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  • 21 Jun, 2024
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Tibet-Mongolia Academic Symposium to Shine Light on Centuries-Old Cultural Bond


This year marks a significant milestone in the history of Mongolia and Tibet, as it commemorates the 110th anniversary of the signing of the "Mongolia-Tibet Mutual Recognition Treaty." The treaty, which recognizes the sovereign state status of both nations, symbolizes their long-standing political and cultural ties that date back to the 13th century. However, this historical event has often been underestimated or overlooked in conventional great power history.

In an effort to shed light on the importance of the treaty and its historical significance, the "2nd Academic Symposium on Mongolia and Tibetan Culture and Religion" is set to take place on July 15, 2023. The symposium aims to explore the modern history of Mongolia and Tibet and its relevance to various issues, including international relations, ethnic conflicts, and minority rights.

The symposium will be held at The University of Tokyo Komaba Campus Hall, with renowned speakers and experts in attendance. The event will kick off with an opening speech by the organizer, Joshoht Temtilt, followed by guest introductions and greetings. The first session, moderated by Ikue Furukawa, will delve into the historical significance of the Tibet-Mongolia Mutual Recognition Treaty.

Notable speakers for the first session include Junko Miyawaki, a researcher from the Toyo Bunko Foundation and President of the Academic Society in 1937, as well as Professor Jampa Samten, who will provide insights on Tibet. Statements from Taiwan are also expected to be part of the discussion.

The second session will explore the historical and cultural interrelationship between Tibet and Mongolia, led by moderator Aricha from the Southern Mongolian Kuril Thai. Presentations will be given by Boyant, representing Mongolia, and Satoshi Hirano, a professor from the University of Tokyo. Aya Tsuewan Galpo from Tibetan House Japan will offer insights on Tibet. A discussion will follow.

The symposium will conclude with the third session, moderated by Orhonodo Daichin, which will focus on the current situation of Mongolia and Tibet and the potential for future solidarity in national movements. Alicha and Pentauk will present perspectives from Mongolia and Tibet, respectively, with anticipated statements from Taiwan. The symposium will culminate with closing speeches by Tomoko Ako, a professor from the University of Tokyo.

The event is free to attend, and those interested can apply via email to participate. The organizers, Southern Mongolia Krill Thai, are co-hosting the event with Tibet House Japan, while the Taiwan Democratic Fund is sponsoring it. Further details regarding the schedule, speakers, and program will be made available on the symposium's website as they are finalized.


Edited and collated by Team TRC