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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


27 November 2014: Justus Uitermark (University of Amsterdam) will give a lecture on "The urban roots of immigrant rights movements - Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Paris".  more

Religious Diversity Colloquium Fall 2014

25 November 2014 (15:30-17:00): Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands) will give a lecture on "Poor@Play: Digital life beyond the West". more

MPI Fellow Group Seminar Series 2014/15

3 December 2014, 11:00-13:00, Seminar room Villa: Zeynep ÖZGEN (MPI-MMG) will discuss a paper on "From Madrasa to Underground and Back: Is Turkish Secularization Path-dependent?

African Diversities Colloquium Winter 2014/15

24 November 2014, 16:30-18:00, Seminar room Villa: Mark Geraghty (MPI-MMG) will discuss a paper on "Ethnicity in the New Rwanda

News & updates

The Sacred and the Urban

Workshop jointly organised by the Urban Aspirations Research Group and the FASS Religion Research Cluster, National University of Singapore, December 15, 2014

Prof. AbdouMaliq Simone


Prof. AbdouMaliq Simone is joining the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity at MPI-MMG.




An exhibition on cities through the lens of Cape Town, 30 October - 10 December 2014






Global Diversities book series

Online lectures

Job offers

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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