Lettre SEMS n°10

Début  février 2021


5 mars 2021 : Conférence d’A. Thomas, “Nomads in Early Soviet Central Asia

Cambridge Central Asia Forum in collaboration with the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge and GCRF COMPASS Project invite you to the 2021 Lent Term Seminar Series.
11-1pm (UK time)
For further information please contact Prajakti Kalra : pk315@cam.ac.uk

Lien zoom & Access Passcode: 7Mlz8!md

2021 : Séminaire des Études mongoles & Sibériennes

Organisé par Isabelle Charleux, Grégory Delaplace et Virginie Vaté de janvier à mai 2021, un mercredi sur deux(sauf vacances scolaires), de 14h-16h, en ligne.

À noter : à partir du 10 mars, le séminaire du Centre d’études mongoles et sibériennes fait également office de séminaire de master EPHE, validable aussi par les étudiants de l’EHESS et de l’INALCO.

3 mars 2021 : Amgalan Sukhbaatar (GSRL-EPHE), “Invisible power and visible urbanism: Tracking the views of different urban actors on the urban present and the urban future of Ulaanbaatar”


17 mars 2021 : Véronique Gruca (doctorante LESC, CEFRES), “Retour sur l’expérience d’un confinement partagé avec une famille bouriate en Mongolie”

31 mars 2021 : Anne Dalles (GSRL), “La présence orthodoxe chez les Nanaïs dans la région de l’Amour: négociations et compromis”

14 avril 2021 : Anna Dupuy (Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale), “L’identité pastorale mongole dans les mouvements de réduction des déchets et de protection de l’environnement en Mongolie”

12 mai 2021 : David Koester (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), “The Itelmen Khodila as a Song Genre : Marking consciousness, time and nature”

19 mai 2021 : Marie Favereau (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre), “La Horde d’Or et ses héritages (Islam, Russie, Europe)”


2020-2021 : Séminaire du MIASU

Les séminaires du Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit de Cambridge sont accessibles sur demande : miasu-admin@socanth.cam.ac.uk


à visionner : Christopher Atwood (University of Pennsylvania), ” Why the Mongol Conquests? Sources and Explanations of the 1211 Campaigns against North China ” (lien zoom, Access Passcode: 7Mlz8!md)

23  February : Kenneth Linden (Indiana University) , “Veterinary Science, Zud, and Wolves: Environmental and Animal History of Collectivization in Mongolia”

9 March : Yana Bezirganova (Birmingham City University & University of Kent), “Writing Buryatia: the Future of Mongolian Script”


2021 : Introduction à la philologie du chinois : l’épigraphie de la dynastie Yuan

Cours d’Alice Crowther (CRCAO) le jeudi, de 14h à 16h à partir du 18 février 2021, en visio-conférence jusqu’aux vacances de Pâques.

Épigraphie multilingue ; stèles en langue vernaculaire (白話碑) ; stèles généalogiques ; introduction à la bibliographie de la dynastie Yuan. 

Contact : alice.crowther@ephe.sorbonne.fr


Février 2021 : Conférence de George Lane, “The Khitans: Corner stone of the Mongol empire”

The Khitans were a powerful and influential Turko-Mongol tribe who, in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, at the height of their power occupied much of northern China while dominating the vast steppe lands to the north and west. They had gradually abandoned their nomadic way of life and adopted a sedentary lifestyle greatly influenced by their Chinese neighbours. Their fall to the Jurchens in the early twelfth century initiated a series of events which resulted in their eventual role as agents of assimilation and unity in the emerging Chinggisid Empire. Their experience of both steppe customs and sedentary administration combined with a practical knowledge of urban warfare and the latest military technology made them indispensable to Chinggis Khan in his early campaigns against the Jurchens in northern China and he quickly assimilated them into his army and incipient administration. Later, when the Chinggisid armies were poised to move westward into the Islamic world the resident Khitans, already an integral part of Muslim Turkestan, were ready to provide invaluable cultural, mercantile and military assistance to Chinggis Khan’s armies and his expanding administration which was being established to control and supervise those lands and cities which fell under Chinggisid domination. The Khitans were content to melt into the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural mix that was the Chinggisid Empire and with the demise of the Khitan Qutlugh Khans, the ruling dynasty of the city-state of Kirman, part of the Ilkhanate of mediaeval Iran, the Khitans disappeared from history but not from the hearts and imagination of many of the peoples of east, west, and central Asia into whose ranks they had melted and merged.


Février 2021 : Conférence de Morris Rossabi,  “Mongol impact on Eurasia : lasting influences”

Starting in the 1980s, specialists challenged the conventional wisdom about the Mongol Empire’s almost entirely destructive influence on global history. They asserted that that Mongols promoted vital economic, social, and cultural exchanges among civilizations. Chinggis Khan, Khubilai Khan, and other rulers supported trade, adopted policies of toleration toward foreign religions, and served as patrons of the arts, architecture, and the theater. Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art confirmed that the Mongol era witnessed extraordinary developments in painting, ceramics, manuscript illustration, and textiles. To be sure, specialists did not ignore the destruction and killings that the Mongols engendered. This re-evaluation has prompted both sophisticated and less well-informed analyses of the Mongols’ legacy in Eurasian history. The Ming dynasty, the Mongols’ successor in China, adopted some of the principles of Mongol military organization and tactics and were exposed to Tibetan Buddhism and Persian astronomy and medicine. The Mongols introduced agricultural techniques, porcelain, and artistic motifs to the Middle East, and supported the writing of histories. They also promoted Sufism in the Islamic world and influenced Russian government, trade, and art, among other impacts. Europeans became aware, via the Mongols, of Asian products, as well as technological, scientific, and philosophical innovations in the Middle East and were motivated to find sea routes to South and East Asia. Some popular writers have gone to extremes, portraying Chinggis Khan as a democrat and a believer in religious toleration and women’s rights.


1er mars 2021 : Appel à communication « Life along the River »

L’Université de Columbia lance un appel à communications pour un colloque intitulé “Life along the River: Interactions between Human Societies and Valley Environments in the Convergence Zone of the Inner Asian Highlands, 1600s-1950s” prévu en juillet 2021.


15 février 2021 : Bourse de terrain de l’American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS)

The ACMS is pleased to announce the Field Research Fellowship for 2021. The program will provide awards of up to $4,000 for student, post-doctoral, or faculty to conduct short-term field research in Mongolia in 2021 if travel conditions allow. Travel to and from Mongolia remains highly restricted due to COVID-19 regulations, and it is unknown when or if travel to Mongolia will resume in 2021. If travel remains restricted, researchers selected for the Field Research Fellowship will be able to defer their field research projects to 2022.

The program will provide up to $4,000 per individual award (allowable expenses include domestic and international airfare, in country transportation, and a research stipend) or up to $8,000 per joint award. Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding from other sources in addition to the US-Mongolia Field Research Fellowship program to support their work.


28 février 2021 : Post-doctorat en études bouddhiques

L’Université UC Berkeley annonce le recrutement d’un(e) post-doctorant(e) en études bouddhiques pour une durée de deux ans.



L’introduction du numéro de Jentayu par Menh-Oyo sur la Mongolie est en ligne.

Le prochain numéro de la revue Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident 44 (2020), Histoire(s) à vendre : la marchandisation du passé dans l’Asie contemporaine, dirigé par Isabelle Charleux, Matthias Hayek et Pierre-Emmanuel Roux, comprend un article d’Isaline Saunier et Isabelle Charleux : « L’empire Hünnü/Xiongnu, nouvel âge d’or des Mongols ? Imaginaire, nationalisme, mode et marketing en République de Mongolie », pp. 147-205.

Article d’Isabelle Charleux, « Miraculous Icons of Mongolia in the Modern Period (Late 16th-Early 20th Century) », Ars Orientalis, special issue on Miraculous images in East Asia, numéro dirigé par Dorothy Wong, 2021.