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ACMS Speaker Series – Kristen Pearson

Objects in an Ecosystem: The Ethnoarchaeology of Mongolian Hide and Fiber Crafts Synopsys This talk presents the preliminary results of ethnoarchaeological fieldwork conducted in autumn, 2018, with support from the ACMS. In Mongolia, ethnoarchaeological methods have been applied with great success to questions of mobile pastoralist site formation and landscape use; however, the potential for …

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Speaker Series – Introducing the Gobi Framework Project: Mediation Model for Sustainable Infrastructure Development

Synopsis This ESRC-GCRF funded project develops a Mediation Model for Sustainable Infrastructure Development (MMSID) to promote inclusive economic development and social welfare in the context of Chinese mega infrastructure initiatives in Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. While large-scale infrastructure projects represent a key mechanism of economic growth and development, they also bring unintended and negative consequences …

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Speaker Series – First Migration East to West: Conflict Between Two Major Cultures of the Mongolian Late Bronze Age

Synopsis Long-term archaeological studies have shown that there were two major populations with different cultural identities living in Mongolia and the surrounding regions during the Late Bronze Age. One was the Deer Stone Khirigsuur Culture (DSKC), the other the Slab Grave Culture (SGC).  These two groups coexisted in the same territory from the 13th century …

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Speaker Series – Black and Yellow Shamans in Mongolia in the 1990’s

Synopsys There is a long tradition in Hungarian academia of conducting field research among the Mongols, dating back to the 1870s. Since then, several students from a variety of research fields visited Mongolia, such as Vilmos Diószegi, who worked with Darkhat and Buryat shamans in the 1950s. After the political turn in the early nineties, …

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Speaker Series – Thalea Stokes

The Hip-Hop Scene Among Mongols in Mongolia and China: Witnessing the Development of a New Tradition throughout the Mongolian Diaspora. Synopsys Mongolian hip hop culture is one that combines adventurous dancing, fierce ethnic pride, unabashed borrowing and innovation, and brave social and political critique. In Mongolia, those immersed in the hip hop community are both …

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Herders, indicators and ratings predict rangeland conditions in three Mongolian ecological zones

Synopsis Given the growing research on traditional ecological knowledge and its use in resource management, there is a need to understand the relationship between indicators to assess resource condition used by researchers and those used by local herders. To better understand indicators used by herders, we conducted in-depth field interviews with 26 herders in three …

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In Search of ‘Commoners’ in the Xiongnu Empire – Bryan K. Miller

Synopsis The Xiongnu regime mobilized a vast variety of herder households and mounted archers across Inner Asia. Yet much of the scholarly attention given to this first nomadic empire has focused on the uppermost echelons, whether through historical accounts of famous battles and court intrigues, or through excavations of massive ramped tombs of the steppe …

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Speaker Series – The ‘festival of forty thousand horses’: number and value in the Mongolian countryside.

Synopsis Since the end of state socialism in Mongolia, animal ownership has shifted from being largely collective-based to being vested in private households. Much attention has been given to how herding households strive to increase the sizes of their flocks. From this perspective, increasing the quantity of herd animals is seen as a response to …

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Speaker Series – Recovering Mongolia’s Frozen Past: Understanding Taiga and Alpine Prehistory through Ice Patch Archaeology

Synopsis Among Mongolia’s diverse landscapes and ecological zones, few have captured the imagination as much as the montane northern taiga – home to domestic reindeer herders, and haven for many threatened wildlife species. Recent decades of archaeological research in northern Mongolia’s Darkhad region reveal that the landscape adjoining the taiga has been used for thousands …

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Speaker Series – M. Saandar and J. K. Cluer

Rephotography of the Central Asiatic Expeditions, Mongolia – 1919-1925: Chasing Roy Chapman Andrews Across the Gobi and Imaging 100 Years of Change Like most good ideas in Mongolia, the concept of rephotographing the extensive image collection generated by the early 20th century Central Asiatic Expedition sprang up over dinner in an Irish pub in Ulaanbaatar, sometime in …

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Sas Carey – Migration (documentary)

Genre: Documentary Duration: 80 min Director: Sas Carey Language: Mongolian (with English subtitle) Synopsis “Reindeer get restless and begin to move on to other pastures. When they start moving, we follow,” explains nomad Tsetsegmaa. To the Dukhas of Mongolia, reindeer are the core of their existence. They are ridden, packed with goods, milked, and, when needed, …

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Speaker Series – Sanchir Jargalsaikhan

Environmental Governance in Mongolia: Challenges and Prospects The biggest challenge Mongolia faces in the present is how to limit the negative consequences related to overexploitation of the environment and unsustainable use of natural resources. An effective legal system that regulates human activities is essential in achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs). Given the high dependence of …

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