August 28th at 5:30 pm at University of Education – Room 201
» The city and ideology: Examining the state ideology in urban space in post-socialist Mongolia » (ACMS Speaker Series presentation)
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 the 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 adorned with a new name- Chinggis Khaan’s Square. Chinggis Khaan has been used as the most prominent marker of Mongolia’s new identity and has been appropriated rampantly to articulate the new post-socialist identity. The Chinggis monument is one of numerous such state-endorsed reconfigurations of the national symbolic landscape. This presentation examines the visual articulation of the state through an analysis of the city’s symbolic architecture and iconography. Using primary sources such as government decrees, the presentation examines the state’s role in producing and inscribing the new national identity in the urban material landscape.
Dr. Myadar’s research interests lie within the intersection of politics and geography. She has written in the areas of post-colonial studies, nationalism and political identity. Dr. Myadar teaches political and cultural geography at the University of Arizona, Tucson. This event is partially sponsored by the Mongolian University of Education.