Lettre SEMS n°14

fin avril 2021

20 avril : Nicolas Di Cosmo, “Climate in the history of medieval Inner Asia”
22 avril : Turbat, « Xiongnu: The Empire building and the Significance in the Ethnic History of Mongols »

À 15:00 UTC+02, l’archéologue Turbat donnera une conférence sur les Xiongnu/Hünnü : « Xiongnu: The Empire building and the Significance in the Ethnic History of Mongols » à l’ACMS : 

The Xiongnu is considered to be the first nomadic empire. This empire, which is believed to have been founded 2,230 years ago, was a ready-made model for other later nomadic states, including Mongol Empire. However, it is clear that this structure, which can be said to be perfect, did not come into being in a desert, so the roots need to be investigated. In recent years, archaeologists have been talking a lot about the quasi empire based on the culture of the Khirgisuur-Deer Stone culture of the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages. An important task is to determine the traditions and characteristics of the Xiongnu Empire in comparison with the Khirgisuur Empire. On the other hand, the Xiongnu tradition, including the role of the Mongols in their origins, remains a hot topic of research. Recent advances in genetic research have made it possible to address this issue based on solid evidence. The second part of the lecture will discuss the ethnic relationship between the Xiongnu and the Mongols.


28 avril : Matthew Mosca, The role of history in early Qing claims to rule the Mongols
Séminaire du Département des études mongoles et tibétaines, Bonn

Dans le séminaire organisé par Mongolia Studies à l’IOA depuis 2013, les intervenants présentent des projets de recherche en cours. Inscription auprès de Sharleena Goerlitz: goerlitz@uni-bonn.de

29 avril 2021, 12-14 h : Dr. Gegentuul Baioud (Independent Scholar), « Producing Authenticity: Ethnic Costumes in Contemporary Inner Mongolia Mittwoch »
In post-Mao China, the resurgence of ethnic tradition and culture is nowhere more prominent than through the appearance of colourful and diverse ethnic bodies on display in publications, and at conferences, exhibitions and festive performances. In this talk I examine multivocal Mongolian costumes to shed light on the performance and representation of Mongolian identities in China. In particular, the talk explores the promotion of Mongolian costumes in online media spaces, in commercial cultural studios, and at state-sponsored heritage events. I argue that the discursive construction of authenticity and cultural hegemony overshadows and hierarchises heterogeneous Mongolian cultures and identities. I also find that the meanings taken on by Mongolian costumes contest and go beyond those inscribed by the state. The talk illuminates minority cultural transformation in post-Mao China and the agency of minority Mongols who reshape their evolving cultural forms.

5 mai 2021, 12-14 h : Amgalan Sukhbaatar (PhD Candidate, École Pratique des Hautes Études), « The Future of Ulaanbaatar: Key Urban Actors, Invisible Power and Visible Urbanism Donnerstag »
During the last two decades, Ulaanbaatar is experiencing rapid urbanization. Influenced by nomadic pastoralist and socialist history, as well as liberal ideology and free market economy, the capital’s urban society is continuously seeking concepts between development and disruption, progress and chaos. The talk attempts to address the following questions: – Are the current urban problems of Ulaanbaatar really caused by development strategies and urban planning? – What are the views of urban actors on the urban present and future? – What is the difference between ‘urban development’ and ‘urban planning’? – Who are the key urban actors and how do they act? – How do they act and adapt in the current urbanization context? – What could be invisible power or power relations in Ulaanbaatar’s visible urbanism? This presentation focuses on diverse levels, including urban planning, implementation and actual changes at the example of the residential micro-district No. 13 during the last three decades. Research findings indicate that the complexity in present urbanism is caused by new paradigms of property, ownership and individual freedom, lack of information transparency and incomplete urban legislation, but also the invisible power of corruption and poorly regulated competition. While planning strategies and legislation documents were being left on the table, the visible urban projects of the last decade contributed to a physical reinforcement of more problems in everyday urbanism.

1er juillet 2021, 12-14 h : Prof. Tomasz Rakowski & Dr. Oyungerel Tangad (University of Warsaw & Polish Academy of Sciences) : « Generous Thrift. Collective Ambition, Political Desire and Post-pastoral Economy among the Torghuts in Mongolia »

Mongolei- und Tibet-Colloquium: tba Kristina Teleki (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary) : « Mongolian Buddhism: 30 years after the revival».

Conférences précédentes

 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.

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) »


Séminaire de l’Université Humboldt, Berlin



3 mai : appel à communication pour le 21st Central Eurasian Studies Society Annual Conference 2021

The 21st CESS Annual Conference will be held at The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. The conference will run from 1pm on October 14 to 1 pm on October 17, 2021.

For CESS 2021, they invite submissions relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship. The geographic domain of Central Eurasia encompasses Central Asia, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia, Inner Asia, the Black Sea region, the Volga region, and East and Central Europe.
In light of on-going pandemic conditions, papers and panels can be proposed in in-person, online, and hybrid formats. Panels may be proposed in English, Russian, or other languages; individual papers must be in English.
They invite the following types of proposals for the Annual Conference: individual paper, pre-organized panel, author-critic forum for published books, book-in-progress panels for authors who wish to discuss their manuscripts ahead of submission, roundtable, and single-session workshop.


Bourses et contrats

24 mai : date limite de candidature à une bourse à la Fondation Martine Aublet .Plusieurs bourses de recherche pour les doctorants en 1ère ou 2ème année de thèse et les masterants sont destinées à soutenir des travaux sur le patrimoine matériel et immatériel extra-occidental.

16 mai : date limite de candidature une bourse doctorale à la Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies (BerGSAS). Les huit bourses doctorales à la Freie Universität Berlin et à la Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin concernent plusieurs disciplines et thématiques de recherche, dont les études orientales anciennes. Les contrats démarreront en janvier 2022.
Pour en savoir plus: 

17 mai : date limite de candidature à deux appels de la Fondation Flora Blanchon : un appel pour un prix destiné à soutenir la publication d’une thèse portant sur l’Extrême-Orient (notamment la Chine et les pays voisins), un appel pour des aides destinées aux doctorants et post-doctorants afin de soutenir des séjours de recherche

CfA: Fellowships for Post-Doctoral Fellows

The European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant project: The Wall: People and Ecology in Medieval Mongolia and China at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Prof. Gideon Shelach-Lavi is offering fellowships beginning October 2021


La Librairie Le Phenix à Paris fait une sélection de livres – contes, romans, traductions, récits de voyage de Guillaume de Rubrouck à Marc Alaux, livres jeunesse et ouvrages de recherche – et documentaires sur la Mongolie.


Numéro spécial sur le marriage en Asie centrale dans la revue Oriente Moderno, “Marriage Quandaries in Central Asia”, édité par Julie McBrien et Juliette Cleuziou. Il comprend des contributions d’Elena Borisova, Rune Steenberg, Tommaso Trevisani et Anna Cieswleska.