Dear colleagues,
The Mongolian Cultural Center and the Embassy of Mongolia to the USA in Washington, D.C. co-organize a Mongolian Studies Conference every year. This year’s conference, the XIV Annual Mongolian Studies Conference themed “Art and Culture among Mongols” is scheduled for February 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2020 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20560
There will be scholars and researchers from the United States, Mongolia, Canada, and South Korea presenting on a wide range of topics such as Mongolian art, archeology, and religion. The conference agenda is attached to this email.
The conference is open to the public; however, attendees must pre-register and pay the conference fee to attend. Following each presentation, attendees are welcome to ask questions from presenters and engage in further detailed discussion on the topic as time permits.
Registration requirements:
  1. Please send your first and last name, employer, and location (only city and state will be sufficient) to info@mongolcc.org This information will be used solely for the purpose of making your conference badge.
  2. Please make a payment for the conference fee of $40. You can mail your conference fee to the address at the bottom of this letter or bring cash with you on the first day of the conference. We also accept the payment via Zelle.
The conference fee entitles you to attend the conference on February 7th, 8th, and 9th, (breakfast and lunch for two days are included). At the conference, you will receive a commemorative pen and a conference proceedings booklet. You are invited to attend the reception on the evening of February 8th hosted by the Embassy of Mongolia to the USA.
If mailing a check (payable to the Mongolian Cultural Center), please use the following address:
Mongolian Cultural Center
P.O. Box 9726
Arlington, VA 22219
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Thank you!

XIV Annual Mongolian Studies Conference
“Art and Culture among the Mongols“

Co-hosted by
The Mongolian Cultural Center
The Embassy of Mongolia to the USA
Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

February 7-9, 2020
Washington, D.C.

with contributions from

Library of Congress
Tsahim Urtuu North America NGO
Mongol-American Cultural Association
American Center for Mongolian Studies
Pyramide Granite LLC (Mr. Delgertsogt Manaljav and Mr. Olziikhuyag Dash)
Dr. Sanj Altan

February 7-9, 2020
Washington, D.C.




08:30 OPENING REMARKS -> Q?rius Auditorium, West Lobby, National Museum of Natural History

Kirk Johnson, Director, National Museum of Natural History
Otgonbayar Yondon, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia in the U.S.
William Fitzhugh, Director of Arctic Studies Center, NMNH Smithsonian Institution..
Altantsetseg Chuluun, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture
Saruul-Erdene Myagmar, President, the Mongolian Cultural Center

09:00 HISTORY 1: EARLY PERIOD -> Q?rius Auditorium NMNH

Moderator: Nancy Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania

Kang, In Uk, Kyung Hee University, Korea
Han, Jin-Seong, Institute of Korean Ancient History and Archaeology, Kyung Hee University
Xiongnu of the Mongolia Steppe and Its Role in Dual-structure Governing System of
Ancient Korean States

*Yerool-Erdene Chimiddorj, Cultural Resource Analyst Inc.
Research on the Aristocratic Tomb of the Xiongnu

Christopher Atwood, University of Pennsylvania
The Koreans, the Bulls, and Lady Qulan: Explorations in Medieval Mongolian Ethnography

Dotno Dashdorj Pount, University of Pennsylvania
The Worship of Qasar: State Religion and the Lineage-based View of Ethnicity

09:00 ART 1: SONGS OF THE MONGOLS -> Kirby Room, NMNH 3rd Floor CE 340

Moderator: Andrew Colwell, Center for Traditional Music and Dance

*Baasankhuu Batbold, Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture
On Some Issues of Singing Mongolian Long Songs while Playing Musical Instruments

*Zagd-Ochir, Sumiyabazar, Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture
Issues of Optimization of Terminology for the Khoomii

*Dagvadorj Choisuren, Ulaanbaatar University
On the Origin of Khotogoid Songs

*Erkhembayar, Khalkh, Khovd Aimag Theater
Impact of Songs on 20th Century Mongolian Development


11:30 HISTORY 2: MODERN -> Q?rius Auditorium, NMNH West Lobby

*Boldbaatar, Chunt, Mongolian National University of Education
Which Sources Were Used for Drafting the 1924 Constitution of the Mongolian People’s Republic?

Bayasgalan, Bayanbat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mongolia
The Literacy Campaigns in Mongolia: 1936-1945

David Sattler, Western Washington University
Boldsuren, Bishkhorloo, National University of Mongolia
Climate Change in Mongolia: Risk Perception and Behavioral Adaptation Among Nomadic Herders

Alicia Campi, Mongolia Society
Archaeology as National Identity Symbolism: A Comparison of Mongolia and Kazakhstan

11:30 ART 2: FINE ART -> Kirby Room, NMNH 3rd Floor East Court Building CE 340

Moderator: Altantsetseg Chuluun, Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture

Uranchimeg (Orna) Tsultem, IUPUI
New Iconographies and Questions of Tradition in Mongolian Contemporary Art

*Dagiimaa Tsevegjav, Independent Scholar
Artwork of Tsevegjav Ochir

*Dolgorsuren Jamiyan, Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture
Art Studies in Mongolia: Challenges and Experiences

*Tsevelsuren Tsetsegsuren, Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture
Current State of Mongolian Film Art and Its Growth Trends

After the 11:30 – 1:30 sessions, the conference moves to the Library of Congress.
10 1st Street, SE, Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ 119, one mile – a 25 minute walk from the Natural History Museum.


DR. DONGFANG SHAO. Chief of Asian Division, Library of Congress


SUNMIN YOON, University of Delaware
SARUUL-ERDENE MYAGMAR, Library of Congress
BATBOLD BAASANKHUU, Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture



Introduction to the Mongolian Collection in the Library of Congress
Asian Division, LJ150
Susan Meinheit, Asian Division, LOC



09:00 ARCHEOLOGY -> Kirby Room, NMNH 3rd floor East Court Building CE 340

Moderator: William Fitzhugh

William Taylor and Isaac Hart, University of Colorado Museum
Glacial Archaeology and Human Use of High Altitudes in the Mongolian Altai

Richard Kortum, East Tennessee State University
Scientific Dating of Altai Petroglyphs

Daniel G. Cole and William Fitzhugh, Smithsonian Institution
Visualization and Spatial Analyses of Archaeological Sites within a Ritualized Landscape in the Mongolian Altai

Jean-Luc Houle, Western Kentucky University
Historical Ecology and the Development of Mobile Pastoralism in Northwestern Mongolia

Julia Kate Clark, Nomad Science Mongolia/ACMS
Modeling Past Human Activity in the Mongolian Taiga.

Camilla Sturm, Columbia University, Julia Kate Clark, Nomad Science Mongolia/ACMS, Jean-Luc Houle, Western Kentucky University, Jamsranjav Bayarsaikhan, Mongolia National Museum
Modeling Mobility Patterns from Ceramic Assemblages Using pXRF

09:00 MONGOLIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY -> Q?rius Auditorium, NMNH West Lobby

Moderator: Uvsh Purev, Indiana University

Bayarsaikhan Dagvadorj, Grit Math Center, California
Finding Pathways to Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation among Mongolian Children in USA

Munkh-Erdene Lkhachin, Oyungerel Avirmed, The Lord’s Will Church of Washington State
Mongolian Christians in the USA

Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj, Harvard Law School
Promoting Food Donation in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Borchuluun Yadamsuren, Northwestern University, Jagdagdorj Erkhembayar, TUNA
Overview of Research and Applications on Natural Language Processing for Mongolian Language

Andrew Colwell, Center for Traditional Music and Dance
Nomadic New York: Cultural Organization and Heritage-Making among Immigrant Turkic and Mongolian Communities

Borchuluun Yadamsuren, Northwestern University,
Iderjargal Dashdondog, National University of Mongolia, Oyuntsetseg Ravdanbat, Press Institute, Mongolia
Data Journalism in Mongolia

12:00 LUNCH

13:00 ARCHEOLOGY AND CONVERSATION -> Kirby Room, NMNH 3rd Floor East Court CE 340

Moderator: Paula DePriest, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
Asa Cameron (Yale University), Bukhchuluun Dashzeveg (Yale University),
Odsuren Davaakhuu (Inst. of Archaeology, MAS), Daniela Wolin (New York University), and Christina Carolus (Yale University)
The Archaeological Record of Southeastern Mongolia: New insights from the Shiriin Chuluu Project

Bayarsaikhan Jamsranjav, Mongolia National Museum
Julia Kate Clark, Nomad Science/ACMS
Salvage Archaeology in Northern Mongolia: Surprising Finds from the Mongol Empire

Caroline Solazzo, Smithsonian, Bayarsaikhan Jamsranjav, Mongolia National Museum,
Jacob Kalodner, Yale University, Boyoung Lee, Smithsonian, Cristina Scibè, and Kristen Pearson, Harvard University
Understanding Medieval Textile Production and Provenance in the Darkhad Valley through Biomolecular Analyses

Erdenetsetseg Ravdan, Institute of Archaeology, Mongolian Academy of Science
Challenges Conserving Metal Objects in Mongolia

Munkhtogoo Dulamjav, Mongolia National Museum
Statesman J. Sambuu’s Cup Bag: An Investigation of Textile Materials and the Negative Effects of Over-Exposure to Light

Batjargal Erdene, National Center for Cultural Heritage of Mongolia
Current Issues for the Conservation of Mongolian Thangka Paintings

13:00 ART 3: MUSIC AND DANCE -> Q?rius Auditorium, NMNH West Lobby

Moderator: Sunmin Yoon, University of Delaware

*Davaasuren Damdinsuren, Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture
Image Illustrations of Music Notes for the Clarinet (Bishguur)

*Munguntsetseg Munkhbadrakh, Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture
Rock paintings, Figures on Stamps, and Mongolian Dance: Explanation of Nomenclature

*Tsevegsuren Tserenbaljir, Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture
Circular Breathing and Circular Sound

14:30 ART 4: BUDDHIST ART –> Q?rius Auditorium, NMNH West Lobby

Moderator: Uranchimeg Tsultem, IUPUI

Bolor, Zhejiang University, China
Configuration of Three Thousand Clay Buddha Statues of Five Tathāgatas in Saridag Monastery

Luvsanjamts Davaanyam, Gandantegchenling Monastery
Analyses of “Judrim’ And Summary of Alsha Dandar’s Biography

15:30 Special Reports from Ministry of Education –> Q?rius Auditorium, NMNH West Lobby

Munkhbat Sonomdarjaa, Ministry of Education, Mongolia Goals and Executions of the Mongolian State Policy on Mongolian Studies
The State Policy on Mongolian Studies: Implementation and Goals

Daariimaa Marav, National University of Mongolia Rural-Urban Divides and Digital Literacy in Mongolian Higher Education


Amb. Jonathan Addelton and Dr. Bill Fitzhugh will offer an overview of ACMS programs and fellowships to support Mongolian Studies. All welcome.


We regret to inform the Esteemed Guests, that due to decision by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia on public gatherings, the Mongolian studies conference Embassy reception to be held on 8th of February, 2020, is herewith cancelled.



Note: Asterisks (*) denote presentations that will be in Mongolian. All other papers will be presented in English


Family Day: Mongolia’s Past and Present

1:00 PM at Q?RIUS Auditorium
Join us for a family-friendly event in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, to celebrate Mongolian culture past and present through performances, games, interactive art demonstrations, and conversations with scientists and artists.
Meet and be inspired by throat singers, long song singers, musicians and dancers. Learn about Mongolian painting and calligraphy, and play traditional games in a real ger (yurt) set up in the middle of Q?rius. Archaeologists and museum conservators will be on hand to show and discuss ongoing research to understand and preserve Mongolia’s past.
This event is presented through a collaboration of the Mongolian Cultural Center, the Embassy of Mongolia to the USA, and the National Museum of Natural History.