“Mongolian studies are one of the oldest independent fields of research developed in the region. It represented the eastern region and Asian studies even when Mongolia was under the rule of Qing dynasty”, said S.Chuluun as he sat with us to discuss Mongolian studies, its development and the International Association for Mongolian Studies (IAMS) and its current activities.
On September 10, 1818, the first Mongolian studies department was established at Kazan Federal University, Russia. Next year will mark the 200th historic anniversary of Mongolian studies in Russia and worldwide. “We regard September 10 as a Day of Mongolian Studies,” Chuluun said, adding that the celebration will be grand in Russia. Speaking of Mongolian studies in the northern neighbor of Mongolia, Chuluun said, “Over the years, Russia has played a leading role in Mongolian studies and it still maintains the position today. Having produced the biggest number of Mongolists, Russia keeps texts and references about Mongolia from all times.”