Dr.

Maria-Katharina Lang

Researcher, staff representative

maria-katharina.lang(at)oeaw.ac.at
 + 43 1 51581 - 6458


SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Maria-Katharina Lang is senior researcher and curator at the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) specializing in Mongolian Studies and artistic-scientific research. She is PI and director of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) sponsored art–based research project Dispersed & Connected. Artistic Fragments along the Steppe and Silk Roads (https://dispersedandconnected.net) and the project Art & Anthropology. Scientific-Artistic Research between Mongolia and Austria (EPU). She directed several projects in cooperation with research partners in Mongolia including Nomadic Artefacts (WWTF) and Mongolian Ethnographica in European Museums (bmwf:forMuse).

She curated exhibitions such as Dust & Silk (Weltmuseum Wien, 2021/22), Steppe & Silk Roads (MARKK Hamburg, 2021), Nomadic Artefacts (Theseustempel Vienna, 2016; MARKK Hamburg 2017; Völkerkundemuseum VPST Heidelberg, 2018) and Artefacts as Links (Bogd Khan Palace Museum Ulaanbaatar, 2017). Since 2018 she is the Cultural Envoy of Mongolia in Austria. She edited the book Nomadic Artefacts (2016), the exhibition catalogue Dust & Silk (2021) and co-edited with Tsetsentsolmon Baatarnaran Artefacts as Links/Эд Өлгийн Барилдлага (2017). Together with Tsetsentsolmon she published the articles „Connected or Traversed? Plans, Imaginaries, and the Actual State of Railway Projects in Mongolia“ (Transfers, 2021) and „Artefact Transfers. Displacing, Representing, and (Re-) Valuing Objects in Mongolia“ (Inner Asia, 2020).


MAIN RESEARCH AREAS

  • Mongolian Studies
  • Artistic-Scientific Research
  • Steppe and Silk Roads (historic and present BRI), Infrastructures
  • Mobility, Artefact Transfers, Transformation
  • Museum and Collection Histories (including Mongolian and Soviet museum histories)
  • Anthropology of Art, Objects, Art, Memory

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Lang, Maria-Katharina (2021) (ed). – Staub & Seide / Dust & Silk. Exhibition catalogue. Wien: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, 200pp. (with several contributions by M.-K. Lang)

Lang, Maria-Katharina and Baatarnaran, Tsetsetsentsolmon (2021). – Connected or Traversed? Plans, Imaginaries, and the Actual State of Railway Projects in Mongolia, In Transfers, Volume 10 Issue 2-3 (2020), Berghahn, pp. 195-211. (doi:10.3167/TRANS.2020.10020314)

Lang, Maria-Katharina and Baatarnaran, Tsetsetsentsolmon (2020). – Artefact Transfers. Displacing, Representing, and (Re-) Valuing Objects in Mongolia, In Inner Asia, Vol 22 No.2.Brill, pp. 255-276. (doi:10.1163/22105018-12340150)

Lang, Maria-Katharina and Rahel Wille (eds) (2020). – STEPPEN & SEIDENSTRASSEN. STEPPE & SILK ROADS. Exhibition Catalogue, Museum am Rothenbaum (MARKK), Hamburg,150pp.

Lang, Maria-Katharina (2020). – Perceptions of an Austrian research traveller in the Mongolian Steppe. An approachment on detours. In Mongolica Pragensia 17. Linguistics, Ethnolinguistics, Religion and Culture. Vol. 10/1. Edited by V. Kapišovská and V. Zikmundová. Prague, Charles University and Triton, pp. 89–101. (https://uas.ff.cuni.cz/wp-content/uploads/sites/63/2021/05/Mongolica-Pragensia-2017-1-fin-OK.pdf)

Lang, Maria-Katharina (2020). – Temple and Museum. An Ambivalent Relation. In Ágnes Birtalan, Krisztina Teleki, Zsuzsa Majer, Csaba Fahidi, Attlia Rakos (eds) Aspects of Mongolian Buddhism 2. Buddhism in Practice. L´Harmattan, Budapest pp. 49-57.

Lang, Maria-Katharina (2020). – The topography of artefacts and perception of the sacred landscape in Mongolia, In Caiozzo, A., J-C Ducène (éd). La Mongolie dans son espace régional, Entre mémoire et marques de territoire, des mondes anciens à nos jours, Presses Universitaires de Valenciennes, Valenciennes, pp. 107-124.

Lang, Maria-Katharina and Tsetsentsolmon Baatarnaran (2017). – Artefacts as Links. ЭД ӨЛГИЙН БАРИЛДЛАГА.Veröffentlichungen zum Archiv Weltmuseum Wien, Band 13, Weltmuseum Wien Friends, Vienna.

Eva Allinger, Frantz Grenet, Christian Jahoda, Maria-Katharina Lang, Anne Vergati (2017) (eds). – Interaction in the Himalayas and Central Asia: Processes of Transfer, Translation and Transformation in Art, Archaeology, Religion and Polity. Conference Proceedings of the Third International SEECHAC Colloquium, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna. (https://austriaca.at/8073-9inhalt?frames=yes)

Lang, Maria-Katharina (2016). – Nomadic Artefacts. A scientific artistic travelogue. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna.

Lang, Maria-Katharina and Tsetsentsolmon Baatarnaran (2016). – Museum Construction, Transition and Transformation. In Lang, Maria-Katharina (ed) – Nomadic Artefacts. A scientific artistic travelogue. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna, pp. 53-91.

Lang, Maria–Katharina and Stefan Bauer (2013). – The Mongolian Collections. Retracing Hans Leder, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna.