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The Australian National University

Visiting fellows

Holly Barcus

Visiting Period: August 2013 -

Dr. Holly Barcus is an Associate Professor of Geography at Macalester College (Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA). At ANU, Dr. Barcus will pursue a one-year Master of Asia-Pacific Studies (MAPS) degree in coordination with the Mongolian Studies Centre. Additionally, she will study history and culture at Mongolia National University in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Barcus was awarded a New Directions Fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2013. The focus of the 3-year fellowship is to acquire additional language and cultural training to more fully extend her work on migration in Mongolia.

Barcus began her NSF-funded research project in western Mongolia in 2006 following a 2004 Fulbright-Hays program. This research focused primarily on the Kazakh migration between Mongolia and Kazakhstan during the late transition period. The New Directions Fellowship enables her to extend her research to include the social and cultural implications of resource extraction and climate change-induced environmental migration within Mongolia.

Baiying Borjigin

Visiting Period: August 2013 -

Dr Baiying Borjigin is a historian and received his PhD degree from Inner Mongolia University. His main research interest includes the history of Genghis Khan and his descendants. He is currently working on the Jarud branch of the Khan family tree, and how the eldest son of this princely branch came to be incorporated into the Imperial banners during the Qing Dynasty.

Gao Mingjie (Arouna)

Visiting Period: April 2012 - April 2013

Professor at the Modern China Institute, Aichi University (Japan). Her main research interests include the ecology of nomadic society, globalization, localization and minorities in modern China.

Project: During her stay at the ANU, Prof. Gao Mingjie is working on a project that looks at how Inner Mongolia has been portrayed by outsiders. She takes the case of the so-called "intellectual youth" (zhishi qingnian) who were sent from their urban living environment to rural areas to be re-educated during the cultural revolution (1966-1976) in China. There were over one million such young people who were sent to the countryside of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region from all over China. Their length of stay varied from a few years to over ten years. Shilingol League was the first in Inner Mongolia to receive such young people and the number of people who were sent there was also bigger than other places. Most of these young people lived together with the herders as part of their family and gained detailed knowledge about local society and the Mongolian ways of life. Their way of looking at the Mongol society was different and more objective than their Chinese peers who had never experienced the Mongolian way of life and considered the Mongols simply as 'the other'. Prof. Gao Mingjie's project focuses on these young people (mostly Chinese) who lived on the Shilingol steppe. By examining these people's diaries, memoirs and reports, the project analyses the complex interactions between politics, ethnicity and human relations.

Khohchahar Erdenchulu

Visiting Period: 7 June 2011 to 31 March 2012

A PhD candidate of the Graduate School of Law, Kyoto University, Japan, and research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. His research field is Mongolian legal history and his dissertation focuses on legal structures in the areas of justice, land tenure, and contracts in traditional Mongolian nomadic society. In the past few years, he has examined a large number of Mongolian archival materials, mainly judicial documents which were produced and preserved by the government offices of banners (qosi?u) during the Qing dynasty, and are now kept at archives in Inner Mongolia. Based on these materials, he has shed light on the internal judicial systems of several banners and also analysed the political order of local Mongolian society in the Qing period. His research project at the Australian National University will be a part of his dissertation.

Project: Political structure, regional order, and attitudes towards land ownership: an in-depth study into the legal history of the possession of land in traditional Mongolia

Dr Tsybikdorjiev Dorje

Visiting Period: 21 June to 22 July 2011

A researcher at the Institute of Mongolian and Tibetan Buddhism, the Russian Academy of Social Sciences in Ulan Ude. He is a Buryat historian and his research interests include the history of Buryat people and the identity and indigenous religions of the Mongol peoples.

Project: Starting a book project on Buryat history together with Professor Li Narangoa and Professor Robert Cribb.

Dr Hirokawa Saho

Visiting Period: 5 May - 5 June 2011

An Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities, Niigata University, Japan. Her research focuses on the history of the land system in Inner Mongolia during the twentieth century, and the history of Japanese colonial policies in Asia.

Project: Comparing Japanese land policies in Asia and the process of land exploration in Australia.

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