Judith Beyer

Invited Researcher of DEA Programme
Stay in France: from March 1st to March 31

Judith Beyer specializes in political and legal anthropology. She conducts long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) and Southeast Asia (Myanmar). She is Juniorprofessor of Anthropology (tenure track) at the University of Konstanz in Germany. Before, she held a lecturer position at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. Until 2010 she was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology at the Project Group « Legal Pluralism ». She has anthropology, law and Slavonic studies at the University of Tübingen in Germany and the American University in Central Asia (AUCA) in Kyrgyzstan.

The Project

Communal sense. Law, property and corporate Others in Myanmar


anthropology of the state; legal pluralism; theories of social order; practices of traditionalization, statelessness;  common sense ;  ethnomethodology

Scientific activities during the stay at the Fmsh:

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Selected Bibliography

in print. Den Staat (ver-)fassen. Verfassungspolitik und Verfassungsglaube in Asien und Europa. In: Verfassung in Recht und Übersee.

In print. Das Recht der Anderen. Rechtsethnologie zwischen Pluralität und Alterität. In: Christian Boulanger, Julika Rosenstock und Tobias Singelnstein (Hg.). Interdisziplinäre Rechtsforschung. Eine Einführung. Wiesbaden: Springer.

In print. Law in Central Asia. Of revolutions, reforms and referendums. In: David Montgomery (ed). Central Asia in context. A thematic introduction to the region. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

2016. The force of custom. Law and the ordering of everyday life in Kyrgyzstan. University of  Pittsburgh Press.

2015. Customizations of law. Courts of elders (aksakal courts) in rural and urban Kyrgyzstan. PoLAR. Special issue: edited by Melissa Demian. Volume 38,1. pp. 53-71.

2014. (together with Madeleine Reeves and Johan Rasanayagam) Ethnographies of the state in Central Asia. Performing politics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

(for a full list see : https://www.soziologie.uni-konstanz.de/en/beyer/research/publications/)