2 October 2014 – Learning Pathways through Changing Places: Exploring the Global

September 29th, 2014 by admin

Learning Pathways through Changing Places:
Exploring the Global

Thursday 2nd October, 3pm to 6pm; Nihon Room, Pembroke College:

Faculty of Education and Division of Social Anthropology

Introduction: Dr Richard Irvine discusses cross-cultural element and initial findings of the pilot study

Part 1: UK

Hildegard Diemberger discusses the Skype cross-cultural exchange between primary schools in Nepal, Italy and East Cambridgeshire followed by Q and A.

Chair: Richard Irvine


Zulfikar Sarkit  and Amaraa Dorj discuss Education and Change in Mongolia followed by Q and A.

Chair: David Sneath

Part 3: ALASKA

Jana Harcharek is an Inupiaq woman from Barrow, Alaska with decades of experience thinking about the intersections between Inupiaq and Western ways of knowing as they come together in the classroom and the importance for young people to have Inupiaq forms of learning validated.  She has worked with Inupiaq teachers from the North Slope Borough primary and secondary schools to design curricula which reflect Inupiaq modes of learning and knowing.  She will discuss some of the ways her experiences have helped to open up new pathways for learning and teaching.  The talk will be followed by Q and A.

Chair: Barbara Bodenhorn

Part 4: FILM – ONE HOME: The Alaska-Mexico Interchange

Between 2006 and 2011 young people from indigenous communities on the North Slope of Alaska, the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca (Mexico) and the Purepecha region of Michoacan had the opportunity to live together for a month (alternate years in Alaska and Mexico) learning about their respective environments from elders, scientists, resource managers, host families, and each other. Corey Ahnangnatoguk, a young Inupiaq (Eskimo) man made a film about this experience from his perspective. The words, music, and images are his but he has been mentored of by Dustinn Craig, a Native American film-maker from Arizona. The film is a personal exploration of an intense, alternative educational experience which was transformative for many of the young participants. The showing will be followed by Q and A.

Chair: Barbara Bodenhorn

Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond – EXHIBITION

May 29th, 2014 by anna.c

Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond
28 May 2014 – 17 January 2015

Some of the world’s oldest Sanskrit and Buddhist manuscripts – and a gift from the 13th Dalai Lama – go on display from today at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA).

Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond puts on display for the first time the museum’s astonishing Buddhist artefacts and brings together collections and research from MAA, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, and the Fitzwilliam Museum – as well as the University Library, the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Emmanuel and Pembroke Colleges.

Seminar – 3 June – Agnieszka Helman-Wazny

May 23rd, 2014 by admin


4.30 Tuesday 3 June in the Mond Building Seminar Room

Agnieszka Helman-Wazny

University of Arizona

Text and texture:  Buddhist Scriptures and Tibetan Papermaking Traditions in Light of New Discoveries


Tibetans established their own papermaking tradition and created a unique type of paper by using an individual ‘floating’ mould, which is placed on a water surface such as lake, pond, river, or puddle. The specificity of Tibetan papermaking lies in the properties of native plants, the living conditions of peoples dwelling on the world’s highest plateau, and aspects of Tibetan culture that together create a distinctive craft. The high altitude of the Tibetan Plateau and the extremes of its climate make the vegetation distinctive from all other areas of Asia.

This seminar will discuss the distinctive features of Tibetan papermaking technology and properties of Tibetan paper. The talk will be illustrated with examples from still extant papermaking workshops in Central Tibet and the results of the fibre analyses of recently collected papermaking plants and selected Tibetan books from the region. Among others under discussion will be paper identified in Puri Collection manuscripts (now preserved in Tibet University Library) dated as early as ninth century and paper in the earliest surviving xylograph book from Central Tibet dated to 1407 printed under the auspices of the scholar Bo dong phyogs las rnam rgyal (1376–1451).

Seminar 27th May – Uranchimeg Ujeed

May 15th, 2014 by anna.c

Mond Building Seminar Room


All welcome

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Uranchimeg Ujeed

University of Cambridge

Mix and Match: Integration of Religious Practices Among Inner Mongols in Contemporary China


Religious practices of present day Inner Mongols have a trend of integration of Buddhist, shamanic and popular religious elements as well as Mongolian and Chinese religious elements. Due to the lack of powerful religious institution like Buddhism in the past, people are free to mix and match any religious elements depending on their individual needs. Due to this, some interesting features are forming in each traditional religious form which is supposed to be unacceptable according to traditional norms.

This paper aims to investigate the formation of this phenomenon in its socio-political, economic and cultural context where Inner Mongols situate and the underlying cultural logic of this mix and match.

Lunchtime Seminar 15 May – Jargal Dambadarjaa

May 8th, 2014 by anna.c

A lunchtime seminar will be held in the Mond Building Seminar Room, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RF

Thursday 15 May 2014, 12.00–1.00

All welcome

Jargal Dambadarjaa – Economist and Columnist

Current Political and Economic Challenges in Mongolia