Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Buddhist Revelations in Mongolian Contemporary Art: Artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu in Conversation with Uranchimeg Tsultem

Colloquium: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | September 28 | 2-3 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Soyolmaa Davaakhuu, Mongolian artist

 Uranchimeg Tsultem, UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative Steering Committee

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

Mongolian artist Soyolmaa Davaakhuu will discuss her work with art historian Uranchimeg Tsultem. Soyolmaa Davaakhuu's art is based on her profound interest and practice of Buddhism. She is one of very few artists in Mongolia who aim to find new modernist style of expression of Buddhist images, motifs and symbols. She studied Buddhism and with the approval of her guru, she is able to create new...   More >

Soyolmaa Davaakhuu

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Question of Tartar Textiles: Dante, Cangrande I della Scala, and the Vatican Archive

Lecture: Mongolia Initiative | October 2 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Mariachiara Gasparini, Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Santa Clara University

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Tang Center for Silk Road Studies

The Chinese-Islamic cultural encounter in Central Asia found its maximum expression with the Pax Mongolica in territories that, although vast in area, became similar in aesthetic culture, and brought into existence a unique “dress code” among various social classes from China to Italy. Similarly to the Tang, in the thirteenth century, the Mongols established their domain with a multicultural...   More >

St. Nikolai textile

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Slow Accretion: Producing Harm in Ulaanbaatar’s Air Pollution Crisis

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | November 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Chisato Fukuda, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Franck Billé, Program Director, Silk Road Center, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

What counts as evidence of harm for those living in the midst of air pollution? Over the past two decades, air pollution has become a seasonal disaster in Ulaanbaatar, prompting widespread concerns about its harms to human bodies and the environment. These concerns have promoted various investments to document air pollution’s effects, from monitoring technologies, to interactive pollution maps,...   More >


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Golden Mountain, Iron Heap: A Poetic Ethnography of Extraction in Eastern Mongolia

Lecture: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | December 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Jessica Madison, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz; Jessica Madison, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

 UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

This paper explores Mongolia’s mineral extraction boom through an examination of local concepts of landscape. In order to engage seriously with local place-making practices, it analyzes the steppe topologically, looking at attributes of landscape that transcend material upheaval. In eastern Mongolia, poetry is a primary means of mediating human interaction with space, and thus poetic literacy is...   More >

Altan Ovoo in winter, Dariganga Soum, Sukhbaatar Province