The Mongol Ger as a contemporary heritage paradox

Posted on 9 January 2017

The changing form and function of the ger is explored by John Schofield

A traditional rural ger in Mongolia. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mongolia_013.jpg 

 

A new paper examining the role of the Mongol ger in modern society has been published in the International Journal of Heritage Studies.

John Schofield, Head of Department, explores how the form and funtion of the ger have developed over the past century, particularly with reference to rapid urbanisation and the adaptation of a nomadic symbol for modern consumption.

The ger, a transportable felt tent used traditionally by people living as nomads through livestock husbandry, encapsulates a specific Mongolian nomadic cultural identity reflecting social structure, family relationships, pastoral migration and spiritual beliefs. However, the practicalities of nomadic life in an ever modernising society have led scholars, politicians, and occupants of gers to re-evaluate their purpose and significance. The article seeks to place the ger both within it's own specific local context and a broader global frame of reference in order to fully understand ger production.

 

You can read the full article in the International Journal of Heritage Studies at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13527258.2016.1277775