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Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften

MPI-MMG resources and the refugee influx

Flüchtlingen in Deutschland Perspektive geben

Die Max-Planck- und die Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft planen eine Initiative zur Integration von Flüchtlingen in die Wissenschaft. Das haben die Präsidenten beider Organisationen ...


MPI-MMG Publications 

Books, articles and edited volumes relevant to the current refugee crisis.


Germany’s second turning point: long-term effects of the refugee crisis

by Steven Vertovec, published in Open Democracy


Konferenz "Migration - Frieden- Human Security"

20.-22. November 2015

organisiert von der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, in Kooperation u.a. mit dem MPI-MMG


Was die Zuwanderung mit Deutschland macht

Die Flüchtlinge werden die Bundesrepublik grundlegend verändern. Das Land steht vor einer Zeitenwende - von STEVEN VERTOVEC

in: Süddeutsche Zeitung vom 28.10.2015

Come tomorrow
A blog by Léonie Newhouse

A couple of months ago, when I was in Juba, South Sudan, a friend of mine picked me up to go for dinner. Let’s call him Tekle... more


Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften

Das Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften ist eines der führenden Zentren für die multidisziplinäre Erforschung der vielfältigen Formen von gesellschaftlicher Vielfalt in der aktuellen globalisierten Welt. Das Institut besteht aus drei unabhängigen Abteilungen. 

Nächste Veranstaltungen

Special Lecture Series "Borders, Migrants, and Refugees"

Am 26. November 2015, 14:00-16:00 Uhr, wird Boris Nieswand (Tübingen) einen Vortrag zum Thema "Unaccompanied Minor Refugees: Principles and Practices of their Reception in Germany and the EU" halten.  mehr

“Diversity and Human Rights” - Joint Seminar Series 2015-2016

Am 20. Januar 2016, 14:00-16:00, wird Moria PAZ (Stanford) einen Text zum Thema "Between the Kingdom and the Desert Sun: Human Rights, Immigration, and Border Walls" zur Diskussion stellen.  mehr

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2015/16

Am 1. Dezember 2015 wird Narendra Subramanian (McGill University) einen Vortrag zum Thema "From bondage to citizenship: African Americans and Dalits since enfranchisement" halten.    mehr

African Diversities Colloquium Winter 2015/2016

Am 7. Dezember 2015, 16:30-18:00, Seminarraum Villa, wird Patrick Hoenig (Hamburger Stiftung zur Förderung von Wissenschaft und Kultur) einen Text zum Thema "Congolais Debout Fierement partout: Mobile Gender Courts in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo" zur Diskussion stellen.  mehr

News & Updates

Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize

The article “Contextual effect of positive intergroup contact on outgroup prejudice,” (co-authored by Steven Vertovec) was awarded the 2015 Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize.

New film online

The film "Ishaare" by Annelies Kusters documents how six deaf signers communicate with familiar and unfamiliar hearing shopkeepers, street vendors, customers, waiters, ticket conductors and fellow travellers in Mumbai. 

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

Vorstellung der neuen Buchreihe Global Diversities auf der Academy of Urban Super-diversity.  mehr


Manuel Schwab (Makerere Institute of Social Research, Kampala, Uganda): “The human becomes a vicious circle: objects of belief, displaced units of responsibility, and the tensions of diversity in homicide regulations in Sudan”    Video


Call for Papers

Diversity Interviews

Neuestes Interview mit 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]

Frühere Interviews

Interview mit Arjun Appadurai (New York)

In my early life in India, diversity was always a keyword because of the regular use of the slogan of “unity in diversity”. ... 

Interview with Mette Louise Berg (University of 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 a tradition ...

Interview with Nilüfer Göle (Paris)

I think that the word 'diversity' is misleading if we understand it as a reference to existing social differences. All societies are different. ...

Interview with Peter Kivisto (Augustana College, Illinois, USA)

Although I may not have defined it in precisely this way, diversity has been the focus of my work throughout my entire career, ever since ...

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 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. The first one ...

Weitere Interviews mit 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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