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Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity


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





Jeremy F. Walton (MPI-MMG):
"Disciplining the Past? Sites of Memory and Forgetting in Former Ottoman Land"
“Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory” - Lecture Series 2016





Serhat Karakayali (Humboldt University, Berlin):
"Volunteering for refugees in Germany. Between social movement and charity"
Open Lectures Winter 2016/17





Mireille Mazard (MPI-MMG):
"'Are you afraid of cockroaches?': Compassion and the horrors of abjection in Taiwanese Buddhism"
Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2016/17





Jannik Schritt (University of Göttingen):
"Crude politics: making the oil refinery political in Niger"
African Diversities Colloquium Winter 2016/17

News & updates

Max Planck Research Groups 2016

Call for applications of the Max Planck Society and the Technical University Munich, deadline: October 26, 2016.

ERC Starting Grants


Two Starting Grants have been awarded to MPI-MMG researchers Annelies Kusters and Sahana Udupa in the 2016 call.

Online Presentation

The Presentation held by Ayelet Shachar at the Conference "Migration - Peace - Human Security" (Georg August University Göttingen) is now available in video format. 

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

Global Diversities book series

Online lectures

Anne Phillips (London School of Economics): “The Politics of the Human”    Video

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

Previous online lectures by Ash Amin (Cambridge University), John R. Bowen (Washington University, St. Louis), José Casanova (Georgetown University, Washington, DC), Ronan McCrea (University College London), 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), Itamar Mann (Georgetown), Alan Patten (Princeton), 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

Call for Papers

Diversity interviews

Recent interview with Anne Phillips (University of London / LSE)

For myself I prefer the notion of difference to that of diversity. This is partly because diversity has become part of an administrative framework that frames antidiscrimination policies in the work place as a matter of equality and diversity, but in a rather empty way. I don't know if this is also true in Germany, but it is certainly the case in the UK. We are searching, I take it, for terms that capture a vision of a world in which people can be accepted and regarded as full equals but without having to assimilate to a single model of person or citizen.  ... [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 Loren Landau (Johannes- burg)

For me diversity is about different ways of being in space, particularly in urban space, space that itself is shaped by people's backgrounds ...

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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