Guest lectures on tourism and discourses of gender minorities in Mongolia on February 25 and 27

On February 25 and February 27, Carsten Friede (Bonn University, Department of Tibetan and Mongolian Studies) will hold two lectures

Tourism and the Making of Nomads in Mongolia (February 25, 12.15-14.00, Ülikooli 16-109)

Tourism is often seen as an opportunity to diversify and grow economic development in Mongolia. This appears to be especially true for the peripheral areas. The complex relations between herding, mining, nature preservation and tourist enterprises show overlapping and conflicting interests. This lecture aims not only at those aforementioned factors but is also looking at the diverse external and self-perceptions of international, domestic (urban) tourists and countryside’s population to highlight current cultural issues that can be examined through the notions of nomads and nature.

Current Representations and Discourses of Gender Minorities in Mongolia (February 27, 14.15-16.00, Ülikooli 16-109)

Mongolian mainstream discourses are influenced by nationalistic and traditional images and concepts of gender roles. Gender minorities in Mongolia are often facing challenges when openly participating in those discourses and working towards self-determined representations in society. This lecture tries to outline of how internet platform media is used by LGBTQ+ group members to freeing themselves of stereotypical projections in mainstream media discourses and establishing voices and narratives of their own.

All are welcome!

Carsten Friede graduated with a Diploma degree in Mongolian studies, social geography and ethnology at Bonn University and is now working at the Department of Tibetan and Mongolian Studies. Since 2006 he has been in Mongolia regularly for studying and field research and is currently a PhD-Candidate on the topic of “Mediatization of communicative actions in Mongolia”. His field of interest ranges from internet geography and social media over ICT and mobility to civil society and sustainable development in Mongolia.

Info: junior research fellow asolovyova [ät] (Alevtina Solovyeva), dept. of Estonian and Comparative Folklore.

Carsten Friede's visit is supported by the ERASMUS+.