Subject: This Month in Mongolian Studies - September 2023

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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
Intensive Summer Language Program Wrapped up 1st Week of August

On August 4, 2023, Intensive Summer Language Program (ISLP) students made their final reports, in which the students made presentations in Mongolian to each other and the the ACMS staff and shared what they learned and the experiences they acquired during the 8 week long Mongolian language program.

The students advanced in their language skills - 2 achieving intermediate high, 2 advanced mid levels of Mongolian language competency, and 1 had received instructions in Mongolian script. The students have now moved on to their respective academic and professional endeavors, where they will no doubt apply what they learned during ISPL.

ISLP students dressed up for their final report.
"Conserving and preserving Mongolia's endangered 
textile collections" Project

ACMS continues to implement the AFCP (Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation) funded project. The monthly online workshops for Mongolia's museum professionals carries on per schedule. The participants of the workshop use ACMS' online learning platform This month's guest lecturer is Lauren Garcia-Verdenne, a conservator form the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. The lecture topic is "Introduction to Wet Cleaning of Textiles".
ACMS project fellows Dr. Angaragsuren Odkhuu and Kristen Pearson, under guidance from the project leader Colleen O'Shea, have been working on the conservation of the rare textile fragments. They have entered the final stages of the conservation of this textile.
To remind the reader about the textile fragments, these are fragments of a deel (a traditional Mongolian garb) with a silk lining, the only known example ever found. It was discovered exposed to the elements after it was unearthed by grave robbers, who left it after taking everything deemed valuable.
Last Week's Word

ᠬᠢᠴᠢᠶᠡᠯ /kičiyel/ - (Cyrillic: хичээл /khicheel/, English: lesson, subject, attempt) - [1] noun form of striving, attempting, trying, [2] schooling under approved regular schedule, program with a professional teacher.

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 July-August, 2 new people have signed up to become ACMS member(s) and 1 member(s) renewed their membership. 

ACMS welcomes new members:
  • Youngkee Shin
  • Zolboo Sandagdorj
and thanks renewing member(s):
  • Daniel Miller

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
On August 16, ACMS held in-person Speaker Series event. Our guest speaker was Charlotte Marchina, an anthropologist from INALCO, Paris. Her topic was Listening to human-animal cooperation: sound-based interactions in Mongolian and Buryat pastoralism.

The event was recorded and we will upload it to our YouTube channel in the coming month. When the video is uploaded we will share the link on our social media as well as in our next e-newsletter.
Interview of 2023 ACMS Field Research Fellow Jennifer Beetem, an art conservator, collections care worker, art historian, artist and website designer. Her research in Mongolia focuses on an Ethnographic study on nomadic approaches to preventative conservation and conservation needs of household collections in the Darkhad valley. Click the button to view.
Latest uploads to our YouTube channel:

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Virtual Panel Series, "Political Repressions in Mongolia" on September 21, 2023. Panelists: Batsaikhan Ookhnoi, Urangua Jamsran, Dashdulam Dashdeleg, representatives from the Mongolian National Exoneration and Rehabilitation Commission, Mongolian National Commission for Human Rights (pending) and Amnesty Mongolia (pending)
  • Dairy Cultures: The Science of Mongolian Heritage a joint exhibition by  AMCS, Natural History Museum of Mongolia, UNESCO Silk Roads Programme, ERC and Dairy Cultures, September 22 - October 20, 2023. Scan the QR code for more information.
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
Vacancy: Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies
Kathmandu University Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute

Institution Type: College / University
Location: Nepal
Position: Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies

Rangjung Yeshe Institute, the Centre for Buddhist Studies (RYI-CBS) at Kathmandu University, invites applications for a full-time, twelve-month position in Tibetan Buddhist Studies and Translation at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting on August 15, 2024. This position may be extended for multiple years depending on funding and department need.

Rangjung Yeshe Institute offers courses in Buddhist philosophies, histories, and cultures, and in Classical Tibetan and Sanskrit, as well as colloquial Tibetan and Nepali languages. The institute is a world leader in educating Tibetan textual and oral translators. The undergraduate and graduate programs combine rigorous traditional Tibetan philosophical training with contemporary, academic perspectives and methods. The campus is located inside the Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery complex in Boudha, Kathmandu. Students can earn BA, MA, and PhD degrees in Buddhist Studies and Himalayan Languages.

Successful candidates are expected to teach graduate seminars in RYI’s MA program “Translation, Textual Interpretation, and Philology” ( and other graduate and undergraduate courses as needed. A PhD in the field of Buddhist Studies or a related field is preferred (ABDs nearing completion will be considered), with an emphasis on Buddhist translation and Indo-Tibetan studies, accompanied by teaching experience in the field. Proficiency in Classical Tibetan is required and proficiency in Buddhist Sanskrit is desirable. Successful candidates are expected to provide service to the institute and the profession, to establish and maintain an independent research activity.

In addition to the teaching salary, benefits include round-trip transportation to Kathmandu and a Nepalese visa. Salary is dependent upon experience.

Application letter, curriculum vitae, teaching evaluations, and two letters of recommendation should be sent to the Director of Studies, Julia Stenzel ( by October 15, 2023. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Centre for Buddhist Studies appreciates and encourages diversity. For further information about the position, contact Julia Stenzel at the above email address.

Note: If you are interested in teaching single courses within the specialization of RYI-CBS during the spring or summer semester 2024, or in working as an oral translator for philosophy classes taught in Tibetan language, please contact Julia Stenzel at the above email address.
Vacancy: Assistant Professor of Early Modern or Modern East Asia
University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Institution Type: College / University
University of Tennessee - Knoxville, United States
Position: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Faculty

The Department of History at the University of Tennessee invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the History of Early Modern or Modern East Asia (since 1500) outside of China. The research specialty is open and may treat any country or region within that scope. Applicants working in borderlands, cross-cultural contact, environment, migration, or science and medicine are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate world history survey (1500 CE-present) and offer upper division and graduate courses in the area of specialty to complement our current strengths. The department has a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and is dedicated to maintaining a respectful and welcoming academic environment. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

The appointment will begin August 1, 2024. A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline is required at the time of appointment.

Applications should include a cover letter addressing research and teaching interests and experience; a curriculum vitae; contact information for three references; a sample of written scholarship not more than 25 pages in length, preferably published; and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Materials should be submitted through Review of applications will begin 15 October 2023. Questions may be directed to Charles Sanft (, chair of the search committee.

As a land-grant university, the University of Tennessee values active and engaged scholarship and teaching and welcomes evidence of these commitments in applications. In addition to addressing other qualifications in the letter of application, candidates may also describe how they would promote students’ access and inclusion in teaching and scholarship.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

Grants and Calls for Paper
Call for submissions: AAS 2024 Film Expo

Established as an Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference program in 2011, the AAS Film Expo is curated and organized by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The AAS 2024 Annual Conference will take place from March 14-17 in Seattle, Washington.

Documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia will be programmed and projected in a dedicated screening room Thursday through Saturday on conference dates. The film expo also offers an on-demand screening option to registered conference attendees unavailable for scheduled screening times. The on-demand option is only for those available on-site in Seattle. On-demand viewers will view the films using private links provided by the filmmakers/distributors valid from March 14 to March 18, 2024. Short Q&As and moderated conversations with filmmakers and film representatives may be scheduled as part of the film expo program.

All selected films are promoted in a special AAS Film Expo booklet distributed to conference attendees, listed in the print and digital AAS Annual Conference Program, the Conference Mobile App, as well as on the AAS and CEAPS websites.

We welcome the submission of films related to Asia produced by scholars and independent filmmakers. Criteria utilized in the selection process include timeliness, broad appeal to the scholarly community, and quality of the filmmaking. In considering your submission, please note that attendees viewing films may be seeking titles for research, classroom use or for their institutional libraries.

Approximately twenty to twenty-five films will be selected for screenings.

We look forward to receiving online submissions to present and promote films at the premier annual conference of Asia scholars in North America which offer impactful programming and networking opportunities for emerging research in diverse disciplines contributing to Asian Studies.

For programming consideration in the 2024 Film Expo, please complete an ONLINE FILM SUBMISSION FORM. Our selection committee reviews films through Vimeo, YouTube and secured website links accessible in North America.

Our film submission deadline: Friday, October 6, 2023.

Please note:

All film entries must have English subtitles to be considered.
We do not accept any films that have had scheduled screenings at past meetings.
AAS does not pay rental or royalty fees, nor does it charge you for publicity and exposure. AAS considers this program of mutual benefit to both you and our members.
AAS does not offer financial support for filmmakers to attend the conference screenings.
Selected films will be required to submit 2 high quality promotional images, which may be uploaded at time of submission or acceptance confirmation.
If you have any questions, please address email correspondence with subject header "AAS Film Expo 2024 / NAME OF FILM" to

Contact Email:

CFP: The Politics and Poetics of Immobility: Asian Migrants 
(not) on the Move in (Post-)Pandemic Times

DATE OF EVENT : 14-15 March 2024
VENUE : Online via Zoom


In migration studies, immobility is predominantly conceptualized as a disempowering and involuntary experience, symbolizing the curtailment of freedom to move as a result of prevailing structural constraints. Scholarly investigations have devoted significant attention to the institutionalized and nation-specific “regimes of mobility” (Glick-Schiller & Salazar, 2013) that bestow varying degrees of conditional or unconditional mobility to certain individuals while imposing temporary or prolonged immobility upon others. Nonetheless, immobility does not invariably denote an involuntary circumstance, nor does it inherently culminate in negative outcomes. Scholarly discourse has shed light on the fact that immobility can also be voluntary or even desirable, arising from a lack of aspiration to relocate despite possessing the capability to do so (Carling & Schewel, 2018; Schewel, 2019). In such cases, immobility should be regarded as a proactive and purposeful practice that necessitates agency, involving extensive engagement in decision-making processes related to migratory and residential choices.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharper focus the paramount importance of immobility. Stringent border restrictions have erected substantial barriers to geographical mobility, affecting even highly skilled and privileged migrants who were previously accustomed to high levels of mobility. Amidst the ongoing global crisis, entrenched regimes of (im)mobility have been reproduced and reinforced in certain contexts, while undergoing critical evaluation and reconfiguration in others. The evolving terrains of (im)mobility, stemming from the pandemic and extending into the post-pandemic era, have engendered far-reaching implications at both the micro-level, affecting the migration trajectories and life experiences of individual migrants, and the macro-level, reshaping nation-state governance, economic development, as well as cross-border population dynamics.

While research on migration and (im)mobility under pandemic conditions has ramped up, the predominant focus remains directed towards migrant mobilities rather than immobilities. With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting established (im)mobility regimes and introducing immobility to broader migrant populations, it becomes imperative to examine immobility as a distinct phenomenon with its array of experiences, narratives, and consequences. Furthermore, since existing knowledge concerning pandemic-related immobilities has been largely shaped by a Western perspective, there exists a pressing need to cast light upon the Asian arena that has hitherto remained relatively understudied within scholarly discourses.

In this context, the present workshop calls for a comprehensive investigation into the experiences and practices of Asian migrants pertaining to (post-)pandemic immobilities. The primary objective is to offer novel perspectives and insights into the ongoing discourses surrounding the complexities of migrant immobilities in the pandemic context, focusing on the interplay between migration regimes and human agency, the spatial and temporal aspects of transnational lives, and the shifting dynamics that preceded and followed the pandemic. The workshop endeavours to encompass diverse studies, delving into the intricacy of migration and pandemic immobility from the perspective of individuals, households, societies and nation-states, and remaining attentive to experiences of both the privileged and the marginalised migrant groups.

Potential workshop participants are encouraged to submit original works that address the following areas of interest, which include but are not limited to:

  • How have governments in Asia regulated cross-border (im)mobilities and socio-spatial relations during the pandemic and its aftermath? How have these policies and measures affected the geographical (im)mobilities of migrants and their families?
  • What does immobility mean to migrants in (post-)pandemic times? How has geographical immobility affected various aspects of migrants’ life, such as family and social relationships, employment and career, financial situations, and physical and emotional well-being?
  • How have migrants’ (im)mobility rights been impacted by their citizenship and residential status in both the country of origin and destination? How, in turn, have the experiences of immobility amid the pandemic influenced their plans regarding future residential status and pathways to citizenship?
  • How do migrants make sense of and navigate immobilities during the pandemic? How has the pandemic influenced migrants’ decisions in relation to (im)mobility in the post-pandemic age? Do they choose to remain in their destination countries, return to their home countries, or move on to other places?
  • How has the pandemic reinforced, reproduced, or challenged existing regimes of differentiation and exclusion regarding migrant (im)mobility? Does the pandemic contribute to greater or lesser equality in access to mobility for migrants? Who are the privileged and who are the disadvantaged?
  • How has the pandemic transformed the meanings and social expectations surrounding immobility across Asian countries?


Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (300 words maximum), and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission by 31 October 2023. Abstracts should include as appropriate a discussion of the paper’s main aim(s), conceptual framework/theoretical contribution, research methods and data, and key findings. Please also include a statement confirming that your paper has not been published or committed elsewhere, and that you are willing to revise your paper for potential inclusion in a journal special issue.

Please submit your proposal using the provided template to Ms Minghua Tay at Successful applicants will be notified by end November 2023. Panel presenters will be required to submit drafts of papers (4,000-6,000 words) by 16 February 2024. These drafts will be circulated to fellow panelists and discussants in advance. Drafts need not be fully polished. Indeed, we expect that presenters will be open to feedback from fellow participants.


Dr Yang WANG | Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Dr Wei YANG | Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Dr Bernice LOH | Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Dr Theodora LAM | Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Prof Brenda S. A. YEOH FBA | Asia Research Institute & Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

Contact Information:
Ms Minghua TAY
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
AS8 Level 7, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
Tel: (65) 6516 4224
Fax: (65) 6779 1428


CFP: Extended deadline: International Journal of Buddhist Thought 
& Culture Vol. 33 No. 2 (December 2023)

Submission deadline is extended to October 15, 2023 for the International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture, (Vol.33 No.2), and the date of publication (Vol.33 No.2) is December 31, 2023.

The International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture (IJBTC) is seeking contributions of articles and book-reviews on history, philosophy, literature, and culture that are relevant to Buddhism.

The IJBTC welcomes submissions that bring new perspectives and ground-breaking research to the various fields of Buddhist Studies.

The IJBTC is listed in the Atla Religion Database®, the Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index, and is accredited by Korean Research Foundation.

For more information, including submissions, subscriptions and inquiries, please visit our homepage or contact us by email at

KIM Jongwook (Dongguk University, Korea)
Editors, International Journal of Buddhist Thought & Culture


New Resources
Interesting digital resource we discovered in August, 2023:
  • "" - is the online directory of the journals published by the National University of Mongolia. The journals cover NUM publications in various disciplined including but not limited to political science and economics to geology and physics.
  • "Цахим номын сан" - is a free online public library for books in Mongolian.

Submit reviews of your works or reviews you wrote to us at Make sure you put Review submission in the Subject field of your email.

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 August, 2023:
Other News and Events

Chinggis Khan Cup
The Mongolian Embassy to the U.S. is organizing a golf tournament on October 7.2023. The tournament will be held at Potomac Shores Golf Club (1750 Dunnington Place, Dumfries, VA 22026).

Tournament format:

Stroke play and team

The competition events:
  • Individual Competition (MEN AND WOMEN)
  • Team competition (Players from the same country or mission play one after
  • another, will be made counting the results of the team. Teams will be announced on the tournament day)
  • Individual champion – Best results of stroke play
The tournament will be played 18 holes stroke-play.
Two Players’ best results shall count for the team event classification.

RSVP by October 6 at, (202) 699-3556
Exhibition: Gengis Khan: How the Mongols Changed the World
From October 14 to May 5 there will be an exhibition about the Mongols in the History Museum of Nantes - Castle of Nantes. Details can be found here in French
Byambatsogt S.: It will become possible to make 2 direct flights per week to USA
/ August 4. Next year it will be possible to have a direct flight to any city in USA from Ulaanbaatar. "Currently, it takes a minimum of 24-48 hours to fly from Ulaanbaatar to USA, direct flight can decrease the travel time 2-3 times" said the Minister of Road and Transportation Development Byambatsogt S. Read in Mongolian
Mongolia PM to Begin First Visit to US in 5 Years
/Voice of America News/ August 1. Mongolian Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai and Foreign Minister Battsetseg Batmunkh arrive in Washington on Tuesday to start their meetings with Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other senior U.S. officials this week. “@VP (Vice President Harris) looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene of Mongolia to the White House on August 2. The visit will highlight the strength of the U.S.-Mongolia Strategic Partnership and our ongoing work to deepen political, economic, and cultural ties,” said Harris’ press secretary Kirsten Allen in a message posted to the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. This is the first official visit of a Mongolian prime minister to the United States since 2018. The visit comes as the two countries are expanding cooperation on regional security and Mongolia’s deposits of rare earth minerals, which are crucial to the manufacture of high-tech items and renewable energy products, such as battery-powered electric vehicles. Read more

More on this:
Video: Remains of possible human sacrifices and  of carnivorous insects from 1800 years ago found in Xianbei tomb by arhchaeologists. 
/ August 4. Dr. Iderkhangai T. and 2 teams from the Department of History and Archaeology of the Ulaanbaatar State University made excavations at a 1800 old Xianbei era burial site, and made huge discoveries. Specifically, they found 2 untouched graves of Xianbei aristocrats (still underground), 2 bodies laid at the entrance of the tomb (possibly servants or attendants), over 20 pieces of pottery and animal remains.
Audio: Dinosaur in court
/BBC/ August 5. A dinosaur skeleton became the subject of both a restraining order and a court case in 2012. The case became known as United States v One Tyrannosaurus Bataar Skeleton. Listen

The XII International Congress of Mongolists Commences
/Montsame/ August 10. The central theme of XII International Congress is "Pax Mongolica and Historical Experience." The Congress will have six sections: Prehistory and History of Mongolia and the Mongols; Current Situation and Historical Development of Mongolian Language and Literature; Mongolian Society, Economy, Politics, and Legislation; Mongolia’s Relations with the Outside World; Mongolian Culture: Tradition and Innovation; Young Mongolists Conference.
The Congress will feature presentations by Mongolists from over 20 countries, including the United States, the Republic of Korea, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Canada, the Russian Federation, Poland, Türkiye, Hungary, Germany, China, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, the Czech Republic, Australia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Norway, Italy, and Denmark. In addition to the main sections, the Congress will host activities to support the young generation of Mongolists. This includes a conference for doctoral researchers, where 59 young Mongolists will present their work. Read more
Interview: New documents relating to Mongolian history were found on Korean Language. 
/Montsame/ August 15. Montsame interviewed the Secretary General of the National Council for Mongolian Studies and Director of the Institute for History and Ethnography of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Tserendorj Ts. 
- You study Mongolian-Korean relations. And you are one of the researchers, who presented at the plenaries. Are there any sources about the Mongol Empire written in Korean?

- Indeed, one of my research interests is  Mongolian-Korean historical relations. However, my presentation was on the documents relating the history Mongolian-Korean relations in XV-XIX centuries, after the Mongol Empire. This is very complex and will reveal larger issues. I gave an overview of a document called 
Seungjeongwon ilgi or the Journal of the Royal Secretariat of Joseon (Korea), where there are some 290 entries related to Mongolian history.
 Nobody knew that so many documents related the XV-XIX century history of Mongolia existed and consequently not accounted in any historical studies. Discovery of this was the main point of my presentation. I further noted that we revise certain historical issues of Mongolian history using these documents. Read more in Mongolian
Interview: Mongol Studies will Notably Contribute to Mongolia's Soft Power Policy. 
/Montsame/ August 15. Montsame interviewed German Mongolist, Dr. Olver Corff. 
-You must have participated in most of the previous International Congresses of Mongolists. How is this conference different from previous meetings?

-My first participation in the International Congress of Mongolists was the one held in 1992. Since then, I have participated in several congresses. In my opinion, there is no significant difference. Of course, there are changes. The number of participating foreign scholars is increasing, and its scope is expanding internationally. In my opinion, this congress is an important event organized by Mongolia on the international stage. Mongol studies and academic works will notably contribute to Mongolia's soft power policy. Therefore, I think it would be very beneficial for Mongolia to continue to organize this congress in 5-6 years. Read more
Christopher Atwood: The International Association for Mongolian Studies must let go Chuluun S.
/ August 11. The XII International Congress is underway in the Government Palace under the general theme "Pax Mongolica". In attendance are over 500 scholars from 27 countries. Vice president of the IAMS, Pennsylvania University's Professor of Mongolian history, Christopher Atwood made a statement on why he could not attend the current congress. 
In his statement he says he was not able to attend this time not due to professional or personal reasons, but due to the Association's Secretary General Chuluun S. Read more in Mongolia

More on this:
Archaeologist Erdenebat D's case was transferred to court
/ August 22. Archaeologist Erdenebat D. and his stepson Adiyanyam M., manager of "Emotsi" production are charged with 25.5.1 of the Criminal code of Mongolia "organizing, intermediating the sale of tangible cultural heritage". 
In March 2021, police had arrested Adiyanyam M. and 3 others in Chingeltei district while they were about to hand off a Xiongnu period artifact to a citizen of the southern neighbor for 650 million MNT. Read in Mongolian
Recent Books

"The Tungusic Languages" Edited By Alexander Vovin, José Andrés Alonso de la Fuente, Juha Janhunen

£205.00 (Hardback)

The Tungusic Languages is a survey of Tungusic, a language family which is seriously endangered today, but which at the time of its maximum spread was present all over Northeast Asia.

This volume offers a systematic succession of separate chapters on all the individual Tungusic languages, as well as a number of additional chapters containing contextual information on the language family as a whole, its background and current state, as well as its history of research and documentation. Manchu and its mediaeval ancestor Jurchen are important historical literary languages discussed in this volume, while the other Tungusic languages, around a dozen altogether, have always been spoken by small, local, though in some cases territorially widespread, populations engaged in traditional subsistence activities of the Eurasian taiga and steppe zones and the North Pacific coast.

All contributors to this volume are well-known specialists on their specific topics, and, importantly, all the authors of the chapters dealing with modern languages have personal experience of linguistic field work among Tungusic speakers.

This volume will be informative for scholars and students specialising in the languages and peoples of Northeast Asia, and will also be of interest to those engaged with linguistic typology, cultural anthropology, and ethnic history who wish to obtain information on the Tungusic languages.

Alexander Vovin (†), Directeur d’études, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, France.

José Andrés Alonso de la Fuente, Associate Professor, Institute of Linguistics, Translation Studies and Hungarian Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland.

Juha Janhunen, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Helsinki, Finland.

"Travel Writing in Mongolia and Northern China, 1860-2020" by Phillip Marzluf

Price: € 104,00 (Hardback)

Travel Writing in Mongolia and Northern China, 1860-2020 invites readers to explore Mongolia as an important cultural space for Western travelers and their audiences over three historical eras. Travelers have framed their experiences and observations through imaginative geographies and Orientalizing discourses, fixing Mongolia as a peripheral, timeless, primitive, and parochial place. Readers can examine the travelers’ literary and rhetorical strategies as they make themselves more credible and authoritative and as they identify themselves with Mongolians and Mongolian culture or, conversely, distance themselves. In this book, readers can also approach travel writing from the perspective of women travelers, Mongolian socialist intellectuals, twenty-first-century travelers, and a Han Chinese writer, Jiang Rong, who promotes cultural harmony yet anticipates the disappearance of Mongolian culture in China.

Phillip P. Marzluf is Professor of English at Kansas State University. He has published Language, Literacy, and Social Change in Mongolia (Lexington 2018) and a co-edited collection, Socialist and Post-Socialist Mongolia (Routledge 2021). His work about Mongolia has appeared in the Central Asian Survey, the Journal of Asian Studies, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and other journals.

"An Anthropology of Intellectual Exchange: Interactions, Transactions and Ethics in Asia and Beyond" by Jacob Copeman (Editor), Lam Minh Chau (Editor), Joanna Cook (Editor), Nicholas J. Long (Editor), Magnus Marsden (Editor)

Price: $145 (Hardcover)

Dialogues, encounters and interactions through which particular ways of knowing, understanding and thinking about the world are forged lie at the centre of anthropology. Such ‘intellectual exchange’ is also central to anthropologists’ own professional practice: from their interactions with research participants and modes of pedagogy to their engagements with each other and scholars from adjacent disciplines. This collection of essays explores how such processes might best be studied cross-culturally. Foregrounding the diverse interactions, ethical reasoning, and intellectual lives of people from across the continent of Asia, the volume develops an anthropology of intellectual exchange itself.

Jacob Copeman is Research Professor at University of Santiago de Compostela. He co-edited the volume Global Sceptical Publics: From Non-religious Print Media (UCL Press, 2022) with Mascha Schulz.

Lam Minh Chau is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Social and Economic Anthropology at College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Joanna Cook is a reader in Anthropology at University College London. Her most recent publication is Making a Mindful Nation: Mental Health and Governance in the 21st Century (Princeton University Press, 2023).

Nicholas J. Long is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Magnus Marsden is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex where he is also the Director of the Sussex Asia Centre.

"Discourses of Globalisation, Human Rights and Sports" by Joseph Zajda, Yvonne Vissing

Price: €129.99 (Hardcover)

This book discusses major discourses of performing sports within human rights. Research findings data demonstrate that sports is an inequitable field today that has the potential to be a social change agent. There is more discussion about rights violations and what the fields of sports can do to be more rights-respecting, but the discussions are at a surface, rather than analytic level for most sports organizations.
In sports, culture and human rights, as an emerging field, it is important to develop well crafter theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical body of knowledge. There is an academic discipline of sport that showcases its interdisciplinary nature. Linking sport to the field of human rights will require theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical evolution in this new discipline. There are both organizational, environmental and individual factors associated within the nexus of sports, athletes and human rights.
This book links together sports and human rights in a systematic and analytical way. It contains chapters that discuss human rights policies in performing sports, from both organizational and interpersonal perspectives. The book focuses on the benefits of sports and the human rights and safety challenges within the operations of sports organizations and their impact on individual players.

Joseph Zajda is a professor at the Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus). He specialises in globalisation and education policy reforms, social justice, history education and values education. He has written and edited 45 books and over 150 book chapters and articles on globalisation and education policy, higher education and curriculum reforms. He is also the editor of the 24-volume book series Globalisation, Comparative Education and Policy Research (Springer, 2009 & 2021). Recent publications include: Zajda, J (Ed). (2020a). Globalisation, ideology and neo-liberal higher education reform. Dordrecht: Springer. Zajda, J. (Ed). (2020b). Human rights education globally. Dordrecht: Springer. Zajda, J. (Ed). (2020c). Globalisation, Ideology and Education Reforms: Emerging paradigms. Dordrecht: Springer. Zajda, J. (2018). He is an elected fellow of the Australian College of Educators (FACE).

Yvonne Vissing, PhD, is a Professor of Healthcare Studies, focusing on health policy and public health, and the Founding Director of the Center for Childhood & Youth Studies at Salem State University. She is the US policy chair for the Hope for Children Convention on the Child Policy Center in Cyprus, on the Steering Committee for Human Rights Educators USA, and is on the AAAS Human Rights Council. Vissing is author of 17 books, including Children’s Human Rights in the USA: Challenge & Opportunities (Springer 2023), Changing the Paradigm of Homelessness (Routledge 2020), and The Rights of Unaccompanied Minors (Springer 2021). A clinical sociologist, National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on child abuse and Whiting Foundation fellow studying child rights, she was also a Dialogue and Democracy fellow at UCONN’s Dodd Center for Human Rights. She is a graduate of Equitas International Human Rights Training Program in Montreal. She is CEO of Training for Excellence.

"Buddhist Statecraft in East Asia" by Stephanie Balkwill (editor) and James A. Benn (editor)

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Buddhist Statecraft in East Asia explores the long relationship between Buddhism and the state in premodern times and seeks to counter the modern, secularist notion that Buddhism, as a religion, is inherently apolitical. By revealing the methods by which members of Buddhist communities across premodern East Asia related to imperial rule, this volume offers case studies of how Buddhists, their texts, material culture, ideas, and institutions legitimated rulers and defended regimes across the region.

The volume also reveals a history of Buddhist writing, protest, and rebellion against the state.

Contributors are Stephanie Balkwill, James A. Benn, Megan Bryson, Gregory N. Evon, Geoffrey C. Goble, Richard D. McBride II, and Jacqueline I. Stone.

Stephanie Balkwill, Ph.D. (2015), McMaster University, is Assistant Professor of Chinese Buddhism at the University of California, Los Angeles. She publishes on the social, political, and intellectual history of Buddhist women in early medieval China.
James A. Benn, Ph.D. (2001), University of California, Los Angeles, is Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions at McMaster University. He is the author of Burning for the Buddha: Self-immolation in Chinese Buddhism (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2007) and Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2015).

"Moral Economic Transitions in the Mongolian Borderlands: A proportional share" by Hedwig Amelia Waters

Price: This is an open access book

Since the early 1990s, Mongolia began its hopeful transition from socialism to a market democracy, becoming increasingly dependent on international mining revenue. Both shifts were promised to herald a new age of economic plenty for all. Now, roughly 30 years on, many of Mongolia’s poor and rural feel that they have been forgotten.

Moral Economic Transitions in the Mongolian Borderlands describes these shifts from the viewpoint of the self-proclaimed ‘excluded’: the rural township of Magtaal on the Chinese border. In the wake of socialism, the population of this resource-rich area found itself without employment and state institutions, yet surrounded by lush nature 30 kilometres from the voracious Chinese market. A two-tiered resource-extractive political-economic system developed. Whilst large-scale, formal, legally sanctioned conglomerates arrived to extract oil and land for international profits, the local residents grew increasingly dependent on the Chinese-funded informal, illegal cross-border wildlife trade. More than a story about rampant capitalist extraction in the resource frontier, this book intimately details the complex inner worlds, moral ambiguities and emergent collective politics constructed by individuals who feel caught in political-economic shifts largely outside of their control.

Offering much needed nuance to commonplace descriptions of Mongolia’s post-socialist transition, this study presents rich ethnographic detail through the eyes and voices of the state’s most geographically marginalized. It is of interest not only to experts of political-economy and post-socialist transition, but also to non-academic readers intrigued by the interplay of value(s) and capitalism.

Hedwig Amelia Waters is Horizon Europe ERA Postdoctoral Fellow at Palacky University, Czech Republic.
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