Atelier CEMS-GSRL 22 janvier 2014

Programme de l’atelier C.E.M.S / G.S.R.L. au CEMS, bâtiment le France, 190 avenue de France, 75013 (métro Quai de la gare), 1er étage (salle 102)

22 janvier 2014 : Yves Marie-Davenel (Chercheur associé au Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Institutions et des Organisations Sociales/IIAC), présentation et discussion de son ouvrage Renouveau culturel et diversité nationale au Kazakhstan. Les associations culturelles tatares, Paris, Editions Petra, Collection « Sociétés postsoviétiques en mouvement », publié en 2013

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Art of the Mongols, Specialist Art Short Course, SOAS, University of London

Art of the Mongols – 10-13 February 2014 (4 days)

Specialist Art Course


Art of the Mongols

Course Fee: £540

The destructive impact of the Mongol invasions is well known. Less well known is the important contribution these steppe peoples made as patrons of the arts in when they established themselves in China and Iran in the 13th and 14th centuries.

This course will devote two days to the arts of the Yuan, the Chinese dynastic name chosen by Kubilai Khan and two days to the arts of the Ilkhanids in Iran led by his brother Hulagu. In this period the Pax Mongolica was initiated and technologies, craftsmen and ideas flowed between China and Iran. It was a time of brilliant cultural flowering as the Mongol rulers sought to govern their disparate empires and sponsored a remarkable new visual language.

The course features

Lectures by leading experts and curators

Visits to museums, including unique access to reserve collections

For further details contact Denise Acford

Tel: 020 7898 4451


Lien : Art of the Mongols, Specialist Art Short Course, SOAS, University of London.

Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia

Call for papers : « Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia »

Deadline: 9 January 2014

Conference Dates: 7-9 August 2014

We invite the submission of paper abstracts for a three-day international conference organised from 7-9 August 2014 by the International Unit for Central and Inner Asian Studies (Ulaanbaatar), in collaboration with IIAS, and hosted by Ulaanbaatar University

The conference aims to highlight the current state of knowledge in research on the history of Central and Inner Asia since the twelfth century until the present day. Taking into account recent developments in historiography questioning any form of epistemological “centrism” (particularly when centred on the Occident), the proposed conference will contribute to the debate on the role and position of Central and Inner Asia during much of the second millennium. In order to achieve our goal of questioning and discussing our present knowledge and understanding, we suggest tracing socio-historical systems and long-term historical legacies. Understanding various patterns of power in an historical context, including their meanings, concepts and semantics, their competition, appropriation and exchange, as well as institutions and schemes of redistribution, is vital in this respect. We seek to address how patterns of power are reflected in the process of social adaptation, how this process allows former elites to retain their privileged access to resources, material and ideological assets, and how it enables new elite groups to emerge.

We stress the transregional character of communication and exchange of the socio-political concepts and cultures between Central and Inner Asia and other world regions, because patterns of power exercised by the Central and Inner Asian ruling elites have been neither simply imposed by external players, nor generated by the society in isolation.

This Forum aims at bringing together representatives of different disciplines researching various periods of historical and modern Central and Inner Asia, including scholars studying contemporary history of the region. We intend to focus on how diverse groups in Central Asian societies seeking resources for power compete(d) for authority through exploiting religion, ethnicity and reinvented traditions, as well as through social mobilisation and network-building.

The geographical scope of the conference is, understandably, large. We construe Central and Inner Asia to refer to the huge expanse of land from the Urals in the west to beyond Mongolia and deep into modern China in the east. Papers referring to adjoining regions, which shared many of the vicissitudes of Central and Inner Asian history (the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan), will also be considered, if they bear relevance to the understanding of Central and Inner Asia.

Organising academic committee :

Prof. Jigjidijn Boldbaatar (Ulaanbaatar); Prof. Choi Key Ho (Ulaanbaatar); Dr Robert Cutler (Ottawa/Montreal); Ms Martina van den Haak (Leiden); Prof. Yuki Konagaya (Osaka); Dr Irina Morozova (Berlin); Dr Elena Paskaleva (Leiden); Prof. Morris Rossabi (New York); Ms Ainura Turgangazieva (Bishkek); Dr Tolganai Umbetalieva (Almaty); Dr Willem Vogelsang (Leiden).

Languages of communication :English, Mongolian and Russian (interpreters will be available).

Structure of conference :Keynote lectures, forum discussion and parallel sessions (grouped according to specific themes and the individual abstracts), with presentations of max. 20 minutes (in English, Russian or Mongolian) excluding discussion. The sessions take 1.5 or 2 hours, and include the presentation and discussion of 3 or 4 papers. An optional tour to the Mongolian countryside will be organized for Sunday 10 August (further details will follow).

Abstracts and panels :Those interested to attend and to present a paper should submit an English-language abstract of c. 300 words, plus a brief resume of max. 100 words. Proposals for complete panel sessions of 1.5 or 2 hours can also be submitted, with an abstract of 300 words on the theme of the panel, with separately a list of individual speakers and a brief introduction to their talk (max. 300 words) and brief resume (max. 100 words). It is possible to submit a proposal for two consecutive panels covering the same or a closely related subject.

viaChanging Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia | International Institute for Asian Studies.

New Books

P.M Taylor, C. Polgolase, et all. 2011. Past and Future heritage in Pipelines Corridor: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Asian Cultural History Program

V.D. Kubarev, D. Tseveendorj, et all. 2005 Petroglify Tsagaan-Salaa i Baga-Oigura: Mongolskii-Altai. Novosibirsk: International arkheologii etnograghii SO Ran

V. Hansen. 2012. The Silk Road: a new history. Oxford: Oxford University Press

C. W. Hartley, G. B. Yazicioglu, A. T Smith. 2012. The archaeology of power and politics in Eurasia: regimes and revolutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

S. Carey. 2012. Reindeer herders in my heart: stories of healing journeys in Mongolia. Middlebury, Vermont : Wren Song Books

A.p Derevyanko, et all. 2000. Archaeological studies carried out by the Joint Russian-Mongolian-American Expedition in Mongolia in 1997-1998. Novosibirsk: Izdatelstvo Instituta arkheologii i etnographii SO RAN



Sur la base de ses entretiens avec le Pr S. DULAM, ethnographe, chercheur, poète (francophone), aux éditions Presses Universitaires François Rabelais, Tours.Mongolie

Publication de Mme Isabelle BIANQUIS, anthropologue, professeure à l’Université François Rabelais de Tours.

« Fin 1989-début 1990, l’impensable se produit : l’effondrement de l’Union soviétique signe l’arrêt de mort de la République Populaire de Mongolie. La nouvelle constitution adoptée en 1992 instaure une démocratie parlementaire et une économie de marché en lieu et place de l’idéologie marxiste-léniniste. Ce mouvement voit naître une revitalisation sans précédent d’un sentiment nationaliste étroitement corrélé à une quête des racines. La recherche des traditions occupe alors une place centrale dans la définition d’une identité mongole ; Gengis Khan devient la figure de référence.

Un immense enthousiasme conduit les intellectuels à jouer un rôle majeur dans ce mouvement de l’histoire : Sendenjav DULAM est de ceux là. Fils d’éleveurs, ethnographe, spécialiste de mythologie, de chamanisme et de symboles, poète, ce grand chercheur occupe des fonctions politiques et des responsabilités au sein du Comité d’organisation des grandes célébrations « traditionnelles » nationales. Son exceptionnel témoignage rend compte d’une culture en mouvement tiraillée entre des modèles contradictoires et fait entrer le lecteur dans la vie quotidienne des nomades et des Mongols contemporains. S. DULAM retrace ici le sens d’une vie consacrée à la recherche et au service de l’État. Il démontre le mécanisme de sa contribution à la mise en forme des symboles nécessaires à la construction de la nation, mais il livre aussi ses doutes et ses positions face aux profondes mutations contemporaines.

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.