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dr. mr. T.H.F. (Tjalling) Halbertsma

CEASG Director International
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Tjalling Halbertsma (1969) is Director International of the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen, boardmember of various private foundations and of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) at his alma mater Leiden University. Following his appointment at the University of Groningen in 2013, Halbertsma served two terms as chairholder for the endowed Chair for East Asian Studies with a focus on modern day Mongolia (see: Video Unifocus on Prof. Halbertsma and the new Chair).

Halbertsma spent many years working in China and Mongolia as, among other positions, the first Dutch attaché posted in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by the Netherlands Embassy in Beijing. In 2007, Halbertsma completed a PhD at the Sinological Institute of Leiden University on the Nestorian heritage which he rediscovered and documented in Inner Mongolia between 1999 and 2006. His documentation of the nestorian heritage was exhibited at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden. Much of this heritage has been lost due to looting.

Halbertsma has written extensively about Asia for various international newspapers, including South China Morning Post, Asian Art Newspaper and Dagblad Trouw (100+ contributions), frequently appears as a commentator on radio and television, and is author of a number of books and travellogues on China and Mongolia.

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