Huwy-min Lucia Liu is an Assistant Professor in the Depart-ment of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University in the United States since 2019. Before joining Mason, she was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Humanities at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Liu received her PhD from the Anthropology Department at Boston University in 2015. Dr. Liu is a cultural anthropolo-gist whose research interests cover topics in politics, religions, socialism and change, subjectivity and governance, life and death study, rituals, and emotion. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled, Governing Death, Making Persons: The New Chinese Way of Death.
JACLYN L. NEO is Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where she specializes in constitutional law, as well as law and religion. Her work aims to forefront Asian jurisdictions and mainstream them in comparative constitutional law. A graduate of NUS Faculty of Law and Yale Law School, Jaclyn is a recipient of multiple academic scholarships and competitive research grants. She has published in leading journals in her field, including the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON) and the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion. She is the editor of Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2017) and co-editor of Pluralist Constitutions in Southeast Asia (Hart, 2019), and Regulating Religion in Asia: Norms, Modes, and Challenges (Cambridge University Press, 2019). She has also served as guest editor for the Journal of Law, Religion, and State, the Journal of International and Comparative Law, the Journal of Comparative Law, and the Singapore Academy of Law Journal. Starting 1 January 2020, she will assume the directorship of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at NUS.
Sara Bonfanti is a social anthropologist, specialized in gender studies, with expertise on South Asian diasporas. She was awarded a PhD in Anthropology of Migrations for her multisite ethnography conducted between Italy and India, analyzing generational change among Punjabi transnational families. Keen on participatory methods, her interests include kinship, religious pluralism and media cultures, approached through intersectionality and life stories. Since 2017, Dr. Bonfanti has collaborated within the comparative ERC-HOMInG Project, which investigates the home-migration nexus across European cities. She has published widely in Italian and English, and her book “Shifting Roofs. Ethnographies of home and mobility in Europe” is forthcoming by Bloomsbury. With co-director Abbas Kazmi, she is currently engaged in the making of a documentary film “Of domes and robes. A trilogy on minority houses of worship”.
FRANCK DÜVELL, PhD, is head of the migration department at the new German Centre for Integration and Migration Research (DeZIM), Berlin (since 2018). Previously, he was associate professor and senior researcher at the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford. Franck is an expert on refugee, irregular and transit migration and migration governance, specifically in the EU and its neighbourhood. He has also worked for the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, SEO Amsterdam Economics, the Nicolaas Witsen Foundation, the University of Exeter and University of Bremen and did consultancies for the IOM, OSCE, and World Bank and provided evidence to the EU Council, the Council of Europe, the British parliament, the Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management and many others. He has published 10 books and over 50 peer-reviewed articles.
TAMAR DE WAAL is Assistant Professor at Amsterdam Law School (University of Amsterdam). In 2017 she defended her disser-tation Conditional Belonging on the proliferation of integration re-quirements in EU Member States, for which she received the VWR-dissertation prize for best disser-tation in legal philosophy in the Netherlands. It examines the rela-tionship between the proclaimed commitment of Member States states to the core liberal-demo-cratic values of the EU and their actual integration laws and prac-tices. During her visit at MPI she will be revising her dissertation for publication as a monograph at Hart Publishing.
A joint event of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities (BBAW), the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance and the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity.