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Speaker Series - Joar Nango

Perspectives on indigenous architecture

Speaker: Joar Nango, Sami-Norwegian architect and artist

October 21st, 2014 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: Natsagdorj library

Tel: 976 7711-0486

Sápmi stretches throughout a landscape of diverse topography and climate. The differences in the Saami building traditions follow these variations, being formed by both the landscape and the local resources. This fact makes it difficult to speak about a unified Saami building tradition as a whole. In a Saami-Norwegian context, there is an over-emphasis placed on the reindeer herders from “indre Finnmark” and their building methods.  This building tradition has, along with the other regional building traditions of northern Europe, been changed and influenced from the outside throughout the ages.  There appears to be some parallels with Mongolian Reindeer herding traditions, particularly in construction and design styles.  This presentation will discuss these potential parallels and the role of indigenous culture in architecture and design.


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Speaker Series - Amalia Rubin

Returning Spirits and the Revival of Shamanism in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Speaker: Amalia Rubin, Master's degree candidate at the university of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies.

September 9th, 2014 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: American corner, Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: 976 7711-0486

 Since the end of the socialist period, both Buddhism and Shamanism, the two traditional faiths of Mongolia, have undergone a great revival in the now-democratic Republic of Mongolia.  With newly open borders and friendly visa policies, the country has also been flooded with Christian missionaries, eager to convert the post-soviet nations.  As the three faiths have struggled to claim the souls of the first generation with religious freedom, Shamanism, despite its often-dubious standing and lack of historical official support, is reviving at an unprecedented speed. Furthermore, with nearly half of the Mongolian population residing in Ulaanbaatar, the traditionally countryside practice of Shamanism is now taking roots in a capital city.  Drawing on fieldwork and literature, we will discuss 21st century shamanism in Ulaanbaatar and what it means to be a shaman in a city of nearly one and a half million people. 

This research is funded by the American Center for Mongolian Studies Field Fellowship and Ilse D. Cirtautas Fellowship for International Studies.

Speaker Series

Rare Ice: Mongolia's Glaciers


Caleb G. Pan

Michael Walther

Ulrich Kamp

Kevin McManigal

Tamir Enkh-Amgalan

Boloroo Batbold

August 27th, 2014 - Starting 4:30 PM

Location: American Corner, Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: 976 7711-0486


Speaker Series - Isabel Cane

Managing the impacts of minerals development on women and men and their traditional livelihoods in Mongolia

Speaker: Isabel Cane

Research Manager

Centre for Social

Responsibility in Mining

August 26th, 2014 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: American Corner

Tel: 976 7711-0486

Mongolia is on the verge of a significant expansion in mining in response to increasing worldwide demands for energy and minerals. An important challenge for Mongolia is to manage threats to the sustainability of herder livelihoods that result from environmental impacts of mining. Isabel explores the potential of GIS and ethnographic techniques to assess the impacts of mining on herders in Mongolia. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in two distinct mining towns and ecologies (Sharyn Gol and Tsogttsetsii) Isabel examines the pressing social and environmental issues that threaten herder livelihoods in Mongolia today.

Speaker Series - Tal Liron

Telescopic Nationalism: Visions of Mongolia in Time and Space

Speaker: Tal Liron PhD candidate at the University of Chicago's department of anthropology.

August 12th, 2014 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: ACMS center Natsagdorj Library east entrance, by two Gers on Seoul St

Tel: 976 7711-0486

 In this presentation, Tal Liron will articulate a model for analyzing a "deep grammar" of Mongolian national narratives. Starting with Naadam and Sukhbaatar/Chinggis Square, the discussion will move through many places, events, projects, personas and symbols that are employed and deployed in the ongoing effort to define and situate the "Mongolian nation" within shifting geopolitical and cultural constraints. We'll meet Buddhas and dinosaurs, archers and presidents, calligraphers and murderers. The analysis is based on data collected through a year-long, ongoing ethnographic research project based in Ulaanbaatar.

Speaker and Documentary Presentation: Evolving Relationships and Nine-Story Mountain

Saturday August 2nd starting at 2pm

Mongolia-India Joint School - 3rd Floor Auditorium

Next to Mandal Building / Rosewood 2 restaurant

Seoul Street across from ACMS office.

click link for map  - Mongolia-India Joint School map



Evolving Relationships: Mongolian Women Across the Gobi

  The Gobi Expedition is comprised of a three-person female research team that will be traveling across a portion of the Gobi in July 2014, from Sainshand (Dornogovi) in the east via Dalanzadgad to Bayan Ovoo (Govi Altai) in the west, meeting and speaking with herder women and girls about their access to and use of mobile communications technologies. The team will investigate how access to and use of new media platforms in the Gobi may be informing new understandings of individual and collective female identities and ways of interacting with different communities, particularly in response to urbanization, Buddhist revivalism, and the growing extractive industry in the Gobi.


 Documentary:Nine-Story Mountain

 Nine-Story Mountain charts the path of three western researchers, from Lhasa to Mount Kailash, Tibet, in summer 2012, on a journey to explore pilgrimage practices across the Tibetan plateau. Together, they set out to unearth the secrets of a mountain and landscape that have magnetized millions of people for centuries. 

As some of the few westerners to enter Tibet in July 2012, following a partial ban on foreign entry, Augusta, Don, and Lara travel across the Tibetan plateau to reach Mount Kailash --encountering a vast landscape subject to the encroachment of commercial and industrial development. Equipped with a Canon d500 rebel, an H2ZOOM, and a dedicated Tibetan guide and translator, they capture the stories of Tibetan nomads and teahouse owners, of Tibetan, Hindu, and Chinese pilgrims, and a scattering of Western pilgrims. As they join pilgrims on the pilgrimage route, or Kora, around Mount Kailash, they seek to understand the nature of pilgrimage by observing the landscape and collecting stories from pilgrims along the way. They begin to realize that these stories are powerful teaching tools - stories that can teach the world about the nature of coexistence and the importance of environmental preservation.

ACMS celebrates it's 10th anniversary

On May 21, 2014 the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of its Ulaanbaatar representative office with a reception and office grand opening event. The Mongolian Minister of Culture. Tourism and Sport, Oyungerel, offered congratulations to the ACMS for its many years of support for academic research in Mongolia, and its efforts to promote academic exchanges between Mongolia and international countries. US Ambassador to Mongolia Piper Wind Campbell offered her support for the ACMS, and noted that the US Government and US Embassy work closely with the ACMS to support academic research and exchanges between the United States and Mongolia. Representatives of several other countries, including Canada and Australia were also present to offer their congratulations.  ACMS Executive Director Dr. Charles Krusekopf noted, “The ACMS plays a key role in building knowledge about Mongolia in the world, and in bringing the world of knowledge to Mongolia.”  Dr. Krusekopf highlighted that the future of Mongolian Studies is bright, and interest in academic research in Mongolia has been growing in recent years.


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Speaker Series - Sas Carey from Nomadicare

Reindeer Herders in My Heart: Stories of Healing Journeys in Mongolia

Join Sas Carey as she discusses her calling to a remote community of nomadic reindeer herders in the northernmost reaches of Mongolia. Live her experiences and encounter the spirit world, truth, ancient ways of healing… and a strong hearth connection.


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Speakers - Kent Calder and Dr. Alicia Campi

Eurasia's Place in the World Today and Why It Matters to Mongolia

Speakers :

Kent Calder Director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University in Washington.

Dr. Alicia Campi, President of The Mongolia Society since 2007

June 19th, 2014 - Starting 5:30 PM

Natsagdorj Libary - ACMS 2nd Floor presentation Room.

Tel: 976 7711-0486

ACMS Members and Fellows Profiles

The ACMS has a wide diversity of members and fellows who are conducting work on a variety of projects in many different fields of study. These profiles will give everyone a chance to see what their colleagues and fellow members are accomplishing.

Speaker Series - Dr. Bradley Rappa

Use of Documentary Film on Assessing Impacts to Mongolian Pastoralism

Speaker: Dr. Brad Rappa, Assistant Professor,
Roy H Park School of Communications, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies Department, Ithaca College

June 10th, 2014 - Starting 5:30 PM

Natsagdorj Libary - American Corner Presentation Room.

Tel: 976 7711-0486


Living sustainably is nearly impossible for most people living in industrialized market economies. In fact, the more people rely on the so-called conveniences of consumer culture, the more they lose their connection to the natural environment and the imperatives of maintaining ecological biodiversity


ACMS Celebrating its 10th Anniversary


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ACMS Education Survey / АМСТ Боловсролын судалгаа

The American Center for Mongolian Studies is preparing a report on the Mongolian education system.  Part of the report relates to Mongolians who have or are interested in studying outside of the country.  Please Fill out the appropriate survey based on your current condition.


Parent Survey       Student Survey       


Alumni Survey



  This Survey is open only to all Mongolians, both domestic and expatriate.  Please feel free to share this survey.






ACMS Annual Meeting March 28th, 2014 in Philadelphia


Reception, Cultural Program and Poster Session

Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, Grand Salon L

Friday March 28, 7:30-9:30pm


The ACMS will celebrate its 12th annual meeting and the 10th anniversary of its Ulaanbaatar office with a reception, cultural program, poster presentation and annual business meeting held in Grand Salon L of the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia from 7:30-9:30pm on Friday March 28, 2014. The meeting is held in conjunction with the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) annual conference. The ACMS reception and cultural program are free and open to all interested parties.

The cultural program will include Mongolian music and food, and is being organized in conjunction with the Mongolia Cultural Center (MCC) in Washington, DC. A poster display highlighting academic research and cultural topics related to Mongolia will be held during the reception. To propose a poster or display for the session, please send a brief abstract or description (no more than 250 words) to David Dettmann at before March 14th, 2014. Posters and displays will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Reception, Cultural Program and Mongolia Poster Session


Downtown Marriott Grand Salon L

The reception and poster session are free and open to the public. Mongolian food and drink will be available, along with Mongolian cultural performances. Posters and information tables will be displayed around the ballroom, and poster presenters will be available to discuss their research and cultural work.

ACMS Annual Membership Meeting – 8:00-8:30pm

Downtown Marriott Grand Salon L

The ACMS annual membership meeting will include an update on ACMS operations and programs with reports by ACMS President Bill Fitzhugh of the Smithsonian, ACMS US Director, David Dettmann, and Ulaanbaatar Office Manager Baigalmaa Begzsuren. 

For more information or directions, please contact the ACMS at

On the Move One Last Time

In true nomadic tradition, the ACMS has relocated several times during the last 10 years.  Through our partnership with local Universities, the ACMS has been located in  the National University Mongolia and the Mongolian University of Science and Technology.  Recently we have been in our temporary location at the Center 34 building. Just as Mongolia is becoming more urban and settled, the ACMS is now moving one more time to what will be our long term home. 

 Through the generous support of the Natsagdorj Ulaanbaatar Public Library, we will be located on the main floor, northeast corner of the Library, accessible by the East Entrance.  This new, larger space will house the ACMS admin office, library and resource center and GIS lab.  It will also be the home for the Books for Asia Program delivered in partnership with the Asia Foundation.

Starting on November 19th, the ACMS will be operating exclusively from the new location.  Come by and visit by following the link to the  new ACMS.

New ACMS Link

ACMS Office - Natsagdorj Library East Entrance

New Telephone Numbers:

ACMS:     976 7711 0486

Books for Asia:   976 7710 0486


ACMS Closed July 11 to July 20 for Naadam Holiday

The ACMS Ulaanbaatar office will be closed from July 11th to July 20th for the Naadam holiday.  Researchers requiring assistance during this period are asked to contact the Resident Director at or 9973 9869

Thanks for your cooperation and Saixan Naadaarai !!