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Dr. Christoph Lange

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 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.

From 2014 - 2018 he was a research assistant of Martin Zillinger in the Research Lab "Transformations of Life" of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. Since 2018 he has been working at Martin Zillinger's chair at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

In 2020 he successfully completed his doctoral thesis on "Decolonizing the Arabian Horse - The Breeding, Circulation and Certification of the Straight Egyptian Arabian in the 21st Century". Currently, Christoph Lange is developing a postdoctoral project on Liminal Infrastructures and Mediterranean Crises from a world ecological perspective.

Christoph Lange is currently spokesperson of the GAA Mediterranean Regional Group and in 2021 he was contributing editor of the CASTAC Platypus Blog

  • Social Anthropology of the Mediterranean & Middle East

  • Multispecies-ethnography/ more-than-human anthropology

  • Science and technology Studies (STS)

  • Mobility and nomadic studies, critical orientalism & heritage politics

  • Media anthropology, translocal history of sociotechnical entanglements


Summer term 22: Land, Wasser und Souveränität im Mittelmeerraum und der MENA- Region: Konflikte in Zeiten ökologischer Krisen (sowie BA BM4 & EM3)

Art, Anthropocene and the Anthropology of Donna Haraway: Staying with the Trouble (MA AM3, EM4ab)

Winter term 21|22: Neue Perspektiven auf das Mittelmeer: „Extending the Anthropological Laboratory across Nested Mediterranean” (BA BM 4)

Summer term 2021: Transnationalität im Mittelmeer - Grenzen der Zirkulation (BA)

Wet Ontologies - Anthropology of Water Worlds and Oceanic Thinking (MA)

Sixty Minutes in Ethnography, Theory, and Anthropology (After Lunch Lecture Series)

Winter term 20/21: Der Mittelmeerraum als anthropologisches Labor - Ethnologische Perspektiven auf das Mittelmeer & darüberhinaus (BA & MA)

Summer term 20: Staat und Stamm, Stadt und Dorf - Relationalität und sozialer Wandel im südlichen Mittelmeer (BA)

Winter term 19/20: Decentering the Human. Post- und transhumanistische Perspektiven einer Ethnologie "nach" dem Menschen (BA)

Summer term 19: Future-Making und Ländlicher Raum – Der Mittelmeerraum als anthropologisches Labor (BA)

CSIA IV Reading Group “Beyond Humanism” (a.r.t.e.s. Research Lab)

Winter term 18/19: Neue Felder der Ethnologie: Labore, Netzwerke und Technologien – Zum Verhältnis von ethnologischer Forschung und STS (Science & Technologie Studies) (BA)

Summer term 18: Der ‚animal turn’ und die Ethnologie (BA)

Winter term 17/18: Ethnologische Theorie und Ethnografische Praxis des Nahen und Mittleren Osten (BA)

Lange, Christoph [under contract]: Decolonising the Arabian Horse - The Breeding, Circulation and Certification of the Straight Egyptian Arabian in the 21st Century. Unpublished Doctoral Thesis.

Lange, Christoph. 2022. "A Global Arabian Horse Kula, or: ‘The Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things’." ZfE | JSCA 147: 189–202.

Holdermann, Simon, Christoph Lange, Michaela Schäuble, and Martin Zillinger. 2021: Rethinking New Media and Mediterranean Publics. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie | JSCA (Special Issue: Rethinking the Mediterranean) 146 (1-2): 1-10.

Lange, Christoph. 2021. Data Swarms Revisited – New Modes of Being. Platypus - CASTAC Blog. March 2, 2021.

Lange, Christoph 2020: "How to Win Elections in the Eastern Delta of Egypt: Towards the Idea of a Strategic Tribalism." Zeitschrift für Ethnologie | JSCA (Special Issue: Rethinking the Mediterranean)317–342

Holdermann, Simon, Christoph Lange, Michaela Schäuble, and Martin Zillinger. 2020: Rethinking the Mediterranean: Extending the Anthropological Laboratory across Nested Mediterranean Zones. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie | JSCA (Special Issue: Rethinking the Mediterranean) 145 (2): 175–196.

Lange, Christoph. 2020. "The Making and Remaking of the Arabian Horse - From the Arab Bedouin Horse to the Modern Straight Egyptian." In Horse Breeds and Human Society: Purity, Identity and the Making of the Modern Horse, edited by K. Guest and M. Mattfeld, 234-250. London: Routledge.

Lange, Christoph et. al. 2019. "Das Flurgespräch als ethnographisches Feld." boasblogs papers 1: 64-76.

Lange, Christoph. 2018. "Interspecies Performance. The Composition of the Arabian Show Horse as Living Sculpture." In The Situationality of Human-Animal Relations - Perspectives from Anthropology and Philosophy, edited by Thiemo Breyer and Thomas Widlok, 143-166. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Lange, Christoph (2018): conference report: Infrastructures of Publics and Publics of Infrastructures, 08.12.2016 – 10.12.2016 Siegen, in: H-Soz-Kult, 07.06.2018.

Lange, Christoph. 2016. "Die Erforschung translokaler Netzwerke, die Zucht arabischer Pferde und globale Standardisierungs- und Zertifizierungsdiskurse." In a.r.t.e.s. jahrbuch 2015/2016, edited by a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, 42-55. Köln: a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. (or online at L.I.S.A. Wissenschaftportal Gerda Henkel Stiftung)

Lange, Christoph. 2016. "Purity, Nobility, Beauty and Performance. Past and Present Construction of Meaning for the Arabian Horse." In The Meaning of Horses : Biosocial Encounters, edited by Dona Lee Davis and Anita Maurstad, 39-53. New York, NY: Routledge.

Lange, Christoph. 2012. Beduinität und Authentizität im syrischen Fernsehdrama: Eine medienethnologische Analyse am Beispiel der Serie Finğān ad-Dam. Vol. 31/2012. Halle Saale: ZIRS.

07/2022 Belfast, Irland: “Mediterranean Critical Zones – Lines of Contradiction: Ecological and Social Collapse in the Mediterranean” at Panel: New Directions in Middle East Anthropology, EASA Conference 2022: Transformation, Hope and the Commons (26.- 29.07.2022), School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast.

07/2022 Tübingen, Germany: “The Arabian Horse Kula, or: The Interconnectedness of all Things”, Research Colloquium of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Tübingen

09/2021 Bremen, Germany: “LAB: Utopian and Dystopian Futures of Water Worlds - Mediterranean Crises and the Making of Liminal Infrastructures“; DGSKA Annual Conference Worlds. Zones. Atmospheres. Seismographies of the Anthropocene, 27-30.09.2021, University of Bremen.

11/2019 Cologne, Germany: "Genetic Resistance: The Arabian Horse and the Anthropologist as Unruly Companions" Sixty Minutes in Ethnography, Theory & Anthropology, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne.

09/2019 Konstanz, Germany: "What’s (in) that name debate? Reconsidered. ‘Nicht-verhandelbare Grundfeste’ der Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie auf dem Prüfstand," Roundtable-Discussion at GAA Annual Meeting "Das Ende der Aushandlungen" (29.09 - 02.10.2019), University of Konstanz.

09/2019 Cologne, Germany: "Introduction: Towards An Emancipatory Epistemology," Cologne Summer School of Interdisciplinary Anthropology (IV) Beyond Humanism: Cyborgs – Animals – Data Swarms (September 23 - 27  2019), a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, University of Cologne.

05/2019, Cologne, Germany: "Village and Tribal Virtuality: The Rural Hinterland as Strategic Resource for Future-Making in the Eastern Nile Delta of Egypt,"GAA Conference: Rurality and Future-Making: Comparative Perspectives from Europe, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean (May 22 - 24 2019), Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne.

12/2018 Siegen, Germany: "Village and Virtuality — Digital Media(ted) Practices in the Ethnographic Field: A 21st century Community Study with the Tahawiya Bedouins in Egypt’s Eastern Delta (Sharqiya)," CRC 1187 Conference Media, Technologies, Cooperation – Rethinking Publics and Publicness in the MENA Region, University of Siegen.

09/2018 Cambridge, UK: "The Performative Constitution of the Arabian horse as Living Sculpture – An Ethnographic Dislocation of Space and Surface," Cambridge AHRC DTP Conference 2018: Space and Surface, Peterhouse, Cambridge.

07/2018 Seville, Spain: "Visiting the Turfs of the Modern Arabian Horse – Hegemonies and Politics of Arabian Horseracing in the Arab Middle East," World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies 2018, Panel: Intersection of Equine Culture and History in Europe, Middle East and North Africa, University of Seville.

07/2017 Cologne, Germany: “The Art of Breeding Arabian Horses – Between Localized Practices and Global Breeding Standards,” GSSC Annual Conference The Global South on The Move – Transforming Capitalism, Knowledge and Ecologies, Global South Studies Centers, University of Cologne.

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, Germany: „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, Germany: ›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, Germany: „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,“ Conference „The Arab East and the Bedouin Component“, Orient-Institut Beirut & CRC 586, American University Cairo.