Annie Chan

Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, Institute of SinologyLudwig Maximilian University of Munich


Annie Chan is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of the Sciences of Antiquity at University of Geneva and a Visiting Scholar at University of Pennsylvania where she received her PhD in 2017. Her current research explores cross-cultural transmissions in Inner Asian steppe antiquity and the geographies of exchange with dynastic China through an integration of archaeological and historical methods of study. The themes surround materiality, cultural identity, and the sociology of space use. Since her doctoral research for which she conducted extensive archaeological fieldwork in Xinjiang, she has worked on Bronze Age steppe architecture and the spatial strategies and social customs of animal husbandry. As well as her InterAsia project, she is preparing an edited volume of papers on recent archaeological findings across Xinjiang, southern Siberia and Mongolia. She is most recently published in the Journal of Ethnobiology where she explores the heritage and sustainability of extant modern day Mongol and Kazakh artisanal pastoral crafts through ethnography.

Award Information

Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections (2017-2018)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of the Sciences of AntiquityUniversity of Geneva

Tribute, Truce and Tutelage: Chinese Objects in early Medieval Steppe Geopolitics