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External Mongolia Lecture IIAS: 'Creative destruction: Articulating ideology in the urbanscape of Ulaanbaatar'

Wanneer:di 29-09-2015 15:30 - 17:00
Waar:IIAS Conference room, Rapenburg 59, Leiden
Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, has seen profound changes in the post-socialist years. The city space has been used as canvas upon which shifting state ideologies are continuously inscribed. The state’s ideological shift is easily “readable” throughout the cityscape of Ulaanbaatar, including the central square which has been recently renamed Chinggis Khaan’s Square. As evidenced by this change, Chinggis Khaan has been used as the most prominent marker of Mongolia’s new identity and has been rampantly appropriated to articulate the new post-socialist identity. This project examines the visual articulation of the state through an analysis of the city’s symbolic landscape and iconography. It also illustrates that the past is both "remembered” and “forgotten" and the state is instrumental in projecting which versions of history are invoked or which are silenced at any given period.


Orhon Myadar is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Development at University of Arizona. Her research interests lie within the intersection of politics and geography. She has written in the areas of post-colonial studies, land politics, nationalism and political identity. Her work has appeared in Journal of Inner Asia, Toronto Studies in Central and Inner Asia, Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal and Eurasian Geography and Economics.


The lecture is free of charge but seats are limited. If you would like to attend, please send a message to Ms Heleen van der Minne at:

About IIAS

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a research and exchange platform based in the university city of Leiden, the Netherlands. IIAS encourages the multidisciplinary and comparative study of Asia and promotes national and international co-operation. It acts as an interface between academic and non-academic partners including cultural, social and policy organisations.