Category Archives: talks / presentations / papers

presentation at SHARE #3 conference in Brussels

On Friday 24 May 2013,  ‘Mongolian script: from metal type to digital font‘ will be presented at the SHARE#3 conference in Brussels.

SHARE (Step-change for Higher Arts Research and Education) is an international networking project, comprising 39 partners working together on enhancing the ‘3rd cycle’ of arts research and education, creating a Europe-wide exchange framework for the widely different experiences, practices and ideas that make up the lively domain of artistic and cultural research.

SHARE brings together arts graduate schools, arts research centres, arts educators, supervisors, researchers and cultural practitioners. It also acts as a network of networks including participation from large networks such as ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) and smaller networks such as EARN (European Art Research Network) and EUFRAD (European Forum for Research Degrees in Art and Design) to name only some of the many networks active in European arts research.

SHARE is co-funded by the EU through the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency through the ERASMUS Lifelong Learning Programme.

After outlining the objectives of the research project the talk will shed a light on how the material of the various international locations was collected, managed and processed during the research period.

SHARE#3 will take place at LUCA School of Arts, Campus Sint-Lukas Brussel. Visit the SHARE website for registration and more information on the SHARE#3 conference.

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TypeCon2012: Milwaukee

This week I am heading off to Milwaukee, WI (USA) to give a progress-update of  the research project at MKE SHIFT TypeCon2012, the annual conference on typography & typeface design organized by SoTa (the Society of Typographic Aficionados).  I will also present new findings and previously unseen material from different printing archives, especially collected for the project’s database.

TypeCon2012 is taking place from July 31th until August 5th at the InterContinental Milwaukee, Winsconsin (USA).

More information can be found at or

published in Khumuun Bichig newspaper

It was a pleasant surprise to see the celebratory greetings I had sent to the Khumuun Bichig newspaper were published in their edition of 18 May 2012.

The text, written by Bayarbat Khandmaa, reads:

Хүмүүн бичиг сонины 20 жилийн ойн баярт талархал дэвшүүлэхдээн би тун их баяртай байна. Танай хамт олны бүтээж буй үйлс үнэ цэнэтэй бөгөөд монголын хэвлэлийн салбарт онцгой байр суурь эзэлдэг хэмээн би үздэг.
Үндэснийхээ бичгээр дагнан 20 жилийн турш сонин гаргаж буй хөдөлмөр нь үнэхээр бахдам бөгөөд цаашид ч мөн олон жилийн сайхан ирээдүй та бүхнийг хүлээж буй гэдэгт би огт эргэлзэхгүй байна.
Хүмүүн бичиг сонин бол монголын өв соёл, өвөрмөц хэв шинжийг ялгаруулан таниулж, түгээн дэлгэрүүлэхэд чухал үүрэг гүйцэтгэж байгаа нь үнэн юм.
Та бүхэнтэй хамтран ажиллахдаа би үргэлж баяртай байдаг.
Хүмүүн бичиг сонины хамт олонд хамгийн сайн сайхан бүхнийг хүсэн ерөөе.
❡ Их британийн Ридинг их сургуулийн судлаач Жо Две Баярдвмаявквр

and translated freely into English, reads as follows:

I’m very pleased to congratulate the Khumuun Bichig newspaper with its twentieth anniversary. Your work is very valuable and unique in Mongolian media en printing.
I am proud of your 20 years in publishing a newspaper entirely in the Mongolian script, and wish you a bright future ahead.
The Khumuun Bichig newspaper plays a main role in introducing and sharing Mongolian culture and its unique tradition.
Best wishes to all colleagues of the Khumuun Bichig newspaper.
❡  Jo De Baerdemaeker, University of Reading

report on research talk at La Semaine de la Mongolie (2)

An English version of Frank Adebiaye’s report on my research talk in Paris is published on Typofonderie’s Gazette, the ‘newspaper’ blog from the French typeface designer Jean-François Porchez.

report on research talk at La Semaine de la Mongolie by Frank Adebiaye

Frank Adebiaye, French typographer and typeface designer, wrote a report on my research talk at La Semaine de la Mongolie in Paris on 8 May 2012.

You can read the report (in French only) on his blog and see his work on the Velvetyne Type Foundry (VTF) website.

‘Tableau des alphabets Mongols et Mandchou’
Guillaume Pauthier. 1858. ‘De l’origine et de la formation des différents systèmes d’écritures orientales et occidentales’. Paris: Imprimerie de Bourgogne et Martinet (extract from Encyclopédie Nouvelle p.588)

la Semaine de la Mongolie à Paris

On Tuesday 8 May, an update on the progress of this research project on Mongolian typefaces and new unreleased material will be presented at la Semaine de la Mongolie in Paris.

From 7 until 13 May, the thirteenth district of Paris is celebrating Mongolian culture in all its aspects. The symposium, which focuses on ‘Mongolian Space and Heritage’ is organized by OTASIE and includes several exhibitions, workshops, colloquiums,  lecture panels, discussion forums, film screenings and concerts. My talk will start on 8 May at 11:00 am in Les Voûtes, 19 rue des Frigos, Paris.

The entire program-brochure can be downloaded or consulted at  More information can be requested at or found at

TEDxUlaanbaatar talk

During my research trip in Mongolia, I was invited as one of the speakers to present my postdoctoral research project on Mongolian typefaces at the TEDxUlaanbaatar event in Blackbox Theater on August 20th.

The theme of the TEDx debut in Mongolia was LEGACY: honoring tradition, designing the future; and this one-day event was divided into four sessions [1]:

1 Exploring the past (an insightful look back into Mongolia’s rich and unique history; in which presenters provided a glimpse of Mongolia’s colorful tapestry of culture, arts and spirituality)

2 Honoring tradition (linking us to the present day; where speakers and artists explore the ways in which Mongolia reveres the past through science, music, photography and lifestyle).

3 Empowering progress (inspirational stories of change and changemakers behind them in present-day Mongolia; from the streets of Ulaanbaatar to the peaks of the Altai mountains, amazing people positively impacting the world around them)

4 Designing the future (visionaries and thought-leaders share their aspiration for realizing Mongolia’s potential and shaping the country’s legacy for generations to come).

TEDxUlaanbaatar was organized by Travis Hellstrom, Nick Saijrakh and Uyanga Vladimir, among others.

More information on this event can be found at the TEDxUlaanbaatar website.

My presentation, part of the ‘Exploring the past’ session, can be viewed on YouTube:

[1] In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
The information about TEDx and the TEDxUlaanbaatar sessions is taken from the TEDxUlaanbaatar website.