Professor Chris Hann

Honorary Professor
Professor Chris Hann


Chris Hann (born in Cardiff in 1953) was Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Kent between 1992 and 1999, when he was appointed as one of two founding Directors of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology at Halle/Saale, Germany.

Professor Hann had previously taught anthropology at Cambridge University and had close links with Kent staff before coming to the institution, especially with Paul Stirling, the first Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, who pioneered the anthropological study of modern Turkey. 

In addition to his own fieldwork in Anatolia, Chris has worked among Turkic speakers in Central Asia (Xinjiang, North-West China). Earlier projects took him to Hungary and Poland when these countries were still under Soviet rule. At the Max Planck Institute Professor Hann heads a department which specialises in investigations of the postsocialist countries of the former Soviet bloc, and also of those East Asian countries which still describe themselves as socialist. Recent themes have included rural decollectivisation, religion after communism, and the transformation of social security and kinship relations in the decentralised economies of “reform socialism”.

Professor Hann is an Editor of the European Journal of Sociology, a Fellow of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and Honorary Professor at the Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, and at the University of Leipzig. 

Professor Hann continues to collaborate with colleagues in the School of Anthropology and Conservation.

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