Digitizing Mongolian

with Marissa J. Smith (PhD)

This eight-session course will promote international interest in and development of the digitization and use of Mongolian language sources by practitioners and researchers in a range of fields and sectors, strengthening participants’ skills in fields of data science, digital humanities, and Mongolian language and culture.

Digitizing Mongolian

Recordings of lectures for all sessions available to enrollees on the online learning platform www.studymongolia.org

Course Overview

The course format will include presentations by participants and guest experts as well as introductions to the Mongolian script and the histories and cultures of information in Mongolia, group sessions in which participants read texts from a range of times, places, and communities together, and discussions of applications of this knowledge. At the end of the course, participants can expect to be able to read texts in the Mongolian script, have knowledge about online as well as physical repositories of texts in the Mongolian script, and be part of an interdisciplinary and multi-sector network of practitioners using texts in the Mongolian script. 

Course sessions will be held online, using LearnDash as a common repository of resources, and Zoom as the platform for synchronous, interactive sessions.

The course is open to interested participants of all backgrounds. No prior experience with Mongolian language will be expected.

Session 1. Digital Sources | March 11 Thursday, 8:00 a.m. (UTC+8), 60 min

Session 2. Digital Tools | March 18 Thursday, 8:00 a.m. (UTC+8), 120 min

Session 3. Review of Scripts | March 25, Thursday 8:00 a.m. (UTC+8), 120 min

Session 4. The Transcription of Grammar in “Classical Mongolian” | April 1, Thursday, 8:00 a.m. (UTC+8), 120 min

Session 5. Reading a Text – Pre-19th C., Chronicles | April 8, Thursday, 8:00 a.m. (UTC+8), 120 min

Session 6. Reading a Text – 19th C., Buddhist | April 15, Thursday, 8:00 a.m. (UTC+8), 120 min

Session 7. Reading a Text – 20th C., Revolutionary | April 22, Thursday, 8:00 a.m. (UTC+8), 120 min

Session 8. What’s Next For the Mongolian Script? | April 29, Thursday, 8:00 a.m. (UTC+8), 120 min


Photo of Dr. Marissa J. Smith

Marissa J. Smith, PhD

Research Associate, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Marissa J. Smith, PhD is a cultural anthropologist with over ten years of research experience in Mongolia and has conducted fieldwork in Erdenet, the Darkhad Depression, western Mongolia, and Arkhangai. She has previously been a visiting member of the Emerging Subjects of the Mongolian Economy research group at University College London in 2018 and is currently Research Associate at the Institute for East Asian Studies at UC-Berkeley. In addition to Mongolian, Dr. Smith has also studied Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Mandarin Chinese, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian.


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