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Amtul Shaheen, M.A.

Short Biography

since 2020 Doctoral researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne 

2019-2020 Lecturer (parental leave replacement) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne

2018-2019 Visiting student and fieldwork at the Institute of Ethnology (Center for Studies of Ethnic Minorities in Northwest China), Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, PR China (Scholarship by the Chinese Scholarship Council)

2017-2019 Project Coordinator Excellence Forum "CHINA global: ideas, value, practices" (DFG funded) at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne

2017  Summer School and Fieldwork "Chinese changes and the Silk road since 1840", organized by the Institute of Ethnology (in Chinese) of Lanzhou University, PR China (Promos-DAAD Scholarship)

2016-2017 Project Coordinator Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of the development volunteer service weltwärts at Engagement Global gGmbH, Bonn 

2015 Magistra Artium in Sinology/Modern China (major), French Philology, Information Processing and Islamic Studies at the University of Cologne 

2014-2015 Research Assistant at DLR- Project Management Agency, European and International Cooperation, Bonn

2008-2009 Chinese Language Study at Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, PR China (Scholarship by DAAD/Chinese Scholarship Council)


Thematic Interests and Regional Focus

Anthropology of China, Modernity and Globalization, Migration, Diaspora, Religion (Islam), Morality, Secularism, Gender and Identity, Ethnicity, Anthropology of Development

China, Taiwan, Chinese Diaspora in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore

Research Projects

"Inclusive Practices of a Globalized 'Chinese-Taiwanese Islam' amid Taiwan's Covenantal Pluralism" (Working Title Ph.D. Project)

"Constructing transnational identity through religion: the Indian Sikh diaspora in Cologne" (11/2019-01/2020)

"China's northwestern women's mosques between state, religion and modernity" (07/2017, 06/2018, 08/2018- 01/2019)

Courses and Seminars

Winter term 21/22: Anthropology of the New Cosmopolitanism

Winter term 21/22: Anthropology of Islam

Summer term 2021:  Introduction to the Anthropology of China

Winter term 20/21: Introduction to research methods 

Summer term 2020: Religion in China

Winter term 19/20: Introduction to research methods


December 09, 2021 “Shifting Meanings of Qingzhen and Halal concepts in Contemporary China”, Workshop Asian Food and Power in a Global Context, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic (Online)

August 4, 2022 “Studying People and People’s in Contemporary People's Republic of China”, Annual Meeting of the German Research Foundation (DFG) Scientific Network “Anthropology and China(s)”, Heidelberg University, Germany