Christof Lammer

Christof Lammer

Portrait photo Christoph Lammer

Christof Lammer is a Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg inherit – Heritage in Transformation, Humboldt University of Berlin (2024–2025), and a Postdoctoral Assistant (non-tenured assistant professor) in the Department of Society, Knowledge and Politics, University of Klagenfurt. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the People’s Republic of China since 2011 and obtained his PhD in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Vienna. His book Performing State Boundaries: Food Networks, Democratic Bureaucracy and China will be published by Berghahn Books in 2024. He has co-edited special issues on ‘Measuring Kinship’ (2021, Social Analysis) and ‘Infrastructures of Value’ (2024, Ethnos) and is a co-organizer of the Scientific Network ‘Anthropology and China(s)’ (2021–2025). Combining his interest in political anthropology, economic anthropology, kinship studies, and science and technology studies (STS), his new project examines how kinship measurements determine life’s value in species conservation.


Panda Heritage: Kinship Measurements and Life’s Value in Species Conservation

Recent Publications

Social policy as knowledge process: How its sociotechnical links to labour reconfigure the social question

Care Scales: Dibao Allowances, State and Family in China

Measuring Kinship: Gradual Belonging and Thresholds of Exclusion. (Special Issue of Social Analysis 65 (4), co-edited with Tatjana Thelen)

Distancing the Regulating State: Corruption, Transparency and the Puzzle of Personal Relatedness in a Food Network in Sichuan

Reworking State Boundaries Through Care: ‘Peasant Friends’, ‘Greedy Entrepreneurs’ and ‘Corrupt Officials’ in an ‘Alternative’ Food Network in China.




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