Academic journal article China Perspectives

Recollection: ÉLisabeth Allès [1952-2012]

Academic journal article China Perspectives

Recollection: ÉLisabeth Allès [1952-2012]

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Our dear colleague Élisabeth Allés passed away in the early hours of 1 January. Élisabeth was a long-time friend of the CEFC, where she spent two years as a CNRS researcher from 2002 to 2004, and of China Perspectives, as a regular contributor and member of its editorial board. Most recently, she co-edited the special issue entitled "The Deadlock in Tibet" in 2009.

She was an anthropologist and a specialist of Chinese Islam and of Central Asia, in particular of the Dungan culture, the name by which the Chinese communities in Central Asia, mostly made up of Hui Muslims speaking a variant of Gansu dialect, are known. I remember first learning about these communities through a paper she gave at a CEFC conference in Almaty in June 2008, and also the expertise and generosity with which she shared contacts of Muslim Chinese writers and intellectuals with me on this occasion. …

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