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Dr Uradyn E Bulag

Dr Uradyn E Bulag


Chair of the MPhil Education Committee and MPhil Tutor for the Division of Social Anthropology

Fellow, Selwyn College

Research Interests

East Asia (China, Japan, Taiwan) and Inner Asia (Mongolia, Tibet); comparative colonialism and imperialism (pan-Asianism; diplomacy; alter/native urbanisation); ethnicity and nationalism (hybridity; national unity; collaborative nationalism); (un)sharing cultures and histories (Mongolia-Tibet interface; politics of friendship; national heritage regimes; translingual practices); socialist/post-socialist political forms and imagination (minority revolution; autonomous institutions and laws; frontier films).

Research Supervision

Yu Qiu

Hui-Ju Tsai

Shuai Li


SAN2: Comparative Social Analysis: Anthropology and Politics

SAN6: Political Economy and Social Transformations: Political Economy of Nationalism

SAN4/7: Ethnographic Areas: Inner Asia

SAN10: The Anthropology of Post-Socialist Societies: Anthropology of Socialism in China

MPhil Seminars: Production and Reproduction: Anthropology and the Study of Economics

MPhil Seminars: Systems of Power and Knowledge: Anthropology and the Study of Politics


Key Publications


2013 Co-editor. Trans-Continental Neighbours: A Documentary History of Mongolia-UK Relations. Cambridge: Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit & Ulaanbaatar: Institute of International Studies and Institute of History, Mongolian Academy of Sciences.

2010 Collaborative Nationalism: The Politics of Friendship on China’s Mongolian Frontier. Rowman and Littlefield.

2006 The Mongolia-Tibet Interface: Opening New Research Terrains in Inner Asia (edited with Hildegard Diemberger). Leiden: Brill.

2003 Janggiya-a Qutughtu: A Mongolian Missionary for Chinese National Identification. (with Yang Haiying). Cologne: International Society for the Study of the Culture and Economy of the Ordos Mongols. (in Japanese)

2002 The Mongols at China’s Edge: History and the Politics of National Unity. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

1998 Nationalism and Hybridity in Mongolia. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

1995 Haudenosaunee Environmental Restoration: An Indigenous Strategy for Human Sustainability (co-authored on behalf of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations), published in partnership by Indigenous Development International, the United Nations & the University of Cambridge.


Select recent articles and book chapters

2012. “Independence as Restoration: Chinese and Mongolian Declarations of Independence and the 1911 Revolutions,” The Asia-Pacific Journal,Vol. 10, Issue 52, No. 3, December 31, 2012.

2012. ‘Rethinking Borders in Empire and Nation at the Foot of the Willow Palisade’ in Franck Billé, Caroline Humphrey & Grégory Delaplace (eds.) Frontier Encounters: Knowledge and Practice at the Russian, Chinese and Mongolian Border. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, pp. 33-53.

2012 ‘Good Han, Bad Han: The Moral Parameters of Ethnopolitics in China‘. In Thomas S. Mullaney, James Leibold, Stéphane Gros, and Eric Vanden Bussche (eds.) Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation,and Identity of China’s Majority. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 92-109; 282-285.

2006 “Going Imperial: Tibeto-Mongolian Buddhism and Nationalisms in China and Inner Asia,” in Joseph W. Esherick, Hasan Kayali, and Eric Young (eds.) Empire to Nation: Historical Perspectives on the Making of the Modern World, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.

2006 “The Yearning for ‘Friendship’: Revisiting “the Political” in Minority Revolutionary History in China”. The Journal of Asian Studies. Vol. 64, No. 1. February.

2006 “The Regime of Affection: Inter-Ethnic Adoption and the Emotional Economy of National Unity in Contemporary China”, in David Sneath (ed.) Inner Asian Statecraft & Technologies of Governance. Bellingham: Western Washington Press.

2006 “Municipalization and Ethnopolitics in Inner Mongolia,” in Ole Bruun and Li Narangoa (eds.) Mongolians from Country to City, NIAS & Curzon Press.

2005 “Where is East Asia? Central Asian and Inner Asian Perspectives on Regionalism.” Japan Focus Newsletter (October 17 issue)

2004 “Inner Mongolia: Dialectics of Colonization and Ethnicity-Building”, in Morris Rossabi (ed.), China’s Minority Problems, Seattle: University of Washington Press.

2004 “Mongolian Modernity and Hybridity,” Minpaku Anthropology Newsletter. No. 19, December

2003 “Alter/Native Mongolian Identity: From Nationality to Ethnic Group”, in Elizabeth J. Perry and Mark Selden (eds.) Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance (2nd edition). London and New York: Routledge.

2003 “Mongolian Ethnicity and Linguistic Anxiety in China”, American Anthropologist, Vol. 105 (4).

2002 “From Yeke-juu league to Ordos municipality: settler colonialism and alter/native urbanization in Inner Mongolia”, Provincial China, Vol.7. No. 2.

2000 “Ethnic Resistance with Socialist Characteristics”, in Elizabeth J. Perry and Mark Selden (eds.) Chinese Society: Change, Conflict and Resistance. London and New York: Routledge.

2000 “Colonial Contradictions of Class and Ethnicity in ‘Socialist’ China”, Cultural Studies, 14 (3/4)