Prof. Dr. Judith Beyer

Judith Beyer specializes in political and legal anthropology. She conducts long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) and Southeast Asia (Myanmar) and increasingly in Europe (multisited). Her research focuses on the anthropology of law, the anthropology of the state and statelessness, and theories of sociality and social order. Her current thematic interests are: the concept of community, activism, practices of traditionalization, and common sense. Theoretically, she draws on ethnomethodology, existential anthropology and the work of Jacques Lacan.

In 2018, Judith Beyer has been awarded a Fernand Braudel Associate Directorship (Directeur d’Études Associés) by the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) in Paris. 

In 2019, she was a fellow at the "Institut d'études de l'Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman“ (IISMM) . In March 2019 she held four lectures concerning the situations of Muslims in Central Asia and Southeast Asia at the IISMM. Her lectures dealt with ethno-religious minorities in Myanmar, practices of retraditionalization in Central Asia, the phenomenon of statelessness in the case of Muslim Rohingya and a keynote on oral history as 'grand narrative', based on her long-term research in Kyrgyzstan. While in Paris, she also co-organized a workshop together with Dr. Yazid Ben Hounet (EHESS) on "Claiming Justice after Conflict: The Stateless, the Displaced and the Disappeared at the Margins of the State".

In 2022, she was the prize winner of both the Teaching Innovation Fund (TIF) and the Tina Ulmer-Teaching Awardat the University of Konstanz.

Judith Beyer is a Mentor of Minerva Femme-Net, a network for female scientists at the Max Planck Society, and of plan m-Mentoring in Science, at the University of Bremen. She is a Member of the International Advisory Board of the peer-reviewed journal Central Asian Survey, and an Associate Member of the European Network on Statelessness (ENS). At the University of Konstanz, she is Chair of the Examination Board for Sociology (Vorsitzende des Ständigen Prüfungsausschusses Soziologie), member of the Academic Commission (Studienkommission) and of the Study Abroad Committee (Ausschuss für Auslandsstipendien).

For a full CV see here.

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