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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


Thu

30

Mar

2017

Deborah Kapchan (New York University):
"Listening acts: sounding the Sufi sublime in secular France"
Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2017

Thu

30

Mar

2017

Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham):
"The politics of naming and counting in the refugee crisis"
Open Lectures Winter 2016/17

Wed

26

Apr

2017

Hillel Rapoport (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne):
"Combining Physical and Financial Solidarity in Refugee Protection: Tradable Quotas, Matching and EU Asylum Policy"
MIGRATION AND MEMBERSHIP IN TROUBLED TIMES
Ethics, Law and Politics · Seminar Series Winter 2016/2017

News & updates

The Contemporary South Asia Book Forum

An examination of Nathaniel Roberts’ publication, To Be Cared For: The Power of Conversion and Foreignness of Belonging in a Chennai Slum.

The Law and Politics of Diversity

 

 

The workshop "The Law and Politics of Diversity", December 16th 2016 in Göttingen, is now available in video format.

Bordering Migration: Legal Cartographies of Membership and Mobility

The Keynote held by Ayelet Shachar at the 9th Internat. Annual Conference "Normative (B)Orders", November 24th 2016, is now available in video format. 

Global Diversities book series

Online lectures

Christian Joppke (University of Bern): “Legal Multiculturalism: Comparing Gays and Muslims”    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.

Job offers

There are currently no job vacancies.

Call for Papers

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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