Wednesday Seminar (Public event): Creating new languages and performing new identities: Mongolian popular music in the post-socialist era

Dr Sender Dovchin will give a talk on creating new identities in Mongolian popular music in the post-socialist era 

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Creating new languages ​​and performing new identities: Mongolian popular music in the post-socialist era

Before 1990, Mongolia was a socialist nation, the satellite of the Soviet Union. The Russian language and culture were the prevailing foreign dominance, while English and other Western cultural aspects were widely contested as the languages ​​and cultures of capitalist ideology. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Mongolia embraced a new democratic society in 1990, transforming itself peacefully from a socialist to a democratic country with a free-market economy. With this drastic transformation, Mongolia opened itself to the world, embracing linguistic and cultural diversity in all aspects of its society. The popularity of Russian language and culture has been replaced by English and followed by other global linguistic and cultural flows due to enhanced access to various new technologies. English and other Western linguistic and cultural modes and resources thus have become inextricable sociolinguistic realities of young people in new post-socialist Mongolia. Drawing on the musical practices of popular music artists in contemporary Mongolia such as the Hu, the Mongolian heavy metal band, and other representatives from hip-hop and Mongol pop genres, this paper addresses two main questions: (1) how new forms of local languages; and (2) how new forms of local identities are performed through the complex linguistic processes of relocalization. The study shows that post-socialist Mongolian popular music artists should be better understood as active and powerful popular culture producers as opposed to those prevalent discourses which position peripheral youth as passive recipients of global culture.


About the speaker

Dr. Sender Dovchin is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Education, Curtin University. She is a Discovery Early Career Research Fellow (DECRA) awarded by an Australian Research Council. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Aizu, Japan. She has authored numerous articles in international top-tier peer-reviewed journals. Her single-authored monograph ‘Language, Media and Globalization in the Periphery’ was published in 2018 by Routledge; and ‘Language, Social Media and Ideologies’ was published by Springer in 2020. Her co-authored research monograph with Alastair Pennycook and Shaila Sultana, ‘Popular Culture, Voice, and Linguistic Diversity: Young Adults On- and Offline’ was published in 2017 by Palgrave-Macmillan.


Published Mar. 28, 2021 11:56 AM - Last modified Mar. 29, 2021 7:20 AM