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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Nomadic Peoples and the City [Commission for Nomadic Peoples]


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 31 Aug 12:15 - 14:00


Room 3.129

Urbanisation is changing the world we live in. With over 55% of humans now resident in urban areas, cities are more central than ever in the global political economy and production of cultural capital. Urbanisation takes on a particularly important role in societies with strong traditions of nomadism. In these contexts, rural to urban migration is inseparable from and often overlaps forms of sedentarisation and changing mobilities. These form reconfigurations of social and economic relationships that pose new challenges as pastoralists transition from the insecurities of nomadic herding to the precarity of urban labour. This, combined with differing forms of urban land tenure and access to housing is forming new problems and contradictions within urban spaces, giving rise to new forms of politics and urban ethics. Our focus is on understanding how the city features in the study of contemporary mobile pastoralism, including forms of labor, forced settlement, aspirational migrations, gender, and marginalisation.This panel explores emerging trends related to nomadic peoples and cites. We are interested in the materiality of the city, rates of movement and change within cities themselves, the relationship between the urban and ‘development’, and the ways in which the city is entangled with rural identities and livelihoods. We hope that our engagement with urban spaces and nomadic livelihoods will unmask new insights into urban mobilities, that add to our understanding of wider dynamic urban-rural continuums and fast rates of urban change and growth seen elsewhere in the world that often surpass existing infrastructural provision.


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    • Dr. Plueckhahn, Rebekah (University College London)
    • Mr. Lezak, Stephen (Oxford University)
    • Dr. Gonzales, Giulia (University of Turin)

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Across the Mongolian steppe, women and men use plastic pans and improvised power tools to mine for gold in gravel alluvium. Flakes of gold spill out, along with toxic contaminants and agitated spirits. The Mongolian “People’s Gold Rush” emerged as part of an informal labor economy that filled the vacuum left by the collapse of communism in the early 1990s. Unregulated gold mining found a wel ... More
Presented by Stephen LEZAK on 31/8/2019 at 12:55
In this paper we will draw on various forms of cooperation and self- organization that appeared among new generation of the Torghuts, sons and daughters of the herders in Bulgan district (soum) in western Mongolia, now developing their own businesses in Ulaanbaatar. We will take a closer look at how the people coming from Bulgan to the city create their new economic networks, and how they operate ... More
Presented by Dr. Tomasz RAKOWSKI on 31/8/2019 at 12:15
Kel Tamasheq, asa Tuareg, are a “traditionally nomadic” population, inhabiting the Saharan-Sahelian zone, and, while they have strong linguistic and cultural grounds, their society is extremely diversified. Their communal name literally means “those of the Tamasheq language”. The particle Kel can determine an identitarian (when it concerns names of socio-political conglomerates, traditiona ... More
Presented by Dr. Giulia GONZALES on 31/8/2019 at 13:15
Inhabiting the semi-arid area of Ethiopia and leading a pastoralist lifestyle, the Afar people are organised in kedos (clan). From Haile Selassie's reign in the 1960s to Derg's rule (1974- 1991) and to now, the nation-state building of Ethiopia has brought three changes in the socio-political landscape of Afar, namely the introduction of irrigation farm, the establishments of roads and other infra ... More
Presented by Dr. Liang CHEN on 31/8/2019 at 12:35
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