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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

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Visit of Mr. Stephan Weil

The Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Mr. Stephan Weil, visited the Institute on the 17th of July as part of his summer tour through the state.


[Video on RTL Nord]

Urban Diversity

At the 23rd World Congress of Political Science, to be held in Montreal in July, Karen Schönwälder will convene a panel  entitled “Urban Diversity: A challenge to governance or unspectacular reality?

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Visual Analysis with Digital Tools

As part of the Summer School of the GCDH Alexei Matveev and Norbert Winnige organized a workshop based on visualization projects of the MPI MMG.

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Diversity interviews

Recent interview with Michael Keith (COMPAS, University of Oxford)

I think ‘diversity’ enters my own work in two different ways. Firstly intellectually. Some of the conceptual work that diversity does begins to emerge in the 1980s as an implicit critique of Anglo-American ways of thinking about race and ethnicity. I think in the British case the study of ethnic, and racial studies more generally, becomes dominated by the migration to the UK from the new commonwealth ...  [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), 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).

All social scientific research at the Institute, particularly concerning informed consent and involving visual materials, is designed to follow the ethical guidelines formulated by the American Anthropological Association
(see http://www.aaanet.org/profdev/ethics/upload/Statement-on-Ethics-Principles-of-Professional-Responsibility.pdf).
All material on the Institute’s website is protected by copyright. If you wish to use material from the website, please contact our Research Coordinator, Dr. Norbert Winnige (winnige(at)mmg.mpg.de).