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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

After studying Social Anthropology and Middle East Studies at the University of Leipzig from 2004–2011, he was a research assistant at the Research Lab "Transformations of Life" of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne from 2014 - 2018. Since 2018 he is working at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cologne. In 2020, Christoph successfully finished his doctoral thesis on "Decolonizing the Arabian Horse - The Breeding, Circulation and Certification of the Straight Egyptian Arabian in the 21st Century". Currently, he is developing a postdoctoral project on Liminal Infrastructures and Mediterranean Crises from a Critical Zone's 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, Christoph Lange (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.

Contributions to Platypus: The CASTAC Blog

View all of Christoph's posts on Platypus: The CASTAC Blog.

Data Swarms Revisited – New Modes of Being

Editor’s Note: The new Platypus Thematic Series entitled “Data Swarms Revisited” will feature posts form computer science, philosophy and anthropology and connect to the Thematic Series Anthropos Tomorrow: Transhumanism and Anthropology inaugurated by Jon Bialecki and Ian Lowrie on Platypus in 2017. The posts will deal with overarching questions of the so-called “human condition” in times of accelerated computation, digitalization and technological infrastructures. Herein, the figuration of the Data Swarm serves as a playful and slightly ironic approximation to the threats and promises embedded in these on-going controversies.

Origins: Searching for New Modes of Humanism(s)[note id=”1″ type=”mark”]

At the end of September 2019, it was already the fourth time that both the Research Lab of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne and the Collaborative Research Center 806 “Our Way to Europe” had invited an interdisciplinary group of international graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to meet at the Cologne Summer School of Interdisciplinary Anthropology (CSIA). For an entire week, the participants delved into the many controversies about the so-called “human condition” and what it actually means to “be human” in the 21st century.[note id=”2″ type=”mark”]

After three years of discussing the latest material and practice turns along the Phenomenality of Material Things, in 2019, the CSIA relaunched its inquiries in new modes of being and humanism(s) under the theme of Beyond Humanism: Cyborgs – Animals – Data Swarms. With an apparent elective affinity to Donna Haraway (Haraway 2016b), we picked up where the last CSIA left by taking a closer look at what trans– and posthumanist agendas actually imply and how they relate to classic understandings of the human condition. Our goal was not simply dismissing these new modes of humanism(s) as mere social phenomena in an age of accelerated technological and cultural transformations but to take them seriously in order to better understand the shifts in contemporary concepts and controversies about being human. Through historically tracing back modes of humanism and their counterparts, as well as excavating their ontological and epistemological conditions, we identified three relational contestations of what it no longer means and three figurations of what it nowadays means to be human. The contestations are: (1) the distribution of human subjectivity and cognition, (2) the disintegration of human individuality, and (3) the dissolution of humanity as a unique ontological category.