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Christoph Lange, M.A.

Office HoursOffice Hours
Summer 18: Monday, 2.00-4.00 pm in Room 6.110 at the Institute (please contact for prior appointment)

Phone +49 221 470 7225
E-mail c.lange_ x _@_ y _uni-koeln.de
Website Profil at a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School
Website Profil at Humanities Commons
Doctoral researcher

Currently Taught Courses

Der "animal turn" und die Ethnologie (2) 
TermineKLIPS2 Termine 
Duration2 Semesterwochenstunden
Type of CourseSeminar
Course LanguageDeutsch
Room107b Seminarraum B VI (56 Sitzpl.) (107b/03/314) 

Short Biography

Christoph Lange studied Social Anthropology and Middle East Studies (Master’s degree, two majors) at the University of Leipzig from 2004–2011. With his first travels to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan he set his research focus on the Levant region within the Arab Middle East. From 2008–2012 he worked for the German state-funded Collaborative Research Center CRC 586 „Difference and Integration“ at the Universities of Leipzig and Halle/Lutherstadt Wittenberg where he conducted his first ethnographic research about Bedouin representations in Syrian television dramas and Arab media discourses about authenticity.

Since 2014 he was working as a doctoral researcher at the Research Lab “Transformations of Life” at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. His PhD-research project concerns the breeding, standardization and circulation of Arabian purebred horses with an ethnographic focus on Egypt and Arab actors within the global breeding industry.

Thematic Interests and Regional Focus

Social Anthropology of the Middle East

multispecies-ethnography/human-animal-studies, mobility and nomadic studies, translocal entanglements, critical orientalism, media anthropology, kinship and social reproduction theories.

Courses and Seminars

SoSe18: Der ‚animal turn’ und die Ethnologie (Mi 16:00-17:30 Uhr, Seminarraum B VI, Kerpenerstr. 20)

WS 17/18: Ethnologische Theorie und Ethnografische Praxis des Nahen und Mittleren Osten


Lange, Christoph (2016): „Die Erforschung translokaler Netzwerke, die Zucht arabischer Pferde und globale Standardisierungs- und Zertifizierungsdiskurse“. In: a.r.t.e.s. yearbook 2015/2016, 01.10.2016. (http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6N92W)


Lange, Christoph (2016): „Purity, Nobility, Beauty and Performance: Past and Present Construction of Meaning for the Arabian Horse“, in: Davis, Dona/Maurstad, Anita (ed.): The Meaning of Horses: Biosocial Encounters. London: Routledge, p.39–53.


Lange, Christoph (2012): Beduinität und Authentizität im syrischen Fernsehdrama. Mitteilungen des SFB „Differenz und Integration“ 14, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Regionalstudien – Vorderer Orient, Afrika, Asien der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg.

Workshops and Conferences

12/2016 Beirut, Libanon: „From the Arab Bedouin Horse to the Modern Straight EgyptianTM – Discourses of Ancestry, Genealogical Purity and Bloodlines in the Global Breeding Industry of the Arabian Horse.“ Workshop: Nasab: Lineage and Genealogy in the Arab East, Orientinstitut Beirut, Libanon.

11/2016 Cologne: „The Contemporary Breeding of Arabian Horses. Or:  A Transnational Gambling with Life?“ Workshop Monetary Games, Big Data and Mereological Magic Gambling, Speculation and Numerology in an Age of Uncertainty, a.r.t.e.s. Research Lab Transformations of Life, University of Cologne (organized with Dr. Mario Schmidt; conference report).

07/2016 Leipzig: ›Tribalism‹ versus ›Nation building‹ -An Account on the Applicability of Anthropological Theory in the Eastern Nile Delta Province of Sharqiya during the Parliamentary Elections in 2015.“ Symposium: Intervention als Politik und Magie - Motive und Konsequenzen, Institut für Ethnologie, University of Leipzig.

11/2014 Siegen: „Züchtung, Zirkulation & Zertifizierung arabischer Pferde. Zur Lokalität translokaler Netzwerke.“ Workshop „Medien|Praktiken der Bewegung“ des DFG-Graduiertenkollegs „Locating Media“, University of Siegen.

08/2014 Tallinn, Estland: „Straight Egyptians, Desert-bred and Asil Arabians: Purity, Nobility, Beauty and Performance.“ Konferenz „EASA 2014: Intimacy, Collaboration and Revolution“, University of Tallinn.

12/2012 Cairo, Egypt: „A Cup of Blood – The Representation of Bedouins in Syrian Television drama.“, Konferenz „The Arab East and the Bedouin Component“, Orient-Institut Beirut & SFB 586, American University Cairo.