13th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MONGOLIAN STUDIES CONFERENCE HELD IN WASHINGTON, DC

“The 13th annual International Mongolian Studies Conference” was successfully held on 15-16 February 2019 at Clarewood University Washington, D.C and the Library of Congress.

Approximately 150 Mongolists, scholars, researchers, former U.S Ambassadors to Mongolia, and Mongolian citizens, resided in the U.S participated in this conference, while total of 34 panelists from Mongolia, China, Russia, Canada and the United States presented their papers. Also, broadcasting live stream on Internet gave worldwide viewers opportunity to watch conference’s panels online.

Ambassador Otgonbayar Yondon during his opening remarks stated that “The conference has given important impetus to preserve Mongolian language and traditions, to support preparing the next generation of Mongolists, to improve capabilities, to promote Mongolian Studies internationally, to provide information, and to present Mongolian rich history and customs throughout the global platform, particularly the United States”.

The conference panels comprised “History”, “Philology”, “Literature”, “Archaeology”, “Foreign Policy” and “Mongolian in the United States”. Participating scholars and researchers presented their papers including, “Linguists’ Interpretation of Numerous Terms Found in the Secret History of the Mongols” by Mr.Ariunbold Yadmaa, Mongolian Ambassador to Canada, “Hunting Regulations of Qubilai Qa’an and His Successors” by Dr.Christopher Atwood, Mongolist and Graduate Chair of East Asian Languages and Civilizations of the University of Pennsylvania, “The Secret History of the Mongols and the Aral Wall” by Dr.Dotno Dashdorj, doctorant of the University of Pennsylvania, “Some Features of Vocabulary of the Secret History of the Mongols” by Dr.Battugs Shagdar, professor of Mongolian State University of Education, “Features of Mongolian Monks’ Dietary” by Dr. Batnairamdal Chuluun, professor of Mongolian University of Medical Science, “Mongolian Buddhist Diplomacy: Opportunities and Challenges” by Lkhagvademchig Jadamba, professor of National University of Mongolia, “Current Status of Mongolian Families Living in the United States: Challenges and Solutions Mongolian Americans Contribution to the Mongolian Economy “ by Dr.Uvsh Purev, scholar at Indiana University, “Relations between Mongolia and Taiwan” by Dr.Enkhchimeg Baatarkhuyag, doctorant of Columbia University, “Fake News Distributed in Mongolian Language on Facebook” by Borchuluun Yadamsuren, member of Tsahin Urtuu North America, and “Amarbayasgalantu Monastery” by Dr.Nancy Steinhardt, Department Chair of East Asian Languages and Civilizations of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr.Otgonbayar Yondon, Mongolian Ambassador to the United States addressed the key note speech on “The End of WWI an Mongolia” at the Library of Congress where Dr.Bolortsetseg Minjin, paleontologist of American Museum of Natural History also presented her paper on “Lessons Learned from the Repatriation of Mongolian Dinosaurs”. The participants of the conference viewed rare books, kept at the Asian Division’s Tibetan and Mongolian area of the library.

H.E.Tsogtbaatar Damdin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, Dr.Julian Dierkes, Mongolist, Associate Professor and Keidanren Chair at the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and Dr.Jennifer Purtle, Associate professor of the University of Toronto sent greetings to the participants and expressed their support to the conference. The presented papers were printed for people’s perusal usage. The 14th Annual International Mongolian Studies Conference, partnering with “Smithsonian Institution” is planned to be held at the National Museum of Natural History in 2020.