Mgr. Jan Karlach, Ph.D.


  •  (Ethno)history and ethnicity in the context of Southwest China and adjacent regions
  •  PRC’s governance of ethnic minorities (top-down vs. bottom-up)
  •  Chinese (esp. Nuosu-Yi) society and culture – perception and practices of “tradition” and “modernity”, Chinese internet
  •  Sociological/anthropological theory
  •  Qualitative methodology: (n)ethnography
  •  Exploration of alternative approaches to epistemology and articulation/enunciation through textualization




 09/2016 – 01/2020: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Applied Social Sciences Dpt., Ph.D. in Social Sciences
 09/2010 – 02/2014: Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts – Institute of East Asian Studies – Mgr. (M.A. equivalent) in Sinology
 09/2007 – 06/2010: Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts – Institute of East Asian Studies – Bc. (B.A. equivalent) in Sinology




 2020 -          Research Fellow, Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences
 2017-2019  Ethnographic fieldwork, Xichang, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, PRC
 2014-2015  Fieldwork (between historical sources and ethnographic practice), Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province, PRC



 2016: Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (2016-2019) (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
 2014: Scholarship of Government of Sichuan Province 四川省政府獎學金 for studying the Modern Liangshan Yi ꆈꌠꅇꂷ (Xichang College)
 2013: "EM-MULTI" ERASMUS MUNDUS Scholarship (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
 2010: Confucius Institute Scholarship 孔子學院獎學金 (Chinese language study, Sichuan University)
 2009: Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Scholarship (Chinese language study, Sichuan University)
 2008: Scholarship for Excellent Study Results (Charles University in Prague)



 2017: Research Grants Council Postgraduate Students Conference / Seminar Grants




 Conferences (presenter)

  •  Culture in Urban Space: Urban Form, Cultural Landscapes, Life in the City (Macau, 11-12 Apr, 2019), presentation: Drifting Through the Xichangs Urban (non-)Spaces: The Clash of the "Green City" and the Bimox Practice
  •  6th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network - Borderland Spaces: Ruins, Revival(s) and Resources (American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, 13-15 Aug, 2018), panel conveyor: Traversing Borderlands Through Time: Remains of the Past in Imagined Futures, presentation: Pronounced Dead But Still Breathing: Imagining the Native Chieftaincy through Buildings and Ruins of Headmen's Offices
  •  Engaging "China": Perspectives from the Margins (University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 1011 Jan, 2018), presentation: Branding the Nuosu-Yi: Junkies, Living Fossils, and Slave Owners of the Cool Mountains
  •  3. International Symposium on Cultural Inclusion – Minorities in Their Own Lands: Cultural Security among Ethnic and Cultural Minorities across Asia (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, 8-9 Dec, 2017), presentation: Constructing the Resilience: Hegemonies and the Yi in Southwest China
  •  American Association for Chinese Studies – 59th Annual Conference (University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 20-22 Oct, 2017), presentation: Sorcerers Going Full-time: The Nuosu-Yi Ritual Specialists and Their Response to Modernity in Southwest China
  •  International Convention of Asia Scholars – ICAS 10 (CMECC, Chiang Mai, 20-23 Jul, 2017), presentation: Cherishing the Dark Past: The Heritage of the Native Chieftaincy in Contemporary Southwest China
  •  Chinese Studies Association of Australia 15th Biennial Conference (Macquarie University, Sydney, 10-12 Jul, 2017), presentation: Bringing the Classics to the Valley: The Shift of Values Among the Nuosu-Yi in Southwest China


 Projects (organizer)

  •  2017: Urban Ethnography Summer School: Senses, Rhythms and Practices, 22-26 August 2017, Hong Kong (Main Organizer)