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Christoph Lange is the Academic Programme Manager of MESH. He 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.

From 2014–2018, he was a research assistant of Martin Zillinger and doctoral researcher at the Research Lab Transformations of Life of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. Since 2018, he has been working at Martin Zillinger’s chair at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the UoC. In 2020, he successfully completed his doctoral thesis on Decolonizing the Arabian Horse – The Breeding, Circulation and Certification of the Straight Egyptian Arabian in the 21st Century which was awarded with the second place of the dissertation prize of German Anthropological Association (DGSKA/GAA) in 2021.

Currently, Christoph Lange is developing a postdoctoral project on socioecological crises and intersectional collapses in the Mediterranean by adopting a Critical Zones’ perspective. Furthermore, he is founding member of the Mediterranean Liminalities Research Lab at the UoC. In this capacity, together with Martin Zillinger, he co-leads the EUniWell Research Initiative Crisis and Conviviality in the Mediterranean (2024–2027). 

Christoph Lange is also the speaker of the GAA Mediterranean Regional Group . In 2021, he was a contributing editor for the CASTAC Platypus Blog.

His research interests lie in

  • Social Anthropology of the Mediterranean & Middle East
  • Multispecies-ethnography / more-than-human anthropology
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Mobility and nomadic studies, critical orientalism & heritage studies
  • Media anthropology, translocal and global history of sociotechnical entanglements

For further information on research projects, teaching and publications, please visit the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Contact: c.lange[at]uni-koeln.de
Phone: +49(0)221 470 1826
Office: Weyertal 59, Wienand building, 4th/top floor, room 4.3