International Conference on Mongolian Studies

“MODERN Mongolia: A Centennial Story”

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Mongolia’s Independence


The Mongolian Cultural Center in collaboration with the Embassy of Mongolia is hosting its 5th Annual Mongolian Studies Conference to be held at the Embassy of Mongolia in Washington DC on May 6-7, 2011. This year’s conference is unique as it commemorates several important historical dates including the 100th Anniversary of Mongolia’s Independence.

Given the historical importance, the conference will host a number of presentations related to this theme. Several professors from distinguished Mongolian universities such as the National University of Mongolia, University of Science and Technology, Institute for Strategic Studies and others, are participating in our conference with their latest research works. Additionally, scholars from USA, South Korea, Tibet and Kalmykia will present their work.

Day 1 (Friday, May 6th) will be dedicated to the presentations focusing on Mongolian studies, language, culture and religion. In the afternoon, all participants are invited to take an excursion to the Library of Congress, where they will have an opportunity to view rare Mongolian books and sutras. Breakfast and lunch for both days are provided by the organizers.

Day 2 (Saturday, May 7th) has three panels presentations.

  • The first panel titled “Quest for Sovereignty” will focus on the issues of Mongolia’s political status in various stages, territoriality and identity of Mongolian nation, its self-perception and self-proclamation.
  • The second panel titled “Journey to Modernity” will take a look at the cost and eventual outcomes of Mongolia’s modernization project, its socio-economic and political consequences.
  • The third panel titled “Toward Global Citizenship” will address the role and actions Mongolia played on the international arena, focusing on the changes occurred in Mongolia’s social discourse since the democratization.

The conference will conclude with a reception hosted by the Embassy of Mongolia on Saturday, May 7th, 2011.

On Sunday, May 8th, the Mongolian Cultural Center will be hosting a picnic in honor of the conference participants.

All participants must pre-register to attend the conference. Please send a request for registration via email at info@mongolcc.org or call us at (703) 966-4437. The conference fee is $20 that covers the abovementioned events and activities for three days.


Outline for the Conference

Friday, May 6th, 2011

09:00am – 10:00am     Breakfast and Registration

10:00am – 12:00pm   Panel presentations: Mongolian Language, Culture and Religion

  1. Dr. Gombo Gerelmaa – Faculty, Department of Mongolian Studies, Ulaanbaatar University

“Mongolian mentality to ‘humanize’; its uses in proverbs related to livestock”

  1. Sun Min Yun, Ph.D – University of Maryland

“Musical Style, Lyrical Meaning and Categorization: A Study of Classifiers in Urtyn Duu”

  1. Baasanjav Erdenebat – Geshe Lama, Gandan Monastery

“An elaborate look at Wind Horse Sutra in terms of religion, language and understanding”

  1. Susan Meinheit – Mongolian and Tibetan Book Specialist, Library of Congress

“William Woodville Rockhill and the13th Dalai Lama”

12:00pm – 1:00pm      Lunch


1:00pm – 2:15pm       Panel discussion: Mongolian Script writing in 21st century

The discussion will be conducted by the Acting Director of the Mongolian Cultural Center Dr. Myagmar Saruul-Erdene.  All are encouraged to participate.

2:30pm – 5:30pm        Excursion to the Library of Congress, Asian division.


Saturday, May 7th, 2011

9:00am – 10:00am       Breakfast

10:00am – 12:00pm   Panel presentations: Quest for Sovereignty

  1. Dr. Purevsuren Delgerjargal – Head of the Department of History, National University of Mongolia

Early Inner Asian nomads in Chinese sources: Perception and Images”

  1. Sonam Yankee – Tibetan Language Instructor, Foreign Service Institute, State Department

“Culture and Usage of Khadak”

  1. Dr. Damdinsuren Enkhjargal – Faculty, School of Commerce, National University of Mongolia

“Term definition of Revolution of 1911”

  1. Dr. Tsevegjav Dagiimaa (co-authored by Dr. Ayur Sambuu, Genetics Researcher) – Head of the Department of English Language, Ulaanbaatar University

“Contribution of Jamsran Tseveen to the establishment of Mongolia’s independence”

12:00pm – 1:00pm      Lunch

1:00pm – 3:00pm       Panel presentations: Journey to Modernity

  1. Bugat Altangerel – Consul, Embassy of Mongolia

“Glimpses of the Diplomatic Services’ Centennial History

  1. Dr. Tsend Gantulga – Head of the Department of History, Mongolian State University of Education

“The Revolution of 1921 and Russian influence”

  1. Dr. Yundenbat Boldbaatar – Head of the Department of History, Mongolian University of Science and Technology

“The destruction of social and political layers of Chingghis Khan’s Golden Orde”

  1. Dr. Chunt Boldbaatar – Assistant Professor of History, Mongolian State University of Education

Dr. Dorjjugder Munkh-Ochir – Faculty, National University of Mongolia and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Strategic Studies

“And Wars Made the State: How Did World Wars Cement Mongolia’s Sovereignty”

3:00pm – 3:30pm        Coffee Break

3:30pm – 5:30pm       Panel presentations:  Toward Global Citizenship

  1. Alicia Campi, Ph.D – President, Mongolia Society

“Establishing New Trade and Economic Patterns in Democratic Era –the Implications for Mongolia”

  1. Sengedorj Tumendelger – Faculty, Mongolian State University of Education

“Women’s Progress in Society: A Look at the Labor Market”

  1. Andrew Colwell – M.A., Wesleyen University

“Creating Musical Encounter in Mongolia: How Cultural Producers are Introducing Mongol Urlag to the World”

  1. Khotal Lodoi Dugarjav – Founder, InterMongol Network

“Mongolians living abroad and Progress of Mongolia”

7:00pm – 9:00pm       Reception hosted by the Embassy of Mongolia


Note: The conference will be conducted both in Mongolian and English.