Till Mostowlansky


Research Fellow, Anthropology and Sociology
Spoken languages
English, German, Kyrgyz, Persian, Tajik, Russian
Areas of expertise
  • Humanitarianism
  • Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Mobility
  • Islam
  • Transregional circulations
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Central Asia
  • South Asia


PhD, University of Bern (2013)

Till Mostowlansky is Ambizione Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology. He is an anthropologist researching humanitarianism, infrastructure, mobility and Islam in contemporary Central Asia and its globally dispersed diasporic communities. Till has lectured at the University of Bern (2013-16) and at The University of Hong Kong (2017) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2016), and the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong (2017-18). He currently holds honorary appointments at the Universities of Sussex and Bern and at Monash University in Melbourne.

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Recent Publications (Selection)

2019. “Faraway Siblings, So Close: Ephemeral Conviviality Across the Wakhan Divide.” Modern Asian Studies 53(3), 943-977.

2019. With Magnus Marsden. “Whither West Asia? Exploring North-South Perspectives on Eurasia.” Journal of Eurasian Studies 10(1), 3-10.

2018. With Amelia Fauzia, Nurfadzilah Yahaya. “Muslim Endowments in Asia: Waqf, Charity and Circulations.” The Muslim World 108(4), 587–592.

2018. “Development Institutions and Religious Networks in the Pamirian Borderlands.” In: Alexander Horstmann, Martin Saxer and Alessandro Rippa (eds.). Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands, New York and London: Routledge, 385–395.

2018. With Hasan H. Karrar. “Assembling Marginality in Northern Pakistan.” Political Geography 63, 65–74.

2017. Azan on the Moon: Entangling Modernity along Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.