Due to travel restrictions that prevent Field School courses in Mongolia, the American Center for Mongolian Studies is developing a new offering - the ACMS Online Mongolia Studies courses - that will be available to all interested persons starting in spring 2021. The courses will be taught in English, and through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation will be free for all participants. The course topics will be similar to the ones planned for the 2020 Mongolia Field School. More information on the course topics, instructors, timing and format of the courses will be announced in the near future.
Mongolia has had success preventing Covid-19 spread within the country, but this success has been achieved through very strict limits on international arrivals. Currently, no commercial flights or travel options exist, and recent community spread of COVID-19 in Mongolia has led to very strict provisions on travel that are expected to continue well into 2021.
Therefore we will not be able to reliably plan and offer a field school experience in Mongolia for summer 2021. We hope to resume our regular Field School offerings on site in Mongolia in 2022, and anyone accepted to the 2020 Field School can defer their acceptance and fellowship awards to 2022.
We are, however, offering a series of online courses throughout 2021 that highlight many of the key topics and instructors who planned to teach in our 2020 Field School.
The seven courses offered across three sessions this year are:
- Digitizing Mongolian | Mar 10 – Apr 28
- Mining and Environment in Northern Mongolia | Apr 5 – May 31
- Mongolian Buddhism: Sacred Geography in Munkh Khukh Tengriin Oron | June 7 – 21
Coming Summer/Fall 2021 (Dates TBD):
- Visual Storytelling,
- Climate Change and Herding in Three Mongolian Eco-zones,
- Literature and Twentieth Century’s History,
- Renewable Energy.
Program Details and Courses
The ACMS Online Mongolia Field School includes 9 course offerings spanning from Spring 2021 to Spring 2022. The Online Field School is open to all participants, including undergraduate and graduate students, professionals, teachers and life-long learners interested in exploring aspects of Mongolia’s unique culture and geography.
The lessons will be delivered in English. No prior knowledge of Mongolia or Mongolian is required.
There is no cost for participation.