About

Catherine PleteshnerCPinMongolia.com is an open access online repository for my study of contemporary post-soviet socialist Mongol culture and society. Postings are grounded in 15 years longitudinal community-specific anthropological fieldwork in Mongolia, from 2004 until now.

Autobiographical elements and critical reflection are woven into the narratives. In working with Mongolian and other cultural resources, I seek to reflect the creative practices of the people around the world with whom I have the good fortune to associate.

In October 2014 I was honoured with the position of inaugural Research Fellow (Nomadic and Buddhist Philosophies) at the Zava Damdin Institute of Mongolia. Given that I am not an ethnic Mongol, this unexpected appointment was a great honour indeed. Since 2010 I have also been studying philosophical logic with tutors and Kalyāṇamitrā (Skt. for ‘wholesome friends’) in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy. Some articles on my blog reflect aspects of educational and artistic collaborations in this context. Whilst these may echo an intra-cultural location, most narratives reflect the wider inter-cultural influences with whom I have been working for quite some time.

In curating a blog, one has the opportunity to exercise a particularly spacious and judicious freedom: to discern and (re)configure artistically what one considers to be more important in relation to what may be deemed less so. The curatorial aspect of blogging itself is a reflection of a contemporary modernity and its vast array of online discourses that inform, shape and engage trans-cultural diversities in a globalising world.

E-site branching categories are listed below in alphabetical order:

Artefacts

The Artefacts page on CPinMongolia.com lists key works associated with my study of contemporary Mongol culture and society in Mongolia since 2004. The completion of each project mentioned has laid foundations for the next. All have required negotiating a labyrinth of intra-cultural and socio-political involvements.

Artscapes

Posts to the Artscapes category of CPinMongolia.com showcase original works by Khalkha Mongol artists in Mongolia as well as other talented and creative people around the world with whom I have the good fortune to associate or collaborate artistically.

For my own works, a post to Artscapes is usually in the form of a short curatorial essay, the purpose of which is to support a cross-cultural interpretation of such image/s as presented. Background stories are at times linked to a composition or performance on CP in Mongolia on YOU TUBE

The You Tube channel hosts exploratory multimedia works at the boundary of scholarly text-based proscriptions. Whilst the background stories reside on this website as posts to Artscapes, Motifs or Soundscapes, the creative works with which they are associated can be found on CP in Mongolia on YOU TUBE. Working with this modality of analysis and expression is an ongoing  important area of interest and research for me.

Index

Resources on this educational blog tend to be long and detailed with citations to scholarly literature and footnotes. The Index lists them in chronological order (of development and posting) according to their categorial affiliation.

Landscapes

Posts to the Landscapes category of CPinMongolia.com offer authentic resources that can be cited by observers, students and others interested in studying contemporary culture and society with Mongol and other valencies.

Other Studies

The Other Studies page on CPinMongolia.com offers readers an overview of a selection of peer-reviewed and other highlights on previous project-specific journeys. These are not about Mongolia. However they do inform how and what I do now. In considering the arc of my own small life, these artefacts of scholarly production and other formative contributions to research in Australia’s higher education and public sector have been important keystones.

Out and About

Posts to the Out and About category of CPinMongolia.com share information about important gatherings, educational activities, performances and other cultural events in Mongolia and other locations around the world.

Vignettes

Posts to the Vignettes branch of CPinMongolia.com belong to a larger collection of short stories. These introduce contemporary Mongol women and aspects of the cultural and social worlds within which they were situated. Each of the thirty-four essays is grounded in  participant-observation fieldwork as well as key informant interviews (2008) with the person upon whom the vignette is based. (Pleteshner, C. 2011. Nomadic Temple: Daughters of Tsongkhapa in Mongolia. Unpublished manuscript, 365pp). The contributions of other scholars who have made important contributions to Mongolian Studies research and other people I admire are noted here too.

© 2013-2019 CP in Mongolia. This post is licensed under the  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Documents linked from this page may be subject to other restrictions.   Posted: 6 January 2014. Last updated: 26 January 2019.