Mongolia Update 2019: Cultural Heritage and the Economy


Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU


Wednesday, 27 November, 2019 - 09:00 to 17:30

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.

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Draft Program


9:00 Welcome

Representatives of the Australian National University

9:15 Opening

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

12:30 Lunch

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).

17:40 Conclusion

Prof. Narantuya Chuluunbat, Deputy VC of The National University of Mongolia.

18:00 Reception and Launch for Humanities Research Network for Health in Asia 





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