought" by Qi Shao, Xiaojing Wen, Paul White

Price: €99.99 (Hardcover)

This book introduces readers to the history of design thinking in pre-modern China. The content is structured according to successive dynasties, covering the seven major periods of the pre-Qin, Qin and Han, Wei and Jin, Sui and Tang, Song and Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Each chapter introduces the most representative individuals of the period and discusses their work and ideas in order to reveal the national and cultural features of the respective periods. A distinctive feature of cultural identity running through the long course of China’s historical development is the argument that actions are determined by ideas: Such a view can be found in long-standing thinking on art, design, and creativity. The book demonstrates that conscious design is the vital link between the ideas that constitute human cultures and the physical objects that make up their resulting material cultures. It is the attribute of design that defines what it is to be human and also produces the physical evidence of the evolution of Chinese civilization. The book reveals the integrated characteristics of Chinese culture and art and shows how both changing and recurring ideologies have influenced Chinese design practice since the ancient Shang and Zhou dynasties and how these forces have shaped the spirit and materiality of Chinese civilization. Design is the cornerstone that has made China one of the major contributors to human civilization throughout the thousands of years of its history.

Given its focus, the book largely appeals to two main audiences: an academic readership of students and researchers interested in cultural studies and, a more general one, consisting of those interested in international comparisons and wishing to learn more about Chinese history, society, and culture. In order to appeal to both, the book is written in a clear and accessible language.

Shao Qi is Professor of Shanghai Normal University. His research focuses on Chinese art history and painting theories, especially on Ming and Qing dynasty landscape painting.

Xiaojing (Rachael) Wen, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, School of Design, Shanghai JiaoTong University, China, and Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, UK. Her research covers design history and cultural comparisons, particularly focusing on the comparative study of Chinese and Western design thinking.

Paul White, D.Phil., is Emeritus Professor of Geography and Former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield, UK. His research covers the comparative study of social, cultural, and demographic structures, with a particular focus on Europe and on influences originating in other parts of the world.

"Transnationalism in East and Southeast Asian Comics Art" edited by John A. Lent, Wendy Siuyi Wong, Benjamin Wai–ming Ng

Price: €119.99 (Hardcover)

This book explores various aspects of transnationalism and comics art in six East Asian and seven Southeast Asian countries/territories. The 14 richly illustrated chapters embrace comics, cartoons, and animation relative to offshore production, transnational ownership, multinational collaboration, border crossings of comics art creators and characters, expansion of overseas markets, cartoonists in political exile, colonial underpinnings, adaptation of foreign styles and formats, representation of other cultures, and more.

Using case studies, historical accounts, descriptive overviews, individual artists’ profiles, and representational analyses, and fascinatingly told through techniques as document use, interviews, observation, and textual analyses, the end result is a thorough, interesting, and compact volume on transnationalism and comics art in East and Southeast Asia.

John A. Lent is a professor emeritus with 50 years of teaching and is founding publisher/editor-in-chief of International Journal of Comic Art. He is the author or editor of 85 books and a pioneer in studies of Asian and Caribbean mass communication, popular culture, comic art and animation, and development communication.

Wendy Siuyi Wong is a professor in the Department of Design at York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Hong Kong Comics: A History of Manhua (2002), published by Princeton Architectural Press, and her latest book, entitled The Disappearance of Hong Kong in Comics, Advertising and Graphic Design (2018), published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Benjamin Waiming Ng is professor of Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He researches and teaches Japanese history, Japan–Hong Kong relations, and Japanese popular culture. He is the author of Japanese Popular Culture in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Commercial Press, 2015).

"Mongolian Geopolitics" by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Mongolia & Mongolian Institute for Innovative Policies

Available online free of charge

Mongolia with its unique and limited geographical position, has always been guided by a very realistic strategy when looking at the foreign policy options. With new times and geopolitical structures on the horizon, the main question for Mongolia’s foreign policy will be how to sustain and potentially enlarge its independence in the region.
This independence, however, is often limited by the very few options that are at
hand for Mongolia. Yet, the peculiarities of Mongolia’s position are sometimes overlooked by other perspectives. This position might seem contractionary at first, but becomes clearer once more information is added to the overall picture.
With our book on Mongolian Geopolitics, we want to do both: Firstly, try to elaborate alternative paths for Mongolia’s foreign policy, guiding the country through the uncertainties of the new geopolitics. And secondly, make the international community 
aware of Mongolia’s position and the potential the country holds for enabling peaceful international cooperation in future times.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a German non-profit organization committed to the values of Social Democracy. FES promotes the advancement of social democracy, in particular by:
- Political educational work to strengthen civil society,
- International cooperation with our international network of offices in more than 100 countries,
- Support for talented young people,
- Maintaining the collective memory of social democracy with archives, libraries, and more.

Mongolian Institute for Innovative Policies is group of academic practitioners and professionals who combine a research-based understanding and international expertise with deep knowledge of the Mongolian context to provide training, consulting, and research services with a mission to provide Policy solutions through data-based, nonpartisan analysis and direct, inclusive engagement with multi-stakeholders of the government, businesses, and civil society.
"Decentralization, Local Governance, and Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific" by edited By Bruno Carrasco, Hanif A. Rahemtulla, Rainer Rohdewohld

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO).

Since its adoption in 2015, the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development has shaped not only international development cooperation but also the design of national trajectories for social and economic development. In tandem with other global agendas adopted that year (such as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda) it remains the global and regional blueprint for sustainable development despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The term "localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" has been used to capture the importance of subnational governments for achieving national SDG agendas. However, there is little deeper analysis of the required nexus between fiscal, political, and legal arrangements for SNGs; their involvement in national policy arenas (which discuss and decide on national SDG strategies); and the need for locally disaggregated data systems on the one hand, and effective SDG localization strategies on the other hand. It is this aspect which the present publication explores in greater detail by using country examples and conceptual analyses.

The text will be of interest to policymakers, scholars, students and practitioners in public policy and public administration, decentralization, and sustainable development, with a focus on the Asia and Pacific region.

Bruno Carrasco served in various positions at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), including Principal Financial Economist, South Asia Department; and Director, South Asia Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division. He was appointed Chief of the Governance Thematic Group in 2019 and, in February 2021, was promoted to Director-General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC). He has a PhD in economics from Essex University, United Kingdom, and a masters in economics from the University of British Columbia.

Hanif A. Rahemtulla is Principal Public Management Specialist at ADB. He is a public sector reform specialist focusing on public financial and investment management and fiscal decentralization with more than 20 years of experience in project management, advisory services and research in more than ten developing countries in the Asia and Pacific region. He obtained his doctoral degree from University College London (UCL) and his postdoctoral degree from McGill University, Canada.

Rainer Rohdewohld is a senior decentralization policy advisor with more than 30 years’ work experience on administrative reform, decentralization reforms, and local governance capacity building in Asia (Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, and Pakistan) and West Africa (Ghana). He holds a master’s degree in political science from the Free University (Berlin/Germany) and a master’s degree in administrative sciences from the German University of Administrative Sciences (Speyer). He is co-author of the publication Emerging Practices in Intergovernmental Functional Assignment, published by Routledge in 2017.

"Tungusic languages" edited by Andreas Hölzl and Thomas E. Payne

Price: $55.00 (Hardcover)

Tungusic is a small family of languages, many of which are endangered. It encompasses approximately twenty languages located in Siberia and northern China. These languages are distributed over an enormous area that ranges from the Yenisey River and Xinjiang in the west to the Kamchatka Peninsula and Sakhalin in the east. They extend as far north as the Taimyr Peninsula and, for a brief period, could even be found in parts of Central and Southern China. This book is an attempt to bring researchers from different backgrounds together to provide an open-access publication in English that is freely available to all scholars in the field. The contributions cover all branches of Tungusic and a wide range of linguistic features. Topics include synchronic descriptions, typological comparisons, dialectology, language contact, and diachronic reconstruction. Some of the contributions are based on first-hand data collected during fieldwork, in some cases from the last speakers of a given language.

Andreas Hölzl
Dr. Andreas Hölzl is a postdoctoral researcher in linguistics at the CRC Limits of Variability in Language (SFB 1287) at the University of Potsdam, Germany. His research interests include the languages of Asia, language typology, linguistic reconstruction, and areal linguistics. He has published his doctoral dissertation on a typology of questions in Northeast Asian languages with Language Science Press in 2018. He is currently part of a project on comparative syntax that investigates systematic differences between languages with OV and VO order. At the same time, he is working on his habilitation project on languages in Southwest China and is writing a grammar of Longjia, a Sino-Tibetan language of Guizhou. As a contributor to the Linguistic Bibliography (Brill), he is responsible for the Tungusic languages.

Thomas E. Payne
Dr. Thomas E. Payne is a Senior Linguistics Consultant for SIL International, and Research Associate for the University of Oregon, USA. His areas of professional interest include language typology and grammatical description, with an emphasis on the verb-final languages of Asia, and verb-initial languages of the Philippines. In addition to many articles and presentations, he has published two introductory textbooks on morphology and syntax, and a field manual for descriptive linguists. Current research projects include reference grammars of Waray and Kagayanen, Austronesian languages spoken in the Philippines, and Xibe (Sibe) a Tungusic language spoken in Northwestern China.
"The Precious Summary: A History of the Mongols from Chinggis Khan to the Qing Dynasty" by Sagang Sechen. Translated by Johan Elverskog

Preorder price: $24.64 (e=Ebook) $140.00 (Hardcover) $35.00 (Paperback)

The Mongols, their khans, and the empire they built and ruled in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries exert an enduring fascination. Caricatured as a marauding horde that ravaged surrounding peoples, in reality the Mongols created institutions, trading networks, economic systems, and intellectual and technological exchanges that shaped the early modern world. However, the centuries after the waning of Mongol power remain overlooked in comparison to the days of Chinggis Khan.

The Precious Summary is the most important work of Mongolian history on the three-hundred-year period before the rise of the Manchu Qing dynasty. Written by Sagang Sechen in 1662, shortly after the Mongols’ submission to the Qing, it chronicles the fall of the Yuan dynasty in China, the Mongol-Oirat wars, and the revival of Mongol power during the reign of Dayan Khan in the sixteenth century. Sagang Sechen’s masterful account spans Buddhist cosmology, Chinggis Khan, the post-Yuan Mongols, Chinese history, and the Mongols’ conversion to Buddhism—and throughout, it attempts to come to terms with the new Manchu state. Featuring extensive and accessible annotations and explanations of historical context, Johan Elverskog’s translation of the Precious Summary offers invaluable perspective on Inner Asian and Chinese history, Mongolian historiography, and the history of Buddhism in Asia.

Sagang Sechen was born in 1604 into an important aristocratic family in Ordos in what is now the southwest part of Inner Mongolia. He distinguished himself in both military and bureaucratic service, including advising his local ruler to submit to the Manchu Qing dynasty in 1635. Little is known about his later life.
Johan Elverskog is Dedman Family Distinguished Professor, professor of religious studies, and, by courtesy, professor of history at Southern Methodist University. His books include The Buddha’s Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia (2020).

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