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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.

MPI-MMG resources and the refugee influx

Giving refugees in Germany a perspective

MPI-MMG Publications

Germany’s second turning point. Long-term effects of the refugee crisis

Come tomorrow
A blog by Léonie Newhouse

Refugees in Germany – what is the scope of integration?


MPI erforscht Vielfalt von Flüchtlingen
Göttinger Tageblatt, 27.01.16

Was die Zuwanderung mit Deutschland macht
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 28.10.15

Some upcoming events


Wed

11

May

2016

Alan Patten (Princeton University):
"Religious Accommodations in a Diverse Society"

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Thu

26

May

2016

Mirjam de Bruijn (University of Leiden):
"New Information and Communication Technologies and ‘New’ Stratifications of Society: Evidence from Chad, Mali and Cameroon"
more

Tue

17

May

2016

Xiaoxuan Wang (MPI-MMG):
"Embracing the World in Isolation--the Rise of Protestant Christianity in Southeast China during the Cultural Revolution"
more

Mon

2

May

2016

Annelies Kusters (MPI-MMG):
"Gesture- and sign language-based language strategies and ideologies in Adamorobe, Ghana and Mumbai, India"
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News & updates

Online lecture

 

 

Steven Vertovec: “Super-diversity as concept and approach: whence it came, where it’s at, and whither it’s going”

Refugees in Germany – what is the scope of integration?

At a panel discussion organized by the Max Planck Society, research group leader Karen Schönwälder deliberated with two other scholars on the integration of refugees in Germany.

Empires of Memory: Processes, Projects, and Discourses

Dr. Jeremy Walton has joined the Institute as the leader for the Max Planck Research Group “Empires of Memory: Processes, Projects, and Discourses”. 

Global Diversities book series

Online lectures

Itamar Mann (Georgetown): “Refugees: from Managerialism to 'Our Way of Life' ”    Video

Previous online lectures by Ash Amin (Cambridge University), John R. Bowen (Washington University, St. Louis), José Casanova (Georgetown University, Washington, DC), Alison Dundes Renteln (University of Southern California), Stephan Feuchtwang (London School of Economics), Marie-Claire Foblets (MPI for Social Anthropology Halle/Saale), David Gellner (University of Oxford), Virginie Guiraudon (Sciences Po), Suzanne Hall (University of London / LSE), Saba Mahmood (University of California, Berkeley), Shalini Randeria (University of Zurich/Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen), Vyjayanthi Rao (The New School for Social Research, New York), Joel Robbins (University of California, San Diego), Olivier Roy (European University Institute, Florence), Patrick Simon (Centre d’études européennes (Sciences Po) / Institut national d’études démographiques), Mary C. Waters (Harvard University), and Michel Wieviorka (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme / L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris). For a full list click here.

Job offers

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 Mette Louise Berg (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 ... 

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 ...

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 Michael Keith (Oxford)

I think it enters my own work in two different ways. Firstly intellectually. Some of the conceptual work that diversity does begins to emerge ...

Interview with Sarah Neal (Surrey)

I come from a race and ethnicity background and certainly the concept of diversity and superdiversity as it’s being developed ...

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. ...


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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