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 winner of the Teaching Innovation Fund (TIF) and organized a workshop on the topic „Statelessness — A dialogue“ together with MA-students and international guests at the Centre for Cultural Inquiry (ZIF).

Judith Beyer is currently Co-Convenor of the EASA network "Anthropology of Law, Rights and Governance" (LAW NET); 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.

She 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. At the University of Konstanz, she is currently Chair of the Examination Board for the BA- and MA-courses in Sociology.

For a full CV see here.

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