Prof. Dr. Judith Beyer

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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 the UK. Her research focuses on the anthropology of law, the anthropology of the state, and theories of sociality and social order. Her current thematic interests are: the concept of community, practices of traditionalization, common sense, statelessness and ethnomethodology. 

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".

From 2018-2019 she is also a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Konstanz.

Judith Beyer is currently Member of the International Advisory Board of the peer-reviewed journal Central Asian Survey, Associate Member of the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) and a long-time editor at Allegra Lab, a widely read anthropological blog.

For a full CV see here.