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Across the vast steppe and mountain ranges, to fabled Silk Road cities, the Soviet rust belt and the futuristic architecture of Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital, my offbeat memoir takes you to a remote, diverse and strategically vital region--the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.  That jumble of countries whose names end in -stan: Stanland.   

You'll meet teachers, students, politicians, entrepreneurs, journalists, cab-drivers and market sellers to learn about their history, culture and struggle to survive in the post-Soviet era.  You'll enjoy the stories and landscapes, but be happy you skipped the dangerous flights and bad hotels.

Postcards from Stanlandpublished in March 2016 by the Ohio University Press. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, other online retailers or Swallow Press

Reviews

 “The ideal author to demystify the region and its people.”  Library Journal.

 “A genial travel guide … an academic who doesn’t write like an academic." Kirkus Reviews. 

 Meeting a Kazakh  batyr , an 18th century warrior chief, at a resort in the Tien Shan Mountains near Almaty

Meeting a Kazakh batyr, an 18th century warrior chief, at a resort in the Tien Shan Mountains near Almaty

"Postcards from Stanland is strongest when it discusses the subtleties of national and ethnic identity, the lingering and often still strong political, cultural and personal relationship with Russia, and the way the past affects the present." The Asian Review of Books.

"With its rich depiction of life in Central Asia and authoritative yet accessible style, Postcards deserves a wide audience, from high school students to secretaries of state."  Eurasianet.

"Part memoir, part tour guide, part commentary, it is a casual, hybrid book ... Its stylistic flexibility is a strength, allowing Mould to provide snapshots of ordinary life and bite-sized accounts of unusual encounters. His excitement and thrill in discovering a land about which so little is known, where geographical, cultural and even religious worlds collide, is evident." New Eastern Europe.

Read and hear excerpts at Travel Blogs from Asia and Africa and on

Facebook: PostcardsFromStanland

 YouTube: http://bit.ly/davidhmould

What inspired me to write the book? See The Writing of Postcards from Stanland

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Down with Stonewall Jackson! He's just like Lenin

Are there lessons from post-Soviet history for current controversies over Civil War statues and memorials?

History News Network, September 10, 2017.

Monsoon Postcards: INDIAN OCEAN JOURNEYS (2019)

In the sequel to Postcards from Stanland, I traverse the Indian Ocean—from Madagascar through India and Bangladesh to Indonesia.

 Chittagong, Bangladesh, April 2017, photo by  The Daily Star

Chittagong, Bangladesh, April 2017, photo by The Daily Star

It’s an unpredictable journey on battered buses, bush taxis, auto-rickshaws and crowded ferries. From the traffic snarls of Delhi, Dhaka and Jakarta to the rice paddies and ancestral tombs of Madagascar’s Central Highlands. From the ancient kingdom of Hyderabad to India’s so-called chicken neck—the ethnically diverse and under-developed northeast. From the textile factories and rivers of Bangladesh to the beaches of Bali and the province of Aceh—ground zero for the 2004 tsunami.

Along the way, in markets, shops, roadside cafes and classrooms, I meet journalists, professors, students, aid workers, cab drivers, and slum-dwellers to learn how they view their past and future.

Monsoon Postcards offers offbeat, witty and insightful glimpses into four countries linked by history, trade, migration, religion and a colonial legacy. It explores how they confront climate change, urban growth, conflicts over land, water and natural resources, and national and ethnic identity.

From the Ohio University Press (2019). Read about my travels in Madagascar on Travel Blogs from Asia and Africa.

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Times Higher Education:

Social science research in Madagascar--It's a jungle

David Mould had to navigate cartoon lemurs and other barriers in order to help local academics study factors hindering development. Times Higher Education, June 30, 2016.

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Britain's imperial mission, and how I failed it

 

 

My memoir of the nine worst years of my life at a British boarding school, published in the literary journal Broad Street, November 18, 2017.

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Donald Thompson in Russia

In January 1917, American photographer Donald Thompson, who had filmed on every front in Europe during World War I, left for Russia, accompanied by Florence Harper, a staff correspondent of Leslie's Weekly.  Thompson was in Petrograd for six months, covering demonstrations and street-fighting and the struggle for power between the Provisional Government and the Bolsheviks. His letters to his wife Dorothy in Topeka, Kansas, were published in 1918 with the title, Donald Thompson in Russia. I have added an introduction and extensive notes to the republished edition.

Americans in Revolutionary Russia, editors Norman E. Saul and William B. Whisenhunt (Slavica Publishers, Indiana University)

 
      TRAINING/CONSULTING      I regularly conduct workshops for journalists, broadcasters, development professionals, university faculty and students in Asia and Africa.  My specialties are reporting on human development issues, including the environment, education and health, legal issues in media, communication for development, research methods, and training of trainers.         In June 2016, I conducted a two-week course on communication for development for junior faculty and doctoral research scholars from Indian universities at Tezpur University in Assam under a program funded by the government of India. In 2015, I led a two-week training-of-trainers course for broadcast managers, engineers and programmers from ASEAN countries in Kuala Lumpur. 

 

TRAINING/CONSULTING

I regularly conduct workshops for journalists, broadcasters, development professionals, university faculty and students in Asia and Africa.  My specialties are reporting on human development issues, including the environment, education and health, legal issues in media, communication for development, research methods, and training of trainers. 

 In June 2016, I conducted a two-week course on communication for development for junior faculty and doctoral research scholars from Indian universities at Tezpur University in Assam under a program funded by the government of India. In 2015, I led a two-week training-of-trainers course for broadcast managers, engineers and programmers from ASEAN countries in Kuala Lumpur. 

      UNICEF C4D   COURSE      From 2011 to 2016, I headed a multinational team offering a six-month blended learning course for UNICEF staff.  The course focuses on how to use communication in health, education, nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection, and other areas. Almost 400 UNICEF staff members from over 60 countries have completed the course.  From 2013 to 2015, we partnered with the School of Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg to hold the two-week workshop; in 2016, our partner was the Department of Communication at the University of Hyderabad in India.     I'm currently leading a two-year UNICEF project to assess the capacity of universities in Bangladesh to offer courses and conduct research in communication for development.

 

UNICEF C4D COURSE

From 2011 to 2016, I headed a multinational team offering a six-month blended learning course for UNICEF staff.  The course focuses on how to use communication in health, education, nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection, and other areas. Almost 400 UNICEF staff members from over 60 countries have completed the course.  From 2013 to 2015, we partnered with the School of Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg to hold the two-week workshop; in 2016, our partner was the Department of Communication at the University of Hyderabad in India.

I'm currently leading a two-year UNICEF project to assess the capacity of universities in Bangladesh to offer courses and conduct research in communication for development.

      american newsfilm     To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Routledge republished my 1984 book     American Newsfilm 1914 –   1919: The Underexposed War .     It features the story of the self-styled “photographer-adventurer” Donald Thompson, who shot newsreels, feature-length films and stills in France, Belgium, the Balkans and Russia.  I've also contributed research and photos to Helen Rappaport's new book   Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917,  which documents the experiences of expatriates including Thompson.  In March 2017, in a series at the University of Kansas to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I, I gave a public lecture, " Images of World War One: The Films of Pioneer Kansas Photographer Donald Thompson."

 

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Routledge republished my 1984 book American Newsfilm 19141919: The Underexposed War.  It features the story of the self-styled “photographer-adventurer” Donald Thompson, who shot newsreels, feature-length films and stills in France, Belgium, the Balkans and Russia.  I've also contributed research and photos to Helen Rappaport's new book Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917, which documents the experiences of expatriates including Thompson. In March 2017, in a series at the University of Kansas to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I, I gave a public lecture, "Images of World War One: The Films of Pioneer Kansas Photographer Donald Thompson."


RECENT 

GLOBAL JOURNALISM PRACTICE AND NEW MEDIA PERFORMANCE

An academic volume, co-edited with Yusuf Kalyango, Director of Ohio University’s Institute for International Journalism, was published by Palgrave/Macmillan in December 2014. The contributors examine media systems in 16 countries, including China, Russia and the US. 

"[H]ow traditional journalism is practiced in a new media environment where both separately or jointly perform their due function has become an intriguing issue in recent years. This is a vital issue in countries, such as Armenia, El Salvador, Guyana, Kyrgyzstan, Suriname, and Yemen, which are not conventionally or frequently seen in our field's literature." Gang Han, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.

"Global Journalism Practice ... demonstrates that global journalism is more than just a buzzword. Instead it is about ... how journalists and journalism/media educators view journalism practice in their own countries as well as its interaction with new media technologies and socio-political and economic situations." Sara Namusoga, African Journalism Studies.

Read the back story in "Cast Adrift: Adventures in Academic Editing" in Times Higher Education.

 

    WITH THE RUSSIANS AT THE FRONT    To mark the 100th anniversary of a reporting trip to Russia by  Chicago Tribune    editor Robert R. McCormick with photographer Donald Thompson(above right), I gave a public lecture to a large crowd at the McCormick Museum in Wheaton, Illinois, in June.  The museum had obtained a copy of the the Thompson/McCormick film  With the Russians at the Front  (unfortunately, only about half the original firm has survived). During my visit, I had time to go through correspondence and diaries in the McCormick archives, which yielded more information about the 1915 trip and Thompson's later exploits.       

 

WITH THE RUSSIANS AT THE FRONT

To mark the 100th anniversary of a reporting trip to Russia by Chicago Tribune editor Robert R. McCormick with photographer Donald Thompson(above right), I gave a public lecture to a large crowd at the McCormick Museum in Wheaton, Illinois, in June.  The museum had obtained a copy of the the Thompson/McCormick film With the Russians at the Front (unfortunately, only about half the original firm has survived). During my visit, I had time to go through correspondence and diaries in the McCormick archives, which yielded more information about the 1915 trip and Thompson's later exploits.