Dr. Henryk Alff

H.Alff_2014

Department of Geography

Human Geography

Workgroup Prof. Dr. Kreutzmann

Researcher

Address Malteserstr.74-100
Room K174
12249 Berlin
Telephone (+49 30) 838 - 70228
Fax (+49 30) 838 - 4 70228
Email h.alff@fu-berlin.de

Office hours

by arrangement

Short Biography

since Febr.2011 Research Associate at the Centre of Development Studies (ZELF) at the Freie Universität Berlin
since Jan. 2008 Assistant Editor of "Central Asian Analytical Digest", Research Centre for Eastern Europe, University of Bremen
July 2009 - Oct.2009 Short-Term Teaching Assistant at the Department of Geography at the University of Potsdam
Oct. 2008 - Nov.2010 Ph.D. in Human Geography / Migration Studies at the University of Potsdam, thesis: the Role of Social Networks of Mongolian Kazakhs in the Post-Soviet Migration and Incorporation Process
Oct.2001 - Sept.2008 M.A. in Human Geography, Slavic and Central Asia Studies at the University of Potsdam and Humboldt-University Berlin
Sept.2005 - July 2006 Courses in Kazakh Language and Social Geography at Kazakh State University, Almaty

Memberships

  • Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen (VGDH)
  • Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde (DGO)
  • n-ost
  • NABU

Teaching

Summer Term 2009

  • S Vorbereitung Geländekurs/-praktikum „post-sowjetische Transformationen und Strategien der Land- und Wassernutzung im Gebiet Almaty, Kasachstan“ Universität Potsdam, Institut für Geographie

  • GK/GP „post-sowjetische Transformationen und Strategien der Land- und Wassernutzung im Gebiet Almaty, Kasachstan“, Universität Potsdam, Institut für Geographie

Winter Term 2009/2010

  • S Auswertung  Geländekurs/-praktikum „post-sowjetische Transformationen und Strategien der Land- und Wassernutzung im Gebiet Almaty, Kasachstan“, Universität Potsdam, Institut für Geographie

Winter Term 2014/15

  • V Regionale und angewandte Themen der Geographie (mit KollegInnen der Human- und der Physischen Geographie), B.Sc. Geographische Wissenschaften

Winter Term 2015/16

  • S Spezielle Themen der Humangeographie „Entwicklung der Area Studies und aktuelle Debatten in den post-Area Studies“, B.Sc. Geographische Wissenschaften
  • S „Einführung in die Humangeographie Ostmitteleuropas, des Südkaukasus und Zentralasiens“ (mit Dr. Wladimir Sgibnev, IfL Leipzig), B.Sc. Europa-Studien, TU Chemnitz
  • V Regionale und angewandte Themen der Geographie (mit KollegInnen der Human- und der Physischen Geographie), B.Sc. Geographische Wissenschaften

Research Topics

  • Migration and Mobility Research
  • Trade and Exchange Processes
  • Border and Borderlands Studies

Research Projects

  • Competence Network Crossroads Asia:  Development potentials and risks of altered exchange relations in the border area of Kasachstan-Kirgistan-Xinjiang.

Lectures

  • "Transborder Visions of Transition: Circulating Ideas of Development across Asian Borderlands", Panel (accepted) at the 5th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN), Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, Nepal, 12.-14.12.2016
  • "The Multi-Dimensionality of Space: Challenging Spatial Bias in the Production of Places" (with A. Benz) 5th International Crossroads Asia conference: Area Studies’ Future. ZEF Bonn, 23.09.2016
  • "Claiming Chineseness: Social transformation and translocal belonging among Kazakhstan’s Dungans", Conference "Encounters after the Soviet collapse: Chinese presence in the FSU border zone", University of Leiden, The Netherlands, 18.02.2016.
  • "A sense of multiple belonging? Translocal relations and narratives of change among a Dungan community", Workshop "Exploring Translocality: Methodological Reflections and Ethnographic Cases", American University of Central Asia (AUCA), Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 08.04.2015.
  • "Connectivities, disruptions and emerging spatialities in border dynamics at Asian Crossroads". Panel (organized with A. Mato Bouzas) at the 4th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN), Hong Kong City University, Hong Kong, China, 08.12.2014
  • "Red lines for uncivilised trade?: Fixity, mobility and position in Almaty’s changing bazaars". Konferenz "Crossroads Studies: Mobilities, Immobilities and the Issue of Positionality for Rethinking Area Studies", ZEF Bonn, Germany, 28.11.2014.
  • "Civilising trade?: Recent dynamics at Almaty’s Barakholka bazaar administration". ZELF research colloquium, 24.06.2014.
  • "Post-Soviet positionalities: Relations, flows and the transformation of Bishkek’s Dordoy Bazaar". Crossroads Asia Workshop ‘Tracing Connections: Explorations of Spaces and Places in Asian Multilocalities’, ZELF, FU Berlin, 21.06. 2013.
  • "Remoteness reloaded: Limited interaction and the ‘centralisation of periphery’ at the Kazakhstan-Xinjiang border". 2nd EastBordNet Conference 2013, HU Berlin, 11.01. 2013.
  • "Contested spaces of trade: Modernising individual trade in the borderlands of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Xinjiang". World Wide Asia: Asian Flows, Global Impacts' conference, Universiteit Leiden (NL), 31.08.2012.
  • "Multifaceted modernity: Negotiating wholesale and retail infrastructure in Central Asia’s commercial centre". International Geographical Congress, Cologne, 29.08.2012.
  • "Trading on Change: Connecting Small-Scale Trade & Modernisation Outcomes in the Borderlands of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan & Xinjiang". Research Seminar, Mongolia & Inner Asia Studies Unit (MIASU), University of Cambridge, 29.05.2012.
  • "Trading on Change: Modernisation and Recent Dynamics of Shuttle Trade in the Borderlands of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Xinjiang". 'The Art of Neighbouring - Old Crossroads and New Connections along the PRC's Borders' workshop, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 02.03.2012.

Publications

Books

  • Alff, H.; Benz, A. & M. Schmidt (eds.)(2014): Mobilities in Asian Contexts. Special Issue of Internationales Asienforum/International Quarterly for Asian Studies, vol. 45, no. 1-2 (2014).
  • Alff, H. & A. Benz (eds.)(2014): Tracing Connections: Explorations of Spaces and Places in Asian Contexts. Berlin: WVB
  • Alff, H. (2012): Tughan zher men atazhurt arasynda: Qazaqstandagy transulttyg migraciya zhäne äleumettik zheliler (engl.: Between Place of Birth and Ancestral Homeland: Transnational Migration and Social Networks in Kazakhstan ). Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. Almaty.
  • Alff, H. (2011): Zwischen Geburtsort und Land der Vorväter: Die Rolle von sozialen Netzwerken von Kasachen aus der Mongolei im postsowjetischen Migrations- und Inkorporationsprozess. Dissertation, Potsdam.
  • Lapins, W. &  H. Alff (2009): Oralmany – ėtničeskie kazachi v poiskach identičnosti: Aspekty integracii v sovremennoe kazachstanskoe obščestvo. (Oralman – ethnic Kazakhs in search of identity: Aspects of integration into the society of Kazakhstan.) Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. Almaty.

Journal Articles and Contributions in Books

  • Alff, H. (forthcoming): Red Lines for Uncivilised Trade? Fixity, mobility and position on Almaty’s changing bazaars. In: Mielke, K. and A.-K. Hornidge (eds.): “Crossroads Studies: Mobilities, Immobilities and the Issue of Positionality for Rethinking Area Studies”. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Alff, H. (forthcoming): Trading for Change: Bazaars and Social Transformation in the Borderlands of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Xinjiang. In: Saxer, M. & Zhang Juan (eds.): The Art of Neighboring: Mediating Borders at China’s Frontiers. Under Review with Amsterdam University Press.
  • Alff, H. (ed.) (2016): Beyond Silkroadism: Contextualising Social Interaction across/along Xinjiang’s Borders. Special section of Central Asian Survey, vol. 35, no. 3.
  • Alff, H. (2016): Introduction - Beyond Silkroadism: Contextualizing Social Interaction along Xinjiang’s Borders. In: Alff, H. (ed.): Beyond Silkroadism: Contextualizing Social Interaction along Xinjiang's Borders. Special section of Central Asian Survey, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 327-33.
  • Alff, H. (2016): Getting Stuck within Flows: Limited Interaction and Peripheralisation at the Kazakhstan-China Border. In: Alff, H. (ed.): Beyond Silkroadism: Contextualizing Social Interaction along Xinjiang’s Borders. Special section of Central Asian Survey, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 369-86.
  • Alff, H. (2016): Flowing Goods, Hardening Borders? China’s Commercial Expansion into Kyrgyzstan Re-examined. In: Yeh, E. (ed.): The Geopolitics of Chinese Development in Asia. Special issue of Eurasian Geography and Economics. DOI:10.1080/15387216.2016.1200993.
  • Alff, H. (2015): Profiteers or Moral Entrepreneurs?: Bazaars, Traders and Development Discourses in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In: International Development Planning Review, Vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 249-267.
  • Alff, H.; Benz, A. & M. Schmidt (2014): Mobilities in Asian Contexts. In: Internationales Asienforum/International Quarterly for Asian Studies, vol. 45, no. 1-2 (2014), pp. 7-23.
  • Alff, H. (2014): Embracing Chinese Modernity?: Articulation and positioning in China-Kazakhstan trade and exchange processes. In: Crossroads Asia Working Paper Series No. 21. 27 pp.
  • Alff, H. & A. Benz (2014): Tracing Connections – Explorations of Spaces and Places. In: Alff, H. & A. Benz (eds.): Tracing Connections: Explorations of Spaces and Places in Asian Contexts. Berlin: WVB. pp. 7-20.
  • Alff, H. (2014): Post-Soviet Positionalities – Relations, Flows and the Transformation of Bishkek’s Dordoy Bazaar. In: Alff, H. & A. Benz (eds.): Tracing Connections: Explorations of Spaces and Places in Asian Contexts. Berlin: WVB. pp. 71-90.
  • Alff, H. (2013): Basarökonomie im Wandel: Postsowjetische Perspektiven des Handels in Zentralasien. In: Geographische Rundschau, Jg. 65, Heft 11 (2013), pp. 20-25.
  • Alff, H. (2013): Renegotiating Integration: Dual Citizenship and the Mobilisation of Social Networks of Mongolia’s Kazakhs. In: Inner Asia, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 101-119.
  • Alff, H. &  M. Schmidt (2011): Seidenstraße 2.0? Handel und Mobilität im Grenzraum Kasachstan-Kirgisistan-Xinjiang. In: Osteuropa, Jg. 61, Heft 11, pp. 63-76.
  • Alff, H. (2011): Soziale Netzwerke statt staatlicher Hilfe: Mobilität und Integration kasachischer Migranten im ‚Land ihrer Vorväter‘. In: Zentralasien-Analysen 41, pp. 2-9.
  • Alff, H. & A. Benz (2011): Kompetenznetzwerk Crossroads Asia. In: CAS Fachinformationsdienst 2011 (1), S. 9-16.
  • Eschment, B. &  H. Alff (2009): Bewunderung, Bedrohungsgefühle und ein bisschen Spott: Sechzig Jahre Volksrepublik China in der Darstellung zentralasiatischer Medien. In: Zentralasien-Analysen 22, pp. 9-12.
  • Alff, H. (2009): Vom schwelenden Konflikt zum künftigen Flächenbrand: Die blutigen Proteste in Xinjiang und ihre Auswirkungen auf Zentralasien. Ein Blick in die Presse. In: Zentralasien-Analysen 19-20, pp. 20-25.
  • Alff, H. (2009): Die Zuwanderung ethnischer Kasachen aus dem Ausland und die staatliche Migrationspolitik – ein Für- oder Gegeneinander. In: Lapins, W. &  H. Alff  (eds.): Oralmany – ėtničeskie kazachi v poiskach identičnosti: Aspekty integracii v sovremennoe kazachstanskoe obščestvo. (Oralman – ethnic Kazakhs in search of identity: Aspects of integration into the society of Kazakhstan.) Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. Almaty. pp. 27-36.
  • Alff, H. (2008): Reale Krisenbewältigung oder nur Kosmetik?: Kasachstans Stabilisierungsansätze in Zeiten globaler wirtschaftlicher Unwägbarkeiten. Ein Blick in die Presse. In: Zentralasien-Analysen 10, pp. 6-11.
  • Alff, H. (2007): The South Caucasus Policy of Turkey: Strategic goals, Dynamics and Future Prospects. In: Sokolowski, J. (Ed.): How far is the Caucasus? Proceedings of the International Seminar on EU and Caucasus, Krzyzowa, March 2006. Krakow.
  • Alff, H. (2006): Vom “Ideologieexport” zur Wahrnehmung nationaler Interessen – Irans regionale Außenpolitik. In: Felgentreff, C. (Ed.): Die Islamische Republik Iran. Eine Studienreise. Potsdam (=Praxis Kultur- und Sozialgeographie 39, S. 69-74).

Reviews

  • Alff, H. (2014). Rezension zu: Cummings, S.N. (2012): Understanding Central Asia: Politics and Contested Transformations. London & New York: Routledge. In: Osteuropa Jahrgang 64, Heft 11-12, pp. 219-220.
  • Alff, H. (2014): Rezension zu: Brox, T. & I. Bellér-Hann (eds.)(2014): On the Fringes of the Harmonious Society: Tibetans and Uyghurs in Socialist China. Copenhagen: NIAS Press. In: Central Asian Survey, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 575-577.
  • Alff, H. (2014): Rezension zu: Chang, F.B. & S.T. Rucker-Chang (eds.)(2012): Chinese Migrants in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. London & New York: Routledge. In: Central Asian Survey, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 120-123.
  • Alff, H. (2013): Rezension zu: Mackerras, C. & M. Clarke (eds.)(2009): China, Xinjiang and Central Asia: History, transition and crossborder interaction into the 21st century. London & New York: Routledge. In: Osteuropa, Jahrgang 63, Heft 7, pp. 216-217
  • Alff, H. (2012): Review: Wagner, M. (2011): Die Schmugglergesellschaft: Informelle Ökonomien an der Ostgrenze der Europäischen Union. Eine Ethnographie. Bielefeld: transcript. In: Osteuropa, Jahrgang 62, Heft 1, pp. 168-170.
  • Alff, H. (2011): Review: Clarke, M.E. (2011): Xinjiang and China’s Rise in Central Asia – A History. London & New York: Routledge. In: Osteuropa, Jahrgang 61, Heft 10, pp. 141-142.