International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations


International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations
Нүүдлийн Соёл Иргэншлийг Судлах Олон Улсын Хүрээлэн
AbbreviationIISNC (НСИСОУХ)
EstablishedSeptember 16, 1998; 23 years ago (1998-09-16)
Founded atUlaanbaatar, Mongolia[1]
HeadquartersUlaanbaatar, Mongolia[2]
Asia and the Pacific[3]
Chairperson of academic council
Jacques Legrand
Batboldyn Enkhtuvshin
Vice director
Ihsan Sezal
PublicationNomadic Studies
National Mongol Studies

The International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations (Mongolian: Нүүдлийн Соёл Иргэншлийг Судлах Олон Улсын Хүрээлэн) is a Mongolia-based research institute dedicated to the nomad studies.[1] It was founded in 1998 under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and it is one of the UNESCO's Category 2 Institutes and Centres.[3]

Since its foundation, Jacques Legrand is serving as the chairperson of the IISNC's academic council.[4] Batboldyn Enkhtuvshin, vice-president of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, is serving as the director of the IISNC.[5] Ihsan Sezal is the vice director of the IISNC.[6]


The IISNC was established on 16 September 1998 after the Indonesian, Kazakhstani, Kyrgyzstani, Mongolian and Turkish governments reached an agreement for its establishment at the initiative of UNESCO. On 16 September 1998, the IISNC's first general assembly session also took place. The International Association for Mongol Studies described the formation of IISNC as an "outcome of many-years long cooperation of Mongolian scientific institutions and academics with UNESCO in the area of Central Asian civilizations".[7]

The IISNC was founded on the feasibility study by Jacques Legrand with two founding aims — "preserving the unique historical and cultural heritage of nomads" and "actively contributing to the development of appropriate elements of modernization for the continual improvement of nomadic life".[3]

Scientific activities

The researchers associated with the IISNC studies the present state and problems of nomadism in various regions of the world. The institute organizes international conferences and scientific research expeditions for studies on nomadism.[1] Some of the institute's missions include studying the contribution of nomads to civilizations of the world; facilitating intercultural dialogues; preserving the nomadic culture and civilizations; advising the policy makers and politicians on the making and implementation of policies by providing them with scientific recommendations; creating an "interdisciplinary and integrated" research base for the study of nomadic and other civilizations to assist the research of scientists in related fields of study.[8]

Noting that the IISNC organized an international symposium[note 1] in Mongolia to promote dialogue among civilizations, Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan stated that dialogue between civilizations is a fundamental requirement to prevent conflicts which, according to him, is one of the primary objectives of the United Nations. The UNESCO adopted dialogue among civilizations as an objective in its medium term strategy for 2002–2007.[9] From 9 to 14 August 2004, the IISNC organized a conference "Диалог Культур и Цивилизаций" (Dialogue between Cultures and Civilizations) in Ulaanbaatar. The conference drew participation of scientists and politicians from numerous countries including China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, the UK and the US. At the conference, the present state and future of nomadism, and the ecological, economic, legal, political and sociocultural problems faced by the contemporary nomadic communities in different continents were discussed.[1]


According to the UNESCO, the IISNC has 34 associate and 143 corresponding members from 16 and 18 countries, respectively.[3] The Russian Academy of Sciences is an associate member institute of the IISNC.[10] The corresponding members of the institute includes Anatoly Khazanov[11] and Thomas J. Barfield.[12]


The IISNC publishes a journal titled National Mongol Studies and a research bulletin titled Nomadic Studies (ISSN 2412-4222).[3]


  1. ^ The symposium was titled "Dialogue Among Civilizations, Interaction Between Nomadic and Other Cultures of Central Asia". It was held from 15 to 16 August, 2001.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Анна Анатольевна Сирина [Anna Anatolyevna Sirina] (2005). Сергей Николаевич Абашин [Sergei Nikolaevich Abashin] (ed.). "Диалог Культур и Цивилизаций: Современное Состояние и Перспективы Номадизма в Глобализованном Мире" [Dialogue between Cultures and Civilizations: Present State and Perspectives of Nomadism in a Globalizing World] (PDF). Etnograficheskoe Obozrenie (in Russian). Moscow, Russia: Russian Academy of Sciences (3): 132–137. ISSN 0869-5415. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  2. ^ Владимир Викторович Грайворонский [Vladimir Viktorovich Graivoronsky]; Анна Дамдиновна Цендина [Anna Damdinovna Tsendina]; Ростислав Борисович Рыбаков [ Rostislav Borisovich Rybakov ], eds. (2002). Россия и Монголия в Свете Диалога Евразийских Цивилизаций: Материалы Международной Научной Конференции, Звенигород, 2–5 Июня 2001 г [Russia and Mongolia in the Light of Dialogue of the Eurasian Civilizations: Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference, Zvenigorod, June 2–5, 2001] (in Russian). Moscow, Russia: Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. p. 22. OCLC 237814196.
  3. ^ a b c d e "International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  4. ^ Morozova, Irina Yurievna, ed. (2005). "Notes on Contributors". Towards Social Stability and Democratic Governance in Central Eurasia: Challenges to Regional Security (Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop). Copy edited by Renata Jasaitis and John O'Sullivan. Leiden, the Netherlands: IOS Press. p. 283. ISBN 978-1586035457. LCCN 2005932876.
  5. ^ Rhodes, Edward; Mansbach, Richard Wallace, eds. (2012) [Article first published in 2005]. "Genghis Khan Started Globalization". Introducing Globalization: Analysis and Readings. China Daily. Washington, D.C., USA: CQ Press. pp. 14–15. ISBN 978-1608717422.
  6. ^ a b International Symposium on "Dialogue Among Civilizations, Interaction Between Nomadic and Other Cultures of Central Asia": Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, August 15–16, 2001 Abstracts. International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations (Conference papers and proceedings). Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 2001. OCLC 259711707.
  7. ^ Bulletin of the International Association for Mongol Studies. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: Secretariat of the International Association for Mongol Studies. pp. 120, 125. ISSN 1024-3135. OCLC 20683933.
  8. ^ "Нүүдлийн Соёл Иргэншлийг Судлах Олон Улсын Хүрээлэн" [International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations] (PDF). UNESCO (in Mongolian). Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  9. ^ "La Question du Dialogue Entre les Civilisations prend un Relief Particulier avec la Participation de Plusieurs Chefs d'Etat aux Débats en Plénière". General Assembly (Press release) (in French). United Nations. 8 November 2001. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  10. ^ Asia and Africa Today, Issues 1–5 (in Russian), Moscow, Russia: Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2001, p. 17, ISSN 0321-5075, OCLC 977614181
  11. ^ "Anatoly M. Khazanov | Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). University of Wisconsin–Madison. Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Thomas J. Barfield | Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Boston University. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Retrieved 20 January 2021.