News & Updates - Archive 2018

New Board Member

Ayelet Shachar, a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Association of Members of the IAS (AMIAS).

December 2018

“Dynamics in the Public Under- standing of Diversity”

Steven Vertovec was the keynote speaker at the Conference "Livable Diversity Summit" at the School of Social Sciences in Melbourne, 6-9 November 2018.

November 2018

Visit to the Federal Chancellery

Karen Schönwälder visited the Federal Chancellery with the Advisory Council on Cultural Diversity and Equal Opportunities in the Federal Administration.

November 2018

Book review

On October 12, 2018 Marginalia: Los Angeles Review of Books published a review essay by Robert Hefner on Irfan Ahmad's book "Religion as Critique".

October 2018

Interview mit Steven Vertovec in der Neuen Zürcher Zeitung

«Wissenschaftlich lassen sich Parallelgesellschaften nicht nachweisen»
von Daniel Fritzsche am 29.09.2018.

October 2018

New Project

Matthias Koenig, professor at the University of Göttingen and Max Planck Fellow at the Institute, wins grant for a collaborative project "Post-imperial diversities – majority-minority relations in the transition from empires to nation-states".

September 2018

Max Planck Day in Göttingen

Science slam at Dots with MPI-MMG researchers Michalis Moutselos and Stefan Schlegel.

September 2018

Interview with Peter van der Veer in Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education: "The Dutch anthropologist discusses growing up in the sectarian Netherlands, following the hippie trail and whether religious tolerance has a future.".

August 2018

Shifting Borders of Justice

Public Lecture by Ayelet Shachar, entitled “Shifting Borders of Justice: Territory, Market, Migration,” which served as the keynote lecture for the “Migration, Citizenship, and Democracy: Contemporary Ethical Challenges” conference at Harvard University.

July 2018

Helen Baykara-Krumme new expert

With the compilation of the Ninth Family Report on "Parenting in Germany" is among other Helen-Baykara-Krumme (MPI-MMG) appointed as new expert.

July 2018


On 28 June 2018, the VAD awarded Michael Stasik a young scholars’ prize in recognition of his excellent doctoral dissertation "Station Ventures. Road Transport, Roadside Economies and Urban Hustle in Ghana".

June 2018

We need a paradigm shift in the way we think about migration

Steve Vertovec and more than 500 academics call for a science-based approach to policies on immigration and the creation on an International Panel on Migration and Asylum.
The Guardian, 28 June 2018

June 2018

From The Ku Klux Klan To Cow Vigilantes: A Scholar Explains Why Lynching is Terrorism

HuffPost India spoke with Irfan Ahmad about how such horrific public crimes became routine in India and why civil society seemingly checked out.

June 2018

Golden visas, dreamers, and ethics in immigration

An Ethics & International Affairs author interview with Ayelet Shachar from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity by the Carnegie Council.

June 2018


New insights into economic and social change
Researchers of the Max Planck Society and the University of Cambridge collaborate in the Max Planck - Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change.

May 2018

Innovations in Visual Methods

New visual methods for migration and diversity studies at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Goettingen.

May 2018

Keynote Lecture by Peter van der Veer

On Friday, June 1 Peter van der Veer will give a keynote at a conference celebrating 145 years of Surinamese Hindustani migration and culture.

May 2018

Honorary Doctorate for Steven Vertovec

Steven Vertovec received an Honorary Doctorate from Albert Corhay, the Rector of Université de Liège on Saturday, March 24.

March 2018

Shifting Borders of Justice

Ayelet Shachar, Director and Head of the Ethics, Law and Politics Department, will deliver a public lecture at Harvard University on March 22, 2018.

February 2018

New books in Southeast Asian studies

The New Way. Protestantism and the Hmong in Vietnam. Interview with Tam Ngo by Nick Cheesman on January 9, 2018.

January 2018

The Uninhabitable

Afterlives of the Urban South
Smuts Memorial Lecture Series, held by AbdouMaliq Simone at the University of Cambridge

I: Ensembles of the Uninhabitable II: Looking out for the Dark III: On the Way Home without a World – the Case of Delhi​

January 2018