XVI Annual Mongolian Studies Conference convened

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The Annual Mongolian Studies Conference was organized for the 16th year jointly by the Mongolian Cultural Center, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Embassy of Mongolia to the USA, and with the contributions from the Mongolian State University of Art and Culture, the Mongolian American Cultural Association and the Pyramid Granite LLC on February 2 and 3 in Washington D.C, the USA. 

The speaker and a teacher at the Mongolian National University of Art and Culture, Dr. J.Erdenekhorloo gave a speech about the Mongolian traditional dance named Torguud Biylgee. She then explained that, “We are sharing and introducing not only the dance itself but also the tradition and the culture behind this folk dance which is very crucial.” Also, during the conference, the Mongolian Collection and the library of the Western Washington University were introduced. Most important discovery of the conference was that the master’s degree students from the Johns Hopkins University have reported that they found 6,000 pages of interesting facts and files about Mongolian historical places and people such as Deluu Khutagt, Choibalsan and Onon River from their university library. 

The organizers of the conference highlighted that it is vital to support and bolster people working and researching in the Mongolian studies field. The purpose of this conference, which has been held every year, is to introduce the abundant history and the tradition of Mongolia to the world, to strengthen the communication of the researchers and to share the researching themes about Mongolia. 

Moreover, the First International Congress of Mongolian Linguists was organized in Ulaanbaatar City in 1959. More than 40 scientists from 15 countries, including Canada, China, England, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Soviet Union and the USA participated in the conference and discussed 34 reports on Mongolian language and literature. This meeting is believed to be the beginning of the establishment of the "International Mongolian Studies Association". 

On January 17, 2012, the President of Mongolia issued a decree directing the Government to establish a fund to support Mongolian studies and Mongolists. Subsequently, the "National Program for the Development of Mongolian Studies" was approved by Resolution No. 56 and the activities have been started. In order to implement the decree of the President of Mongolia, an amendment was made to the Law on Special Government Funds. With the approval of this law, cooperation between domestic and foreign researchers specializing in Mongolian studies improved and a legal framework was formed for the expansion of information and promotion of Mongolian studies.

Furthermore, there are a variety of universities around the world studying Mongolia and its culture, history and tradition starting from the Department of Central Eurasian Studies of the Indiana University, Bloomington Mongolia Society, Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit of the Cambridge University and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. In addition, around the world, people can find a number of famous Mongolists such as Shagdar Bira, Chuluun Dalai, Tsend Damdinsuren and Baldandorj Sumiyabaatar from Mongolia, Antoine Mostaert from Belgium and Nicolas N.Poppe from Russia. 

Chantsalmaa Demchigkhorloo