As 2008 comes to a close, we at the ACMS are gearing up for a busy 2009. In the coming year the center will offer three different kinds of fellowships (dissertation research, field research, and language), host 2 study seminar groups, unveil a new online language resource website, conduct a intensive summer language program, and hire a new Resident Director for the office, just to name a few of the bigger items on our work plan.
It is still not clear whether the cost cutting and fiscal measures being taken at universities in the United States as a result of the financial crisis will affect the number of US scholars coming to Mongolia in 2009. Mongolia remains an expensive place to travel to but relatively inexpensive place to conduct research or study, so time will tell whether the lure of this fascinating country will overcome financial obstacles.
The center will close for a brief period from December 31-January 5th, and then everyone will back to work to get started on the list of "to-dos" for 2009.