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The Department of Ethnic Minority Literature (DEML),
The Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (GSCASS)
  •  Two disciplines: Chinese Ethnic Literature, Folkloristics (Oral Tradition)
  •  Six Ph. D. advisors and 12 M.A. tutors
  •  20 doctors and 26 masters graduated from the DEL of GSCASS, including international students.
  •  Chair: Prof. TANG, Xiaoqing
The Department consists of two disciplines – the Ethnic Minority Literature and Folkloristics – with more than 15 research directions that offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.  The two disciplines operate both independently and cooperatively to offer students a rich environment for the study of ethnic minority literary creativities and expressive forms.
The nexus of Ethnic Minority Literature and Folkloristics, located in in one department, fosters the integration of common interests, while department resources and faculty specializations allow for concentrated exploration of interests particular to each area.
The Department is especially strong in:
  •  Oral traditions studies
  •  Living oral epic and performance studies
  •  Field study and ethnographic writing
  •  Oral heritage, documentation and cultural policy
  •  History of ethnic minority literature
  •  Literary relations in the history of Han Chinese Literature
Concentrations in both Ethnic Minority Literature and Folklore studies both focus on the cultural contexts as well as the experiential and cognitive aspects of:
  •  Living epic traditions and folk narratives
  •  Oral poetics and the verbal arts
  •  Connections between oral and written literary traditions
  •  Traditional expressive forms in contemporary writers’ works
  •  Cultural diversities and multiple identities
  •  History of ICH scholarship and folklore studies

IEL Journal
Journal of Studies of Ethnic Literature (SEL)
The Journal was founded in November 1983. The current Editor-in-chief is Prof. GUAN, Jixin...
Book Review: Oral Poetics: Formulaic Diction of Arimpil
Chao Geji朝戈金. Kochuan shishi xue: Ranpile "Jiangge"er"chengshi jufa yanjiu 口传史诗诗学...
Thangka Paintings: An Illustrated Manual of the Tibetan Epic Gesar
The intention of our compilation of this illustrated album of the epic lies in the follwing considerations...
Chao Gejin
Chao Gejin (Chogjin) is a Mongolian from Hohhot, received his Ph.D. in Folklore from Beijing Normal University. He serves as Senior Researcher as well as Deputy Director of Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS...
Lang Ying is Han. She was educated at Central Institute for Nationalities with distinction of Uygur language and literature from 1960 to 1965.
The 36th session (2012)
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