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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

MPI Fellow Group Seminar Series 2014/15

4 February 2015, 11:00-13:00, Seminar room Villa: David COOK-MARTIN (Grinell College & Universidad Carlos III Madrid) will discuss a paper on "How their Laws Affect our Laws: Mechanisms of Immigration Policy Diffusion in the Americas

African Diversities Colloquium Winter 2014/15

9 February 2015, 16:30-18:00, Seminar room Villa: Rebekka Habermas (Georg-August-University Göttingen) will discuss a paper.  more

News & updates

Muslims, Immigrants and the Perception Gap

A blog posted by Steven Vertovec.

The Huffington Post

Fieldwork Photo Gallery


New responsive design and new contributions by MPI-MMG researchers.

Book Award

Nicholas Harkness’s book "Songs of Seoul" has been awarded the Edward Sapir Book Prize by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (American Anthropological Association).

Global Diversities book series

Online lectures

Job offers

There are currently no job vacancies.

Diversity interviews

Recent interview with Sarah Neal (University of Surrey, UK)

I come from a race and ethnicity background and certainly the concept of diversity and superdiversity as it’s being developed through Steve’s work and taken up by various scholars and researchers has been really helpful in that it’s a contribution to how we talk and think about race and ethnicity. And in some ways ...

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), 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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