Central Asia & Siberia

In Central Asia, the Gansu corridor bordering the Gobi desert and the Taklamakan desert provide much material for research both today and in historical times.

Siberian history is seen from a different perspective through the eyes of eighteenth-century travellers, who documented peoples, local knowledge and much more.

Ethnobiology studies the relationship between humans and their surrounding environment.

Artistic reflections

  • Desert/ed Trail. A Journey into Unknown, Forgotten and Lost Languages in Eurasia and Multilingual Writing, with original multilingual artwork, in Code-Switching in Arts, edited by Marianna Deganutti, Johanna Domokos and Judit Mudriczki, L’Harmattan Budapest 2023


  • Chuvash. Encyclopedia of the World’s Minorities 2005
  • Salt of life, salt of death. Salination of deserts in Central Asia and China. Tuz kitabı 2004
  • The Central Asian-Chinese ethnic melting pot: the case of the Gansu Corridor. Post-Soviet Central Asia 1998

Book reviews

  • Review of Paul D. Buell, E.N. Anderson, Montserrat de Pablo Moya & Moldir Oskenbay, Crossroads of Cuisine: The Eurasian Heartland, the Silk Roads and Food. Studia Orientalia Electronica 2021 (Open Access)
  • Review of Danielle Ross, Tatar Empire: Kazan’s Muslims and the Making of Imperial Russia. Studia Orientalia Electronica 2020 (Open Access)

Central Asian and Siberian ethnobiology (with Ingvar Svanberg)

  • Folk Knowledge in Southern Siberia in the 1770s: Johan Peter Falck’s Ethnobiological Observations, Studia Orientalia Electronica 2021 (Open Access)
  • Fisher-foragers Amidst the Reeds: Loptuq Perception of Waterscapes inthe Lower Tarim Area, Ethnobiology Letters 2020 (Open Access)
  • Frederick Hasselquist in Smyrna and Magnesia. Turcologica Upsaliensia. An Illustrated Collection of Essays 2020
  • Glimpses of Loptuq Folk Botany: Phytonyms and Plant Knowledge in Sven Hedin’s Herbarium Notes from the Lower Tarim River Area as a Source for Ethnobiological Research (with Ingvar Svanberg and Patrick Hällzon). Studia Orientalia Electronica 2019 (Open Access)
  • When is a foraging society? The Loplyk in the Tarim Basin. Hunter-gatherers in a changing world 2017
  • Wildmen in Central Asia. Anthropos 2017
  • Among fishermen and horse nomads: Johan Peter Falck in Russia and Siberia 1768–1774. Pioneers in European Ethnobiology 2014 (Open Access)
  • Wild animals in Russian, Siberian and Central Asian households according to eighteenth-century travel reports. Journal de la Société Finno-Ougrienne 2012
  • Gathering dog’s tooth (Erythronium sibiricum) in Siberia. Journal de la Société Finno-Ougrienne 2012
  • Gathering food from rodent nests in Siberia. Journal of Ethnobiology 2010
  • Loplyk fishermen: Ecological adaptation in the Taklamakan Desert. Anthropos 2010
  • Sarana in Eurasian Folk Botany. Journal de la Société Finno-Ougrienne 2006 (Open Access)


  • Die mongolischen Schriften. Hieroglyphen Alphabete Schriftreformen (with D. Borchers) 2004
  • Gansu. Das grosse China-Lexikon 2003
  • Der Gansu-Korridor: Barbarenland diesseits und jenseits der Grossen Chinesischen Mauer: zum Nord-Süd-Dialog eines zentralasiatischen Gebietes, PhD thesis 1996