Seminar – 12 June – Kristin Surak

June 4th, 2018 by anna.c


Tuesday 12 June 2018

4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Kristin Surak


The Rhythm of Hospitality: Organizing Interaction in the Tea Room

In the Japanese tea ceremony, it is often said that host thinks
like the guest and the guest thinks like the host, such that there is no
host or guest. The phrase captures a subtle switching of roles
and, crucially, anticipations that structures the practice and smoothes
the flow of what may otherwise seem a very stilted ritual. This
presentation focuses on how rhythm – as both cadence and overall
flow – facilitates the alignment of action in the tea room, while
ruptures in the pulse of movement demand accounts and new forms of
meaning-making. The result is a form of collective connoisseurship,
enacted by the host and guest, and organized through rhythm.

Seminar – 29 May – Baasanjav Terbish

May 18th, 2018 by anna.c

Please note that there has been a change to the talk that was originally advertised.


Tuesday 29 May 2018

4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Baasanjav Terbish

University of Cambridge

Eurasianism and Cosmism in Russia

The talk is about two movements in Russia, namely Eurasianism and Cosmism. Whilst differing in terms of agenda and ideas, they have similarities in that both emerged in the early twentieth century, were suppressed in the Soviet period, and are becoming popular in today’s Russia.

Easter Term – Seminar Programme amendment

May 18th, 2018 by anna.c

Please see below for this term’s revised programme – please note there has been a change to the upcoming third seminar on 29 May.

Research Seminars are held in the Mond Building Seminar Room, Free School Lane, Cambridge, CB2 3RF from 4.30–6.00


Onon Prize 2018

May 15th, 2018 by anna.c

The Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit will be awarding the second Onon Prize in late 2018. The prize, in memory of Professor Urgunge Onon, is awarded for contributions to Mongolian & Inner Asian Studies.

Please send any nominations, with a short supporting paragraph  by 1 July to:

Urgunge Onon, pictured in 2006

Seminar – 15 May – Caroline Humphrey & David Sneath

May 8th, 2018 by anna.c


Tuesday 15 May 2018

4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Caroline Humphrey & David Sneath

University of Cambridge

The Mobile Master: Modes of hospitality in Mongol Lands

Historically there have been a number of Mongolian practices and associated concepts that could be described as forms of hospitality. We examine a range of forms, from the everyday hospitality of the domestic unit to the grand hosting practices of rulers and monasteries in pre-revolutionary times. The central duality often ascribed to the idea of hospitality – the host and the guest – is complicated by the interaction of multiple and variously enabled persons and the agents. Here we find masters that may be mobile and guests that may invite their presence. These hospitality forms are intertwined with past and present projects of governance, and reflect complex histories in which the obligation to host others was a product of the wider socio-political order.