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Ildiko Beller-Hann

Ildiko Beller-Hann

Associate Professor




Primary fields of research


Current research

Feudalism, Socialism and the Present Mixed Economy in Rural Eastern Xinjiang (joint project with Chris Hann)


Courses on Central Asia, Xinjiang, the Silk Road (history, religion, anthropology, research methods, state-society relations); China's minorities, modern Turkish literature


Courses taught during my employment at ToRS:

Perspectives on Central Asia: regions, networks and identities on the periphery of the great powers

China’s Minorities

Continuity and Change among the Uyghur of Xinjiang

The interaction of nomadic groups and sedentary societies in Central Asia in the course of history

State policies and local responses in Western China

Religious currents in Central Asia

Qualitative research methods

Who controls the past? History and nationalism in Central Asia

Ethnographies of Central Asia

Topics in cultural history

Topics on state and society in modern Central Asia

Introduction to modern Turkish literature

Xinjiang: past and present

The Silk Road

Travel in Central Asia: pilgrims, merchants, missionaries, explorers and adventurers along the Silk Road

Great Games, Old and New. Politics and society in modern Central Asia

The Literature of the Traveller

Selected publications

  1. Community Matters in Xinjiang 1880-1949: Towards a historical anthropology of the Uyghur

    Beller-Hann, I. 2008 Leiden: Brill. 476 p. (China Studies, Vol. 17).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  2. Published

    Feudal villains or just rulers?: The contestation of historical narratives in eastern Xinjiang

    Beller-Hann, I. 3 Dec 2012 In : Central Asian Survey. 31, 3, p. 311-325 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    The “Gateway to the Western Regions”: State – Society Relations and Differentiating Uighur Marginality in China’s Northwest

    Beller-Hann, I. Oct 2012 Frontiers and Boundaries: Encounters on China's Margins. Rajkai, Z. & Bellér-Hann, I. (eds.). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, p. 203-222 20 p. (Asiatische Forschungen, Vol. 156).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  4. Published

    Frontiers and Bounderies: Encounters on China's Margins

    Rajkai , Z. (ed.) & Beller-Hann, I. (ed.) Oct 2012 Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. 253 p. (Asiatische Forschungen, Vol. 156).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  5. Published

    Local History as an Identity Discipline: Special Issue of Central Asian Survey

    Jacquesson, S. (ed.) & Beller-Hann, I. (ed.) 2012 Taylor & Francis. 139 p. (Central Asian Survey; No. 3, Vol. 31).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  6. Published

    On the Fringes of the Harmonious Society: Tibetans and Uyghurs in socialist China

    Brox, T. (ed.) & Beller-Hann, I. (ed.) 2014 Copenhagen: NIAS Press. 352 p. (NIAS studies in Asian topics, Vol. 53).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  7. Published

    Strategies of Social Support and Community Cohesion in Rural Xinjiang

    Beller-Hann, I. Dec 2013 In : Asien. 129, p. 7-21 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  8. Published

    The Bulldozer State: Chinese Socialist Development in Xinjiang

    Beller-Hann, I. Jan 2014 Ethnographies of the State in Central Asia: Performing Politics. Reeves, M., Rasanayagam, J. & Beyer, J. (eds.). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, Ch. 7, p. 173-197 25 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  9. Published

    The burden of the past: Uyghur peasants remember collectivisation in southern Xinjiang

    Beller-Hann, I. 2016 Inside Xinjiang: Space, Place and Power in China's Muslim far Northwest. Hayes, A. & Clarke, M. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, p. 15-31 17 p. (Routledge Contemporary China Series).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  10. Published

    Chronicling the Turfan expeditions: the German archaeologist Albert von Le Coq in Xinjiang

    Beller-Hann, I. 26 Nov 2014 In : Studies in Travel Writing. 18, 4, p. 332-344 13 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

Selected activities

  1. Member:

    Research Associate

  2. Speaker:

    Laudatio for Orhan Pamuk on the award of the Sonningpris

    26 Oct 2012
    , Sonningprize award
  3. Organizer:

    History, Identity and Religion in Central Eurasia

    4 Jul 2011 - 15 Jul 2011
    , History, Identity and Religion in Central Eurasia
  4. Organizer:

    Challenging the Harmonious Society

    20 May 2011 - 21 May 2011
    , Challenging the Harmonious Society
  5. Organizer:

    Kashgar Revisited

    10 May 2012 - 12 May 2012
    , Kashgar Revisited

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