Monthly Archives: September 2014

Mongolian Nomadic Culture and Ecological Civilization Was Held in Aru Khorchin Banner

Place: Aru khorchin Banner, Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, China

Date: July 19 – July 20, 2014

From July 19 to July 20, 2014, the International Conference on Mongolian Nomadic Culture and Ecological Civilization was held in Aru khorchin Banner of Chifeng City, Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region. It was jointly sponsored by the Chinese Association for Mongolian Studies, the Institute for Postmodern Development of China (IPDC), the Association for Economic Studies on Mongolian Ethnic Minority and the People’s Government of Chifeng City.

The administrative leaders who attended the conference included Wu Tuanying, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the Autonomous Region and president of the Chinese Association for Mongolian Studies, Tong Guoqing, member of Municipal Standing Committee and Leader of Department of Publicity, Li Xuebo, vicechairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee and Guo Yufeng, vice mayor of Chifeng Municipal Government.

Meanwhile, eight foreign scholars from  Grace University, Lander University of USA and several other universities as well as fourteen domestic experts from Beijing, Yunnan and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and other cities took part in the conference.

All the participants, based on the thematic center of Grassland Culture and ecological civilization, presented a series of speeches on the postmodern ecological civilization, the modern value of the traditional grassland culture and the protection of nomadic culture, etc.

The conference also organized one day north tour and visited the Bayanundur nomadic area and conducted field study in the herdsmen’s family and grassland. (Reported by Tian Pengcheng, and China Mongolian Studies Information Net, translated from Chinese into English by Fan Xiuli)

Mobility and Transformations: Economic and Cultural Exchange in Mongol Eurasia Was Held in Hebrew University

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 29 – July 1st 2014

From June 29 to July 1, 2014, international conference on Mobility and Transformations: Economic and Cultural Exchange in Mongol Eurasia & Summer International Seminar on the Research Trend of Mongolian Empire held in Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The academic seminar was organized by Hebrew University and Seoul National University and sponsored by the Project of “Mobility, Empire and Cross Cultural Contacts in Mongol Eurasia” which is being cooperated by Israel Institute for Advanced Studies and Institute of Asia- Africa Research of Hebrew University.

The conference was hosted by Michal Biran, chair of the Louis Frieberg Center for East-Asian Studies of Institute of Asia- Africa Research and Kim Hodong from Seoul National University.

More than 80 experts and scholars attended the conference. They were from Israel, China, America, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Swiss, Russia, Cyprus, Japan, South Korea and other countries.

Delger, professor of library science of Inner Mongolian University was invited to participate in the conference and submitted his paper, A Textual Research on the Different Versions of Mongolian Bible and Its Variants. Furthermore, he proposed in the conference and seminar that the Mongolian studies in western countries should pay more attention to the utilization of historical literature written in Mongolian and compose an international term dictionary on Mongolian Studies, through cooperated efforts.

The conference focused on examining how various forms of mobility – of people, ideas and artifacts – were instrumental in creating economic social, cultural and intellectual exchanges in the realm ruled by the Mongol empire and its successor states (and beyond) in the 13th and 14th centuries, and what was the impact of these movements. Culture is meant here in a broad definition, including also reference to religious and artistic and exchanges. The conference also aims to reconstruct and characterize commercial, religious and intellectual/scientific networks that operated in the Empire on a local, regional, and continental scale.

The academic lectures are conducted in ten sessions, covering the following topics:

*  modes of migration

* religious exchange

* rulers and ruled in transition: the united empire and China

* law, gender and institutions

* mobility and transformations

* artistic media on the move

* the Mongol state in central Asian comparative perspective

*economic exchanges

*science, wisdom and knowledge transfer

*Mongols and maritime Asia

They investigated the Eurasian historical and economic exchanges and many other issues during the period of Mongol Empire in the 13th and 14th centuries. Most of the papers are characterized by the study of Persian, Arabic, Hebrew, English and Chinese historical literature.

On 5th of July, the conference and the school organized a North Tour–Field Study to the historical places of Ayn Jalut, Nimrod Fortress, where a battle between Mongols and Mamluks or other affairs had taken place in the 13th century.

(translated from Chinese into English by Fan Xiuli)

Source: China Mongolian Studies Information Net

Shamanic Researcher Dr. S. Dulam

Sendenjaviin Dulam was born in 1950 in Buleen, in Bayanbulag sum of Bayanhongor aimag in Mongolia. He attended grade school from 1958-1968, then studied at the Mongolian National University doing research on Mongolian mythology for his bachelor’s degree. He completed his doctoral work in 1982, doing research on traditional styles of storytelling and folk poetry. This research came to include research on shamanic oral traditions. From 1990 he studied the survival of shamanic traditions, which were practiced for many years in secret and were starting to revive once more among the northern and northeastern Mongols. After meeting with may Darkhad, Tsaatan, Hotgoit, and Buryat shamans to study their traditions he produced his work “Traditions of Darkhad Shamans.” After participating in the second, third and fourth international shamanism conferences in Ulaanbaatar he is now organizing the 5th international shamanism conference to be held in August of 1999.

Dr. Dulam has presented lectures in the University of Paris, University of Strasbourg, Univeristy of Bonn, and Cambridge University. He is now a professor and department chairman at the Mongolian National University and is the head of a center for the study of Mongolian traditional nomadic culture. Dr. Dulam can be contacted at isms@magicnet.mn; his fax is 976 1 325435; phone number 976 1 361717(h) and his address is P.O.Box 457, Ulaanbaatar-210646, Mongolia.

source: http://buryatmongol.org/the-mongolian-shamans-association/

collected by Fan Xiuli

Mongolica (journal of Russian Mongolian Studies)

Mongolica is the only regular journal in the Russian Federation dedicated specifically to Mongolian studies (all papers in Russian). The authors of papers published in it are usually well-known scholars from St Petersburg and Moscow but those from other regions are always welcome, too. Since 1994, Mongolica has been edited by the IOM’s researchers, the first two issues having been edited in Moscow.

The main topics are history, literature, folklore of Mongolia, its historiography and texts, documents from archives, translations and reviews. Each issue is traditionally devoted to a particular event, aspect of study or anniversary. Thus, the third one was entitled The Archives of Russian Mongolists from the 19th and 20th Centuries, the fourth was dedicated to the 90th birthday of Ts.Damdinsuren, the fifth was in memory of Dr K. Golstunskiy (on the occasion of the centenary of his death), etc.

[ X, 2013 ]

[ IX, 2010 ]

[ VIII, 2008 ]

[ VII, 2007 ]

[ VI, 2003; RUS ]

[ V, 2001 ]

[ IV, 1998 ]

[ III, 1994 ]

[ II, 1993 ]

[ I, 1986 ]

source: http://mongolica.orientalstudies.ru/eng/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=588

collected by Fan Xiuli

ACMS UB Office Celebrates 10 Years

On May 21, 2014 the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of its Ulaanbaatar representative office with a reception and office grand opening event. The Mongolian Minister of Culture. Tourism and Sport, Oyungerel, offered congratulations to the ACMS for its many years of support for academic research in Mongolia, and its efforts to promote academic exchanges between Mongolia and international countries. US Ambassador to Mongolia Piper Wind Campbell offered her support for the ACMS, and noted that the US Government and US Embassy work closely with the ACMS to support academic research and exchanges between the United States and Mongolia. Representatives of several other countries, including Canada and Australia were also present to offer their congratulations.  ACMS Executive Director Dr. Charles Krusekopf noted, “The ACMS plays a key role in building knowledge about Mongolia in the world, and in bringing the world of knowledge to Mongolia.”  Dr. Krusekopf highlighted that the future of Mongolian Studies is bright, and interest in academic research in Mongolia has been growing in recent years.

The ACMS office in Ulaanbaatar is located at the Natsagdorj Ulaanbaatar City Library on Seoul Street, and includes a Research Library collection of almost 5000 English language books on Mongolia for use by international and Mongolian scholars and a staff of 8 employees. The ACMS Research Library is the largest collection of international scholarship on Mongolia in the country, and is open to researchers from all countries. The ACMS representative office supports a variety programs, including a fellowship program for Mongolian and international scholars conducting field research in Mongolia and abroad, a regular Speaker Series that highlights current academic research projects,  the Books for Asia program that distributes more than 45,0000 academic books every year to Mongolian libraries and schools, workshops and training for Mongolian scholars and institutions, a summer Mongolian language program for visiting scholars, study tours, and academic research projects in a variety of fields including the documentation and preservation of Mongolia’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

The ACMS was represented by its Executive Director, Dr. Charles Krusekopf, the Chair of its Board of Director, Dr. Bill Fitzhugh of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, and its Resident Director, Marc Tasse. Dr. Krusekopf recalled the opening of the first ACMS office in May 2004 at the National University of Mongolia, and the support received since that time from donors and partners of the ACMS including the US Government, the Henry Luce Foundation and the Asia Foundation. The ACMS has seen an increase in the numbers of scholars applying for fellowships, and assists a growing number of international scholars coming to Mongolia to conduct field research. The organization has received requests for support from over 12,000 researchers in Mongolia and abroad since its founding, and last year directly assisted more than 200 international academics working in Mongolia.

The ACMS represents a consortium of over 40 academic institutions active in the field of Mongolian Studies in North America, and includes more than 300 individual student and scholar members. The ACMS supports scholars working in all fields of study related to Mongolia, and serves as a central meeting place for Mongolian and international academics. It maintains a US office in the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and regularly sponsors Mongolian Studies events in the United States and Canada. Since its founding, the ACMS has provided more than $2.4 million in support of Mongolian Studies programs, including field research and academic exchange fellowships to more than 100 scholars from Mongolia and other countries. The ACMS has hosted almost 200 Speaker Series events and dozens of academic conferences and workshops.

Future plans for the ACMS include an expansion in the number of workshops and training offered within Mongolia, especially in the areas of cultural heritage documentation and preservation, business school training to support the development small and medium enterprises, and training for librarians on the use of new technologies and research tools. Together with the Smithsonian Institution and Mongolian museums and institutes, the ACMS is coordinating a new program to build a cultural heritage database and management system for tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Mongolia. More information on the ACMS can be found at www.mongoliacenter.org or www.facebook.com/AmericanCenterForMongolianStudies.

source: http://www.ceas.sas.upenn.edu/ACMSPages/ACMSUpdateSpr2014.html#Story1

collected by Fan Xiuli

Supplement to the ‘Secret History of the Mongols’

Igor de Rachewilz

This book project is the ‘Supplement’ volume of Vol. 3 of the ‘Secret History of the Mongols’ that the author translated in 2004. In this volume, the author revises and expands both the translation and the commentary with the inclusion of all the relevant material that has been published since 2003/4, especially in Mongolia, China, Japan and Korea. This volume will be about 300 pages, with some illustrations, and will be published by Brill, Leiden.

source: http://chl.anu.edu.au/sites/mongolianstudies/research.php

collected by Fan Xiuli

The Western Mongols in the 20th Century

David Brophy

David is conducting research on the history of the Mongols of Xinjiang from the fall of the Qing to the founding of the PRC. His work explores historical links between Xinjiang, the Soviet Union, and Mongolia, and investigates the shift from Qing traditions of authority towards new centralised systems of ethnic representation in Inner Asia.

source: http://chl.anu.edu.au/sites/mongolianstudies/research.php

collected by Fan Xiuli

The ANU Mongolian Studies Centre

The ANU Mongolian Studies Centre was founded in 2011 to provide a focus for the growing interest in Mongolia at the Australian National University and in Australia more generally. Historical relations between Australia and Mongolia have been sparse, but in recent years links between the two countries have grown in importance. Australia has significant involvement in the Mongolian mining and energy sectors, both countries have been involved in seeking solutions to security problems in Northeast Asia and an increasing number of young Mongolians obtain secondary and university education in Australia. Australia and Mongolia have expertise to share in handling climatic extremes, in animal husbandry and in heritage archaeology. The expansion of the Mongol empire under Chinggis Khan in the 13th century remains a pivotal event in world history which continues to catch the imagination of Australians.

The Mongolian Studies Centre hosts guest researchers working on Mongolia, organizes occasional seminars on Mongolian topics, provides a support network for Australian researchers on Mongolia and promotes Mongolian studies in Australia in general. It promotes active participation by government, business and the public in the Centre’s activities.

cellected by Fan Xiuli

Source: http://chl.anu.edu.au/sites/mongolianstudies/index.php