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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

Religious Diversity Colloquium Fall 2014

23 October 2014 (15:30-17:00): Carolyn Chen (Northwestern University) will give a lecture on "Racial Barriers and Religious Boundaries: Religion and Assimilation among Second-Generation Asian Americans". more

MPI Fellow Group Seminar Series 2014/15

29 October 2014, 11:00-13:00, Seminar room Villa: Miriam KÜNKLER (Princeton University & ZIF Bielefeld) will discuss a paper on "The (De-) Confessionalization of Law in India and Indonesia: The Limits of Monism" 

Open Lectures Autumn 2014

30 October 2014: Stefan Lindemann (Frankfurt) will give a lecture on "Resentment, Repression, and Refuge. A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Ethno-Political Conflict".  more

News & updates


Research Project on Chinese Temple Networks in Southeast Asia

Workshop, 18-19 October 2014

NUS Sociology Seminar Room: AS1 02-12





Cultural Diversity in China

New MPI MMG linked journal Cultural Diversity in China with DeGruyter

Editor-in-Chief: Peter van der Veer

Mix, lah

Jurong West, Singapore
. Film, produced by Dörte Engelkes as part of the GlobaldiverCities project, featuring the residential area of Jurong West where many people from all over Asia live and meet

Online lectures

Job offers

Diversity interviews

Recent interview with Mette Louise Berg (University of Oxford)

I suppose I see diversity as both a new term and an old term. I’m trained as a social and cultural anthropologist and there is a tradition within anthropology of looking at plural and diverse societies. The most relevant to me would be literature on the Caribbean; I’ve worked on Cuba and the Cuban diaspora for a number of years and there is ...  [more]

Previous interviews

Interview with Thomas Hylland Eriksen (Oslo)

Perhaps we should start by thinking about diversity as an analytical term, and then we can move to ...

Interview with Ash Amin (Cambridge)

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

Interview with Arjun Appadurai (New York)

First of all, in my early life in India, diversity was always a keyword because of the regular use of the slogan of “unity in diversity”. It was the theme that ...

Interview with Ulrich Beck (Munich)

The term diversity appears in my texts in many places almost of its own accord. However, I’m usually employing it within a relatively specific context ...

Interview with Nancy Foner (New York)

For me, in terms of my work, when I speak of diversity I generally mean ethnoracial diversity – and ethnoracial diversity as it relates to immigration. ...

Interview with Rogers Brubaker (Los Angeles)

In a sense ‘diversity’ is just a more recent term for concepts that have been central to sociology from the very beginning – the idea of differentiation ...

More interviews with Lourdes Arizpe (Mexico), Thomas Blom Hansen (Amsterdam), Jan Blommaert (Tilburg), Robin Cohen (Oxford), Wong Ing Boh Diana (Kuala Lumpur), John Eade (London), Thomas Faist (Bielefeld), Farida Tilbury Fozdar (Perth), Andre Gingrich (Vienna), Nina Glick-Schiller (Manchester), Nilüfer Göle (Paris), Ralph Grillo (Sussex), Miles Hewstone (Oxford), Daniel Hiebert (University of British Columbia), Bela Hovy (United Nations), Thomas Hylland Eriksen (Oslo), Michael Keith (COMPAS, University of Oxford), Peter Kivisto (Illinois), Kim Knott (Lancaster University), Matthias Koenig (Göttingen), Loren Landau (Johannesburg), Brendan O'Leary (Pennsylvania), Ewa Morawska (Essex), Bruno Riccio (Bologna), Manuel A. Vásquez (Florida), Andreas Wimmer (Princeton University), Josh DeWind (New York), Amanda Wise (Sydney).

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