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Mongolian Studies

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Brendan Nieubuurt
The University of Michigan
110-F Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 936-2348

Research Centers & Societies

The Mongolia Society

Founded in 1961, The Mongolia Society is a private, non-profit, non-political organization that promotes the study of Mongolia, its history, language, and culture. Its aims are exclusively scholarly, educational, and charitable.

The American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS)

Centered in Ulaanbaatar and also consisting of a research library, this non-profit educational organization that supports the development of Mongolian Studies and academic exchanges with Inner Asia. The center offers offers a variety of fellowships and programs for emerging scholars including a Field Research Fellowship, a Library Fellowship, and Intensive Summer Mongolian Language Program Fellowship.

Mongolian Initiative, Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies

The Mongolia Initiative at the Institute of East Asian Studies was formally established in 2014 following a generous gift from the government of Mongolia to the university. This gift has supported new programs, including support for language instruction, visiting scholars, library acquisitions, and events and conferences.

The Indo-Mongolian Society of New York

The society produces the website, which features a wealth of information and links to additional resources including the Mongolian History Blog.

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Mongolia in Images

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital.

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This guide aims to connect researchers to key resources, both within the U-M Library and beyond, on all dimensions of Mongolian history, life, and culture. It was drafted and continues to be developed in collaboration with an interdisciplinary group of scholars working on the region, helping to ensure that its contents are highly relevant and up to date. 

Mongolian at U-M

Society for Asian Studies Students (SASS)

SASS is a student organization working to provide a close-knit community, fun events, and access to resources on campus for students interested in pursuing a major/minor in Asian Languages & Cultures or Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. Everyone is welcome! The page above contains links to the group's Maize, Instagram, and Facebook pages too!

Centering the Northern Realms: Integrating Histories and Archaeologies of the Mongol Empire (1200 to 1500 CE)

Supported by a two-year Humanities Collaboratory grant, this research group brings together anthropologists, historians, and linguists. By weaving together the different approaches of each discipline, the diverse body of scholars aims produce a more comprehensive outcome. The project focuses on uncovering the people, practices, and places that existed along the margins of the Northern Realms of the Mongol Empire.


Study Mongolian at the University of Michigan!

Professor Sangseraima Ujeed (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures) began teaching an Intro to Mongolian Culture & Language course (ASIAN 338) in fall 2022. The text-focused course teaches Classical Mongolian (as opposed to Cyrillic Mongolian), and introduces learners to important literary and religious works. 

Featured Multimedia

THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL (2003) In Mongolia's Gobi desert, a camel belonging to a group of nomadic shepherds gives birth to a white calf. It's a rare occurrence, and the shepherds watch as the unusually-colored offspring is rejected by its mother. Without its mother's milk, the calf will die. To save its life, the nomads send two boys (Enkhbulgan Ikhbayar, Uuganbaatar Ikhbayar) on a journey across the desert to find a musician in the village whose song may compel the camel to accept its calf. (RottenTomatoes)
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Featured Websites

Kalmyk Cultural Heritage Documentation

A multimedia database of Kalmyk and Oirat cultural heritage in Russia and China, hosting video, audio, and photographic images that witness to Kalmyk history, religion, medicine, folklore, material culture, and more.

Mongolian History—Online Resources

A nicely categorized list of online content covering many dimensions of Mongolian history and culture.

Recent Acquisitions / Collection Highlights