CONF.- Contemporary Mongolia, Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 14-17
Posted by: Julian Dierkes <email@example.com>
"Contemporary Mongolia - Transitions, Development and Social
University of British Columbia
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations
between Canada and Mongolia, the Program on Inner Asia at the
University of British Columbia is hosting a major conference on
contemporary Mongolia. Social scientists from around the world will be
discussing their research.
Tentative Conference Program
All sessions will be held at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced
Studies (6331 Crescent Road, UBC Campus), unless otherwise noted.
The conference is free and open to the public. To assist us in the
conference planning, please let us know which sessions you are
planning to attend (mongolia.conf (at) ubc.ca)
Friday, November 14
The Revival of Buddhism in Mongolia in the Context of Post-Socialist Society
10-10:30a - Welcome and Introduction
10:30a-12p - Mongolian Buddhism: The Past and the Future
Matthew King, University of Toronto, Canada
"Finding the Buddha Hidden Below the Sand: Dynamics and Complexity in
the Revivalism of Mongolian Buddhism"
Zsuzsa Majer, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
"Present-day Mongolian Buddhist Temples: Continuation or Disjuncture
with the Past and the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition"
12-1:30p - Lunch
1:30-3p - The Context of Contemporary Religiosity in Mongolia
Johan Elverskog, Southern Methodist University, USA
"Theorizing Christianity in Mongolia"
Mátyás Balogh, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
"Ways of Practicing Shamanism in Mongolia"
3-3:30p - Coffee
3:30-5:00p - The Complexity of the Buddhist Revival in Mongolia
Krisztina Teleki, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
"Building on Ruins, Memories and Persistence: Revival and Survival of
Buddhism in the Countryside"
Marie-Dominique Even, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
"Religious Pluralism versus Cultural Identity in Mongolia"
6-7:30p - Keynote Address
Morris Rossabi, Columbia University, USA
"Modern Mongolia: The Contemporary Descendants of the Khans and the
Revival of Buddhism"
Saturday, November 15
10a-12p - Mongolia's Continuing Transitions
Session Chair: Marcia Frost, East Asian Studies & Economics,
Wittenberg University, USA
Christopher Kaplonski, Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit,
University of Cambridge, UK
"Genden and the Lamas: The Politicization of Death in Postsocialist Mongolia"
Sarah Combellick-Bidney, Political Science, University of Indiana, USA
"We Would Not Choose These Terms: Development Discourses in Mongolia"
Mungunsarnai Ganbold, Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency,
Mongolia, and Thomas Spoorenberg, Economic History, University of
"Did the Social and Economic Transition Cause a Health Crisis in
Mongolia? Evidence from Age-, Sex- and Cause-Specific Mortality Trends
12-1:30p - Lunch
1:30-3:30p - Mongolia' s Continuing Transitions (Cont.)
Session Chair: Charles Krusekopf, Environment and Sustainability,
Royal Roads University, Canada
Troy Sternberg, Geography, Oxford University, UK
"Twilight of Mongolian Pastoralism?"
Borchuluun Yadamsuren, Information Science and Learning Technologies,
University of Missouri, USA, and Catherine Johnson, Information and
Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, Canada
"From Socialism to Democracy: Effects of Transition on the Perception
of the Role of Libraries in Mongolia"
Paula Sabloff, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and
"Democracy and Risk"
3:30-4p - Coffee
4-5:30p - Mongolians' Interaction with their Physical Environment
Session Chair: Cliff Montage, Land Resources and Environmental
Sciences, Montana State University, USA
Raffael Himmelsbach, Political Science, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
"Institution-Building for the Mongolian Pastoral Commons"
Temuulen Tsagaan Sankey, Geographic Information Systems, Idaho State
University, USA, Keith Weber, Geographic Information Systems, Idaho
State University, USA, and Joel Sankey, Geosciences, Idaho State
"Changes in Pastoral Use and Their Effects on Rangeland Productivity"
5:45-7p - Film Screening
Gaëlle Lacaze "The Retailer's Ballad"
Sunday, November 16
9-10a Working Breakfast
The Hon. D. Enkhbat
Entrepreneur and Member, Ikh Khural
"Dream It: ICTs and Contemporary Mongolia"
10a-12:30p - Contemporary Mongolian Education and Youth
Session Chair: Phil Bayliss (TBC), Education and Lifelong Learning,
University of Exeter, UK
Ines Stolpe, Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-University, Germany
"Changing Concepts of Mongolian Educational Philosophy"
Altangerel Choijoo, Human Rights Education, Mongolian State University
"Civic Education in Mongolia: Current Situation and Future Challenges"
Anne Riordan, Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
"Education for Students with Disabilities in Mongolia: Teachers' and
Naranchimeg Jamiyanjamts, Public Health Science, University of Alberta, Canada
"Quality of health care services in relation to health service
utilization by adolescents in Mongolia"
12:30-1:30p - Lunch
1:45-3:15p - Migrating Nomads
Session Chair: Chih-yu Shih, Political Science, Taiwan National
Gaëlle Lacaze, Ethnology, University Marc Bloch, France
"Run After Time"
Joakim Enwall, Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden
"Minority Policies and Inter-Ethnic Relations in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia"
3:15-3:345p - Coffee
3:45-5:15p - Migrating Nomads (Cont.)
Session Chair: Brian Sinclair, Environmental Design, University of
Cynthia Werner, Anthropology, Texas A&M University, USA, and Holly
Barcus, Geography, Macalester College, USA
"Networks, Gender, Culture, and the Migration Decision"
Erdenetuya Urdnast, History, Mongolian State University of Education,
"En Masse Migrations Towards the Capital and Ecosystem Degradation"
Evening - Cultural Programming
Northern Lights Quartet (TBC)
Monday, November 17
10a-12p - Social Relations in Contemporary Mongolia
Session Chair: Lisa Sundstrom, Political Science, University of
British Columbia, Canada
Manduhai Buyandelgeryin, Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of
"Technologies of Election: Women's Participation in the Parliamentary
Election of 2008"
Byambayav Dalaibuyan, Sociology, University of Hokkaido, Japan
"Social Networks in Post-socialist Mongolia: Problem Solving Strategy
and the Norm of Reciprocity"
Astrid Zimmerman, Social Anthropology and Mongolia and Inner Asia
Studies Unit, University of Cambridge, UK
"Between Obligation and Corruption: the Dilemma of Local Dargas in
12-1p - Lunch
1-3:15p - The Impact of Mining on Social Relations and Public Health
Session Chair: Bern Klein/Marcello Veiga (TBC), Mining Engineering,
University of British Columbia, Canada
Caroline Upton, Geography, University of Leicester, UK
"Mining, Resistance and Pastoral Livelihoods in Contemporary Mongolia"
Mette High, Social Anthropology and Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies
Unit, University of Cambridge, UK
"Living Outside the Law in the Mongolian Gold Mines"
Lkhasuren Oyuntogos, Preventative Medicine, Health Sciences University
"Mining Health in Mongolia"
Rebecca Darling, Asia Foundation, Mongolia
"Developing a Responsible Minerals Sector that Benefits All
Mongolians: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach"
3:15-3:30p - Coffee
3:30-5:30p - Roundtable on North American-Mongolian Relations
For more details see:
Julian DIERKES, PhD
Co-ordinator, Program on Inner Asia
Institute of Asian Research
University of British Columbia
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