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Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

The Institute is dedicated to the multi-disciplinary study of diversity in historical and contemporary societies, particularly concerning ethnic and religious forms and dynamics. Such work entails basic empirical research aimed at theoretical development.

Some upcoming events


7 May 2015, 17:00-18:30!!!: Michèle Lamont (Harvard University) will give a lecture on "The quest for respect and equality: responses to stigmatization and discrimination in the US, Brazil and Israel".  more

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2015

5 May 2015 (15:30-17:00): June Hee Kwon (Duke University / U Pitt) will give a lecture on "The Economy of Kinship: Korean Chinese and Two Koreas". more

MPI Fellow Group Seminar Series 2014/15

21 May 2015, 11:00-13:00, Central Campus, OEC 0.167: Dagmar SOENNECKEN (York University Toronto & Universität zu Kiel) will discuss a paper on "Legal mobilization in a neo-corporatist world: Why do German refugee organizations not go to court?more

African Diversities Colloquium Spring/Summer 2015

27 April 2015, 16:30-18:00, Seminar room Villa: Mechthild Nagel
(Visiting Research Professor at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity; Director of the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, SUNY Cortland) will discuss a paper on "Troubling justice: a case for a ludic Ubuntu ethic"more

News & updates

Global Diversities Book Series


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

Urban Super-diversity

Academy of Urban Super-diversity held in Berlin from 8-10 April, comes to a successful end.

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize 2015


Marian Burchardt was awarded the most prestigious prize for young researchers in Germany for his work on 'multiple secularities' in different societies.

Global Diversities book series

Online lectures

Job offers

Diversity interviews

Recent interview with Suzanne Hall (University of London / LSE)

My practice is as an urban ethnographer, and before I came to ethnography I practiced as an architect in South Africa, so I work quite explicitly with spatial forms. I want to begin by saying that I think diversity is essentially a social change process. It is on the one hand the varied practices of locating oneself with ...

Previous interviews

Interview with Robin Cohen (Oxford)

At the moment I am really interested in the issue of overcoming diversity and I've been working in and around the subject matter of creolization.  ...

Interview with Thomas Faist (Bielefeld)

For me, diversity has two dimensions. First, diversity is a description. It's a descriptive term really suggesting that there is ...

Interview with Andre Gingrich (Wien)

On a general level, I agree with Ulf Hannerz's formulation in the last issue of the 2010 American Anthropologist, where he says that ...

Interview with Thomas Hylland Eriksen (Oslo)

Well, perhaps we should start by thinking about diversity as an analytical term, and then we can move to the usage of diversity in public and ...

Interview with Ewa Morawska (Essex)

Diversity is absolutely central to my work for two reasons: the nature of my research and the theoretical framework that informs it. ...

Interview with Andreas Wimmer (Princeton)

In the area that I am working in at the moment, which mostly has to do with conflict, violence, state formation, and public goods provision, there ...

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), John Eade (London), Nancy Foner (New York), Farida Tilbury Fozdar (Perth), Nina Glick-Schiller (Manchester), Nilüfer Göle (Paris), Ralph Grillo (Sussex), Miles Hewstone (Oxford), Daniel Hiebert (University of British Columbia), Bela Hovy (United Nations), Michael Keith (COMPAS, University of Oxford), Peter Kivisto (Illinois), Kim Knott (Lancaster University), Matthias Koenig (Göttingen), Loren Landau (Johannesburg), Sarah Neal (University of Surrey, UK), Brendan O'Leary (Pennsylvania), Bruno Riccio (Bologna), Paul Spoonley (Palmerston North), Manuel A. Vásquez (Florida), Josh DeWind (New York), Amanda Wise (Sydney).

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