Vorträge

Invited lectures and Keynotes

2019

"On little and grand narratives in Central Asia". At "Central Asian Studies Inside Out. Challenging Grand Narratives”, organized by l’EHESS and ZMO (Berlin). March 28, 2019. Paris.

Accountability and justice in asylum claims. Debating the issue of Rohingya statelessness in British courts. At: "Claiming Justice after Conflict: The Stateless, the Displaced and the Disappeared at the Margins of the State", organized by Yazid Ben-Hounet and Judith Beyer. FMSH, Paris. 15. March.

The arrival of the Indian Other. On classifying minorities in Burma. At: "Dialogues entre recherches classiques et actuelles sur l’Asie du Sud-Est". FMSH, Paris. 14. March 

The force of custom. Law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan. At: University Paris-Nanterre, Department of Anthropology. 12. March.

2018

"The force of custom. Law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan". Institutskolloquium am Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Hamburg. November 13.

"The force of custom. Law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan. Séminaire "L'Asie centrale dans tous ses Etats : questions et méthodes", EHESS, Paris. March 12.

Shari’a, tradition and the state in Kyrgyzstan. Competing repertoires of order: the case of mortuary rituals. Séminaire Transformations de la Normativité Islamique. Institut d'études de l'Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman. March 8, Paris.

Being Muslim in contemporary Myanmar. On community and the problem with 'communal violence'. Séminaire de l’équipe Anthropologie Comparative des Sociétés et Cultures Musulmanes (LAS). March 6, Paris.

2017

The force of custom. Law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan. Book presentation. Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark.

2016

"'Don't trust the trustees!' Representing and administering religious minorities in Yangon, Myanmar," Institutskolloquium, Department of Anthropology, University of Freiburg, 14. June.

2015

"Zuhören als Methode. Oral history in der ethnologischen Feldforschung" At: Kolloquium Neuere Geschichte und Zeitgeschichte" (Osterhammel / Reichardt). University of Konstanz, Germany. 12. July.

"Work in Progress. Performing the state in Central Asia." At: Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Dipartimento di Scienze Umane per la Formazione "R. Massa." Milan, Italy.

"Den Staat verfassen. Ein rechtsethnologischer Blick auf Verfassungspolitik." Berliner Seminar 'Recht im Kontext'. Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin.

2013    

Law and religion in Myanmar. De/Constructing religious  communities. At: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies.  Kolkata, India. October.

2011     

Settling descent.  Place-making and genealogy in Talas, Kyrgyzstan. At: Seminar Series  'Central Asia in a Terrible State? Issues and Methods.' L'École des  Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. 10. February.

2009     

Customizing  law: Social ordering through salt in Talas, Kyrgyzstan. At: Maulana  Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies. Kolkata, India. February.

2007     

Imagining  the state: How perceptions of the state influence customary law in the  Kyrgyz aksakal courts. At: Harvard University, Central Asian and  Caucasus Program, Boston, USA April.

2006     

Verfassungen  und Verfassungswirklichkeiten: Ergebnisse einer einjährigen  Feldforschung in Zentralasien. [Constitutions and constitutional realities. Results of a year-long field research in Central Asia]. At:  'Verfassungstheorie: Verfassungs-, europa- und völkerrechtliche  Aspekte', Faculty of Law, Eberhard Karls-University Tübingen, Germany  (in German). December.

Presentations at Conferences and Workshops

06. December 2018


Communal sense. Law, property and the making of ethno-religious Others. Institute for Advanced Study University of Konstanz.

14. September 2018

Participation in the discussion "Recht vermitteln! Eine Aufgabe der Rechtsforschung in Zeiten des 'Rechtsempfindens'? led by taz-journalist Christian Rath on the occasion of launching the edited volume "Interdisziplinäre Rechtsforschung". At: 4. Kongress der deutschsprachigen Rechtssoziologie-Vereinigungen. University of Basel. September 14.

16. August 2018

On the co-production of accountability. Asylum cases of stateless Rohingya in the UK. At: European Association for Social Anthropology (EASA), Panel "Investigating accountability: practices and performances [LAW NET]" organized by Jane Cowan and Julie Billaud. University of Stockholm. August 16.

18. November 2017

Women of protest, men of applause. Political activism, gender, and tradition in Kyrgyzstan (together with Aijarkyn Kojobekova). At: Practices of traditionalization in Central Asia. Organized by Judith Beyer 16.-18. November 2017. Institute for Advanced Stud, University of Konstanz.

8. July 2017

From gossip to grievance. Rumour and religious property in Myanmar. At: Divergent resource claims in plural ecologies. Case studies from Southeast Asia. Organized by Judith Beyer (Konstanz) and Birgit Bräuchler (Monash University, Australia). 6.- 8. July. Institute for Advanced Study, University of Konstanz, Germany. 

16.-18. June 2017

False flag. Rumour, religious property and the politics of community-making in Myanmar. At: Interdisciplinary Myanmar Conference 2017. University of Bonn, Germany.

26.-27. April 2017

Securing community through property. A case study from Yangon. At: Everyday Justice and Security in the Myanmar Transition. Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark.
For the workshop Programme see here.

23. July 2016

Individuality and the making of urban communities. European Association for Social Anthropology, University of Milano-Biccoca, Italy.

14. July 2016

Religious minorities in Myanmar. First findings from fieldwork. Arbeitsgespräch am Kulturwissenschaftlichen Kolleg. Universität Konstanz.

23.-25. June 2016

Gemeinschaft ohne Gesellschaft? Religiöse Minderheiten in Yangon. Myanmarforschung Tagung 2016, Humboldt Universität Berlin.

10.-12. June 2016

Gerichtlich gesicherte Existenz. Ethnizität, Besitz und die Rolle des Rangoon High Court als Ort der Wissensproduktion. DFG-Netzwerktreffen, Universität Heidelberg.

19. February 2015

"Anthropology between book and blog. Evaluation criteria and communication in contemporary academia." At: Finnland-Institut in Deutschland. Gemeinnütziges Forum finnischer Kultur, Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft im deutschsprachigen Europa. Berlin.

13. January 2015

"Harmony and shame-anxiety. Practicing emotions in Kyrgyz mortuary gift exchange." Kolloquium Ethnologie Prof. Kirsch. University of Konstanz, Konstanz.

10. December 2014

"Between monks and militiamen. Where is Myanmar's civil society?" Workshop: A post-civil society? Political society beyond Western constructs Organized by Raul Acosta. University of Konstanz.

18. November 2014

"What's in a name? Zum aktuellen Verständnis einer politischen Anthropologie an Beispielen aus Zentral- und Südostasien". Forschungskolloquium Neuere und Wissenschaftsgeschichte. University of Konstanz.

14. November 2014

"Debating faith and justice in Kyrgyzstan. The negotiation of authority among elders and imams". Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. University of Oxford.

August 2014

Race and the state. On the category of 'race' in British asylum appeal cases. At:  Stuck at the gates. Seminar on migration, biotechnologies and limits of  regulation. Allegra Lab in cooperation with the Finnish Anthropological  Society and the Department of Social Anthropology. University of  Helsinki, Finland. August 4, 2014.

August 2014

On forged documents and lack of written evidence. Tracing eligibility in Rohingya asylum cases. At: Tracing eligibilities. Moralities, performances, practices.  Organiser: EASA network Anthropology of Law and Rights. Heike  Drotbohm/Julia Eckert. 13th EASA Biennial Conference. Estonian Institute  of Humanities. Tallinn University, Estonia. August 3, 2014.

June 2014

Eigentum, Recht und Religion. Religiöse Minderheiten  in Yangon. At: Myanmarforschung 2014. Projekte, Pläne, Partnerschaften.  Centre for Interdisciplinary Area Studies (ZIRS). Martin Luther  University Halle-Wittenberg, June 27, 2014.

June 2014

Traces of the colonial in contemporary practices.  Personal status laws and their repercussions for religious minorities in  Myanmar. At: Empire and the making of personal status. Organiser: Natasha Pairaudeau. Centre for History and Economics. Cambridge University, June 9, 2014.

January 2014

(paper presented in absentia) Houses of Islam. Muslim property regimes and the state in Myanmar. At: Islam, law and the state in Myanmar. Organiser: Melissa Crouch. Centre for Asian Legal Studies. National University of Singapore, January 23 - 24, 2014.

October 2013

Das Dilemma der "Be-Urteilung". Zum Forschungsstand angewandter Rechtsethnologie. Panel: Ethnologie und Recht - "außeruniversitär". Neue Herausforderungen an die Rechtsethnologie.  Verortungen. Ethnologie in Wissenschaft, Arbeitswelt und  Öffentlichkeit. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde, Mainz University.  October 2-5, 2013.

September 2013

Panel participant.  Jointly with Jeanne Féaux de la Croix, Lutz Rzehak, Moritz Florin,  Rudolf Mark, Andrea Schmitz, Andrei Dörre. Panel: Forschungsberichte aus den Disziplinen.  Hamburger Zentralasientag 2013. Institut für Friedensforschung und  Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg (IFSH). September 16,  2013.

August 2013

'The Customization of Law and the  Legalisation of Custom: A Legal Anthropological Analysis of the  Interaction between Courts of Elders and State Courts in Kyrgyzstan.'  At: Tracing legal connections. Interactions between courts of elders and state courts across Kyrgyzstan. European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS). Astana, Kazakhstan. Aug. 4-7, 2013.

August 2013

Roundtable Participant. At Scholarship for a Broader Public: How to Improve Our Communication with the Media. European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS). Astana, Kazakhstan. Aug. 4-7, 2013.

May 2013

Law and religion in Myanmar. Glimpses of an ongoing research project. At: Second Exploratory Meeting - Department 'Law & Anthropology'. Panel: Ongoing Research at the MPI for Social Anthropology and Future Activities - Part II. May 23-25, 2013.

October 2012

The customization of law. A case study from Kyrgyzstan. At Anthropological Workshop. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Oct. 16, 2012.

December 2010

Fighting customary law with Shariat. The multiplex roles of imams at funeral rituals in Talas, Kyrgyzstan. At: Religious Dynamics in Central Asia: Islam in Focus. Seminar for Central Asian Studies. Institute for Asian and African Studies. Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

June 2010

Poster presentation. According to salt. An ethnography of customary law in Talas (Kyrgyzstan). At: International Symposium of the VolkswagenFoundation. Between Europe and the Orient. A Focus on Research and Higher Education in/on Central Asia. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

December 2009

(paper  presented through video streaming). Customizing law: How the shari'a is  'swallowed' by customary law in Talas, Kyrgyzstan. Panel: Internationalizing custom and localizing law. Organiser: Melissa Demian. The end/s of anthropology. American Anthropological Association. Philadelphia, USA.

October 2009

(together with Felix Girke) Accomplishing integration. A comparative assessment of Kyrgyz and Ethiopian harmony ideologies. At: Anthropological Workshop. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Halle/Saale, Germany.

July 2009

Law 'in the blood': metaphors of embodiment and practices of customizing law. At: Behind the Rule - Law and Identity. Panel: Local customary practices and legal identity. Graduate School Society and Culture in Motion. Halle/Saale, Germany.

June 2009

(together with Felix Girke) The predicaments of the tourist encounter in Myanmar. Outline of a post-doc research project. At: Working Group Tourism and the Oriental or Exotic Other. Institute for Social Anthropology. Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale, Germany.

February 2009

Coming of age and authority: elders in contemporary Kyrgyzstan. At: Eurasian perspectives: in search of alternatives. Panel: Local histories and cultural expressions. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies. Kolkata, India.

January 2009

Emotional preventive law care: The force of uiat in Kyrgyz funeral rituals. At: Emotion in conflict. Organiser: Birgitt Röttger-Rössler. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Halle/Saale, Germany.

January 2009

A transition to social ordering: anthropological alternatives of looking at change and continuity in so-called post-socialist societies. Panel: Coping and ordering.  The end of transition? Analytical and local understandings of  'transition' in post socialist space.Organiser: Maria Louw and Martin  Frederiksen. University of Aarhus. Aarhus, Denmark.

August 2008

From flows back to actors: Why "the local" is no longer a place for anthropology. Panel: Local encounters with the global: diversity of anthropological fieldwork approaches in globalization studies. "Experiencing diversity": Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA); Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Aug 2008

Uiat bolot! The role of moral reasoning in Kyrgyz dispute management processes. Panel: Ethnographies of moral reasoning. First Regional Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS).Yssyk Köl, Kyrgyzstan.

December 2008

Zum Begriff des Lokalen im Kontext der Globalisierung. At: Globalisierung und Reserven. Institute for Social Anthropology. Organiser: Thomas Hauschild. Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale, Germany.

October 2007

Rhetoric of transformation: the case of the Kyrgyz constitutional reform. At: Wissen um Veränderung: Entwicklung, Geschichte, sozialer Wandel. Sektion Entwicklungssoziologie und Sozialanthropologie der Deutschen  Gesellschaft für Soziologie. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Halle/Saale, Germany.

July 2007

Imagining the state: How perceptions of the state influence customary law in the Kyrgyz aksakal courts. Annual meeting of The Law and Society Association. Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, July 25-28.

April 2007

Imagining the state: How perceptions of the state influence customary law in the Kyrgyz aksakal courts: At: Nation, community and the state. ASN World Convention, Columbia University, New York City, USA, April 12-14.

March 2007

The politics of customary law: Courts of elders (aksakal) in Kyrgyzstan. At: Symposium für DoktorandInnen und PostDocs. Volkswagen Foundation. Hannover, Germany, March 22-23.

November 2006

Lineage-Älteste und Ältestengerichte in Kyrgyzstan: Instanzen lokaler Konfliktschlichtung und -prävention. At: Zwischen Europa und Orient: Mittelasien - Kaukasus im Fokus der Wissenschaft. International Symposium, Berlin, Germany, November 29 - December 1.

March 2005

The  politics of customary law: Courts of elders (aksakal) in Kyrgyzstan.  Proposal defense. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany.

November 2003

The 'transformation process' in Kyrgyz constitutional law: An analysis of law in the books and law in action. At: CARN IV: Central Asia: Perspectives from the field. School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK.

June 2003

The 'transformation process' in Kyrgyz constitutional law. At: Rechtsforschung als disziplinübergreifende Herausforderung. Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology. Halle/Saale, Germany.

January 2003

Sravnitelnyi  analiz transformatsionnykh protsessov v Kyrgyzstane i Nigerii  (Zapadnaia Afrika): Aktivnost' grazhdanskogo obshchestva kak vykhod iz  perekhodnogo sostoianiia. At: Konstitutsionnoe stroitelstvo prezidentsko-parlamentskikh vzaimootnoshenii na postsovetskom prostranstve. Yssyk Köl, Kyrgyzstan.

July 2000

A  summer in Kyrgyzstan: Internship and travelogue. At: Institute of  Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology. University of Tübingen, Germany.