The project aims to organise the first INTERNATIONAL MONGOLIAN STUDIES SYMPOSIUM VIENNA on current research projects in Mongolia in 2020. The symposium intends to assemble cultural and social anthropologists, archaeologists, artists and scholars in the field of Mongolian Studies to exchange on their current research works. The focus is on social and cultural anthropology, arts and archaeology.

The INTERNATIONAL MONGOLIAN STUDIES SYMPOSIUM VIENNA will take place at the Weltmuseum Wien in Austria from 23 to 24 January 2020. The symposium will focus on social and cultural anthropology and interdisciplinary approaches including Mongolia-related research on archaeology, history, arts and natural sciences.

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. We intend to bring researchers, scholars and artists together biennially in Vienna with the aim of discussing recent investigations, ongoing research projects and experiences.

Project leader:
Maria-Katharina Lang

Collaborators:
Tsetentsolmon Baatarnaran
Zayabaatar Dalai (NUM)

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

Duration:
01.03.2019 -

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