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Uradyn Bulag, Yuki Konagaya and Christopher Kaplonski

) official stances. Yet we must remember that while we reconstruct the past to fit EDITORIAL INTRODUCTION 3 present needs, we do not and cannot construct it out of whole cloth. The past, whether remembered or narrativised, is a palimpsest, not a blank slate. The contributions also challenge received

Franck Billé

. Instead, the palimpsestic nature of both Cyrillic and Latin indexes the overlap- ping and nesting quality of these scripts, thereby challenging excessively neat compartmentalisations. Similarly, in post- socialist Mongolia, the Cyrillic script is more than an alphabet used to write down Mongolian – it is