Since the 1970s, a significant number of migrant domestic workers from the Asian region (primarily from the Philippines, Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka) have worked to sustain households in cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong. Amidst public debate about the ever-increasing need for migrant domestic workers to assist with eldercare in Asia, we hear little about their own futures. Based on ethnographic research, this talk traces the journeys of an older generation of migrant domestic workers who have spent much of their working lives abroad on temporary contracts. Given the restrictive long-term residence policies in the places in which they work, migrant domestic workers must return to their countries of origin upon retirement. The talk focuses on the ‘ends’ of transnational care, considering both the individual, collective and familial life projects and aspirations that long-term domestic workers have sought to cultivate in their years of work abroad; as well as the new aspirations that ageing domestic workers develop as they imagine their futures towards the end of their transnational working lives. I argue that the aspirations of migrant women, while initially stated in linear terms, rarely settle; rather, they take on novel and ambivalent forms that are often temporally at odds with the restrictive migration regimes which shape their transnational care trajectories. [more]

“Memory, Race, Decolonial Activism”

ALUMNI HOUR | Fran Meissner (University of Twente, Netherlands): “Superdiversity in times of big data technologies – social scoring, socio-spatial sorting and the future of urban diversity”

  • Date: Feb 16, 2022
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Fran Meissner (University of Twente, Netherlands)
  • Fran Meissner is an Assistant Professor of Critical Geodata Studies and Geodata Ethics at the University of Twente, Netherlands. Before starting at Twente, Fran was an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Leiden. Amongst other positions, she has previously held a highly competitive Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship at the TU Delft and a Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She is also a long-term research partner at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Her research focuses on contemporary urban social configurations and how – in times of datafication – these are transformed through international migration. Based on her expertise in complex urban diversities, her most recent work grapples with questions about how data technologies – specifically geodata applications – shape the way migrants get to access urban spaces and how those technologies exclude migrants from urban life. Her work aims to make visible the migration information infrastructures behind increasingly data-mediated experiences of urban diversity.
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

“Ambivalent Infrastructures.The Geology and Geopolitics of Power in the Upper Euphrates”

  • Date: Feb 17, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Zeynep Kezer (Newcastle University)
  • Zeynep Kezer is a Professor at the School of Architecture Planning at Newcastle University (UK). She is interested in examining how modern state-formation processes and nationalist ideologies play out in the built environment, informing everyday practices and identity formation.
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

Peter Hennessy, Jane Alison and Farhan Samanani: "Post-war/post-Covid"

Peter Hennessy, Jane Alison and Farhan Samanani discuss Britain post-war and post-Covid, with Helen Lewis. [more]

"The Presence and Absence of the Past"

Workshops, conferences 2022
A symposium to mark the conclusion, and afterlife, of the Max Planck Research Group “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities” [more]

MPI-MMG in Dialogue "Sanitizing Imperial Pasts"

Events 2022
How do the empires of the past continue to exist today? And what is forgotten when bygone empires are so adamantly remembered? For the past five-and-a-half years, the Max Planck Research Group,“Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities,” has investigated these questions by examining the cities of central Europe, the Balkans, Anatolia, and beyond. The “In Dialogue” event “Sanitizing Imperial Pasts” will present selected results from this research in order to explore how bygone empires continue to shape our world today. The discussion is moderated by Jelena Radovanović, a researcher of the Max Planck Research Group “Empires of Memory“. [more]
Steven Vertovec will be Discussant at the Presidential Panel "Visualizing Super-diversity and "Seeing" Urban Social Complexity" [more]
Co-Sponsored by the Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity [more]
Comparative and International Education Society | 66th Annual Conference | Illuminating the Power of Idea/lism | April 18 - 22, 2022 [more]
Hania Sobhy is part of the Organizing Committee. [more]
Steven Vertovec is one of the Presenters at the Webinar "Climate change and migration: communicating complexity" [more]
- by invitation only - [more]

Johanna Lukate at "Beyond the Difference to Integration"

Workshops, conferences 2022
  • Date: May 23, 2022
  • Time: 07:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: Hybrid
In-Person meeting Location: National Institute for Unification Education, Education Center 1, 4th Floor, Grand Lecture Room (국립통일교육원 제1교육관 4층 대강의실)Zoom meeting link: (Meeting ID: 850 8603 4584) [more]
The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly dominated public debate for 2 years, but it is now timely and important to think about continuities and change in a migration world. This means a world that has been, is and will continue to be powerfully shaped by international migration in its various forms and by responses to that migration. The pandemic has had massive effects, but we do not privilege it as the sole cause or driver of the dynamics of contemporary international migration. The aims of the conference are to understand more about: (1) new patterns and trends in migration and mobility and to examine the factors that shape them, including, but not confined to the pandemic; and (2), understanding more about the factors that shape social, legal, political and economic responses to international migration in its various forms. [more]

"Psychological Anthropology Today: Theoretical and Practical Interventions in an Interconnected World"

Workshops, conferences 2022
  • Start: Jun 2, 2022
  • End: Jun 3, 2022
  • Location: Hybrid
Workshop of the psychological anthropology network of the German Anthropological Association (DGSKA), co-hosted by the Research Group Ageing in a Time of Mobility, MPI-MMG [more]

ALUMNI HOUR | Marian Burchardt (Leipzig University): “Configuring Diversity: Infrastructures and Affinities in Pandemic Spaces”

  • Date: Jun 9, 2022
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Marian Burchardt (Leipzig University)
  • Marian Burchardt is Professor of Sociology at Leipzig University. Previously, he worked as research fellow at MMG from 2012 to 2017 and published extensively on “Diversity”. Moreover, he was a senior researcher at the Centre “Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”. He is the author of Regulating Difference: Religious Diversity and Nationhood in the Secular West (Rutgers UP, 2020) and Faith in the Time of AIDS: Religion, Biopolitics and Modernity in South Africa (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

MPI-MMG @ IMISCOE conference 2022

  • Start: Jun 29, 2022 12:00 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • End: Jul 1, 2022 12:00 AM
  • Location: Oslo (Hybrid)
  • Host: IMISCOE
MPI-MMG at 19th annual IMISCOE conference "Migration and Time. Temporalities of mobility, governance and resistance" 2022 in Oslo: Colleagues from the institute are organizing 3 panels at the annual conference of the biggest European migration research network in Oslo. [more]

MPI-MMG in Dialogue "Can advocacy organisations be intersectional?"

Events 2022
The panel will discuss the results of the ZOMiDi research project, which investigated how and why civil society organizations change in response to migration and societal diversity. Do organizations that focus on differences respond in similar ways to the challenges linked with migration? What ‘best practices’ for organizational change can they offer? [more]
Lecture by Swetlana Torno at Khujand State University, Khujand, Tajikistan [more]

Steven Vertovec at the 25th International Metropolis Conference 2022

Steven Vertovec is one of the Speakers at wrap-up. [more]
Conference title: "Looking back to look forward: Celebrating 10 Years of Research onMigration, Forced Displacement and Superdiversity" [more]
Johanna Lukate is one of the Speakers at SPSSI's new webinar series, "Decolonial Perspectives on the Psychological Study of Social Issues". [more]

ALUMNI HOUR | Anna Cieslik (University of Cambridge): “Research Funding Opportunities and Applications”

  • Date: Sep 28, 2022
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Anna Cieslik (University of Cambridge)
  • Anna Cieslik received her PhD in Human Geography from Clark University. From 2011 to 2013 she worked as a postdoc at the MMG-MPG and then as an assistant professor at New Jersey City University. Currently she is a Research Facilitator for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Anna is involved in analyzing funding trends and seeking funding opportunities. She provides advice and feedback on grant applications. Her work includes supporting research strategy development, running workshops and training sessions, and helping researchers develop their projects. She is a Course Director for a Postgraduate Certificate Course on Research and Innovation Leadership.
  • Location: Zoom Meeting


Workshops, conferences 2022
Research meeting of the ORA joint research project "Muslim-Jewish encounter, diversity & distance in urban Europe: Religion, culture and social model" [more]

Akif Tahiiev: “Shia Translations of the Qur’an into Russian”

Akif Tahiiev is one of the Speakers at GloQur workshop "Nation States and the Qur’an:Translators, Narratives and Debates in the Post-Soviet Space". [more]

Helena Hof: “Deviant Innovators? Foreign Entrepreneurs in Tokyo’s Startup Ecosystem”

Helena Hof is one of the Presenters at the VSJF Conference 2022 "Deviance and Norms in Times of Change in Japan", 18-20 November 2022. [more]
HANNAH POHL is a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. Her research interests lie at the intersection between economic sociology and critical migration studies with a particular focus on migration trajectories and bordering processes. For her PhD thesis she conducted a multi-sited ethnography on Afghan migration trajectories in Iran, Turkey, Greece, and along the so-called Balkan route. She has been a visiting researcher at COMPAS Oxford University, Columbia University, and the Berlin Centre for Social Science. [more]
Helena Hof is one of the Presenters at the Workshop “Researching Whiteness in a Transnational Pandemic Context”, 1-2 December 2022. [more]
This event launches the Special Issue of Citizenship Studies "Migrations through Law, Bureaucracy and Kin: Navigating Citizenship in Relations" (Vol. 26, No. 6). The editors and contributors will present the Special Issue and individual articles exploring the ways in which migrants (de-)kinning practices and their struggles of ‘doing family’ constitute navigations of citizenship. [more]

Akif Tahiiev: “Evolution of Ijtihad in Shia Islamic Law”

Akif Tahiiev is Research Fellow at MPI-MMG. He holds a PhD in Law from Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Ukraine) with a thesis on Shia Islamic Law and its specifics. His wider research interests include Shia Islam, Minorities, Islamic Law, Comparative Law, Human Rights and Legal History. [more]
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