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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

22 April 2014: Goldie Osuri (Warwick) will give a lecture on "Sovereignty and the Act of Conversion: The Case of Narasapur". The Religious Diversity Colloquium will take place Tuesdays between 15:30 and 17:00 in the Conference Room at Hermann-Föge-Weg 12. 

MPI Fellow Group Seminar Series Spring 2014  [Pdf]
30 April 2014 (12:15-14:00!!!): Marian BURCHARDT (MPI Göttingen) will discuss a paper on "The Politics of Visibility: Muslim Face-Veiling, Urban Conviviality and Contention in Spain".

News & updates




28 May to 1 June 2014


The Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival Programme now online.




AIIS 2014 Book Prize Awarded to Lisa Bjorkman

The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences has been awarded to Lisa Bjorkman, for her manuscript, Pipe Politics: Mumbai’s Contested Waters.

Prejudice: Not Just Whom You Know, But Also Where You Live

A blog posted by Miles Hewstone and Steven Vertovec.

The Huffington Post

Online lectures

Michel Wieviorka: Multiculturalism: a Problem Now, or Still a Solution?
Michel WIEVIORKA (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme / L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris)

Job offers

Call for applications

Recent interview

Interview with Andreas Wimmer (Princeton University)

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 has been an ongoing debate as to whether or not high degrees of diversity are linked with bad things such as civil war or low public goods provision or failed states. Some people have argued that high degrees of diversity imply divergence of values and ...  [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), Josh DeWind (New York), Amanda Wise (Sydney).

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