Contemporary trends in the Mongolian folksong tradition of urtyn duu

Contemporary trends in the Mongolian folksong tradition of urtyn duu

In 2009, three young singers, who had met at the conservatory and had studied a traditional folksong genre called urtyn duu (long-song), created a folk pop-group. Like the pictures provided in the liner notes, which were unusually commercialized for a traditional folk genre music, their music was unexpected and provocative for the majority of the Mongolian folk music audience. This new direction was unusual not so much because of the melding of Western instruments such as piano and synthesizer with a traditional vocal genre, but rather because of their unique acoustic ‘harmonizing’ of independent, ornamented and melismatic vocal solos, while retaining the traditional singing style and improvisation, and using mostly traditional songs.

Link: Contemporary trends in the Mongolian folksong tradition of urtyn duu | International Institute for Asian Studies.


The city and ideology: Examining the state ideology in urban space in post-socialist Mongolia

August 28th at 5:30 pm at University of Education – Room 201

 » The city and ideology: Examining the state ideology in urban space in post-socialist Mongolia » (ACMS Speaker Series presentation)

Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, has seen profound changes in the post-socialist years. The city space has been used as canvas upon which the shifting state ideologies are continuously inscribed. The state’s ideological shift is easily “readable” throughout the cityscape of Ulaanbaatar including the central square which has been recently adorned with a new name- Chinggis Khaan’s Square. Chinggis Khaan has been used as the most prominent marker of Mongolia’s new identity and has been appropriated rampantly to articulate the new post-socialist identity. The Chinggis monument is one of numerous such state-endorsed reconfigurations of the national symbolic landscape. This presentation examines the visual articulation of the state through an analysis of the city’s symbolic architecture and iconography. Using primary sources such as government decrees, the presentation examines the state’s role in producing and inscribing the new national identity in the urban material landscape.

Dr. Myadar’s research interests lie within the intersection of politics and geography. She has written in the areas of post-colonial studies, nationalism and political identity. Dr. Myadar teaches political and cultural geography at the University of Arizona, Tucson. This event is partially sponsored by the Mongolian University of Education.


Beyond Transition? New Directions in Eastern and Central European Studies

2-4 October 2013, Lund University, Sweden

We have the pleasure to inform you about an interdisciplinary Nordic conference in Eastern- and Central European Studies organized in cooperation between the Centre for European Studies at Lund University, the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University (Stockholm), with support from The Swedish Society for the Study of Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Sällskapet).

This event is organized as a follow-up conference after the 8th ICCEES World Congress in Stockholm 2010. We hope that the World Congress was instrumental in revitalizing scholarship around the Nordic states. One of the purposes is to outline new directions of research and make a reassessment of academic resources in this field of knowledge as these are represented by Nordic scholars and academic institutions, as well as journalists and experts specializing in the East and Central European area.
We would also like to involve you in the discussion about to what extent the developments in the Post-Soviet states and the former socialist countries in Eastern and Central Europe should be studied mainly in relation to their trajectory from the old system. Beyond transition dismisses the implicit teleological assumptions of such a trajectory. It implies that traditional constructs of regional subdivisions or of macro regions in the vast space from Oder to Vladivostok and from Murmansk to Dushanbe no longer can be taken for granted. How fruitful is it e.g. to habitually treat the former socialist countries now having become members of the European Union as a coherent socio-economic or socio-cultural bloc? What does Eastern Europe mean in such a context? Do the old mental geographies of East and West still linger on in the minds of researchers hindering the emergence of new questions and new comparative perspectives that go across the old division? Maybe taking into account patterns of convergence and divergence between European countries on both sides of the former Iron Curtain facing the pressures and possibilities of globalization could reveal more a rewarding research agenda. […]


1. Memory Conflicts and Memory Travels across the old East-West division. (
2. What is left from all these years? Cultural Transformation after Communism.(
3. Visions and Conceptualisations of Cultural Diversity. Multiculturalism beyond the EU (
4. Politics and Religion (
5. Civil society – politics and ethics (
6. Europe in Fatigue: Backslide of Democratic Values and Their Re-Invention in Culture and Society (
7. Economic Corruption and Nepotism in Russia (


Desert Foods and Food Deserts: Scarcity, Survival and Imagination

Call for Papers: Desert Foods and Food Deserts: Scarcity, Survival and Imagination
International Conference
19 – 21 November 2013

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel The terms « Desert » and « Food » seem irreconcilable: deserts are associated with aridity, scarcity, and the struggle to survive in inhospitable environments, and are rarely related to the pleasures of fine cooking and dining. Research of desert societies, however, reveals time and again the ingenuity and resourcefulness of desert dwellers, who manage to eke out of their meager environment much more than the calories and nutrients essential for their survival. Indeed, desert cuisines, whether Mexican, Native-American, Bedouin, Mongolian, Aboriginal-Australian or Inuit, may seem simple and even coarse to the uninitiated, yet are surprisingly complex and varied, making for an outstanding human achievement.
If desert foods represent human ingenuity at its best, food deserts, defined as disadvantaged urban areas with poor access to retail food outlets, or as areas where food retail is scarce and expensive and where much of the available food is industrialized, processed, expensive and of low nutritional quality, stand for the degradation of the human condition in the context of modern urbanism. […]


Lecture: Uranchimeg Tsultem, Kluge Fellow

August 29, 2013

« Prior to Lenin: U.S. Diplomacy and Western Explorers in Early-20th-Century Mongolia« 

12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress (The John W. Kluge Center), District of Columbia, United States

Free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.


Visiting Instructor/Asst. Professor

Position, Visiting Instructor/Asst. Professor:

Pacific World/Asia-Pacific Studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey seeks applications for a full-time Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor position in Pacific World/Asia-Pacific Studies for the academic year starting September 2013.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on inter-regional and Pacific Rim themes, with emphasis on Chinese or East Asian history.Ph.D. by time of appointment preferred.  Successful candidate will teach courses in Pacific World/Asia-Pacific history as well as one course per semester in the Colleges General Studies program.  Teaching load is three four-hour courses per semester.  Salary depends on qualifications. Preference will be given to candidates with evidence of excellence in teaching.

Screening of applications begins July 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.



Chargés d’études et de recherche à l’INHA

Appel à candidatures visant à pourvoir six postes de chargés d’études et de recherche à l’INHA, à compter du 1er octobre 2013,  en ligne sur le site de l’INHA.

Les chargés d’études et de recherche effectuent un service partagé entre les programmes scientifiques et documentaires de l’Institut et leurs travaux personnels de recherche ; ils se voient confier des tâches documentaires et scientifiques en relation avec les programmes décrits sur le site. Leur lieu de résidence est situé à Paris. Les chargés d’études et de recherche domiciliés hors d’Ile-de-France auront la possibilité de louer une chambre à la Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. Au cours de leur séjour à l’INHA, ils pourront être affectés à des tâches organisées en lien avec la bibliothèque de l’établissement. Statutairement, la durée des fonctions de chargé d’études et de recherche est de deux ans. Elle peut être prorogée par période d’une année, sans pouvoir excéder quatre ans au total. Pourront concourir à ce recrutement les étudiants travaillant dans tous les domaines de l’histoire de l’art, y compris le cinéma, la musique et le théâtre dans leurs relations avec les arts visuels ; ils devront être engagés dans la poursuite d’études conduisant au doctorat. Les chargés d’études et de recherche sont recrutés sur contrats doctoraux.

Les candidats devront satisfaire aux conditions de recrutement des contractuels doctoraux et par dérogation votée par le conseil scientifique de l’INHA : « recrutement au plus tard dix-huit mois après la première inscription en doctorat » (l’inscription en thèse devra avoir été faite entre le 1er avril 2012 et le 1er octobre 2013).

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The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces a new initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies.

ACLS will offer an articulated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship of applicants.Applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online FellowshipApplication system (OFA).

Sample applications and a link to OFA will be available in July 2013. Visit:

« Asia in Memory and Imagination »

“Asia in Memory and Imagination,” 51st annual meeting, Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS), September 27-28, 2013, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah.

We welcome faculty, scholars and students from all disciplines to submit proposals for papers, panels,roundtables, poster exhibits, or workshops. Proposals in all disciplines are welcome, and we encourage you to organize integrated panels if possible (3 papers per panel, 90 minute panels).

Visit: Contact: Greg Lewis, Program Chair, 801-626-6707 or

Asian Literature and Translation (ALT), Call for Articles

Asian Literature and Translation (ALT) is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal established by the Centre for the History of Religion in Asia (CHRA), Cardiff University.

The main objective of the journal is to publish research papers, translations, and reviews in the field of Asian religious literature (construed in the widest sense) in a form that makes them quickly and easily accessible to the international academic community, to professionals in related fields, such as theatre and storytelling, and to the general public. The scope of the journal covers the cultural, historical, and religious literature of South, Southeast, East and Central Asia in the relevant languages (e.g. Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, et al.). We particularly welcome literary translations, including extracts from longer works in progress, manuscript reports and commentarial material, new adaptations of classic texts, archive stories and debate pieces, and the discussion of new approaches to translation. Book and performance reviews, including visual material, and letters to the editor, including responses to published material, are also solicited.Contributions are welcome on a wide range of topics in the research area as defined above.

For further information see:

Call for Articles

The Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME) is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the anthropological studies of all societies and cultures in the Middle East and Central Eurasia.

Its scope is to publish original research by social scientists not only in the area of anthropology but also in sociology, folklore, religion, material culture and related social sciences. It includes all areas of modern and contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China) including topics on minority groups and religious themes. The journal also will review monographic studies, reference works, results of conferences, and international workshops. ACME also publishes review essays, reviews of books and multimedia products (including music, films, and web sites) relevant to the main aims of the journal.

All submissions for articles are peer-reviewed. ACME is published with the financial support and collaboration of GroupeSocietes, Religions, Laicites, Centre National de la RechercheScientifique (CNRS), France.

For general inquiries and Instructions for Authors, please visit:


New Books

G. Shelach. 2009. Prehistoric Societies on the Northern Frontiers of China. London, UK ; Equinox Publishing Ltd.
S. Redenko. 1970. Frozen Tombs of Siberia: the Pazyryk Burials of Iron Age Horsemen. Los Angeles, CA; University of California Press.
J.P. Mallory, V.H. Mair. 2000. The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest People from the West. New York, NY. Thames & Hudson Ltd.
P. M. Taylor et all. 2011. Past and Future Heritage in the Pipelines Corridor: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey. Washington, DC; KI Graphics Ltd.
P.R.S. Moorey et al. 1981. Ancient Bronzes, Ceramics and Seals. Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles  county Museum of Art.