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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Judith Beyer
Schwetschke-Strasse 1

06110 Halle/Saale

0151 42 31 39 43 (tel)

Twitter: Judith Beyer

Academic career

2010 – Research Fellow. Department Law & Anthropology. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.
2004 2009 PhD (Anthropology). Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

and Martin Luther University Halle/Wittenberg, Germany.

Thesis: According to salt. An ethnography of customary law in Talas, Kyrgyzstan

2003 Exchange Student (Kyrgyz Ethnology, Law, Russian and Kyrgyz Language)

American University in Central Asia. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

1998 2004 MA (Anthropology, Public and International Law, Slavonic Studies).

Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany.

Thesis: Recht in ‘Transformation’: Zur Rhetorik der Verfassungsreform in Kirgistan [Law in‘transformation’: The rhetoric of the Kyrgyz constitutional reform]

Professional training
2010 - Member of Minerva-FemmeNet. A mentoring program of the Max Planck Society, addressing the (junior) female scientists and alumnae of all sections.
2009 -2013 Participation in Zertifikat Hochschuldidaktik, a certification program preparing young scholars for a university career

Research areas

Southeast Asia (particularly Myanmar)

Central Asia (particularly Kyrgyzstan)
Scholarships and awards

2012 – 2014 International Scholar (Mentor) of the Central Asia and Caucasus Research and Training Initiative (CARTI) of the Open Society Foundations (2 years)

2009 Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Workshop Grant

(jointly with Madeleine Reeves and Johan Rasanayagam)
2009 Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (MAKAIAS), Kolkata, India. Visiting fellowship (one month)
2006 2009 Volkswagen Foundation and Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.

Research position and fieldwork grant (three years and ten months)
2007 Best Graduate Student Paper on Eurasia. At: Nation, Community and the State, ASN World Convention, Columbia University, New York City, USA April 12-14
2005 Graduate School Asian and African Studies, Martin Luther University

Halle/Wittenberg. Stipend (one year)

2005 Hermann Hesse stipend, Sparkasse Pforzheim Calw (three months)
2004 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Travel grant (two weeks)
2003 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Stipend (six months)
2000 Universitätsbund, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. Travel grant (three months)


German (mother tongue)

English (fluent)

Russian (good)

Kyrgyz (good)

French (good)

Myanma (beginner)

2012-13 Myanmar (Yangon). Field research on land and property regimes of the Christian communities (four months)
2011 Germany (Saxony): Field research on insight meditation (one week)
2010 England (Wales). Field research on insight meditation (two weeks)
2010 Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek and Talas). Field research on the constitutional referendum and ethnonationalism; revisiting my field site (three weeks)

2009 Myanmar (Yangon, Inle-Lake, Mandalay, Bagan). Exploratory field trip (two weeks)

2009 India (Kolkata). Library-based research on interrelations between India and Myanmar; establishing contacts to local research institutions (one month)
2008 Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek and Talas). Follow-up field research for doctoral dissertation (one month)
2005-2006 Doctoral dissertation research on legal pluralism and the ordering of everyday life in two villages in northern Kyrgyzstan (fifteen months)
2003 Field research for Masters thesis on state judges perceptions of

transformation’ during the constitutional reform in Kyrgyzstan (six months)

Courses taught

Martin Luther University Halle/Wittenberg
2011 Einführung in die Religionsethnologie (Introduction to the anthropology of religion)
2009 Entwicklung und Transformation: „Transferierte Hilfe“ in postkoloniale und postsozialistische Gesellschaften (Development and transformation: Transferring help’ to postcolonial and postsocialist societies)
2008 Streitprävention und Streitschlichtung im interkulturellen Vergleich (Dispute prevention and dispute settlement in intercultural comparison)

Eberhard Karls University Tübingen
1999-2002 Einführung in die Bibliotheksrecherche (Introduction to library research)
Professional activities
2012 - Country of Origin Expert (COI) for the Fahamu Refugee Programme (FRP).
2012 Consultant for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ).

Designing a qualitative study on 'Price rises and food security in the context of

Kyrgyzstan's Customs Union accession'. Sept 2012.
2010 Advisor for United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

Expertise on the preparation of a report on ‘The responsibility of the aksakal courts to protect property and inheritance rights of women’ (in Russian). Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Oct 2010
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