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Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity


Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity is one of the foremost centers for the multi-disciplinary study of diversity, in its multiple forms, in today’s globalizing world. The Institute consists of three independent departments.

Some upcoming events





Éléonore Lépinard (Université Lausanne):
"Feminist Trouble. Intersectional Politics in Post-Secular Times"
Open Lectures Spring/Summer 2019

News & updates

New Journalist in Residence

The MPI-MMG is proud to present its first journalist in residence. Thomas Meaney is an American freelance journalist living in Berlin.

Distinguished Visitor

Peter van der Veer has accepted an invitation from the Provost of the University of Chicago to come as a Distinguished Visitor in the Spring of 2019 and the Spring of 2020.

Dissertation prize for Christine Lang


Christine Lang has been awarded the PhD dissertation prize from the German Sociological Association’s ‘Section Migration and Ethnic Minorities’.



Leibniz Prize 2019 for Ayelet Shachar
Ayelet Shachar, Director at the MPI-MMG, has been awarded the 2019 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for her groundbreaking work on citizenship and the legal frameworks of multicultural societies. Awarded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Leibniz Prize is Germany’s most prestigious research award.  more

Global Diversities book series

Online lectures

Andreas Reckwitz (Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder): Hyperculture and cultural essentialism: Two modes of culturalization in late modernity   Video

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi (Barnard College Columbia University): “Decoloniality in the Camp & the University”     Video

Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA, Los Angeles): "The New Migration Law: A Roadmap for an Uncertain Future"     Video

"Visualizing Urban Superdiversity" - Keynote Lecture by Steven Vertovec (MPI-MMG), Dan Hiebert (University of British Columbia), Alan Gamlen (Monash University) and Paul Spoonley (Massey University) on Metropolis Conference 2018 in Sydney.   Video

Plenary Lecture by Steven Vertovec (MPI-MMG) on the Conference "Livable Diversity Summit" at School of Social Sciences in Melbourne   Video

Previous online lectures by Ash Amin (Cambridge University), John R. Bowen (Washington University, St. Louis), José Casanova (Georgetown University, Washington, DC), Ronan McCrea (University College London), Kenneth Dean (Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore), Alison Dundes Renteln (University of Southern California), Stephan Feuchtwang (London School of Economics), Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL), Marie-Claire Foblets (MPI for Social Anthropology Halle/Saale), David Gellner (University of Oxford), Virginie Guiraudon (Sciences Po), Suzanne Hall (University of London / LSE), Ben Kaplan (University College London), Pamela E. Klassen (University of Toronto), Holger Kolb (Berlin), Christine Langenfeld (Göttingen), Saba Mahmood (University of California, Berkeley), Itamar Mann (Georgetown), Rosalind C. Morris (Columbia University), Alan Patten (Princeton), Anne Phillips (London School of Economics), Shalini Randeria (University of Zurich/Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen), Vyjayanthi Rao (The New School for Social Research, New York), Joel Robbins (University of California, San Diego), Olivier Roy (European University Institute, Florence), Andrew Selee (Migration Policy Institute), Patrick Simon (Centre d’études européennes (Sciences Po) / Institut national d’études démographiques), Mary C. Waters (Harvard University), and Michel Wieviorka (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme / L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris). For a full list click here.

Job offers

Call for Papers

Diversity interviews

Statement by François Crépeau (former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants)

“Changing our Mindset and Understanding the Complexity of Migration”: A statement delivered by Prof. François Crépeau, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, in response to Ayelet Shachar‘s opening question at the Second Annual Goethe-Göttingen Critical Exchange Roundtable Discussion. Shahar’s opening question was: “What in your opinion, are the biggest challenges we currently face in the context of migration? ... [more]

Previous interviews

Interview mit Anne Phillips (London)

For myself I prefer the notion of difference to that of diversity. This is partly because diversity has become part of an

Interview with Ben Gidley (Oxford)

I'm primarily an urban researcher. I research cities and city neighborhoods and social life in cities. So it's both an inescapable fact ...

Interview with Kim Knott (Lancaster)

Well, it's a term I've used for a long time. So in the mid-seventies when I was first a research student in the University of Leeds where I was studying ...

More interviews with Ash Amin (Cambridge), Arjun Appadurai (New York), Lourdes Arizpe (Mexico), Phillip M. Ayoub (Drexel University, Philadelphia), Ulrich Beck (München), Mette Louise Berg (Oxford), Thomas Blom Hansen (Amsterdam), Jan Blommaert (Tilburg), Rogers Brubaker (Los Angeles), Wong Ing Boh Diana (Kuala Lumpur), Robin Cohen (Oxford), John Eade (London), Thomas Faist (Bielefeld), Nancy Foner (New York), Farida Tilbury Fozdar (Perth), Ben Gidley (Oxford), Andre Gingrich (Vienna), Nina Glick-Schiller (Manchester), Nilüfer Göle (Paris), Ralph Grillo (Sussex), Suzanne Hall (London), Miles Hewstone (Oxford), Daniel Hiebert (British Columbia), Bela Hovy (United Nations), Thomas Hylland Eriksen (Oslo), Michael Keith (Oxford), Peter Kivisto (Illinois), Kim Knott (Lancaster), Matthias Koenig (Göttingen), Michèle Lamont (Harvard), Loren Landau (Johannesburg), Ewa Morawska (Essex), Sarah Neal (Surrey), Brendan O'Leary (Pennsylvania), Anne Phillips (London), Bruno Riccio (Bologna), Paul Spoonley (Palmerston North), Manuel A. Vásquez (Florida), Susanne Wessendorf (London), Andreas Wimmer (Columbia), Josh DeWind (New York), Amanda Wise (Sydney).

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