ACMS Mongolia field school to be held in summer 2020

2020-02-13 12:32 GMT+8

The second annual interdisciplinary Mongolia Field School will be hosted by the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) in summer 2020. The Field School will offer a choice of 7 courses on topics such as, mining, climate change, public health, Buddhism, environment, music, literature, and more. All participants will get an introduction to Mongolian culture and history and have the chance to travel to various locations throughout Mongolia.The program is open to all applicants, including undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and life-long learners.

(Past participants ranged in age from 18-80.) A significant number of scholarships are available for participants of all nationalities through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and other donors. Previous experience with field studies or in Mongolia is not required for participation.

A full description of course topics and course leaders is available at:

Dr. Charles Krusekopf, the founder of the ACMS said, “We are very excited to offer these unique study and travel opportunities led by experienced Mongolian and international faculty. The 2019 Field School attracted over 60 participants from around the world, and the 2020 program includes courses that will highlight Mongolia’s culture, history and critical issues such as climate change. The courses allow participants to gain a better understanding of Mongolia and travel to site locations across the country.”

Between June 8-12, 2020 students can take a 5-day course on Visual Storytelling led by experienced journalist Peter Bittner. It will teach participants how to incorporate video, photography, and new techniques such as drone footage to build visual stories.

Two Field School courses will be offered during  Session 1 from June 15-July 3, 2020. One course will focus on Mongolian music and literature, and the other on the impact of climate change and traditional herding families.

Four Field School courses will be offered during Session 2, which runs July 27 - August 14, 2020. These course offerings cover the following: the impact of climate change on public health in urban and rural areas;  exploring how rapid economic, environmental and social change brought on by mining and trade in the border areas near China have impacted the Gobi region; the intersect between Buddhism, Shamanism, nature ethics and environmental conservation; and human-environment relations through the context of mining activities in the Northern regions of Mongolia.

Each session of the Mongolia Field School will begin and end in Ulaanbaatar with an orientation course that will include lectures by Mongolian and international experts and visits to local sites of interest. All Field School participants will then travel outside Ulaanbaatar to the field locations related to their particular course.

The program is designed to give participants field research experience highlighting Mongolia’s unique culture, history, geography and changing environmental conditions.

The priority deadline for applications is March 1, 2020, and the final program application deadline is April 30, 2020. Applications received by March 1 will have priority consideration for fellowship awards and placement in the field school concentration area of their choice.

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