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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.

News & updates

Keynote Address by Peter van der Veer

At the 5th Asia and Pacific Congress, to be held in Paris in September, Peter van der Veer will hold a keynote address entitled “The Value of Comparison: India and China“.

Keynote Address at ICON·S 2015

The Keynote Address held by Ayelet Shachar at the 2015 Conference of the International Society of Public Law (New York University School of Law, July 2015) is now available in video format.

New Department for "Ethics, Law, and Politics"

Prof. Dr. Ayelet Shachar has joined the Institute as Director of the new Department for "Ethics, Law, and Politics".

Global Diversities book series

Global Diversities Book Series launched at the Academy of Urban Super-diversity.  more

Online lectures

Maurice Crul (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam): “Pathways to Success. The Second Generation in Germany, France, Sweden and the Netherlands”    Video

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Diversity interviews

Recent interview with Ben Gidley (COMPAS, University of Oxford)

I'm primarily an urban researcher. I research cities and city neighborhoods and social life in cities. So it's both an inescapable fact of city life in Britain and everywhere and an interest of mine is the fact of diversity, the everyday lived reality of diversity – not diversity as policy or as philosophical orientation but just this sheer facticity of mixedness and living together, what we might call multiculture or multicultural drift. When I think of diversity ... [more]

Previous interviews

Interview with Ash Amin (Cambridge University, UK)

In the present political moment, which is suspicious of heterogeneity, the word is an invitation to think about the value of living  ...

Interview with Thomas Blom Hansen (Amsterdam)

One can argue that India historically was the place that most urgently put the question of diversity on the table of the British colonizers.  ...

Interview with Farida Tilbury Fozdar (Perth)

I recognize that there are all sorts of diversity including aspects outside of the ethnic racial and religious but those are the areas that  ...

Interview with Kim Knott (Lancaster University)

Well, it's a term I've used for a long time. So in the mid-seventies when I was first a research student in the University of Leeds  ...

Interview with Sarah Neal (University of Surrey, UK)

Certainly the concept of diversity and superdiversity as it’s being developed through  ...

Interview with Paul Spoonley (Massey University)

Diversity for me invites us to pay attention to the outcomes of the enhanced flows of contemporary mobility and migration  ...

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), 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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