Blogs 2018

Benjamin Boudou, July 2018

On July 6 2018, the French Constitutional Council ruled that the commonly called “delit de solidarité” or “solidarity offense” which criminalises any person who facilitates the irregular entry or stay of a foreigner in France is partially unconstitutional. Even if the legislator has to reconcile the constitutional principle of fraternity with the safeguarding of the public order, the former implies the “freedom to help others, for a humanitarian purpose, ...

Michael Stasik, June 2018

How does one actually carry out anthropological research on migration-spurred urban diversity? And how does an anthropologist, actually study groups composed of diverse migrants? Asking such questions might come across either as a rhetorical device or as somewhat naïve, especially if the one asking works as an anthropologist at the MPI MMG, which carries the ‘study of diversity’ in its title. Yet, I do not mean to ask rhetorical questions, and I hope that I’m not overly naïve either. ...

Dana Schmalz, June 2018

Der Vorschlag, Asylsuchende doch einfach direkt an der Grenze abzuweisen, ist als politisches Material erstaunlich langlebig. Erstaunlich, weil das Recht dem Vorschlag so eindeutig entgegensteht. Das Europarecht steht ihm entgegen, in Form der Regelungen der Dublin-Verordnung. Wenn man die ändern oder missachten möchte, steht dem Vorschlag immer noch die Europäische Menschenrechtskonvention (EMRK) entgegen, ...

Sonja Moghaddari, June 2018

Audrey’s headphones cover just one ear; she left the other one free to hear her own voice, relentlessly whispering into the microphone. Her eyes meet mine to tell me that everything is fine, that she is following the conversation. Highly concentrated, she is translating simultaneously what is said in English into French for some of the people who came from Africa. Audrey’s whispering melts into a collective murmur that sets the group of people around me off from the silently listening public. ...

CityDiv-Team (Michalis Moutselos, Christian Jacobs, Julia Martínez-Ariño, Maria Schiller, Karen Schönwälder, Alexandre Tandé), May 2018

In many European countries, “diversity” has become a common term in political and public life. In Germany, for instance, thousands of companies, administrations, and other civil society actors have signed a diversity charter. ...

Martijn van den Brink (MPI-MMG) and Dimitry Kochenov (Faculty of Law, University of Groningen), May 2018

Brexit will almost inevitably result in a significant loss of rights, in particular for UK citizens. They will lose their EU citizenship and the EU citizenship will not apply in the UK. To prevent UK citizens from losing EU citizenship, several commentators, including Guy Verhofstadt, the EP Brexit negotiator, have floated the idea of an associate citizenship for UK nationals to safeguard their rights as EU citizens after Brexit. ...

A collaboration between Alessio Mazzaro and members of the EoM research group

Giulia Carabelli, April 2018

Since last autumn, members of the Empires of Memory Group - Giulia Carabelli, Annika Kirbis and Jeremy F. Walton – have collaborated with the Trieste-based artist Alessio Mazzaro ...

Thoughts on the “Rumours about Germany” Campaign

February 2018

This is a translation of the blog article Werben gegen Asyl. Gedanken zur ‘Rumours about Germany’-Kampagne” by Nerges Azizi und Dana Schmalz from 08.01.2018. Translated by Christiane Kofri.

Under the title of “Rumours about Germany”, the Federal Foreign Office informs about the possibilities of being granted protection in Germany. In English, French and Arabic, “reliable facts” are provided in short texts practically sorted into three categories: “Sure about leaving?”, “On your way?”, “Need to return?”. ...

Dana Schmalz, July 2018

Die Fiktion der Nichteinreise klingt ein bisschen verrückt – aber können wir uns alle daran gewöhnen, nachdem wir uns einmal kräftig gewundert haben? Nein, wir dürfen uns nicht mit Fiktionen abfinden, die Rechte aushebeln. Das Recht kennt verschiedene Fiktionen, aber sie dienen der Wahrung von Rechten. Wenn wir Fiktionen akzeptieren, die Rechte umgehen, befinden wir uns im düstersten Gruselkabinett des rechtlichen Unrechts. ...

Jie Kang, June 2018

The Religious Diversity department organized a workshop on “Chinese Religions in the Age of Massive Urbanization” on 6th and 7th of June. International scholars working from different disciplines such as such sociology, anthropology, sinology, history and theology were invited to consider how urbanization and religions constitute each other and the implications of broad changes resulting from urbanization and the dynamics of religion. ...

Miriam Schader, Juni 2018

In diesem Zitat wird behauptet, AnkER-Zentren trügen zu ‚schnelleren‘ und ‚sicheren‘ Asylverfahren bei und seien notwendig. Doch wäre dem so?
‚Schneller‘?
Eine solche Unterbringung könnte die Verfahrensdauer durchaus verkürzen, insofern in den AnkER-Zentren wie in Transitbereichen der Flughäfen beschleunigte Verfahren angewandt würden. Das nach §18 Asylgesetz beschleunigte „Flughafenverfahren“ führt jedoch oftmals dazu, dass Asylbewerber*innen nicht ausreichend Zeit zur Verfahrensvorbereitung bleibt. ...

Dana Schmalz, June 2018

Das Gemeinsame Europäische Asylsystem hat Mängel, ohne Frage. Aber es enthält mit der Dublin-Verordnung eine Grundentscheidung, die wesentlich ist: Jeder Asylsuchende in der EU soll irgendwo Zugang zu einem Verfahren bekommen. ...

Martijn van den Brink, June 2018

The Court of Justice of the European Union has not always enjoyed the reputation of being particularly LGBT-friendly, but its standing among those pushing for the better protection of rights of same-sex couples is likely to have improved considerably following Coman ...

Art Exhibition in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Liza Wing Man Kam, June 2018

‘Are there Shinto Shrines in Taiwan?’
Often when I spoke about my work on the Shinto Shrines in Taiwan, people ask, ‘Are there Shinto Shrines in Taiwan? I thought that’s Japanese.’ This is but not limited to the people outside Taiwan. 
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Irfan Ahmad, May 2018

The evolutionary-racial othering that the concept of holism enacted does not only belong to anthropology’s past, in the nineteenth century. The division of the world into us and them has continued in many works, albeit not in the form of the “modern” us and “primitive” them that many anthropologists now recognize. ...

Peter van der Veer, April 2018

Jesus said 'Let the dead bury the dead' (Luke 9:60). But, obviously, they cannot. They need the living to do it for them. What strikes the reader of the overwhelming historical and anthropological literature on death and the disposal of the dead is the deep concern that most societies have in taking care ...

Renewing Political Anthropology

Irfan Ahmad, March 2018

In 2007, Jonathan Spencer announced the “death of political anthropology.” I do not think political anthropology died, but it does need renewing. To accept its death and hope, as Spencer does, for “a reborn anthropology of the political,” is to slip into metaphysics and expect its rebirth. This inaugural column outlines one key way to renew political anthropology: (auto)biography. ...