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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.

MPI-MMG resources and the refugee influx

Giving refugees in Germany a perspective

MPI-MMG Publications

Germany’s second turning point. Long-term effects of the refugee crisis

Come tomorrow
A blog by Léonie Newhouse

Abraham Geiger Award - Laudatio

MPI erforscht Vielfalt von Flüchtlingen
Göttinger Tageblatt, 27.01.16

Was die Zuwanderung mit Deutschland macht
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 28.10.15

Some upcoming events





Ronan McCrea (University College London):
"Justifying the Secular State: Trans-Atlantic Lessons on the Weakness of Rights as a Basis for Secularism"

Open Lectures Spring 2016





Mojúbàolú Olufúnké Okome (City University of New York):
"Transnationalism, Gender, Evangelism and Power in African Initiated Churches in Nigeria and its Diaspora"

News & updates

MPI erforscht Vielfalt von Flüchtlingen

Mit finanzieller Förderung durch die Volkswagen-Stiftung werden Prof. Vertovec und ein Team von vier Wissenschaft- lerinnen und einer Doktorandin das zunächst auf ein Jahr angelegte Projekt durchführen. In: GT vom 27.01.2016

“Let the Conversation Begin”

Summary of the first annual Goethe-Göttingen Critical Exchange "Selling Out the Political?: Perspectives from Law, Political Economy & Critical Theory", January 15, 2016 at MPI-MMG, Göttingen

New film online

The film "Ishaare" by Annelies Kusters documents how six deaf signers communicate with familiar and unfamiliar hearing shopkeepers, street vendors, customers, waiters, ticket conductors and fellow travellers in Mumbai. 

Global Diversities book series

Online lectures

Itamar Mann (Georgetown): “Refugees: from Managerialism to 'Our Way of Life' ”    Video

Previous online lectures by Ash Amin (Cambridge University), John R. Bowen (Washington University, St. Louis), José Casanova (Georgetown University, Washington, DC), Alison Dundes Renteln (University of Southern California), Stephan Feuchtwang (London School of Economics), Marie-Claire Foblets (MPI for Social Anthropology Halle/Saale), David Gellner (University of Oxford), Virginie Guiraudon (Sciences Po), Suzanne Hall (University of London / LSE), Saba Mahmood (University of California, Berkeley), 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), 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

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 mit Lourdes Arizpe (Mexico)

I think that diversity is inherent to human experience. Even in seemingly homogeneous cultural groups there are many ways ... 

Interview with Jan Blommaert (Tilburg University)

I see diversity as a question, as an interrogation and basically as the item, the instrument to interrogate whatever is left of structuralism ...

Interview with Ben Gidley (University of 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 of city life in Britain ...

Interview with Daniel Hiebert (University of British Columbia)

I grew up in a place that had a kind of diversity but it's what people now call 'old diversity'. So in the neighborhood where I grew up ...

Interview with Kim Knott (Lancaster University)

Diversity is 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 Amanda Wise (Sydney)

For me, well my preference is to approach diversity through an ethnographic lens. So ‘diversity’ is a sort of container for, I guess not just ethnic difference, ...

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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(see http://www.aaanet.org/profdev/ethics/upload/Statement-on-Ethics-Principles-of-Professional-Responsibility.pdf).
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