Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Shoroon Bumbagar: Tombs with Mounds in Central Mongolia

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative | February 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nancy S. Steinhardt 
, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

 Patricia Berger, History of Art, UC Berkeley, Emerita

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

The talk begins with a tomb often known as Shoroon Bumbagar that was excavated in Bayannuur, Bulgan province, Mongolia, in 2011. Covered with murals but without an inscription or other information about its date, the tomb is studied alongside the better known tombs such as Pugu Yitu’s (d. 678), only five kms away, and tombs of Tang China and Sogdiana. Before drawing conclusions, the talk turns...   More >

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mongol ‘Translations’ of a Nepalese Stupa: Architectural Replicas and the Cult of Bodnāthe Stūpa/Jarung khashar in Mongolia

Lecture: Center for Buddhist Studies: Mongolia Initiative: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | February 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Isabelle Charleux, CNRS, Paris

 Tang Center for Silk Road Studies, Mongolia Initiative, Center for Buddhist Studies

The cult of the Nepalese stupa of Bodnath (Tib. and Mo. Jarung Khashor) was very popular in 19th and early 20th century Mongolia and especially in Buryatia, as testifies the translation into Mongolian of a famous guidebook to Bodnath, a corpus of Mongolian oral narratives, the many thang-kas and amulets depicting the Bodnath Stupa along with a Tibetan prayer, and the existence of architectural...   More >

Friday, February 22, 2019

Points of Transition: Ovoo and the Ritual Remaking of Religious, Ecological, and Historical Politics in Inner Asia

Conference/Symposium: Center for Buddhist Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative: Tang Center for Silk Road Studies | February 22 | 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Townsend Center for the Humanities

Ovoo, the structures of stones, trees, scarves, skulls, steering wheel covers, and a staggering array of other objects that are ubiquitous across the landscape of contemporary Mongolia, Buryatia, Inner Mongolia, and Qinghai, have long marked sites where ritual, though often highly spontaneous, practices invoke the presence of immanent relations. Built and maintained by various publics, gatherings...   More >

Monday, April 29, 2019

New Archaeology Discoveries in Asia: Book Launch for "Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology"

Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies: Center for Korean Studies: Center for Japanese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies: Mongolia Initiative: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | April 29 | 3-5 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Peter V. Lape, Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington; John W. Olsen, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Arizona

 Junko Habu, Professor of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

This event celebrates the publication of the "Handbook of East and Southeast Asian Archaeology" with two editors of this volume, both of whom are prominent scholars in the field of Asian archaeology: Prof. John W. Olsen (University of Arizona) and Prof. Peter V. Lape (University of Washington).