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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.

Some upcoming events


OPEN LECTURES SPRING 2015

16 July 2015, 14:15-16:00: Sarah Spencer (COMPAS, University of Oxford) will give a lecture on "Multi-level governance of an intractable policy problem: migrants with irregular status in European cities".  more

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2015

30 June 2015: Christina SCHWENKEL (UC Riverside) will give a lecture on "Spiritual Topographies of Ruination and Reconstruction in Vinh City, Vietnam". more

African Diversities Colloquium Spring/Summer 2015

13 July 2015, 16:30-18:00, Seminar room Villa: Jason Hickel (The London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE) will discuss a paper on " ‘Xenophobia’ in South Africa: order, chaos, and the moral economy of witchcraft"more

News & updates

New film online

The documentation GlobaldiverCities by Dörte U. Engelkes gives insight into the large, multidisciplinary, international and comparative research project ‘GlobaldiverCities’ conducted by Steven Vertovec between 2011 and 2015.

Global Networks

 

 

Global Networks journal ranked in top 25 globally in each of three social science disciplines.

 

 

Advisory Board for Migration and Participation

Stephan Weil, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, has appointed Karen Schönwälder to the Advisory Board for Migration and Participation of the state government. 

Global Diversities book series

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

Online lectures

Job offers

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 share of facticity of mixedness and living together. So I guess multiculture or multicultural drift is a historical causa. ... [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), John Eade (London), Nancy Foner (New York), Farida Tilbury Fozdar (Perth), Nina Glick-Schiller (Manchester), Nilüfer Göle (Paris), Ralph Grillo (Sussex), Suzanne Hall (University of London / LSE), Miles Hewstone (Oxford), Daniel Hiebert (University of British Columbia), Bela Hovy (United Nations), Michael Keith (COMPAS, University of Oxford), Peter Kivisto (Illinois), Kim Knott (Lancaster University), Matthias Koenig (Göttingen), Loren Landau (Johannesburg), Sarah Neal (University of Surrey, UK), Brendan O'Leary (Pennsylvania), Bruno Riccio (Bologna), Paul Spoonley (Palmerston North), Manuel A. Vásquez (Florida), Josh DeWind (New York), Amanda Wise (Sydney).

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