Staff – University of Copenhagen

Ildiko Beller-Hann

Ildiko Beller-Hann

Associate Professor

After studying Turkish, Archaeology, and English at the Lórand Eötvös University in Budapest, I received my Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (in Turkish Studies) and my habilitation degree  from the Humboldt University, Berlin in Central Asian Studies. My main interests span the histories, societies and cultures of the Turkic speaking world, with special focus on Xinjiang, Central Asia and Turkey. In my work I combine text-based research with empirical methods of data collection. I have conducted extensive fieldwork in NE Turkey, NW China (Xinjiang) and Kazakhstan. 

 

Primary fields of research

societies and cultures  of the Turkic speaking world

historical anthropology

social support, kinship

oral and literate traditions

local history

the construction of history

history and identity

regional focus: Xinjiang (NW China), Central Asia, Turkey

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

https://ccrs.ku.dk/research/centres-and-projects/between-homogenization-and-fragmentation/

 

Supported by the Velux Foundation

Project start: 1st September 2017

Teaching

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

Empires, states, tribes. An Introduction to the history and peoples of Central Eurasia

Readings of Turkish texts for advanced students

Post-Soviet Transformation in Central Asia and Afghanistan

Scientific Theory for Students of China and Tibetan Studies

Islam in Central Asia: from Everyday Islam to Radical Movements

Middle Eastern Literatures: Turkish literature

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Kashgar Revisited: Uyghur Studies in memory of Ambassador Gunnar Jarring

    Beller-Hann, I. (ed.), Schlyter, B. (ed.) & Sugawara, J. (ed.) 2017 1 ed. Leiden: Brill. 338 p. (Inner Asian Library).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  2. 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).

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  3. 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).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  4. 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.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  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, p. 173-197 25 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  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).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  7. 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.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  8. Published

    Strategies of Social Support and Community Cohesion in Rural Xinjiang

    Beller-Hann, I. Dec 2013 In : ASIEN – The German Journal on Contemporary Asia. 129, p. 7-21 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  9. 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).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  10. 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).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  11. 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).

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

Selected activities

  1. Research Associate (External organisation)

    Beller-Hann, I. (Member)
    1999 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership in research network

  2. Kashgar Revisited

    Beller-Hann, I. (Organizer)
    10 May 201212 May 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation of and participation in conference

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