Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Central Asian Seminar

Dr. Elisa Cencetti

Dr. Elisa Cencetti
elisa.cencetti (at)

Fields of teaching and research:

  • Pastoral societies of Amdo-Qinghai
  • Tibetan socio-political organization
  • Political anthropology
  • Micro-history and oral history of Amdo-Qinghai
  • Political legitimacy and Sino-Tibetan relationships in Amdo-Qinghai
  • Ethnology and ethnological methods

Current research projects:

  • The process of power legitimization: local powers and the making of the state on the Tibetan grasslands of Amdo-Qinghai (PRC)
  • Herders without livestock: the new nomads of socialist market economy in Amdo-Qinghai (PRC)

Curriculum Vitae:

  • since 2013: Post-doc research fellow at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
  • 2009: Study visit at Beijing University (Tibetology department)
  • 2008-2012: PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) of Paris (France)
  • 2006-2008: MA - Social Sciences of Eastern and Southeastern Asia at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) of Paris (France)
  • 2005-2006: Study visit at Beijing Language and Culture University
  • 2002-2006: Bachelor in East Asian Languages and Cultures (Chinese and Tibetan) at the University of Naples "L'Orientale", (Italy)

List of publications as pdf file