Anatoly Khazanov

Position title: Ernest Gellner Emeritus Professor of Anthropology




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Anatoly M. Khazanov is the Ernest Gellner Professor of Anthropology (Emeritus) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In the Soviet Union, he held a senior position at the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Before his emigration in 1985, he was an active participant in the dissident and Jewish movement in the country, and in 2001 he received an award from the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia “for a great  contribution to the struggle for the national rights of Jews and other ethnic minorities in the Soviet Union” (quote from the award statement). From 1985 through 1990 he held the position of Professor of Social Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is Fellow of the British Academy, Corresponding Member of the UNESCO International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilization, and Honorary Member of the Central Eurasian Society. He has received a lifetime achievement award from the IUAES Commission on Nomadic Peoples ‘for outstanding contribution to the study of nomadic pastoral societies’ (quote from the award statement).  He has published and edited 19 books and volumes and is the author of over 200 articles and other scholarly publications. Among his monographs are “Nomads and the Outside World” (2nd edition: the University of Wisconsin Press, 1994) also translated and published in South Korea, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, and China, and “After the USSR. Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Politics in the Commonwealth of Independent States” (University of Wisconsin Press,1995).  For many years he was doing extensive fieldwork, mainly in Central Asia and Russia. His current research interests include pastoral nomadism, Central Asia, and Russia.