In this series, our researchers give brief 3 minute insights into their work: what they research, how they do it and why it is significant.

Dekel Peretz on “Jewish-Muslim relations in Germany”

Dekel Peretz is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Max-Weber-Institute of Sociology of Heidelberg University. His current research focuses on Muslim-Jewish encounters in Berlin within the framework of the ORA and DFG funded joint research project: “Muslim-Jewish encounter, diversity & distance in urban Europe: religion, culture and social model.” more

Jagat Sohail on “Paradoxes of Refugee Incorporation”

Jagat Sohail is a doctoral student at the department of anthropology, Princeton University. Sohail is a cultural anthropologist working in the intersections of political economy, economic anthropology and psychological anthropology, particularly as they relate to the field of global migration. more

Megha Amrith on “Ageing Across Borders”

Megha Amrith is the leader of the Max Planck Research Group “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” at MPI-MMG. Her research focuses on migrant labor, care, ageing, inequalities, belonging and citizenship, primarily in Southeast Asia, but also drawing upon comparative ethnographic perspectives.  more

Sanja Bökle on “Intersectional Advocacy”

Sanja Bökle was a Doctoral Research Fellow in the research project “Civil Society Organizations and the Challenges of Migration: Agents of Change (ZOMiDi)”. Sanja studied international development studies at the University of Vienna and the Universidad de la República Uruguay, and worked as a Student Assistant at the Department for Development Cooperation and Development Politics at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Vienna. more

Tinashe Chimbidzikai on “Difference in South-South Migration”

Tinashe Chimbidzikai was a Doctoral Research Fellow at SCD, and registered as a joint Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Gottingen University and the African Studies Centre, Leiden. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Zimbabwe before joining the public service and the NGO sector. more

Ulrike Bialas on “Why Migration Categories Matter”

Ulrike Bialas is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity. Before coming to the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Ulrike completed a PhD in Sociology at Princeton University and a BA and MA in Social Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin. more

Farhan Samanani on “Tools for Bridging Differences”

Farhan Samanani completed his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in 2017, having been a Gates Cambridge Scholar. There, his Ph.D. focused on how residents of the superdiverse London neighbourhood of Kilburn understood and attempted to shape forms of community. After his doctorate he worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in Urban Studies at the University of Oxford on a project examining the impacts of austerity on first-time parents. From 2018 to 2022, he worked as a research associate at MPI-MMG. more

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