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Christoph Lange, M.A.

Doctoral researcher

Liliencronstr. 6
Room 2.05
Phone +49 221 470 4701
E-mail c.lange_ x _@_ y _uni-koeln.de
Office HoursOffice Hours
Winter 18/19: Wednesday, 3.00-5.00 pm at Liliencronstraße 6 room 2.05
(please contact for prior appointment)
Website Profile at a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School
Website Profile at Humanities Commons
Website Christoph Lange on ResearchGate

Currently Taught Courses

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 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

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

SoSe 18: Der ‚animal turn’ und die Ethnologie

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


Lange, Christoph (2019, forthcoming). The Making and Remaking of the Arabian Horse – From the Arab Bedouin Horse to the Modern Straight Egyptian™. In: Kristen Guest/Monica Mattfeld (Eds.), Horse Breeds and Human Society: Purity, Identity and the Making of the Modern Horse. London: Routledge.

Lange, Christoph (2018). Interspecies Performance. The Composition of the Arabian Show Horse as Living Sculpture. In: Thiemo Breyer/Thomas Widlok (Eds.), The Situationality of Human-Animal Relations (143-166). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. 

Lange, Christoph et. al. (2018): Das Flurgespräch als ethnographisches Feld. Blog What's in a Name - Wofür steht die Umbenennung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde?, 31.07.2018.

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. 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

12/2018 Siegen, Dtl.: "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: “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: „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.