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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.

Some upcoming events


Tue

13

Jun

2017

Yanfei Sun (Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China):
"Twists of fate: growth trajectories of Catholicism and Protestantism in Modern China compared"
Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2017

Thu

15

Jun

2017

Peter Scholten (Erasmus University Rotterdam & IMISCOE):
"From migrant integration towards diversity mainstreaming? Between concept and (urban) reality"
Open Lectures Summer 2017

Mon

3

Jul

2016

Yovita Vakolavene (Goettingen University):
"African women and warfare before WWI"
African Diversities Colloquium Summer 2017

News & updates

DFG Grant for Matthias Koenig

Matthias Koenig, professor at the University of Göttingen and fellow at the Institute, wins DFG grant for a collaborative project "New migrants and refugees in Germany: processes of integration and settlement in comparative perspective".

Conference on World Affairs

Steven Vertovec has been one of the speakers at the 69th Conference on World Affairs, April 10-14, 2017, University of Colorado Boulder

Livestream of the Session "Nationalism Returns to America" 

TV talk "Wissen im Fluss"

Karsten Schwanke meets Karen Schönwälder.

The talk has been broadcast on Sunday, 9 April, 19:15-20:00, on ARD-alpha.

Global Diversities book series

Online lectures

Sara Wallace Goodman (University of California, Irvine): “Tolerance at what Cost? Multiculturalism as Redistribution”    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), Anne Phillips (London School of Economics), 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.

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Diversity interviews

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 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), Anne Phillips (London), 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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