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MPI-MMG resources and the refugee influx

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

800,000 is the much-cited number of refugees that Germany can expect to receive this year. Chancellor Angela Merkel has clearly recognised that such an unprecedented influx will fundamentally change Germany ...


Conference "Migration - Peace - Human Security"

20-22 November 2015

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


Was die Zuwanderung mit Deutschland macht

Die Flüchtlinge werden die Bundesrepublik grundlegend verändern. Das Land steht vor einer Zeitenwende - von STEVEN VERTOVEC

in: Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 28.10.2015

Banlieues and the terrorist enemy within
A blog by Michalis Moutselos

One of the most vivid memories I have from my fieldwork in the poor suburbs North of Paris ... more

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 ... more


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

Special Lecture Series "Borders, Migrants, and Refugees"

9 December 2015, 14:00-16:00: Tam Ngo & Peter van der Veer (MPI-MMG) will give a lecture on "The Refugee’s Trauma. Reflections on North and South Vietnamese in East and West Germany".  more

“Diversity and Human Rights” - Joint Seminar Series 2015-2016

20 January 2016, 14:00-16:00: Moria PAZ (Stanford) will discuss a paper on "Between the Kingdom and the Desert Sun: Human Rights, Immigration, and Border Wallsmore

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2015/16

1 December 2015: Narendra Subramanian (McGill University) will give a lecture on "From bondage to citizenship: African Americans and Dalits since enfranchisement". more

African Diversities Colloquium Winter 2015/2016

7 December 2015, 16:30-18:00, Seminar room Villa: Patrick Hoenig (Hamburg Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Culture) will discuss a paper on "Congolais Debout Fierement partout: Mobile Gender Courts in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo"more

News & updates

Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize

The article “Contextual effect of positive intergroup contact on outgroup prejudice,” (co-authored by Steven Vertovec) was awarded the 2015 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize.

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. 

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

Itamar Mann (Georgetown): “Refugees: from Managerialism to 'Our Way of Life' ”    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 mit Arjun Appadurai (New York)

In my early life in India, diversity was always a keyword because of the regular use of the slogan of “unity in diversity”. ... 

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 ...

Interview with Nilüfer Göle (Paris)

I think that the word 'diversity' is misleading if we understand it as a reference to existing social differences. All societies are different. ...

Interview with Peter Kivisto (Augustana College, Illinois, USA)

Although I may not have defined it in precisely this way, diversity has been the focus of my work throughout my entire career, ever since ...

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 Manuel A. Vásquez (Florida)

There are two sorts of background conditions that I would look into to make sense of how diversity comes to the fore for me. The first one ...

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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