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Welcome to the Manchu Studies Group  

The Manchu Studies Group was created in late 2012 in response to the rapid growth of interest in the Manchu language and in Manchu studies in recent years, especially among younger scholars in the United States.  An initial meeting was held in San Diego, which coincided with the 2013 meeting of the Association for Asian Studies. You can view election results and minutes on the website here.

The primary purpose of the Manchu Studies Group (MSG) is to advance and promote informed scholarship on all aspects of Manjuristics, including (but not limited to) history, literature, linguistics, philology, anthropology, religious studies, art history, folklore, material culture, and cultural studies. In addition, it is hoped that MSG will provide a greater sense of community for scholars working in these areas, wherever they may be.  Among our goals are the following:

  • to maintain a website and research portal for Manchu studies that will house a variety of digital resources (texts, links, dictionaries, bibliographies, and so forth)
  • to coordinate a permanent online Manchu Text Workshop for reading and translation of Manchu-language materials, open to all MSG members
  • to assume editorial responsibility for Saksaha, a journal of Manchu studies begun in the 1990s and since then held at Portland State University; a digital archive of all past issues will be housed on the MSG website; subscription to future issues (in electronic form only) will come with membership in MSG
  • to promote the development of scholarship in the field by organizing conference panels for the AAS and other scholarly conferences and by applying (or co-sponsoring applications for) funds as appropriate for meetings and workshops
  • to facilitate individual contact and exchange between scholars and students in the field, both in the US and around the world
  • to develop productive relationships with other scholarly groups in North America, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, and Korea, and to work together with such groups in organizing international conferences, workshops, and training programs
  • to hold an annual meeting to conduct business and review the state of the field, share reports on research conditions in libraries and archives, etc.

If you have not already done so, we invite you to join now. Meantime, please feel free to browse the site. Suggestions for improvement and expansion are welcomed!

Signed,

Elif Akçetin, Mark Elliott, Devin Fitzgerald, Benjamin Levey, and Matthew Mosca (executive committee)


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