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Christoph Lange

Postdoctoral Research assistant, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne

Contributing Editor, Platypus: The CASTAC Blog

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About Christoph

I studied Social Anthropology and Middle East Studies (Master’s degree, two majors) at the University of Leipzig from 2004–2011. With my first travels to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan I set my regional focus on the Levant region within the Arab Middle East. From 2008–2012 I worked for the German state-funded Collaborative Research Center 586 „Difference and Integration“ at the Universities of Leipzig and Halle/Lutherstadt Wittenberg where I conducted my first ethnographic research about Bedouin representations in Syrian television dramas and Arab media discourses about authenticity. From 2014 - 2018 I was a research assistant at the Research Lab "Transformations of Life" of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. Since 2018 I am working at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne. In 2020, I successfully finished my doctoral thesis on "Decolonizing the Arabian Horse - The Breeding, Circulation and Certification of the Straight Egyptian Arabian in the 21st Century". Currently, I am developing a postdoctoral project on Liminal Infrastructures and Mediterranean Crises from a world ecological and/or Critical Zone perspective.





Horse Breeds and Human Society : Purity, Identity and the Making of the Modern Horse

Kristen Guest, Monica Mattfeld | Taylor & Francis Group (2020) | ISBN: 0429024002

Chapter: The making and remaking of the Arabian horse – from the Arab Bedouin horse to the modern Straight Egyptian 1, Christoph Lange (pgs. 234-250)

"This book demonstrates how horse breeding is entwined with human societies and identities. It explores issues of lineage, purity, status through interconnections between animals and humans. The quest for purity in horse breeding and the acceptance of what constitutes an identifiable horse breed reflect the ways in which human beings remain subject to racialized, gendered, regionalized, and classified categorizations. Since horses make for an apt species to explore these issues, their 'breeds' are viewed as a manifestation of human classist mindset. Focusing on various horse breeds, from the Chincoteague Pony to Brazilian Criolo and the Arabian horse, each chapter carries a leading expert's insights into the ways in which breeding continues to prevail in the worlds of domesticated animals. Bringing together different historical, geographical, and disciplinary perspectives, this book will appeal to academics, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of, human-animal studies, sociology, environmental studies, cultural studies, history and literature"--

The Situationality of Human-Animal Relations : Perspectives from Anthropology and Philosophy

Thiemo Breyer, Thomas Widlok | transcript Verlag (2018) | ISBN: 3839441072

Chapter: Interspecies Performance, (pgs. 143-166)

Riding, hunting, fishing, bullfighting: Human-animal relations are diverse. This anthology presents various case studies of situations in which humans and animals come into contact and asks for the anthropological and philosophical implications of such encounters. The contributions by renowned scholars such as Albert Piette and Kazuyoshi Sugawara present multidisciplinary methodological reflections on concepts such as embodiment, emplacement, or the »conditio animalia« (in addition to the »conditio humana«) as well as a consideration of the term »situationality« within the field of anthropology.