Naran Bilik

Naran BilikNaran Bilik reveived his Ph.D. in Literature from Minzu University of China. His research areas are linguistic anthropology, ethnicity and race, culture change; minority education, Inner Asia study, and East Asia study. Professor. Bilik was the Bernstein Chair of Asian Studies and Anthropology, Carleton College in the United States from 2005 to 2009. He was the Head of Department of Sociocultural Anthropology of Institute of Ethnology & Anthropology, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (1996-2003). He is currently Distinguished Professor of Fudan University, Associate Dean of Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, and China Ministry of Education Changjiang Chair Professor at Guizhou Normal College.


Place of Birth: Inner Mongolia, China

Home Address: 202 Building 5, Block 15, Guiquan Houlu, Yangpu Qu, Shanghai 200433, China

Business Address:1010, Wenke Dalou, School of Social Development and Public Policies, Fudan University, Guonian Lu, Yangpu Qu, Shanghai 200433, China





September 1978-July 1982, English Department, Inner Mongolia University, Bachelor of English Literature

September 1982-July 1985, Institute for Nationality Studies, Minzu University of China, Ethnology major with Mongolian-Han intermarriage as a focus, master of Law

March 1986-August 1989, Third Department of Language and Literature, Minzu University of China, majored in linguistic anthropology with personal naming as a focus, Ph.D. in literature


Work Experience


April 2005-August 2009Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies and Anthropologyat Carleton College, Minnesota, USA.

July 2009-July 2012:China Ministry of Education Changjiang Scholar Chair Professor at Guizhou University

July 2009 – Distinguished Professor of Fudan University,

May 2012 –Oct.2014: Associate dean of Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences

March 2013 – Director of Centre of National Minorities Studies at Fudan University

August 1989-July 2009Institute of Ethnology & Anthropology, director of Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (1996-2003), professor (since 2000-2009)


Publications in English




1、 Chinas Minority on the Move Armonk, New York & London, England,Sharpe, 2003
2、Contemporary Minority Migration, Education and Ethnicity in China Robyn Iredale Naran Bilik

Wang Su Fei Guo Caroline Hoy,Cheltenham: Edward Elgar,  2001



1. Mongols: Moral Authority, Nationality  and Racial Metaphor Racial Identities in

East Asia, Hong Kong: Division of Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, April ‘962. Culture, the Environment and Development in Inner MongoliaCulture and Environment in Inner Asia: 2, Caronline Humphrey and David Sneath eds., Cambridge: White Horse Press, 19963. Emotion Gets Lost: an Ewenki CaseInner Asia, vol. 1, No.1’96

MIASU, Cambridge4. Racial Metaphor as Politico cultural Construct in Inner MongoliaInner Asia, vol. 2, No.1,1997, MIASU, Cambridge5. The Mongol-Han Relations in a New Configuration of Social EvolutionCentral Asian Survey, 1998, 17(1), 69-91.6. Language Education, Intellectuals, and Symbolic Representation: Being an Urban Mongolian in a New Configuration of Social EvolutionNationalism & Ethnic Politics, Volume 4, Spring/S ummer 1998/9/11 Nos 1 & 2, pp.47-67

7. The Nan-Kun Railway and Sociocultural Change Among Minority NationalitiesPracticing Anthropology, A. M. Ervin (ed.), Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 21-24, Winter 2002.8. The Ethnicity of Anthropology in ChinaCritique of Anthropology, Vol 22(2), 133-148, 2002.9. Monologue and Dialogue About China’s Anthropology Issues and Problems

Chinese Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 33, No. 1. (2000)10. Five entries for Encyclopedia of Nationalism, Academic Press, 2002.Academic Press11. Chinese Openness and Anthropology’s Nativization,Chinese Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 33, No. 04, pp. 49-58 (2001).12. The Reconstruction of Mongolian Identity in the Pantheon of Polyphonic ImagesInner Asia 5(2003): 177-92 13. The Ethnic and Cultural Process of Zhongguo (China) As a Central KingdomIn Yueh-Ting Li et al eds. The Psychology of Ethnic and Cultural Conflict , Westport, Connecticut and London: Praeger, 2004

Co-author with Yueh-Ting Li et al. 193-21514. Language, ethnicity and internal frontiers: schooling civil society among China’s minoritiesVeronique Benei ed., Manufacturing Citizenship: Education and nationalism in Europe, South Asia and china, pp. 210-235, London and New York: Routledge, 2005.15. Morris Rossabi. Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists. Berleley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California PressBook review, China Review International, 2006, Volume 12 No. 2, pp. 550-553. Center for Chinese Studies, University of Hawai’I, Moore Hall 417, 1890 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 9682216. Repositioning Ethnicity in the Process of State Building: The Power of Culture and the Poverty of InterpretationFudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2009, pp.94-118.17. (book review) He Jun-fang, Introduction to Linguistic AnthropologyFudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, vol. 2, No.4, 2009, pp. 150-158.18. Mette Halskov Hansen, Frontier People, Han Settlers in Minority Areas of ChinaAsian Ethnicity vol. 7, no. 3. 315-316.19、The “Han” in the Three Mirrors of History, Foreigners and Minorities: An Indexical-Embodiment InterpretationInternational Journal of Eurasian Studies, 2011, pp. 335-34720.Book Review on Bulag’s Collaborative NationalismChina Information, 2011: 25(3) 292-293.21.The Worshipping of Chinggis Khan: Ethnicity, Nation-State, and Situational RelativityChina: An International Journal,Vol11,No2,August 2013, pp.25-41.

  1. How do you say “China” in Mongolian?—Toward a deeper understanding of multicultural education in China

James Leibold and Chen Yangbin eds., Minority Education in China: Balancing unity and diversity in an era of critical pluralism,Hong Kong U Press,2014, pp.65-79.



Over 150 books, articles, reviews, and translations in Chinese.


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