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Winged Migration Documentary film screening

Celebrating International Mirgatory Bird Day with presentations by MSUE's Department of Biology, the World Conservation Sociaty and local bird photographer



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.

Job Opening: Cultural Heritage Program Coordinator, ACMS in UB

 Application screening will begin May 25, 2015, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) is seeking a Cultural Heritage Program Coordinator based in its Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia office. The ACMS Cultural Heritage Program (CHP) Coordinator will be responsible for the development and management of the ACMS CHP. The ACMS CHP supports the documentation and preservation of both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Inner Asia, with a focus on the people and geographic area that is now in the nation of Mongolia. The ACMS CHP is supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation ( and funds from other ACMS donors and friends, including the US Department of State Educational and Cultural Affairs bureau, the US Department of Education and ACMS member institutions.

Speaker Series - Chinbat Chuluun

Darkhad Shamanism, Its Rituals and Traditional Culture

May 26th, 2015 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: American Corner, Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: 976 7711-048

In this presentation, Mr. Chinbat Chuluun will discuss two main topics. The first concerns the purity of Darkhad shamanism, the rituals, cosmology and culture of which remained uninfluenced by Manchurian rule and Soviet socialism largely due to geographic isolation. Mr. Chinbat Chuluun will argue that an ancient form of shamanism was preserved by Darkhad shamans and is still practiced today. This can also be seen in the culture of Darkhad people as they respect and connect with nature, conduct fire worship ceremonies, and regularly pray to sun, moon, and blue sky.

Secondly, Mr. Chinbat Chuluun will discuss the re-emergence of shamanism post 1990, including the benefits and challenges this offers to Mongolian people. Although the current democratic society provides Mongolians the opportunity to learn about, practice and preserve shamanism as their own cultural heritage, some practitioners are not only changing the customs and cosmology, but abusing people’s faith and monetarily profiting from their suffering.

This presentation will be held in Mongolian with an English-speaking interpreter
Building Resilience of Mongolia’s Rangelands: A Trans-disciplinary Research Conference

June 9-10th, 2015  Blue Sky Hotel, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


What is the future of Mongolia’s rangelands and pastoral people?  How can these ecosystems and cultures be sustained in the 21st century?

    Mongolian rangelands and the pastoral systems that depend on them are at a potential tipping point. Some research reports widespread grazing- and climate-induced degradation, while other assessments find that Mongolian rangelands are resilient but at risk.  Herders observe changes in both climate and rangeland conditions, and rural poverty remains a persistent challenge.  New institutional innovations in rangeland assessment, monitoring and management offer reason for hope, but scientific evaluations of their process and outcomes are scarce.

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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