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Annie Chan CV


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Annie Chan

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITÄT MÜNCHEN

DEPARTMENT OF ASIAN STUDIES | INSTITUTE OF SINOLOGY

Kaulbachstr. 53, München 80539, Germany

Office: +49 (0) 89 2180-5819

a.chan@lmu.de | linkedin  

 

CURRENT RESEARCH

Pursuits: Archaeology of Inner Asia (present-day Xinjiang, southern Siberia, western Mongolia)

prehistory - early medieval period - contemporary 

pastoral production technologies; architecture and concepts of space; cross-regional transmissions and ethnogenesis; nomadic cultures, ethnography, and political ecology; imperial China and InterAsian geopolitics

Projects:

EDUCATION

2011-2017 Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Dissertation: Out of Place: Stone Architecture and Pastoral Nomadism in Prehistoric Inner Asia 

Committee: Nancy S. Steinhardt (advisor), Harold L. Dibble, Adam D. Smith, Katherine M. Moore

2011-2013  A.M. (Ph.D. track) in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

2010-2011 Graduate coursework in Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

2009 M.A. (Research) in Archaeology, University of Sydney, Australia

2006 B.A. in Archaeology and Italian, Australian National University, Australia

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT (including teaching experience)

2019- Present  Assistant Professor [Wissenschaftliche Assistentin], LMU Munich

Courses offered: 

2019- Present  Extraordinary Member [Außerordentliche Mitglieder], Münchner Zentrum für Antike Welten

2019- Present Associate Member [Membre Associée], Centre de Recherche sur les Civilisations de l’Asie Orientale (CRCAO), Paris

2018-19 Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellow

2018-19 Visiting Scholar [Boursiere d’Excellence], University of Geneva

2017-19 Visiting Scholar, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

2017-18 Postdoctoral Research Award Grantee, Tang Center for Early China, Columbia University

2012-2014 Teaching Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

(2013: Awarded Certificate in College and University Teaching)

Courses taught:

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS

Fellowships:

2018-2019 Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship

2016-2017 Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

2015-2016 Bradley Fellowship, Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

2011-2015 Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

2010-2011 Doctoral Student Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis

Grants and Awards:

External

2017 Tang Post-Doctoral Research Award in Early China, Columbia University

2015 The Explorers Club Exploration Fund Grant 

2014 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) / Henry Luce Foundation Predissertation-summer Grant 

Internal

2021 “LMU Munich Mentoring Excellence” Program grant for Scientific Assistant

2020 “LMU Munich Mentoring Excellence” Program grant for Software and Scientific Assistant

2020 “LMU Munich Mentoring Excellence” Program grant for Travel and Career Development

2017 Penn Center for East Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference Travel Grant 

2017, 2016, 2014, 2012 Penn School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Travel Subvention

2017, 2016, 2014, 2012 Penn Graduate and Professional Student Assembly Research Travel Grant 

2015, 2014, 2012 Penn Museum Field Research Grant 

2014 Penn School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Government Travel Grant

 

PUBLICATIONS

Edited collections (peer-reviewed):

Chan, A. ed. 2020. Special Section: Prehistoric Stone Remains in Xinjiang (China) and Mongolia and Their Symbolic Landscapes: Updates from Field Research. Asian Perspectives 59 (2): 330-477.

 

Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

Shannon P. McPherron, A. Abdolahzadeh, W. Archer, A. Chan, I. Djakovic, T. Dogandžić, G. Leader, L. Li, S. Lin, M. Magnani, J. Reeves, Z. Rezek, and M. Weiss. 2020. Introducing platform surface interior angle (PSIA) and its role in flake formation, size and shape. PLoS ONE 15 (11): e0241714. 

Chan, A. and Dexin Cong. 2020. Results of field research of ancient stoneworks in the River Valleys of Bortala and Ili in Western Tian Shan (Xinjiang, China). Special Section: Prehistoric Stone Remains in Xinjiang (China) and Mongolia and Their Symbolic Landscapes: Updates from Field Research, Asian Perspectives 59 (2): 385-420.

Chan, A. 2020. Modules of Stone Construction and the Building of Ritual and Social Traditions in Past Xinjiang (China) and MongoliaSpecial Section: Prehistoric Stone Remains in Xinjiang (China) and Mongolia and Their Symbolic Landscapes: Updates from Field Research, Asian Perspectives 59 (2): 330-337.

Seregin, Nikolai N. and Annie Chan. 2020. Китайский импорт из памятников тюрок Центральной Азии (VI–XI вв. н.э.): динамика распространения, историко-культурный контекст [Chinese imports from the sites of Central Asian Turks (VI–XI centuries AD): Dynamics of distribution, historical and cultural context]. Tomsk State University Journal of History 66: 181-189. 

Chan, A. 2017. From Milk and Wool: Vital Pastoral Crafts and their Vitality in 21st Century Xinjiang. Journal of Ethnobiology 37 (3): 542-560.

Chan, A. 2014. Fieldwork in Bortala Mongol Autonomous Prefecture. Expedition: The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 56 (3): 11.

Magnani, Matthew, Zeljko Rezek, Sam Lin, Annie Chan, and Harold Dibble. 2014. Flake Variation in relation to the Application of Force, Journal of Archaeological Science 46: 37-49.

 

Book reviews:

[in press] Chan, A. 2021. Review of “The Burial Record of Prehistoric Liangshan in Southwest China: Graves as Composite Objects. Anke Hein. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2017. 534 pp. 1 online resource. ISBN 9783319423838, 9783319423845 (eBook). DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-42384-5”. Asian Perspectives 60 (1).

 

Papers in published proceedings:

Chan A. and H-Q Shao. 2018. Злементы Андроновскoй культурны Синьцзяна в евразийском бронзовом веке [The Andronovo elements of Xinjiang in the Eurasian Bronze Age] in А.А. Tishkin (ed.), Современные решения актуальных проблем евразийской археологии. Сборник научных трудов 2 [Contemporary Solutions to the Current Problems of Eurasian archaeology. Collection of Scientific Papers, vol. 2], pp. 55-59. Barnaul: Altai University Publishing House.

[forthcoming 2021] Tishkin, A.A. and A. Chan «Оленные» камни в Синьцзяне: распространение и особенности изучения [“Deer” stones in Xinjiang: geographic distribution and research techniques]. In Proceedings of the 6th All-Russian Archaeological Congress 2020

 

Translations (Chinese into English):

Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology. 2018. The Excavation of the Tang Dynasty Tomb of the Couple of Yang Gui in a Southern Suburb of Xi’an. Chinese Cultural Relics 1-4 (5): 5-29.

Jing, Zhongwei and Xuanpeng Li. 2016. Excavated Bronzes from Han Dynasty tombs in Zuo Village of Nanhe County in the Southern Suburbs of Xingtai, Hebei Province. Chinese Cultural Relics 3-4: 256-263.

Zhang, Chi. 2016. Four Topics in Archaeological Chronology, Chinese Cultural Relics 3-4: 184-196.

Zhao, Li, Lilla Russell-Smith, Caren Dreyer, Ines Buschmann, and Meixiang Qi. 2015. The Collection of Murals from the Kizil Grottoes in the Museum of Asian Art in Berlin, Germany, Chinese Cultural Relics 2-4: 270-313.

Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Relics of Xuanhua District, Zhangjiakou City. 2015. The Excavation of a Liao-Jin Dynasty Mural Tomb in Xuanhua District of Zhangjiakou City in Hebei Province, Chinese Cultural Relics 2-4: 106-121.

Li, Xiaocen, Jinlong Guo and Bo Wang. 2015. A Study of Ancient Paper Fragments from an Eastern Han Dynasty Tomb in Minfeng County, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Chinese Cultural Relics, Chinese Cultural Relics 1-2: 366-370.

Yan, Yaozhong. 2014. An Attempted Interpretation of the Thousand-Eyed Seated Buddha Wooden Tablet Paintings Unearthed in Damagou Township, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Chinese Cultural Relics 2-4: 296-304.

Inner Mongolia Normal University, Inner Mongolian Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, and Inner Mongolian Institute for Cultural Relics Conservation. 2014. The Excavation of a Que-Gate Tower-Shaped Palace Foundation at the Site of Xanadu of the Yuan Dynasty in the Xilin Gol League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Chinese Cultural Relics 2-4: 164-181.

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELDWORK AND COLLECTIONS ANALYSIS 

Aug-Sept 2018 Study of early medieval collections in institutions and museums in Russia | Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Kyzyl.

July-Aug 2018 Site reconnaissance and study of early medieval collections in institutions and museums in China | Urumqi, Turfan, Guqung, Bortala and Ili Prefectures

July 2018 Translator | Archaeological Summer School | Université de Genève and Renmin University of China Joint Seed Funding project

Sept 2017 Excavator, Visiting Scholar | Niuheliang, Liaoning, China

Aug 2015 Site Supervisor | (4th season) Aduuchuluu and the Bortala Valley, Xinjiang, China  

Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Jun-Aug, 2014 Square Supervisor, EDM operator, aerial photography | (3rd season) Aduuchuluu, Xinjiang, China 

Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

July-Aug, 2013 Excavator, EDM Operator | La Ferrassie, Dordogne, France (National Science Foundation project)

University of Pennsylvania, Musée National de Préhistoire

Jun-July, 2013 Square Supervisor, Technician | (2nd season) Aduuchuluu, Xinjiang, China 

Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Jan, 2013 Excavator | Ra’s al-Hadd, Oman 

University of Bologna, Ministry of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman

July-Aug, 2012 Excavator | (1st season) Aduuchuluu, Xinjiang, China 

Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

June 2011 Surveyor | Sanyang Zhuang, Henan, China 

Washington University in St. Louis, Institute of Archaeology of Henan Province

Jun-July, 2010  Excavator | Tel Megiddo, Israel 

George Washington University, Tel Aviv University

 

CONFERENCES AND PANELS ORGANIZED

June 2021 Organizer, virtual international conference: Cosmopolitan Pasts of China and the Eurasian World

Department of Asian Studies, Institute of Sinology, LMU Munich

Mar 30, 2017 invited chair, Archaeology in China

82nd SAA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

Feb 25, 2017 organizing committee, Alcohol in the Ancient World

Center for Ancient Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Pennsylvania.

Aug 29, 2016 panel organizer, The cultural politics of archaeological heritage in Eurasia. 

8th World Archaeology Congress, Kyoto, Japan.

Jun 10, 2016 panel organizer, From the Tian Shan to the Altai: Recent advances in archaeological research [double panel]

7th World Conference of the SEAA, Cambridge, USA.

June 7, 2014 panel organizer, Surfacing the past: Field methods and techniques of archaeological investigations in East and Central Asia. 

6th World Conference of the SEAA, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

 

INVITED TALKS

Apr 26, 2021 [virtual lecture] Bronze Age archaeology and field research in Xinjiang today

Lecture Series “Xinjiang und die Uiguren in Geschichte und Gegenwart”, Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften, Ruhr-Universität Bochum 

Oct 28-29, 2019 A study of leatherwork as ritualistic and military finesse based on the Artificers’ Record (Kaogong-ji) and Iron Age artifacts of China and Inner Asia

“Before the Silk Road”, Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH), Heidelberg University.

Oct 25-27, 2019 Corporeal variability and commemorative rituals of Turkic anthropomorphic stelae from Xinjiang, Tuva Republic, and Mongolia

Middle Period Mongolian Archaeology Conference, University of Pennsylvania

April 17, 2018 Latest Archaeological Research of Funerary Architecture in Prehistoric Inner Asia (first and second millennia BCE), Department of the Sciences of Antiquity, University of Geneva,  Switzerland.

April 10, 2018 Archaeology in China: History, Trends, and Prospects

Department of East Asian Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Sept 16, 2017 The spatial logic of prehistoric architecture and pastoral nomadism in Xinjiang 新疆史前建築文化和草原遊牧的空間分析

The Third Renmin University of China Conference on International Archaeology: Northern China and Eurasian Civilization, Beijing, China

Sept 12, 2017 On ritual performance and architectural monumentality in Prehistoric Western Tian Shan 論西天山史前祭祀表現和建築紀念碑性

The Seventh International Scientific Conference on Ancient cultures of Mongolia, Baikal Siberia and Northern China, Jilin University, Changchun, China.

Mar 23, 2016 Considering the archaeology of Neolithic and Bronze Age Northeast Asia

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany

Jun 29, 2015 Archaeological Research in the Bortala River Valley, Xinjiang

Department of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen, U.K.

Oct 10, 2012 The archaeological record of prehistoric Eastern Central Asia from Xinjiang

University of Pennsylvania Museum Scholar Series

 

SELECT CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

June 2021 Opening remarks "Outlook and Insight: Cosmopolitan Artfacts", Cosmopolitan Pasts of China and the Eurasian World, LMU Munich

Feb 10-11, 2020 Archaeology of the (Gök)Türks in medieval Eastern Eurasia

Tunnug-1 Archaeological Expedition project workshop, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Oct 31- The microcosms of InterAsia: the archaeological materiality of medieval China-steppe geopolitics

Nov 2, 2019 SSRC Transregional Research Junior Scholars second workshop, ZMO (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient), Berlin, Germany

Sept 10, 2018  The artisanship of ritual accoutrements and the propagation of prehistoric funerary customs in Western Xinjiang

The Eighth International Scientific Conference on Ancient cultures of Mongolia, Baikal, Siberia and Northern China, Ulan-Ude, Russia.

Sept 8, 2018 Tribute, Truce, and Tutelage: Chinese objects in early Medieval steppe geopolitics

SSRC Transregional Research Junior Scholars first workshop, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.

Sept 4, 2018 Bronze Age Andronovo elements of Xinjiang in the Eurasian Bronze Age

II International Scientific Conference “Contemporary Solutions to the Current Problems of Eurasian archaeology”, Barnaul, Russia.

Jun 8, 2018 On funerary architecture, accoutrements and activities and the permeation of the Bronze Age Andronovo Culture through Xinjiang. XVIIIe congrès mondial Union Internationale des  Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques (UISPP), Paris, France.

March 23, 2018 Reconsidering constituents of the Andronovo Culture in Xinjiang. 

Archaeology in Eurasia. First International Meeting of Young Researchers. University of Bonn, Germany. 

Oct 6, 2017 [poster and talk] ДРЕВНЯЯ КАМЕННАЯ АРХИТЕКТУРА И ГЕОГРАФИЯ ПОГРЕБАЛЬНО-ПОМИНАЛЬНЫХ ТРАДИЦИЙ В ЗАПАДНОМ ТЯНЬ-ШАНЕ (Prehistoric stone architecture and the geography of funerary and commemorative traditions in Western Tian Shan), V (XXI) All-Russian Archaeological Congress, Barnaul, Russia.

Mar 30, 2017 The monumentality of ancient pastoral landscapes in Western Tian Shan (Xinjiang, China)

82nd Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

Feb 25, 2017 Milking alcohol: The artisanal production of milk liquor and the heritage of pastoral food cultures

Center for Ancient Studies Graduate Student Conference “Alcohol in the Ancient World”, University of Pennsylvania, USA 

Jun 10, 2016 A geospatial analysis of Bronze Age stoneworks in the Asian steppes

7th World Conference of the Society for East Asian Archaeology (SEAA), Cambridge, USA.

 

UNIVERSITY SERVICE AND COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

2019- Journal Collection Management, Library of the Institute of Sinology, LMU

2019- Alumni Interviewer, University of Pennsylvania Admissions Committee in Germany

2016-7 Member of Organizing committee, Center for Ancient Studies Graduate Student Conference, Penn

2016 Committee member, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Penn

2014 Departmental representative, Graduate student government of the School of Arts and Sciences, Penn

 

REFEREE SERVICE

Journal of Ethnobiology

Asian Perspectives

 

DIGITAL AND TECHNICAL SKILLS

Imaging and illustration softwares: AutoCAD, Agisoft PhotoScan 3D photogrammetry, MicroScribe 3D Digitizer

Spatial analysis programs: ArcGIS

Database management: Airtable, Numbers, Microsoft Excel 

Field instruments: total station (EDM), Real Time Kinematic

Lab experience:

2014-2017 Laboratory Assistant and Microscribe Technician, glass-core controlled experiments in lithic flake variation, Penn Archaeology Lab.

 

LANGUAGE

Native proficiency in English and Chinese (fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin) 

Advanced Classical Chinese

Good working knowledge of French and Italian 

Basic Japanese, Russian and German

Heritage speaker of Hokkien (Minnan)


Journal articles5 documents

  • Shannon P Mcpherron, Aylar Abdolahzadeh, Will Archer, Annie Chan, Igor Djakovic, et al.. Introducing platform surface interior angle (PSIA) and its role in flake formation, size and shape. PLoS ONE, Public Library of Science, 2020, 15, ⟨10.1371/journal.pone.0241714⟩. ⟨hal-03111609⟩
  • Nikolai N. Seregin, Annie Chan. Китайский импорт из памятников тюрок Центральной Азии (VI–XI вв. н.э.): динамика распространения, историко-культурный контекст. Tomsk State University journal of History, Vasiliy Zinoviev, 2020. ⟨hal-03220932⟩
  • Annie Chan. From Milk and Wool: Vital Pastoral Crafts and their Vitality in 21 st Century Xinjiang. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, BioMed Central, 2017, 37 (3), pp.542-560. ⟨10.2993/0278-0771-37.3.542⟩. ⟨hal-03111597⟩
  • Zhang Chi, Annie Chan. Four Topics in Archaeological Chronology. Chinese Cultural Relics, Eastview Press, 2016. ⟨hal-03221001⟩
  • Xingyu yang, Annie Chan. The Excavation of a Que-Gate Tower-Shaped Palace Foundation at the Site of Xanadu of the Yuan Dynasty in the Xilin Gol League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Chinese Cultural Relics, Eastview Press, 2014, 1 (2-4). ⟨hal-03220953⟩

Conference papers1 document

  • Annie Chan, Huiqiu Shao. The Andronovo elements of Xinjiang in the Eurasian Bronze Age. Contemporary Solutions to the Current Problems of Eurasian archaeology. Collection of Scientific Papers, vol. 2, Sep 2018, Barnaul, Russia. ⟨hal-03220976⟩

Other publications3 documents

  • Annie Chan. Translation: The Excavation of the Tomb of the Yang Gui Couple of the Tang Dynasty in a Southern Suburb of Xi’an. 2018. ⟨hal-03221074⟩
  • Jing Zhongwei, Li Xuanpeng, Annie Chan. Translation: Bronze Artifacts Unearthed From Han Tombs in Zuocun Village, Nanhe County of Xingtai City, Hebei Province. 2016. ⟨hal-03221059⟩
  • Annie Chan. The Excavation of a Liao-Jin Dynasty Mural Tomb in Xuanhua District of Zhangjiakou City in Hebei Province. In press. ⟨hal-03221042⟩