Events Archive

"The religious lives of migrant minorities: creating local spaces for global faiths"

Workshops, conferences 2009
Workshop organized by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MMG) and American Social Science Research Council (SSRC). [more]
Co-organized by: Peter van der Veer & Steve Vertovec (Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious Diversity) ▪ Matthias Koenig & Andrea Lauser (Göttingen University) [more]

"From medical pluralism to medical diversity?"

Workshops, conferences 2009
The goal of the workshop was to critically discuss the extent to which the concepts of diversity can enhance dicussions related to medical pluralism. [more]

"Global Cities Conference"

Workshops, conferences 2009
Conference organized by Arjun Appadurai and Peter van der Veer. [more]
Workshop on the International IMISCOE/SUS.DIV Conference 2009 "Sustainable diversity, migration and social cohesion" from 9 until 11 september 2009 at Stockholm University, Sweden. The workshop was organized by Susanne Wessendorf (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity). [more]

"Understanding diversity: theoretical and methodological challenges"

Workshops, conferences 2009
IMISCOE B6 Workshop. [more]

"Integration and its Impacts on Diasporas-Homelands Relations"

Seminar Series “Studying Diversity – Theoretical and Methodological Issues” Winter 2009/10

"Structuring Diversity: A Fitting Theoretical Framework with Empirical Illustrations"

Seminar Series “Studying Diversity – Theoretical and Methodological Issues” Winter 2009/10

"Integration Research in Europe: Old Questions and a New Project"

Seminar Series “Studying Diversity – Theoretical and Methodological Issues” Winter 2009/10

"The next generation? „Jüngere“ Ethnologie der Migration im deutschsprachigen Raum"

Workshops, conferences 2009
Workshop organized by Heike Drotbohm (Universität Freiburg) und Boris Nieswand (MPI-MMG). [more]

"Homogenizing diverse collective and familial histories. Strategies of ethnic Germans from and in the (former) Soviet Union"

Seminar Series “Studying Diversity – Theoretical and Methodological Issues” Winter 2009/10

"Martyrdom and Nationalism in Kurdish Poetry"

  • Date: Dec 3, 2009
  • Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  • Speaker: Mariwan Kanie (Amsterdam)
  • Mariwan Kanie comes originally from Iraqi Kurdistan. Since 1993 he lives and works in Holland. Recently he is writing a Doctoral thesis on martyrdom at the University of Amsterdam and teaches the intellectual history of Arab and Islamic world at the same university.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room
In co-operation with the Iranian Studies Seminar, Göttingen University. [more]

"Buddhist Revival in Post-Mao China: An Analysis of External Dynamics"

  • Date: Dec 8, 2009
  • Time: 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Speaker: Ji Zhe (Nantes Institute for Advanced Studies, France)
  • JI Zhe is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités, and Resident Research Fellow in the Nantes Institute for Advanced Studies (2009-2010) in France. He received his PhD in sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) in 2007. He has published articles on Chinese Buddhism, Confucianism, youth religiosity and sociological theory of religion in various journals including Perspectives Chinoises, Social Compass, Cahiers internationaux de sociologie and Nova Religio. Based on his doctoral thesis, his book on modern changes in Chan Buddhism will be published by the Editions de l’EHESS (in the “En temps & lieux” series, 2010, Paris). He guest-edits a special issue of the French academic annual Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident, which focuses on religion as educative space in modern and contemporary China (forthcoming in 2011). His current research is on Buddhism and Confucianism in the post-Mao era, and Chinese secularism.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room
In co-operation with the Iranian Studies Seminar, Göttingen University. [more]

"Cosmopolitanism: challenges and promises of the idea"

Workshops, conferences 2009
Workshop organized by Ewa Morawska (University of Essex) and Magdalena Nowicka (LMU München). [more]

"Religion, Culture and the Politicization of Honor Killing: A Critical Analysis of Media and Policy Debates in Germany, the UK, and Canada"

Seminar Series “Studying Diversity – Theoretical and Methodological Issues” Winter 2009/10

"Negotiating diversity in the Balkans: past, present and future perspectives"

Workshops, conferences 2009
Workshop organized by Monika Palmberger (MPI-MMG) and Goran Janev (MPI-MMG). [more]

"Local Parliaments & Immigrant Representation: NRW 2009"

Seminar Series “Studying Diversity – Theoretical and Methodological Issues” Winter 2009/10

"Diversity and Group Focused Enmity"

Seminar Series “Studying Diversity – Theoretical and Methodological Issues” Winter 2009/10

"The Question of Culture in Multicultural Discourse"

"Key Concepts and Methods in Ethnography, Language & Communication"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Organized by the King’s College London, the Tilburg University and the Institute of Education, University of London. [more]

"Social Milieus and Diversity"

Workshops, conferences 2010
The goal of the workshop is to introduce theoretical concepts and operationalizations of social milieus and to discuss what the term “milieus” has to offer the concept of diversity. The workshop will include lectures by Prof. Em. Dr. Michael Vester (Universität Hannover) about concepts of social milieus and Dr. Darius Zifonun (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen) about the usefulness of this concept in migration research. [more]

"Gesellschaftliche Vielfalt und jugendamtliche Praxis"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Organized by Boris Nieswand, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. [more]

"Cosmopolitanization"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Workshop with Ulrich Beck, Professor for Sociology at the University of Munich Centennial Professor in the Department of Sociology. [more]

"The Revival of Nalanda University: The Re-establishment of the Ancient Buddhist Networks"

  • Date: Apr 27, 2010
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Speaker: Tansen Sen (Baruch College, City University of New York)
  • Tansen Sen is Associate Professor of Asian history and religons at Baruch College, The City University of New York. Currently he is visiting senior research fellow at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. He received his MA from Peking University and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has special scholarly interests in Buddhism, Sino-Indian relations, Indian Ocean trade, and Silk Road archeology. He has done extensive research in India, China, and Japan with grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Japan Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"The Culture of Work and the Work of Culture in India"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Workshop with Chris Fuller (London School of Economics), Carol Upadhya (School of Social Sciences in Bangalore, Indien) and Nicole Mayer-Ahuja (Soziologisches Forschungsinstitut Göttingen - SOFI) [more]

"Yellow Shirts and Red Shirts: Political Protest in Thailand Today"

Workshops, conferences 2010
This workshop intends to further an anthropological understanding of the current political crisis in Thailand and the use of a symbolic repertoire by the different groups that are engaged in political struggle. [more]

"Immigrant Political Incorporation in Europe"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Conference organizers: Karen Schönwälder & Irene Bloemraad. [more]

"Building Theravada Buddhist networks in Nepal and Beyond"

  • Date: Jun 16, 2010
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Speaker: David Gellner (University of Oxford)
  • David Gellner is Professor of Social Anthropology, a Fellow of All Souls, and Head of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnogra­phy. His doctoral research (1982-4) was on the traditional, Vaj­ra­yana Buddhism of the Newars and on Newar social organization, in the Kath­mandu Valley, Nepal. He has carried out fieldwork in the Kathmandu Valley on many subsequent occasions, broadening his interests to include politics and ethnicity, healers, mediums, and popular approaches to misfortune, religious change, activism, and democratization. His current research is on reli­gion in the Nepali diaspora in the UK.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall
Workshop with Prof. Ulrich Beck (Ludwig Maximilian University Munich). [more]

"Why there is no ‘European Islam’: Contrasting contours of Islam in England and France"

"Civility and Intercultural Relations in Goa (India) and Malaysia"

"Theorising the State and Mobility in Africa"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Writer's Research Workshop, organized by Darshan Vigneswaran (MPI-MMG) and Joel Quirk (University of the Witwatersrand). [more]

"Medical knowledge, health, crises and processes of diversification"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Workshop at the 11th EASA Biennial Conference "Crisis and imagination", held from 24-27th August 2010 in Maynooth, Ireland. [more]

"Ethno-cultural Capital and Re-migration in Shanghai"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11
  • Date: Sep 1, 2010
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Speaker: Da Wu (Shanghai University)
  • Professor Wu received his MPhil and Ph.D. degrees in Cultural Anthropology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was an Assistant Researcher Fellow in the Chinese Academic of Social Sciences from 1989 to 1998. He has been with Shanghai University since 2008.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Visual Anthropology"

Workshops, conferences 2010

"Does Secularization Lead to Moral Decline?"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11
  • Date: Sep 8, 2010
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Speaker: Hans Joas (Max Weber Center, Erfurt)
  • Hans Joas is Max Weber Professor and Director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt. He is also Professor of Sociology and a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. In 1979, he obtained his Ph.D. from the Free University in Berlin and worked, from 1984 to 1987, as a Heisenberg fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. From 1990 until 2002, he held a chair at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies and the Insti­tute for Sociology at FU Berlin. Hans Joas has taught at many institutions in Europe and the US as visiting professor. He is a regular member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall
Workshop with Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo), Elisabeth Eide (Oslo University College) and Sharam Alghasi [more]

"Intersections between Indian and Chinese Vernacular Urbanisms"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11
  • Date: Sep 22, 2010
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Speaker: Solomon Benjamin (National Institute for Advanced Study, Bangalore)
  • Solomon Benjamin is an Associate Professor at the Bangalore based, National Institute of Advanced Studies and co-anchor of a newly established Urban Research and Policy Program (URPP). Benjamin’s doctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (1996) looked at the politics of land and small firms in East Delhi. His present research looks at globalization as it shaped city politics, economy and land.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall
Round table organized by the MMG DivCon team (Sören Petermann, Thomas Schmitt, Karen Schönwälder, Steven Vertovec). [more]

"The City as Stage: Speculative Violence and the Violence of Speculation"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11
  • Date: Sep 29, 2010
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Speaker: Vyjayanthi Rao (The New School for Social Research, New York)
  • Vyjayanthi Rao is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the New School for social Research, New York. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and was a Post-Doctoral Associate at Yale University prior to joining The New School. Her Research Interests include: Anthropology and Ethnography of South Asia; Urban Culture, Architecture and Infrastructure; Monuments and Material Culture; Displacement, Memory and Citizenship; Ethics, Aesthetics and Globalization.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Researching Markets and Diversity"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Workshop organized by the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES, University of Amsterdam), Metropolis British Columbia (University of British Columbia) and the MPI-MMG (Göttingen). [more]

"Neoliberal Urban Forms and Comparisons: Chicago, Budapest and Planned Housing Developments"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11
Workshop with Gerhard Boomgaarden (Routledge, London). [more]

"Public Affect Effects: Enacting in/Civilities in Public Space"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11

"The (Un)Making of Policy in the Shadow of the World Bank: Mumbai Urban Transport Project, Infrastructure Development and Urban Resettlement"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11

"Catholic Charismatic Communities: A Global Geography of the Spirit"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11
  • Date: Oct 25, 2010
  • Time: 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: Thomas J. Csordas (University of California, San Diego)
  • Dr. Thomas Csordas is an anthropologist whose principal interests are in medical and psychological anthropology, comparative religion, anthropological theory, cultural phenomenology and embodiment, globalization and social change, language and culture. He has conducted ethnographic research with Charismatic Catholics, Navajo Indians, and adolescents in the American Southwest on topics including therapeutic process in religious healing, ritual language and creativity, sensory imagery, self transformation, techniques of the body, causal reasoning about illness, and the experience of psychiatric inpatients.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Sacred Frontiers: The Reinvention of Everyday Life in Jerusalem’s Old City"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11
  • Date: Oct 27, 2010
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Speaker: Wendy Pullan (University of Cambridge)
  • Wendy Pullan teaches architecture and urbanism at the University of Cambridge. She is Principal Investigator for ‚Conflict in Cities and the Contested State, an international and multidisciplinary research project funded by the ESRC‘s Large Grants Programme. In 2006, she received the Royal Institute of British Architects‘ inaugural President‘s Award for University Led Research for work on Conflict in Cities. Dr Pullan has published widely on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern architecture and cities, especially Jerusalem, and has advised on issues to do with urban uncertainty, change and security. She is a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Global Migration, Diversification and Cities"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11
  • Date: Nov 3, 2010
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Speaker: Steven Vertovec (MPI-MMG)
  • Steven Vertovec is Director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diver­sity, Göttingen and Honorary Joint Professor of Sociology and Ethnology, University of Göttingen. Previously he was Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the University of Oxford and Director of the British Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Urban Aspirations"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Organized by Shanghai University in collaboration with MPI-MMG. [more]

"Ethnography, language & communication: a workshop"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Workshop with Jan Blommaert (University of Tilburg) & Ben Rampton (King’s College London). [more]

"No Longer at Ease: East German Home Comings in Urban Context"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11

"(Mis)managing and (mis)understanding diversity in Macedonia"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Workshop with Emilija Simoska (Sts Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje), Makedonka Mitrova (Sts Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje) and Goran Janev (MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity). [more]

"Cities and the Ethic of Care Among Strangers"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2010/11

"Conceiving and researching multi-ethnic urban spaces"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Workshop with Ash Amin (Durham) and Talja Blokland (Humboldt University, Berlin). [more]
Workshop organised by Silke Schicktanz (University of Göttingen) & Tulsi Patel (Delhi University) in co-operation with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen). [more]

"Stop or go: the social dynamics of urban movement"

Workshops, conferences 2010
Winter workshop co-organised by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai), the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Germany) & PUKAR (Mumbai). [more]

"Deutsche Migrations‐ und Integrationspolitik im europäischen Vergleich"

Workshops, conferences 2011
Veranstalter: Arbeitskreis 'Migrationspolitik' in der Deutschen Vereinigung für Politische Wissenschaft (DVPW) in Kooperation mit dem Max‐Planck‐Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften in Göttingen [more]

"Super-diversity, Wellbeing and Access to Healthcare - Developing a Research Agenda"

Workshops, conferences 2011
Workshop organized by the International Research Group on Superdiversity and Health (Max Planck Institute, Göttingen, Medical Diversity Programme). [more]

"Markets and diversity: cross cultural perspectives"

Workshops, conferences 2011
Workshop organized by Gertrud Hüwelmeier (Humboldt University Berlin) and Steven Vertovec (MPI-MMG). [more]

"Workshop with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, & doctoral students"

Workshops, conferences 2011
Together with the Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. [more]

"Medical diversity and its spaces"

Workshops, conferences 2011
Conference organized by Gabi Alex, Kristine Krause and David Parkin. Discussants: Henrike Donner and Michi Knecht. [more]

"Intergroup contact and the reduction of prejudice: From ‘hypothesis’ to ‘integrated theory’"

Institute Colloquium Series "Difference and (In)Equalities" Spring/Summer 2011
  • Date: Apr 27, 2011
  • Time: 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
  • Speaker: Miles Hewstone (Oxford)
  • Professor Miles Hewstone is Professor of Social Psychology and Fellow of New College, University of Oxford. He has previously held chairs in social psychology at the universities of Bristol, U.K., Mannheim, Germany, Cardiff, U.K. His current work centres on the reduction of intergroup conflict, via intergroup contact, stereotype change and crossed categorization. At MPI-MMG Prof. Hewstone is wor­king closely with the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity on several pro­jects, including ‘Ethno-religious Dive rsity and Social Trust’, ‘Super-diversity in South Africa’ and ‘Diversity and Contact (DivCon)’.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Diversity and Contact. Interactions between Migrants and non-Migrants in Cities"

Workshops, conferences 2011

"Contextualizing inequalities. A critique of methodological nationalism in research on social inequality"

Institute Colloquium Series "Difference and (In)Equalities" Spring/Summer 2011

"Religion & Communism: Comparative Perspectives"

Workshops, conferences 2011

"From state socialism to state Zionism: Former Soviet Jewish immigrants in the ethno-national mosaic of Israel"

Institute Colloquium Series "Difference and (In)Equalities" Spring/Summer 2011

"Four Emblematic Figures in the Making of a 'New India' "

Tuesday Seminar Spring/Summer 2011
  • Date: May 17, 2011
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: Aninhalli Vasavi
  • Aninhalli Rame Vasavi is a Social Anthropologist with an interest in the areas of sociology of India, agrarian studies, sociology of education, and integrated studies. She has engaged in field-based research over the past decade and a half.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Does the EU help to promote diversity? The anti-discrimination directives and their implementation"

Institute Colloquium Series "Difference and (In)Equalities" Spring/Summer 2011

"Is there an 'Indian' Urbanism?"

Tuesday Seminar Spring/Summer 2011

"Families, intergenerational transmission, transnational links: Interactions between Turkey and Germany"

Institute Colloquium Series "Difference and (In)Equalities" Spring/Summer 2011

"Horizontal inequalities and conflict: Understanding group violence in multiethnic societies"

Institute Colloquium Series "Difference and (In)Equalities" Spring/Summer 2011

"Liberal democracies and the challenge of accommodating diversity – a transatlantic perspective"

Institute Colloquium Series "Difference and (In)Equalities" Spring/Summer 2011

"Comparing Conviviality. Dreams and Realities of Living-with-Difference"

Workshops, conferences 2011
Veranstalter: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Zusammenarbeit mit der Stiftung Mercator und dem Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften (MPI-MMG) [more]

"Institutionalising Intersectionality? Reflections on the British Experience"

Institute Colloquium Series "Difference and (In)Equalities" Spring/Summer 2011

"Ethnologie der Migration im deutschsprachigen Raum"

Workshops, conferences 2011
Workshop organized by Boris Nieswand (MPI-MMG). [more]

"Civic stratification and the cosmopolitan ideal: the case of asylum and welfare in Britain"

Institute Colloquium Series "Difference and (In)Equalities" Spring/Summer 2011

"Urban Aspirations in Shanghai"

Summer School 2011
Organized by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity & Shanghai University. [more]

"Transcendence and Control in a Global Mega City"

Workshops, conferences 2011
Sponsored by PUKAR, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Tata Institute of Social Science. [more]

"Transnational religion, Missionization, and refugee Migrants in Comparative perspective"

Workshops, conferences 2011
Organized by Alexander Horstmann and Jin-heon Jung. [more]

"Universalist Faiths and Particularist Identities: Islam, Socialism and Minzu in Eastern Xinjiang"

Institute Colloquium Series "Intersections of Religion and Ethnicity" Winter 2011/12

"Interethnic contact in urban spaces: investigating Austrian and German neighborhoods"

Workshops, conferences 2011
A joint workshop of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG) and the Institute for Urban and Regional Research (ISR) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. [more]

"Turkey, the Islamic Peril, and Cultural Politics of European Union Membership"

Institute Colloquium Series "Intersections of Religion and Ethnicity" Winter 2011/12

"Multiple Belonging and the Challenges of Biographical Navigation"

Institute Colloquium Series "Intersections of Religion and Ethnicity" Winter 2011/12

"Religion and Ethnicity in the Social Structure of the Caribbean"

Institute Colloquium Series "Intersections of Religion and Ethnicity" Winter 2011/12
  • Date: Dec 8, 2011
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Speaker: Colin Clarke (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Colin Clarke is an Emeritus Professor at Oxford University and an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. He has taught at the Universities of Toronto and Liverpool, where he was, until 1981, Reader in Geography and Latin American Studies. He has carried out numerous field investigations in Mexico and the Caribbean and published 12 books and more than 100 research papers and chapters.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Transcending Religious and Ethnic Differences: Practical Rationalities of Healing in Western India"

Institute Colloquium Series "Intersections of Religion and Ethnicity" Winter 2011/12

"Urban Aspirations in Seoul (The Seoul Lab)"

Workshops, conferences 2012
The 1st Lab Meeting Program. [more]

"Beyond the Domestication of Islam in Europe"

Institute Colloquium Series "Intersections of Religion and Ethnicity" Winter 2011/12

"Chinese Buddhism as Social Force: Thirty Years of Revival"

Institute Colloquium Series "Intersections of Religion and Ethnicity" Winter 2011/12
  • Date: Jan 26, 2012
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Speaker: Ji Zhe (CNRS, Paris)
  • Dr. Ji Zhe is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL) at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris) in 2007.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Religion and Culture: the Growing Gap"

Institute Colloquium Series "Intersections of Religion and Ethnicity" Winter 2011/12

"Post-socialist bazaars: Markets and diversities in ex-COMECON countries"

Workshops, conferences 2012
Prior to the collapse of Communism, hundreds of thousands of migrants arrived in various localities throughout COMECON countries by way of programmes of mutual cooperation and ‘socialist solidarity’. Since then, many have not returned to their countries of origin, but have become entrepreneurs mostly engaged in wholesaling and retailing. Women and men from various, previously Communist countries now commonly work as street vendors and sellers in open air markets and bazaars across other former Communist territories. Further, after the fall of the Berlin Wall a new wave of people with various ethnic, linguistic, religious and class backgrounds have engaged in petty trading, suitcase and market trading within ex-COMECON countries. Local markets, increasingly comprised of diverse peoples, play key roles in post-socialist economic development while they transnationally link a variety of geographical and socio-cultural spaces around the world. [more]

"When 'old' diversity meets 'new' - GlobalDivercities Singapore Workshop"

Workshops, conferences 2012
Jointly organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. [more]

"Religious Diversity and Ecological Sustainability in China"

Workshops, conferences 2012
  • Start: Mar 6, 2012
  • End: Mar 9, 2012
  • Location: Beijing
Workshop and Book Project sponsored by Minzu University of China, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity & Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. [more]

"Multiculturalism in South Korea"

Workshops, conferences 2012
Two Korean scholars will visit our institute and present their papers on Korean multiculturalism. Taking on one hand a developmental perspective and on the other an exploration into civilizational ethics, these papers open a dialogue into the state project of multiculturalism. Please join us for what promises to be invigorating discussion!! [more]

"Differential Protection of the Right to Equal Treatment for Religious and Ethnic Minorities: International Legal Perspectives"

Institute Colloquium Series "Regulations of Cultural Diversity" Spring/Summer 2012
  • Date: Apr 26, 2012
  • Time: 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Speaker: Kristin Henrard (Erasmus University of Rotterdam)
  • Professor Kristin Henrard is professor minority protection at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (EUR) as well as associate professor constitutional law. Kristin Henrard teaches human rights, comparative human rights, mino­rity protection, constitutional law, introduction to public law and law pertaining to immigration (including refugee law). Her main publications pertain to the areas of human rights and minority protection. She is the founder of the Minority Research Network, which she also coordinates. The Minority Research Network encompasses currently more than 115 academics working on minority protection themes from different regions of the world as well as from a broad variety of disciplines.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Multiple Secularities: A Cultural Sociological Approach"

Institute Colloquium Series "Regulations of Cultural Diversity" Spring/Summer 2012
  • Date: May 3, 2012
  • Time: 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Speaker: Monika Wohlrab-Sahr (University of Leipzig)
  • Monika WOHLRAB-SAHR is Professor of Cultural Socio­logy at the University of Leipzig (since 2006). From 1999 to 2006 she was Professor of Sociology of Religion at the same university. She did her habilitation on “Conversion to Islam in Germany and the United States” at the Free University of Berlin in 1998, where she worked as an assistant professor from 1992 to 1999. In 1996 she was a visiting scholar at the University of Berkeley, California. In 2007/8 she was Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Insti­tute in Florence, Italy.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Sacred missions and national identities: Modernist teleology in Siberian religious revivalism "

Tuesday Seminar Spring/Summer 2012

"The Secularist Appeal of Constitutional Law and Courts: A Comparative Account"

Institute Colloquium Series "Regulations of Cultural Diversity" Spring/Summer 2012
  • Date: May 10, 2012
  • Time: 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Speaker: Ran Hirschl (University of Toronto)
  • Ran Hirschl is Professor of Political Science and Law, and holds a senior Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy & Development. He completed his B.A., LL.B., and M.A. at Tel-Aviv University, and received his M.Phil and Ph.D. from Yale University. His primary areas of interest are comparative constitutional law, constitutional and judicial politics, and comparative legal traditions and institutions more generally.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Chinese Religiosities"

Workshops, conferences 2012
20 minutes for each presentation; 60 minutes for each group discussion [more]

"Ethnographic Film Screening: So Heddan So Hoddan"

Ethnographic Film Screening 2012
Directors Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar are Professors at the Centre for Media and Cultural Stu­dies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Both of them are involved in media production, teaching and research. A presiding thematic of much of their work has been a problematising of notions of self and the other, of normality and deviance, of the local and the global, through the exploration of diverse narratives and rituals. These range from the stories and paintings of indigenous peoples to the poetry of prison inmates. Jointly they have won twenty-eight national and international awards for their films. [more]

"Indian Religiosities"

Workshops, conferences 2012
20 minutes for each presentation [more]

"Public Space & Diversity - Inaugural Steering Group Meeting"

Workshops, conferences 2012
  • Start: May 22, 2012 09:00 AM
  • End: May 23, 2012 04:30 PM
  • Location: Berlin

"Framing Immigration. Varieties of Arguments, Actors and Opportunity Structures"

Institute Colloquium Series "Regulations of Cultural Diversity" Spring/Summer 2012
  • Date: May 24, 2012
  • Time: 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Speaker: Marc Helbling (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)
  • Marc Helbling is head of the Emmy-Noether research group ‘Immigration Policies in Comparison’ (IMPIC) at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB). From 2009 to 2011 he was a senior researcher in the research unit ‘Migration, Integration, Transnationalization’ at the same institution. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Zurich (2007).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Actants Amassing: What’s Wrong with Durkheim and Mauss?"

Tuesday Seminar Spring/Summer 2012
  • Date: May 25, 2012
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Speaker: Adam Chau (University of Cambridge)
  • Adam Chau was born in Beijing and grew up in Beijing and Hong Kong (hence the Anglicised Cantonese romanisation of my Chinese name). His undergraduate and graduate training in sociocultural anthropology was done in the US. His doctoral fieldwork was conducted in Shaanbei (northern Shaanxi Province) in the Yulin and Yan’an prefectures, on the cultural, social and political aspects of the revival of popular religion in rural China during the reform period. The results of that research have been published in a monograph (Miraculous Response: Doing Popular Religion in Contemporary China; 2006, Stanford University Press) and a series of journal articles. After having lived in the US for more than a dozen years, Adam chau came to the UK in 2005, and has taught at Oxford and SOAS respectively before coming to Cambridge.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Ethnic Diversity, Social Polarization, and Political Representation in Multicultural Taiwan"

Tuesday Seminar Spring/Summer 2012

"Religion, space and diversity - negotiating the religious in the public sphere"

Workshops, conferences 2012
7th International Colloquium on the Changing Religious Landscape in Europe [more]

"Doing Asian Cities: A Workshop on Urban Aspirations"

Workshops, conferences 2012
Jointly organised by Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. [more]

"Language, Religion, and the Political Accommodation of Cultural Heterogeneity"

Institute Colloquium Series "Regulations of Cultural Diversity" Spring/Summer 2012
  • Date: Jun 7, 2012
  • Time: 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Speaker: Rogers Brubaker (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Rogers Brubaker is Professor of Sociology and UCLA Foundation Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles. Brubaker has written widely on social theory, immigration, citizenship, nationalism, and ethnicity. His first book explored the idea of rationality in the work of Max Weber, while his essays on Pierre Bourdieu helped introduce Bourdieu to an English-speaking audience. His next two books analyzed European nationalism in historical and comparative perspective. Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany (1992) sought to explain the sharply differing ways in which citizenship has been defined vis-à-vis immigrants in France and Germany and helped establish what has since become a flourishing field of citizenship studies; Nationalism Reframed: Nationhood and the National Question in the New Europe (1996) compared contemporary East European nationalisms with those of the interwar period, both emerging after the breakup of multi­national states into would-be nation-states. Subsequently, in a series of analytical essays, many of them collected in Ethnicity without Groups (2004), Brubaker has critically engaged prevailing analytical stances in the study of ethnicity, race, and nationalism and sought to develop alternative analytical resources. These informed his collaborative book Natio­na­list Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town (2006), which examined the everyday workings of ethnicity in a setting of highly charged ethnonational conflict.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Rights Make Might: Global Human Rights and Minority Social Movements in Japan"

Institute Colloquium Series "Regulations of Cultural Diversity" Spring/Summer 2012
Jointly organised by the ERC GlobalDivercities Project (MPI-MMG) and CUNY Graduate Center. [more]

"Secularism and Religion-Making: The Case of Turkey"

Institute Colloquium Series "Regulations of Cultural Diversity" Spring/Summer 2012
  • Date: Jun 28, 2012
  • Time: 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Speaker: Markus Dressler (Istanbul Technical University)
  • Markus Dressler is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department for Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Istanbul Technical University. Dressler holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Erfurt and has received numerous fellowships and research grants, including at Columbia University, the American Research Institute in Turkey, and the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Secularism and Religious Pluralism in Europe: Current Legal Challenges"

Institute Colloquium Series "Regulations of Cultural Diversity" Spring/Summer 2012
  • Date: Jul 5, 2012
  • Time: 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Speaker: Marie-Claire Foblets (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Halle/Saale)
  • Marie-Claire Foblets is Director of the Department “Law & Anthropology” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle a/d Saale. She was trained in law at the universities of Antwerp (1977-1979) and Leuven (1979-1982) in Belgium, while at the same time receiving an education in Thomist philosophy. Thanks to a study fellowship (1982-1983), she was given the opportunity to pursue further study in philosophy at the Wilhelms-Universität of Münster, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, and to complete her studies in social and cultural anthro­pology (1985). For more than twenty years Marie-Claire Foblets taught social and cultural anthropology in the universities of Antwerp and Brussels. Before becoming a member of the Max Planck Society in March 2012, she was ordinary professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, where she headed the Institute for Migration Law and Legal Anthropology. Among her manifold publications is the edited volume with A.D. Renteln and J.-F. Gaudreault-DesBiens, Cultural Diversity and the Law. State Responses from Around the World, Brussels/Montréal, Bruylant/Blois (2010).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"How Empires Handle Ethnic Diversity"

Institute Colloquium Series "Regulations of Cultural Diversity" Spring/Summer 2012
  • Date: Jul 12, 2012
  • Time: 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Speaker: Günther Schlee (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Halle/Saale)
  • Günther Schlee was until 1999 Professor of Social Anthro­pology at the University of Bielefeld, having studied anthropology, romance languages and general linguistics in Hamburg. He received his doctorate for research on the belief and social systems of the Rendille, an ethnic group in northern Kenya. Alongside widespread fieldwork trips in Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan, he was also guest lecturer in Padang (Sumatra) and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociales in Paris. Typical of the research of Günther Schlee is the “inter-ethnic” procedure and the combining of historical, sociological and philological methods. One of his manifold publications is Changing identifications and alliances in North Eastern Africa (co-editor: Elizabeth E. Watson.), Volume I: Ethiopia and Kenya, Volume II: Sudan, Uganda, and the Ethiopia-Sudan Borderlands. Oxford, New York: Berghahn Books, 2009.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Golden Rule Catholicism: Lived Religion and Young People in the Philippines"

Tuesday Seminar Winter 2012/2013
  • Date: Sep 25, 2012
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: Jayeel Serrano Cornelio (MPI-MMG)
  • Jayeel Serrano Cornelio received his MSocSci (2007) and PhD (2011) degrees in sociology from the National University of Singa­pore. He was a recipient of the Asia Research Institute PhD grant, the Graduate Scholarship for ASEAN Nationals, and the Lee Foundation Prize for academic excellence. He was visi­ting research student at the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University and visiting research associate at the Institute of Philippine Culture. In the Philippines, he has also been research fellow at the East Asian Pastoral Institute and instructor in sociology and development studies at the Ateneo de Manila University.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Super-Diversity: Comparative Questions"

Workshops, conferences 2012
The notion of super-diversity underlines a call to re-evaluate concepts and policies surrounding diversity by way of moving beyond an ethno-focal understanding of diversity and adopting a multi-dimensional approach. In this two day workshop, participants will explore how this notion has been operationalised in empirical research on urban areas around the world. [more]
Funded by The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen), Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR), Mellon Foundation, UWC and UCT. [more]

"Negotiating, Transgressing or (Re)Asserting Boundaries of Difference"

Workshops, conferences 2012
  • Start: Oct 11, 2012 08:45 AM
  • End: Oct 12, 2012 02:00 PM
  • Location: Wits University
Funded by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen) and the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) . [more]

"Refashioning the Self through New Therapeutics in Urban China"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2012/13
  • Date: Oct 11, 2012
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Speaker: Li Zhang (University of California, Davis)
  • Prof. Dr. Li Zhang received her doctoral degree in anthropology from Cornell University in 1998 and a M.A. degree in social relations from UC Irvine in 1993. Before coming to the U.S., she studied Chinese literature and literary theory at Peking University and received her B.A. and first M.A. there. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University (1998-1999).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Transnational Daoist Dis-Orientations and the Predicament of Modern Spirituality"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2012/13
  • Date: Nov 1, 2012
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Speaker: David A. Palmer (University of Hong Kong)
  • Dr. David A. Palmer is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Hong Kong University. Before joining the HKU in 2008, he held appointments as the Eileen Barker Fellow in Religion and Contemporary Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and as a research fellow at the Ecole Française d‘Extrême-Orient (French School of Asian Studies), where he was the director of its Hong Kong centre, located at the Institute of Chinese Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, from 2004 to 2008.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Religion in Contemporary China Workshop"

Workshops, conferences 2012
Visiting institution: Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). [more]

"Migrant Encounters"

A Photography Exhibition
A joint project by Helthservice and MPI-MMG, convened by Junhjia Ye (MPI-MMG), Shuxia Tai and Jessie Koh. [more]

"Social life of Banknotes"

Tuesday Seminar Winter 2012/2013
A conference of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, and the Working Group Medical Diversity at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen. Organised by the Medical Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (David Parkin and Elisabeth Hsu), the Health Experience Group in the Primary Care Department (Louise Locock), and the Literature and Medicine academic initiative, Green Templeton College (Laurie Maguire), University of Oxford, together with the Working Group Medical Diversity at the Max Planck Institute, Göttingen (Gabi Alex and Kristine Krause). [more]

"From Urban Marginality to Marginal Urbanity"

Institute Colloquium Winter 2012/13

"Urban Aspirations in Seoul (The Seoul Lab)"

Workshops, conferences 2012
The 2nd Lab Meeting Program. The Seoul Lab workshop aims to share preliminary findings and future plans among the researchers, and further to make important decisions relating to the forthcoming international conference (June 26-7, 2013, Seoul). [more]

"The Afterlife of Images"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"Gender and Sect in Bibi Pak Daman’s Lahore"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"Bones of Contention: Violence, Memory, and Reconciliations in Post-Revolutionary Vietnam"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"Life in Death: Relics and the Church Body Politic in Egypt"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"Medical Migration Symposium"

Workshops, conferences 2013
The migration of trained medical staff has been a key issue for global health governance during the first decade of the 21st century. Attempts to regulate the migration of skilled medical personnel as part of the training needs of rich and poor countries have proceeded in parallel with more critical approaches to the problem. The migration of technologies, ideas and values in specific historical contexts and critical approaches to the discourse of development have interrogated a ‘skilled personnel supply’ approach. This symposium addresses analysis of global medical migration from different regions and disciplinary standpoints with a view to formulating future research questions. It will be of interest to researchers with an interest in empirical and theoretically informed questions around the politics of global health public health and migration. [more]

"Where is Europe? Space, Power and Ethnicization among overseas Chinese Protestant Christians"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"Politics, family feuds, and everyday life in Mount Lebanon under Syrian occupation: 1976-2005"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"The political economy of Shi’ite religiosity in Mumbai"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"Public Space & Diversity"

Workshops, conferences 2013
  • Start: Apr 9, 2013 09:00 AM
  • End: Apr 13, 2013 04:30 PM
  • Location: Los Angeles
Conference Panel at the Association of American Geographers 2013 Annual Meeting [more]

"Rising Nativism and Changing Racism: A New Form of American Exclusion"

Public Lectures Spring/Summer 2013

"Frauds & Charlatans: Sincerity’s Elusiveness in Delhi"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"An Ethnography of Conversion in the National Frame: Introduction"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"Namingand Omission in Three Episodes"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"Politics of Historical Fiction and Sectarian Conflict in Egypt: Debates around Azazeel"

Public Lectures Spring/Summer 2013
  • Date: Apr 25, 2013
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  • Speaker: Saba Mahmood (University of California, Berkeley / presently American Academy in Berlin)
  • Saba Mahmood is an associate professor of social cultural anthro­pology at the University of California Berkeley. She was awarded the 2013 Axel Springer Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. Saba Mahmood’s research interests lie in exploring historically specific articulations of secular modernity in postcolonial societies, with particular attention to issues of subject formation, religio­sity, embodiment, and gender. Currently she is examining secular-liberal interpretations of Islam in the context of the Middle East and South Asia.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"From the Lord’s Prayer to Invoking Slavery through Prayers: Religious Practices and Dalits in Kerala, India"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"In Spite of Christianity: Humanism and its others in Britain"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"Parallel Universe: Chinese religion in Singapore"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013
  • Date: May 6, 2013
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: Kenneth Dean (McGill University)
  • Professor Kenneth Dean is James McGill Professor and Drs. Richard Charles and Esther Yewpick Lee Chair of Chinese Cultural Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies of McGill University. His main research fields are Chinese Taoism, Popular Culture and Chinese Litterature.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Witchcraft in Africa and Elsewhere"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"Aspirations for Religion? Caste, Secularization and the Cacophony of Religious Performance in Mumbai"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013

"The Communist Party and Religionsa"

  • Date: May 15, 2013
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: André Laliberté (School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa)
  • André Laliberté has received his doctoral degree from the University of British Columbia in 1999 and is full professor at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa, where he teaches on the politics of China and comparative politics. He is co-director of the Chair on Taiwan Studies in the Faculty of Science at the University of Ottawa. He has done research in Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China, and Hong Kong on the intersection of religion and democratic transitions, issues of identity, and social policies.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Ways of Belonging and Expressing Critique in the European Immigration Society"

Public Lectures Spring/Summer 2013

"Language and Super-diversity: Explorations and interrogations"

Workshops, conferences 2013
Conference on Language and Super-diversity, Finland, 2013 [more]

"Contested Citizenships: The racialization of belongings in France"

Public Lectures Spring/Summer 2013

"Spirits of the Citadel: Voice and Power in a Bangkok Community"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2013
  • Date: Jun 10, 2013
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University)
  • Michael Herzfeld is the Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences in the Depart­ment of Anthropology at Harvard University. Author of ten books, including most recently Evicted from Eternity: The Restructuring of Modern Rome (2009), and producer of two ethnographic films, he has conducted extensive research in Greece, Italy, and Thailand. His current research focuses on the impact of historic conservation on present-day communities, and especially the politics of eviction, and on the local impact of cryptocolonial and neoliberal dynamics. Recipient of numerous awards, including the J.I. Staley Prize (School of American Research) and the Rivers Memorial Medal (Royal Anthropological Institute, Lon­don), he has received honorary doctorates from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki), and the University of Crete, and is an Honorary Professor of Shandong University, Jinan, China. He has served (1995-98) as editor of American Ethnologist.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room
Chair/Respondent: Prof. Steven Vertovec [more]
Jointly organized by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religion and Ethnic Diversity and the Institute of Globalization and Multicultural Studies, Hanyang University, South Korea. [more]

"India Workshop"

Workshops, conferences 2013
This workshop presents recent research on India and has two components. Each presenter introduces a pre-circulated paper or shows a film (15 minutes introduction + 30 minutes discussion). Interspersed with this, there are three discussion sessions (30 minutes) structured around larger research questions. [more]
Workshop organised by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany, and FASS Cities, Research Cluster at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences and the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore. [more]

"Collection and speculation of banknotes: Grey market and invisible traders"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2013/14

" ‘Internet Hindus’: Social media and the politics of religious difference in Mumbai"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2013/14

"Chinese Education and Processes of Individualization"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2013/14
  • Date: Oct 15, 2013
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: Mette Halskov Hansen (University of Oslo)
  • Mette Halsko Hansen is Professor at the University of Oslo, Department of East European and Oriental Studies. She is responsible for the master programme in Chinese society and politics, and a newly started joint master in China studies with the University of Zhejiang, in cooperation with University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University. Her research is in the field of modern Chinese society and politics, more specifically: education and youth, processes of individualization, ethnic minorities, Chinese migrations to minority areas, and most recently discourses on the environment and public participation in environmental debates. The research is based on fieldwork mainly in the provinces of Yunnan, Gansu, Zhejiang, and Fujian.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"How to study diffusion - Theories, methods, and research designs"

Workshops, conferences 2013
Workshop co-organized by Anja Jetschke (University of Göttingen) & Matthias Koenig (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity). [more]

"Lamenting with Words the Loss of the Black Tent. Tibetan Nomads’ Settlement through the Eyes of Tibetan Writers in Tibet"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2013/14
  • Date: Oct 29, 2013
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: Françoise Robin (INALCO, Paris)
  • Françoise Robin is a maître de conférence at l’INALCO and is a specialist of Tibet. She received a DEA at INALCO in 1999. In 2003, she submitted a doctoral thesis on TIbetan literature also at l’INALCO, under the supervision of Heather Stoddard, titled « La littérature de fiction d’expression tibétaine au Tibet (RPC) depuis 1950 : sources textuelles anciennes, courants principaux et fonctions dans la société contemporaine tibétaine ». She has had many trips to China specifically to Tibet University as part of her research. Françoise Robin is a member of UMR 8155 « Centre de recherche sur les civilisations chinoise, japonaise et tibétaine » and is responsible for the programme « Dictionnaire thématique français-tibétain » au sein de l’UMR 8155.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Empire and Secularization: Church, State and Nation in Colony and Metropole"

MPI Fellow Group "Governance of Cultural Diversity" Seminar Series 2013/14

"Difference rules. Governing ethnically diverse populations in the British and the Habsburg empires"

Open Lectures Winter 2013/14

"Competition, Entrepreneurship, and Network Formation among Taiwanese Spirit-Writing Cults"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2013/14
  • Date: Nov 5, 2013
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: Philip Clart (Leipzig)
  • Philip Clart is Professor of Chinese Culture and History at the University of Leipzig, Germany. His main research areas are popular religion and new religious movements in Taiwan, religious change in Taiwan and China, as well as literature and religions of the late imperial period (10th-19th c.). His monographs include Han Xiangzi: The Alchemical Adventures of a Daoist Immortal (University of Washington Press, 2007) and Die Religionen Chinas (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009). He has edited or co-edited Religion in Modern Taiwan: Tradition and Innovation in a Changing Society (University of Hawai‘i Press 2003), The People and the Dao: New Studies of Chinese Religions in Honour of Daniel L. Overmyer (Institute Monumenta Serica, 2009), and Chinese and European Perspectives on the Study of Chinese Popular Religions (Boyang Publishing, 2012).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Ancestral Chronotopes in Ritual and Media Practices"

Göttingen Research Campus Anthropology Colloquium (GRCAC) Winter 2013/14
The Göttingen Research Campus Anthropology Colloquium is jointly organized by: Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology (University of Göttingen) • Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen) • Centre for Modern Indian Studies (University of Göttingen). Responsible for the program: Prof. Dr. Elfriede Hermann, Prof. Dr. Steven Vertovec, Prof. Dr. Patrick Eisenlohr [more]

"Territorial cults and the urbanization of the Chinese world: A case study of Suzhou"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2013/14
  • Date: Nov 12, 2013
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: Vincent Goossaert (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris)
  • Vincent Goossaert obtained his PhD at EPHE, Paris (1997), was a research fellow at CNRS from 1998 to 2012 and is now Professor of Daoism and Chinese religions at EPHE. He has served as the Deputy Director of the Societies-Religions-Secularisms Institute (GSRL, Paris) since 2004. In 2007, he was ICS Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research deals with the social history of premodern and modern Chinese religion. He has published books on Chinese temples, Anticlericalism in China, Chinese dietary taboos, the production of moral norms, and most recently, with David Palmer, The Religious Question in Modern China (University of Chicago Press, 2011) which won the Levenson Prize for Books in Chinese Studies in 2013.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Immigrant religious communities in Switzerland – Bridges or Impediment for Social Incorporation?"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2013/14
  • Date: Nov 19, 2013
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Speaker: Martin Baumann (University of Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • Martin Baumann is Professor of the Study of Religions at the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences and current vice-chancellor for the advancement of research at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. with a thesis on Buddhists and Buddhist communities in Germany in 1993 at the University of Hannover (Germany) and received his habilitation graduation with a post-doctoral thesis on Hindu tradition in diasporic contexts in 1999 at the University of Leipzig (Germany). Since 2001, he is professor for the Study of Religions at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland). His teaching and research interests focus on immigration and religion, diaspora communities and religious pluralism, new religions, and Hindu and Buddhist traditions in the West.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room

"Diverse engagements: migration led diversification and transformations of urban society and space"

Workshops, conferences 2013
  • Start: Nov 20, 2013 10:00 AM
  • End: Nov 24, 2013 12:00 PM
  • Location: Chicago
Panel on the 2013 American Anthropological Associoation Annual Meeting. [more]

"Migration and the city commons"

Open Lectures Winter 2013/14
  • Date: Nov 28, 2013
  • Time: 02:15 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Speaker: Michael Keith (COMPAS, University of Oxford)
  • Michael Keith is Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Co-Director of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities http://www.futureofcities.ox.ac.uk/ and holds a personal chair in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oxford. He is the author of ten books on issues of urban change, race, ethnicity and migration including – most recently – ’China Constructing Capitalism: Economic Life and Urban Change’.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"RECONSIDERING AFRICAN INTEGRATION IN A FRAGMENTED AGE"

Workshops, conferences 2013
Workshop organized by the International Migration Institute (IMI-Oxford University), the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS-Wits University, Johannesburg), and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG, Göttingen). [more]

"Is there a Sectarian Habitus in Lebanon? On Secularism and Aspirations"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2013/14

"British ‘Soft Power’ in Perspective: Culture and Diplomacy"

Göttingen Research Campus Anthropology Colloquium (GRCAC) Winter 2013/14
  • Date: Dec 5, 2013
  • Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Speaker: Marie Gillespie (The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom)
  • Marie Gillespie is Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change. She researches diaspora and national media cultures comparatively, historically and ethnographically. Her interests cluster around South Asian and Middle Eastern diasporas, cultural transnationalism, and changing configurations of audiences and publics in relation to question of citizenship. Marie was awarded an AHRC Public Policy Fellowship in 2011 to develop research on the interface between international broadcasting and social media, specifically in relation to the BBC Arabic Services.
  • Location: Universität Göttingen, Theaterplatz 15
  • Room: Hörsaal Ethnologie
The Göttingen Research Campus Anthropology Colloquium is jointly organized by: Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology (University of Göttingen) • Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen) • Centre for Modern Indian Studies (University of Göttingen). Responsible for the program: Prof. Dr. Elfriede Hermann, Prof. Dr. Steven Vertovec, Prof. Dr. Patrick Eisenlohr [more]

"The capacity to be content: Aspirations and young adult Catholics in Singapore"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2013/14

"Governing Religious Diversity in Spain - A Case Study of Prisons' Secularisation and Demonopolisation"

MPI Fellow Group "Governance of Cultural Diversity" Seminar Series 2013/14

"Television bigots and transitional audiences in the sixties cultural revolution"

Open Lectures Winter 2013/14
  • Date: Dec 19, 2013
  • Time: 02:15 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Speaker: Christina von Hodenberg (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Christina von Hodenberg is Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London. She has written widely on the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany. She has taught at the universities of Berkeley and Freiburg and held fellowships at Harvard, Université de Montréal and the Zentrum für Zeitgeschichtliche Forschung in Potsdam. Her PhD is from Bielefeld and her MA from Munich.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Observing Diversification"

Göttingen Research Campus Anthropology Colloquium (GRCAC) Winter 2013/14
  • Date: Jan 9, 2014
  • Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
  • Speaker: Steven Vertovec (MPI-MMG)
  • Steven Vertovec is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen and Honorary Joint Professor of Sociology and Ethnology, University of Göttingen. Previously he was Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, Director of the British Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), and Senior Research Fellow at Linacre College, Oxford. Prof. Vertovec is co-Editor of the journal Global Networks and Editor of the Routledge book series ‘Transnationalism’.
  • Location: Universität Göttingen, Theaterplatz 15
  • Room: Hörsaal Ethnologie
The Göttingen Research Campus Anthropology Colloquium is jointly organized by: Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology (University of Göttingen) • Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen) • Centre for Modern Indian Studies (University of Göttingen). Responsible for the program: Prof. Dr. Elfriede Hermann, Prof. Dr. Steven Vertovec, Prof. Dr. Patrick Eisenlohr [more]

"Diversity and Public Space"

Workshops, conferences 2014
Workshop co-organized by the Centre for Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen. [more]

"Militancy and Dissidence: Radical Aesthetics & Radical Politics in the 20th Century"

CETREN - The CEMIS-CEMEAS Transregional Research Network Speakers' Series 2014
The "CeMIS-CeMEAS Transregional Research Network (CETREN)" has been officially inauguratedat Paulinerkirche on 6 Dec 2013. Funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), CETREN fosters exciting new collaborations between disciplines and area studies to produce innovative “place-based” knowledge in the social sciences and humanities. The Launch showcased CETREN’s pilot project "The Politics of Secularism and the Emergence of New Religiosities." The event featured talks by Prof John R. Bowen (Washington University, St. Louis), Prof Peter van der Veer (MPI MMG, Göttingen), Prof. Birgit Meyer (Universiteit Utrecht), and Prof William Gould (University of Leeds) as well as a photo exhibition on muslim urban quarters in Central Asia and Western China. [more]

"Mediations of Turkish Islam: Statism, Populism and Civil Liberalism"

MPI Fellow Group "Governance of Cultural Diversity" Seminar Series 2013/14

"The everyday integration of migrants in Africa"

Open Lectures Winter 2013/14
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