Lettre SEMS n°6

Janvier 2021


Décembre 2020 : Conférence en ligne “Trade and trauma along the Silk Road“, de Christine Lee  
26 janvier 2021 : Conférence en ligne “Towards a climate history of the Mongol Empire

Avec Nicola Di Cosmo (MIASU, Cambridge University)

14 janvier 2021 : Conference en linge “Interdisciplinary approach to the 14th century crisis: The view from northeast Asia

Avec Uli Schamiloglu (Nazarbayev University)


Appels à communication
31 janvier 2021 : “Life along the river : interactions between human societies and valley environments in the convergence zone of the Inner Asian highlands, 1600s-1950s”

The convergence zone of the Inner Asian Highlands consists of the present-day parts of Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces in western China. It lies at the intersection of the Himalayan, Mongolian, Loess and Yungui plateaus, where the upper Yellow, Yangtze, Mekong and Salween rivers and their tributaries flow among towering mountains and segment the region into countless long valleys.
The conference will bring together scholars to discuss the interactions between the culturally diverse inhabitants and valley habitats in the meeting place of the Inner Asian Highlands. It aims to explore how different societies in the long “corridors” between Inner Asia and China proper have adapted to, negotiated with, transformed and interpreted their environments. 

We welcome proposals for 20-minute presentations. Please send your working title and abstract of 300 words and a short bio to Marnyi Gyatso : lifealongtheriver2021@gmail.com.

Due to the uncertainties with Covid-19, the conference will be held on-line from New York. There will be no registration fee.


15 janvier  2021 : International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS X) (15-19 juin 2021)

Submit Abstracts  

The International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) announces the 10th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS X) to be held on the campus of Northern (Arctic) Federal University, in Arkhangelsk, Russia, 15-19 June 2021.
 ICASS is held every three years, bringing together people from all over the world to share ideas about social science and humanities research in the Arctic. ICASS IX, held in June 2017 in Umea, Sweden, attracted 800 participants from 25 different countries.
ICASS X’s theme is Arctic Generations: Looking Back and Looking Forward. Research on social sciences and humanities have a great responsibility to address the challenges for sustainable development in the Arctic, with a specific focus on past, present and future generations of Arctic residents. The generational nature of changes and responses have lately become more recognized by many policy makers and researchers. A focus on generations highlights the long-term, fundamental nature and scope of changes, impacts and adaptation strategies. Another focus of ICASS X is Indigenous knowledge and inter- and transdisciplinary research in the Arctic.

All submissions should be in English. All abstracts will be peer reviewed. Notifications of acceptance will be sent in late January. Registration will open at the same time. 

Please see more information and updates in the Road to ICASS X Newsletter. Registration fees will be announced and registration is expected to open in January. ICASS X will mark the 30th anniversary of IASSA.


Limited funds may be available to support travel by early career and Indigenous scholars

If you have any questions please contact Elena Golosova : golosove@uni.edu


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 à 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



2020-2021 : Séminaire de l’Université de Bonn 

Inscription nécessaire : Herrn Carsten Friede: momocf@uni-bonn.de Im

21 janvier 2021, 18-20h : Prof. Christian Sorace (Department of Political Science, Colorado College, USA), “Ideological Conversion: Mongolia’s Transition from Socialism to PostSocialism”


2 février 2021 : Mongolei- und Tibet-Colloquium

Inscription nécessaire : Herrn Carsten Friede: momocf@uni-bonn.de Im

18h-20h : Kristina Teleki (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary Mongolian Buddhism), “30 years after the revival “


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

26 January 2021 : Nicola Di Cosmo (Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey), “Towards a Climate History of the Mongol Empire: Assumptions, Methods and Perspectives”

9 February 2021 : Christopher Atwood (University of Pennsylvania), TBC

23  February 2021 : Kenneth Linden (Indiana University), « Veterinary Science, Zud, and Wolves: Environmental and Animal History of Collectivization in Mongolia”

9 March 2021 : Yana Bezirganova (Birmingham City University & University of Kent), “Writing Buryatia: the Future of Mongolian Script”


17 janvier 2021 : Candidature pour le Contrat doctoral au MIASU

Sigrid Rausing MIASU Doctoral Studentship in the Social Anthropology of Inner Asia

As a result of a generous donation from the Sigrid Rausing Trust, the Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit is delighted to announce that applications are now invited for the first Sigrid Rausing MIASU Doctoral Studentship in the Social Anthropology of Inner Asia.


15 févrirer 2021 : Bourse de l’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. 



Michal BiranJonathan BrackFrancesca Fiaschetti (eds), 2020, Qaidu and the Rise of the Independent Mongol State in Central Asia (University of California Press)

Qaidu (1236-1301), one of the great Mongol Khans, is better known as a rebel than as a state builder. Grandson of Chinggis KHan’s designated heir, Ogodei, Qaidu became an active player in the Mongol arena only after the house of Ogodei lost its supremacy to the Toluids, descendants of Chinggis’s youngers son. The coup of the Toluids and their seizing of the Qa’an’s throne were accompanied by purges og many of the Ogodeids, who had to give up their army and territories. Against this background Qaidu strove to revive the Ogodeid cause. From the 1270s onward Qaidu succeeded not only in constantly challenging Qubilai Qa’an, but also in establishing a kingdom of the Ogodeids in Central Asia. Qaidu’s activities undermined the Qa’an’s authority, shifted the balance of power in the Mongol empire and accelerated its dismemberment. Though the house of Ogodei departed from the stage of history after Qaidu’s death, the Mongol state that he established in Central Asia, a state independent of the Qa’an’s authority, survived him under the rule of the Chaghadaids, his erstwhile rivals, allies, and successors.

In this first comprehensive biography of Qaidu, based on a close reading in Persian, Arabic and Chinese sources, Michal Biran reveals a highly important yet lesser-known chapter of the history of 13th century Central Asia, the Mongol Empire in its stages of disintegration, and the formative stages of the Chaghataid Khanate, that was in fact Qaidu’s legacy.