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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)

Between homogenization and fragmentation: textual practices as strategies of integration and identity maintenance among the Uyghurs of Xinjiang, China

Supported by the Velux Foundation

Project start: 1st September 2017


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 (with original and translated texts)

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, Travel in Literature

China’s Borderlands

Nationalism and Ethnicity in Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran

Readings of Turkish texts for advanced students

Post-Soviet transformation in Central Asia and Afghanistan

Scientific theory for students of China and Tibetan Studies

Modern Turkish history and society


Selected publications

  1. Published

    Negotiating Identity: Work, Religion, Gender, and the Mobilization of Tradition among the Uyghur in the 1990s

    Beller-Hann, I. 2016 Berlin: LIT Verlag. 296 p. (Halle Studies in the Anthropology of Eurasia , Vol. 31).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  2. Published

    Oasis history in eastern Xinjiang: a contested field

    Beller-Hann, I. 2016 History Making in Central and Northern Eurasia: Contemporary Actors and Practices. Jacquesson, S. (ed.). Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, p. 79-99 21 p. (Iran-Turan).

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  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

    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

  9. 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

  10. 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

Selected activities

  1. Member:

    Research Associate

  2. Organizer:

    Kashgar Revisited

    10 May 2012 - 12 May 2012
    , Kashgar Revisited

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