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MPI-MMG resources and the refugee crisis

Giving refugees in Germany a perspective

The Max Planck and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are planning an initiative to integrate refugees into science. This was announced by the Presidents of the two organizations ...


MPI-MMG Publications 

Books, articles and edited volumes relevant to the current refugee crisis.


Germany’s second turning point: long-term effects of the refugee crisis

by Steven Vertovec, published in Open Democracy


Conference "Migration - Peace - Human Security"

20-22 November 2015

organized by the Georg August University Göttingen, in co-operation with the MPI-MMG


Come tomorrow
A blog by Léonie Newhouse

A couple of months ago, when I was in Juba, South Sudan, a friend of mine picked me up to go for dinner. Let’s call him Tekle...


Job offer

Postdoctoral Researcher for a Project on the Implications of the Current Refugee Influx in Germany



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

Joint Seminar Series 2015-2016

18 November 2015, 14:00-16:00: Itamar MANN (Georgetown) will discuss a paper on "Law, Ethics and Politics of the European Agenda on Migration?more

News & updates

Conference "Migration - Peace - Human Security"

20-22 November 2015, organized by the Georg August University Göttingen, in co-operation with the MPI-MMG.



Ton Vallen Award 2015 for Annelies Kusters

The Babylon Center of Tilburg University awarded the Ton Vallen Award 2015 to Annelies Kusters for her work on the sign language community of Adamorobe, Ghana.

New Department for "Ethics, Law, and Politics"

Prof. Dr. Ayelet Shachar has joined the Institute as Director of the new Department for "Ethics, Law, and Politics".

Global Diversities book series

Global Diversities Book Series launched at the Academy of Urban Super-diversity.  more

Online lectures

Maurice Crul (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam): “Pathways to Success. The Second Generation in Germany, France, Sweden and the Netherlands”    Video

Job offers

Call for Papers

Diversity interviews

Recent interview with Michèle Lamont (Harvard University)

My current work has focused on analyzing the experiences of stigmatized groups and how the environments in which they live are feeding their responses to the ethnoracial exclusion they encounter. So the place of diversity in my work would be to consider how cultural repertoires that sustain diversity – whether multiculturalist repertoires or republican repertoires – enable some responses more than others. And I’m interested in power relationships and status differences between groups. ... [more]

Previous interviews

Interview with Ash Amin (Cambridge University, UK)

In the present political moment, which is suspicious of heterogeneity, the word is an invitation to think about the value of living  ...

Interview with Thomas Blom Hansen (Amsterdam)

One can argue that India historically was the place that most urgently put the question of diversity on the table of the British colonizers.  ...

Interview with Farida Tilbury Fozdar (Perth)

I recognize that there are all sorts of diversity including aspects outside of the ethnic racial and religious but those are the areas that  ...

Interview with Kim Knott (Lancaster University)

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  ...

Interview with Sarah Neal (University of Surrey, UK)

Certainly the concept of diversity and superdiversity as it’s being developed through  ...

Interview with Paul Spoonley (Massey University)

Diversity for me invites us to pay attention to the outcomes of the enhanced flows of contemporary mobility and migration  ...

More interviews with Ash Amin (Cambridge), Arjun Appadurai (New York), Lourdes Arizpe (Mexico), 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), Bruno Riccio (Bologna), Paul Spoonley (Palmerston North), Manuel A. Vásquez (Florida), Andreas Wimmer (Columbia), Josh DeWind (New York), Amanda Wise (Sydney).

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