The 16th Annual Mongol Studies Conference Takes Place in the USA

2024-02-14 09:24:57

Ulaanbaatar, February 14, 2024 /MONTSAME/. The 16th Annual Mongol Studies Conference was held at the Smithsonian Institution in the United States on February 2-3, 2024.

The Conference, co-organized by the Embassy of Mongolia in the United States and the Mongolian Cultural Center, was attended by academics from George Washington University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Kansas, Rogers State University, University of Delaware, Johns Hopkins University, University of Michigan, Western Washington University, East Tennessee State University, the Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State, and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

A total of 33 scientists and researchers from Mongolia, including those from the Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture, CITI University, Mongolian State Conservatory, and Owen Lattimore Research Center, gave presentations and held discussions. More than 150 guests participated in the two-day Conference.

Opening the Conference, Ambassador Batbayar Ulziidelger emphasized that the United States has a rich history and heritage of Mongol studies, and the role of Mongolists in the United States is very important in the further development of Mongol Studies worldwide. He said that it is necessary to make the North American Regional Conference on Mongol Studies regular. The Ambassador also said that President of Mongolia Khurelsukh Ukhnaa has decided to organize the International Congress of Mongolists, which is currently held every 5 years, every three years in order to intensively develop and spread Mongol studies internationally, accordingly, organizations such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Council for Mongol Studies, and the International Association for Mongol Studies are working together to organize the 13th International Congress of Mongolists in Ulaanbaatar in 2026.

During the Conference, there were sessions such as "Mongolian History", "Literature", "Culture and Art", "Linguistics", "Owen Lattimore Studies", "Library and Information Technology", "Gender Issues", and "Education". In addition, at the Smithsonian Institute, the photo exhibition "Mongolia Captured" by the Mongolian Landscape Photographers' Society was opened.

The guests and representatives got acquainted with rare books and works relevant to Mongolia, located in the Asian section of the Library of Congress. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this Conference was held at the Smithsonian Institution - the most prestigious cultural institution in the United States.