The Mongolian Plateau has been experiencing rapid cultural and environmental changes through a fluctuating market economy and extensive extraction of resources, particularly in Mongolia. The economy has become heavily reliant on the mining industry, which is vulnerable to world commodity fluctuations. A herding way of life has become increasingly under pressure, particularly in relation to mining interests and extreme weather events as a result of climate change. Diversification of the Mongolian economy through maintaining active herding communities, particularly through expanding cultural and eco-tourism, have become an important issue for public discussion. The 2019 Mongolia Update will inform the public debate addressing social, economic and cultural changes happening across the Mongolian Plateau today with a particular focus on cultural heritage and economic development. The papers will discuss cultural heritage law and policies; the ways intangible and tangible cultural heritage can contribute to the Mongolian economy; as well as the social and physical well-being of Mongolian communities in the context of a global market.
Presented by Mongolia Institute. Image: Milou Hofman/ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
Representatives of the Australian National University
His Excellency, Mr Chuluunhuu, Ambassador of Mongolia
9:30 Keynote: Analysis on the challenges in Heritage and Public Wellbeing
Chair: Prof. Li Narangoa , Director, Mongolia Institute, ANU
Speaker: Ms Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, Former Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Mongolia
10:30 Morning Tea
11:00 Challenges to Rural Economy
Chair: Li Narangoa, Director, Mongolia Institute, ANU
Speakers: Dr Ariun-erdene Bayarjargal, Lecturer, College of Business and Economy, ANU
12:00 Mongolian Literary Work
Speaker: Prof. Erhenbayar, Deputy VC of Inner Mongolia University, China
13:30 Challenges to sustaining knowledge of Mongolian Medicine
Chair: Dr Natasha Fijn, Research Fellow, Mongolia Institute, ANU
Speakers: Prof. Bagana, Deputy VC of Inner Mongolia Nationality University
14:10 Buddhism as Cultural Heritage
Prof. Lhagvademchig Jadamba, The National University of Mongolia
15:40 Afternoon Tea
16:00 Cultural Economy in Inner Mongolia
Chair: Dr Uchralt, Mongolia Institute, ANU
Speakers: Dr Gegentuul Baioud, Honorary Postdoctoral Fellow, Linguistics Department, Macquarie University
16:20 Heritage and Identity
Chair: Ms Zaza, Director, Kharakhorin Heritage Foundation
Speakers: Dr Jonathan Ratcliff, Visiting Fellow, Mongolia Institute, ANU
16:40 Special Lecture: Environment and Heritage
Chair: John Langtry, Former Australian Ambassador to Mongolia.
Special Keynote by D. Tsogbaatar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia; (TBC).
Prof. Narantuya Chuluunbat, Deputy VC of The National University of Mongolia.
18:00 Reception and Launch for Humanities Research Network for Health in Asia