Vienna Mongolian Studies Symposium 2020

Dispersed and Connected: Mobilities, materialities and belonging(s) in Mongolia and beyond


23-24 January 2020 / Weltmuseum Wien, Vienna

The first VIENNA MONGOLIAN STUDIES SYMPOSIUM will take place at the Weltmuseum Wien 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. We invite contributions 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 approaches, exchange knowledge and enhance communication on current research issues. We intend to bring researchers, scholars and artists together biennially with the aim of discussing current and recent investigations, ongoing research projects and experiences.