‘Inner Asia’ call for papers

September 21st, 2018 by anna.c

‘Inner Asia’ call for papers

Inner Asia is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal with emphasis on the social sciences, humanities and cultural studies. Published since 1999, Inner Asia is currently one of the very few research-orientated publications in the world in which scholars can address the contemporary and historical problems of the region.

Of particular interest to the journal are studies in the following areas: the rise of political and economic nationalism, the introduction of markets and changing concepts of property, the re-emergence of religions, the negotiation of ethnicity and identity, urbanisation and demography, concepts of modernity and post-modernity, environmental and conservation issues, and history and historiography in the aftermath of the decades of socialist governance.

Notes for contributors giving details of format, length etc. available at:


Visiting Scholars – Michaelmas Term 2018

September 20th, 2018 by anna.c

Michaelmas Term 2018

We welcome the following visiting scholars this term –

October  2017 – October 2018: Uranchimeg Ujeed
‘Mongolian Spiritual Culture including Buddhism, shamanism, popular beliefs and folklore’ Research project: ‘Becoming shamans to be healed – Self healing practices in Horchin Mongolian shamanism in contemporary China’

January 2018 – December 2019: Valeriya Gazizova, post doctoral research associate working on her project:
‘Clandestine Buddhism’ in Soviet Kalmykia (1958-1988) and its role in the post-Soviet Buddhist revival’. The project is funded by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation in Buddhist Studies

September 2018 – November 2018: Munkh-Uchral Enkhtur, National University of Mongolia
‘Diversity of protest movements in Mongolia under Qing’


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