The project aims to launch the INTERNATIONAL MONGOLIAN STUDIES SYMPOSIUM VIENNA to be biennially organised in Vienna. The symposium will focus on current research projects in Mongolia in social and cultural anthropological and interdisciplinary approaches including on archaeology, history, arts and natural sciences.

The first INTERNATIONAL MONGOLIAN STUDIES SYMPOSIUM VIENNA will take place at the Weltmuseum Wien in Austria from 23 to 24 January 2020. Contributions will be on topics such as: mobilities, infrastructures, transit zones and environment; materialities, art and artefacts; Mongolian people and belonging(s). Some of the questions related to (but not limited to) these topics are: What affects do global politics and related infrastructure projects have on the environment and society? How are or were infrastructures related to the movement of materialities, goods and artefacts? And how do they connect or disperse people, animals, spirits and belongings? The symposium aims to be a forum for international Mongolian Studies scholars to present and discuss theoretical and empirical research, exchange knowledge and enhance networking and communication on current research issues and approaches.

The proceedings of the symposium will be published as a special issue of a peer-review journal in 2021. We plan to organise the symposium every two years in Vienna in collaboration with the National Council for Mongol Studies in Ulaanbaatar with the aim of discussing recent investigations, ongoing research projects and experiences.

Project leader:
Maria-Katharina Lang

Tsetentsolmon Baatarnaran
Zayabaatar Dalai (NUM)

National University of Mongolia (NUM), Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST), Weltmuseum Wien (WMW)

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Institute for Mongol Studies /National University of Mongolia; National Council for Mongol Studies/ Government of Mongolia; Eurasia-Pacific UNINET/OEAD; Weltmuseum Wien; ISA (ÖAW)