MPI-MMG in Dialogue "Migration Studies without the Nation State?"

Events 2021
The on-going corona pandemic appears to have ultimately ushered in a caesura in the understanding of governance and politics, fundamentally questioning free movement. In the same line of thought, Adrian Favell, one of the leading social and political theorists on migration, integration and citizenship at University of Leeds and fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, critically reviews what he calls “optimistic post-national forms of governance”. In this panel discussion, Steven Vertovec, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and Christine Lang, former MPI MMG researcher and currently at the Institute of Geography and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at Osnabrück University, discuss the past and presence of nation states and their migration/integration policies, and whether migration research should indeed be reoriented by detaching itself from the nation-state. The discussion is moderated by Karen Schönwälder, research group leader at MPI-MMG. [mehr]

“In the Ruins of Futures Past: Potentiality, Planning, and the Contested Revival of Cyprus’s Ghost City”

  • Datum: 28.10.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Rebecca Bryant (Utrecht University)
  • Rebecca Bryant holds the Chair in Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University and is a Visiting Professor in the European Institute at the London School of Economics.
  • Ort: Zoom Meeting

ALUMNI HOUR | Angie Heo (University of Chicago’s Divinity School): “The Christian Right and Refugee Rights in South Korea”

  • Datum: 26.10.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 16:00 - 17:00
  • Vortragende(r): Angie Heo (University of Chicago’s Divinity School)
  • Angie Heo is Assistant Professor of the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. Her first book is The Political Lives of Saints: Christian-Muslim Mediation in Egypt (University of California Press, 2018).
  • Ort: Zoom Meeting

"Lived Citizenship, Uprising and Migration: Everyday Politics, Imaginaries and Contestation"

Workshops, conferences 2021
Virtual workshop organized by HANIA SOBHY (MPI-MMG), SALWA ISMAIL (SOAS) and NADINE ABDALLA (AUC). Supported by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG). [mehr]

Vulnerability and Care: an anthropology of the good, the bad, and the ugly?

“The Memory-Activism Nexus”

  • Datum: 15.06.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Vortragende(r): Ann Rigney (Utrecht University)
  • Ann Rigney is Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University, and founder of the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies.
  • Ort: Zoom Meeting

“Mirrors of Habsburg Memory”

  • Datum: 08.06.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 16:00 - 17:30
  • Vortragende(r): Pamela Ballinger (University of Michigan)
  • Pamela Ballinger is Professor of History and the Fred Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights in the Department of History at the University of Michigan.
  • Ort: Zoom Meeting

Without technology we’d be very stuck”: Ageing migrants’ comobility capital in pandemic times

  • Datum: 27.05.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 10:00 - 11:15
  • Vortragende(r): Earvin Cabalquinto (Deakin University)
  • Earvin Charles Cabalquinto is a Lecturer in Communication at Deakin University. He is also a member of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.
  • Ort: Video Conference
This Online Book Talk is hosted by the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD), the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and other. [mehr]

"Heritage out of Control: Inheriting Waste, Spirits and Energies"

Workshops, conferences 2021
  • Beginn: 17.05.2021 09:00
  • Ende: 19.05.2021 17:00
  • Ort: Zoom Event

"Between a Rock and a Hard Place Sinophobia and Spiritual Warfare in Contemporary Vietnam"

  • Datum: 12.05.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 17:00 - 18:30
  • Vortragende: Tam Ngo (MPI-MMG/NIOD)
  • Tam NGO is a senior, permanent fellow of the Max Planck Society (Germany) and the NIOD (Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences).
  • Ort: Video Conference
EXTERNAL EVENT - China Research Seminar Series (Easter Term 2021) | FAMES, University of Cambridge [mehr]

"Diverse transnational care practices: a view from the South"

  • Datum: 27.04.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:15
  • Vortragende(r): Tanja Bastia (University of Manchester)
  • Tanja Bastia teaches international development at the University of Manchester, where she is a Reader/ Associate Professor at the Global Development Institute. Her research interests revolve around social re-lations, inequality, mobility and space, with a partic-ular interest in labour migration.
  • Ort: Video Conference

"Religious ethics and plural sites of entanglement"

Workshops, conferences 2021
Engaging with the “ethical turn” in the anthropology of religion, this workshop panel examines multiple sites of entanglements between politics and religious ethics. [mehr]

"Opioid addiction as a Problem of Ritual and Anti-Ritual"

"Under the Banner of Islam (Oxford University Press)"

Workshops, conferences 2021
Gülay Türkmen is a sociologist and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Graz. Her work examines how macro-scale historical and political developments inform questions of belonging and identity-formation in multi-cultural societies. [mehr]

"Toxic and explosive legacies: Anthropology of War Pollution"

  • Datum: 19.04.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 13:00 - 14:30
  • Vortragende: Tam Ngo (MPI-MMG/NIOD)
  • TAM NGO works half-time at the MPI and half-time at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) in Amsterdam.
  • Ort: Video Conference

"Between Spiritual Care and Forensic Care: Situating the Remains of War Dead in Contemporary Vietnam"

  • Datum: 13.04.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 16:00 - 18:00
  • Vortragender: Tam Ngo (MPI-MMG/NIOD)
  • TAM NGO works half-time at the MPI and half-time at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) in Amsterdam.
  • Ort: Zoom Event
A lecture as part of the colloquium series "Understanding Asia: Bridging Margins" at Bielefeld University. [mehr]

"Ritual Polyphony"

  • Datum: 08.04.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 10:00 - 11:30
  • Vortragender: Kenneth Dean (NUS)
  • KENNETH DEAN is the Raffles Professor in the Humanities at the National University of Singapore.
  • Ort: Video Conference

"Unravelling the Nationalist Myth of Gandhian Non-Violence: How Did Gandhi Invent His “Hindu” Notion of Ahiṃsā?"

  • Datum: 30.03.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 11:00 - 12:30
  • Vortragender: Eijiro Hazama (University of Shiga Prefecture/University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • EIJIRO HAZAMA (Ph.D.) has been a JSPS Post-doctoral Fellow at MPI-MMG from April 2020. He specializes in South Asian intellectual history and cultural anthropology, particularly contemporary ‘post-enlightenment’ issues revolving around nationalism, secularism, and epistemological modernization in India.
  • Ort: Video Conference

Book talk for The National Frame

"How Embedded Interventions Controlled Contagion: Ideas, Institutions and the First Vaccine in China and India"

Harney Lecture Series - Winter 2021
Lecture Series hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto and co-sponsored with the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics [mehr]

"The Rise of Authoritarianism and Populism"

Harney Lecture Series - Winter 2021
  • Datum: 11.03.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 16:10 - 18:00
  • Vortragende(r): ROUNDTABLE
  • Co-sponsor: Faculty of Law
  • Ort: Toronto
Lecture Series hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto and co-sponsored with the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics [mehr]

"Citizenship and Human Rights"

Max Planck Law Lecture

"Ending the “Double Death”: Objective Science, The Moral Claims to Rebury the Disappeared, and Rewriting Spain’s Violent Past"

Religious Diversity Colloquium 2021

Anthropology of Science, Technology and Death Seminar

  • Datum: 01.03.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 13:00 - 14:30
  • Vortragender: Tam Ngo (MPI-MMG/NIOD)
  • TAM NGO works half-time at the MPI and half-time at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) in Amsterdam.
  • Ort: Video Conference
Lecture Series hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto and co-sponsored with the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics [mehr]
A virtual public talk on the rise of nationalism and its effects on the diasporic communities in a post-Covid world. Hosted by the University of Cologne [mehr]

WriteLab

Workshops, conferences 2021
WriteLab is a space in which to workshop your writing. [mehr]

"Racial Borders"

Harney Lecture Series - Winter 2021
Lecture Series hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto and co-sponsored with the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics [mehr]

"Shaheen Bagh Is Not An Event of the Past, It Is An Interrupted Future"

  • Datum: 03.02.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 15:00 - 16:00
  • Vortragender: Irfan Ahmad (MPI-MMG)
  • IRFAN AHMAD is a Senior Research Fellow working on a book manuscript provisionally titled "Terrorism in Question: Toward An Anthropological Approach".
  • Ort: Video Conference
Virtual public lecture hosted by the Hyderabad Central University [mehr]

"Religion, Care and Reconciliation"

Religious Diversity Colloquium 2021

Virtual Book Launch by Arndt Emmerich (MPI-MMG) on "Islamic Movements in India"

Workshops, conferences 2021
  • Datum: 29.01.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 18:30 - 20:30
  • Ort: Zoom Meeting
Hosted by the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. [mehr]

“Plagued Legacies: Rethinking Black Death Narratives”

Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory

"Recognizing Hindu Orientalism"

  • Datum: 26.01.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 17:00 - 19:00
  • Vortragender: Irfan Ahmad (MPI-MMG)
  • IRFAN AHMAD is a Senior Research Fellow working on a book manuscript provisionally titled "Terrorism in Question: Toward An Anthropological Approach".
  • Ort: Video Conference
Guest lecture hosted by the Dept. of Indology at Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen [mehr]
Auf dieser Abschlusskonferenz des vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) geförderten Verbundprojekts mit dem Titel „Zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen und die Herausforderung von Migration und Diversität – Agents of change“ (ZOMiDi) werden ausgewählte Forschungsergebnisse vorgestellt und mit Akteur*innen aus der Zivilgesellschaft diskutiert. [mehr]
Lecture Series hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto and co-sponsored with the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics [mehr]

"Southern Re-Configurations of the Ageing-Migration Nexus"

Workshops, conferences 2021
A Special Issue project with the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) (Eds. Dora Sampaio and Megha Amrith) [mehr]

Book and article presentation: “Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks: Writing Ottoman Jewish History, Denying the Armenian Genocide”

WriteLab

Workshops, conferences 2021
WriteLab is a space in which to workshop your writing. [mehr]

"Furnishing a foreign home: Habsburg Sarajevo’s Ottoman heritage coped with, appropriated, and displayed"

  • Datum: 10.12.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Maximilian Hartmuth (Universität Wien)
  • Maximilian Hartmuth is principal investigator in the ERC project “Islamic Architecture and Orientalizing Style in Habsburg Bosnia, 1878-1918” (ERC#758099, 2018-2023).
  • Ort: Zoom Meeting

"The Social Production of our Moral Indifference: Muslims, Whiteness and the Wreckage of Racialization"

  • Datum: 09.12.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 16:15 - 17:45
  • Vortragende(r): Nasar Meer (University of Edinburgh)
  • NASAR MEER is Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship at the University of Edinburgh, and is the Principle Investigator of the JPI ERA Net / Horizon 2020 GLIMER project, examining the governance and local integration of migrants and Europe’s refugees.
  • Ort: Zoom Meeting
Public Lecture at the Online Workshop “Intersections of Religion and Race: Law, Politics, and Everyday Life”, organized by the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics [mehr]

"Intersections of Religion and Race: Law, Politics, and everyday Life"

Workshops, conferences 2020
Online Workshop at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Organized by the Ethics, Law and Politics Department [mehr]

"Mothering Practices in Times of Legal Precarity"

Workshops, conferences 2020
A webinar organised by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. [mehr]

"Aspiring in Later Life: Making Selves, Places, Relations Across Locales"

Workshops, conferences 2020
A workshop organized by the Max Planck Research Group “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” [mehr]
A Zoom-based webinar hosted by the Max Planck Research Group, “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities” [mehr]
Previous participation notice to q.nguyen@niod.knaw.nl is requested for sending the zoom link. [mehr]

"Germans without Footnotes: Islam, Belonging and Poetry Slam in Berlin"

  • Datum: 28.10.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Katarzyna Puzon (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Katarzyna Puzon is an anthropologist and Research Fellow at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • Ort: Zoom Meeting

"The Here and Now in Forced Migration: Everyday Intimacies, Imaginaries and Bureaucracies" "

Workshops, conferences 2020
An international workshop organised by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity [mehr]
A Zoom-based webinar hosted by the Max Planck Research Group “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Lands” [mehr]
IMISCOE Standing Committee Migration, Citizenship and Political Participation (MIGCITPOL) Inaugural Workshop [mehr]

"Ritual and Anti-Ritual"

Lecture as part of the Institute Colloquium Sociology at the University of Goettingen [mehr]

WriteLab

Workshops, conferences 2020
WriteLab is a space in which to workshop your writing. [mehr]

"Climate Change and Migration” and “Pathways to Sustainability"

Inhouse Discussion 2020
Organized by the Ethics, Law and Politics Department [mehr]

"Rethinking Gandhi’s secularism: how did Gandhi’s brahmacarya relate to his last political vision?"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2020
  • Datum: 22.06.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragender: Eijiro Hazama (University of Tokyo)
  • EIJIRO HAZAMA specializes in South Asian intellectual history and historical anthropology, particularly the contemporary “post-enlightenment” issues revolving around nationalism, secularism, and the epistemological modernization in India.
  • Ort: Video Conference

WriteLab

Workshops, conferences 2020
WriteLab is a space in which to workshop your writing. [mehr]

"Terrorism in question: toward a new public anthropology"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2020
  • Datum: 15.06.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragender: Irfan Ahmad (MPI-MMG)
  • IRFAN AHMAD is a Senior Research Fellow working on a book manuscript provisionally titled "Terrorism in Question: Toward An Anthropological Approach".
  • Ort: Video Conference

"Sacred matters"

Discussion on theoretical writings on death and mourning, and on personhood, individualism, and the porosity of the self

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2020
  • Datum: 25.05.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragender: Peter van der Veer (MPI-MMG)
  • PETER VAN DER VEER is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity at Göttingen.
  • Ort: Video Conference

"Setting up a Muslim-Christian kindergarten – Interfaith dialogue at the local level in Germany""

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2020
  • Datum: 11.05.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragender: Arndt Emmerich (MPI-MMG)
  • ARNDT EMMERICH is a Research Fellow in the Department of Religious Diversity. As part of his new project, he will analyse the role of local mosque activism during the German refugee crisis through a comparative neighbourhood perspective.
  • Ort: Video Conference

"The appearance of history: approaching lottery divination in Chinese Buddhist temples in China today"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2020
  • Datum: 20.04.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende: Shen Yang (MPI-MMG)
  • YANG SHEN is a cultural anthropologist focusing on religion and secularism. Her work examines how humans become the ways they are at the intersection of political history, religious institutions, and cultural traditions.
  • Ort: Video Conference

CANCELLED - "Islamic Movements in India: Moderation and its Discontents"

Workshops, conferences 2020
We welcome you to the Symposium on Arndt Emmerich’s book"Islamic Movements in India: Moderation and its Discontents" (Routledge, London 2020) [mehr]

CANCELLED - "The unbearable lightness of trust: trade, masculinity and the life-world of Indian export agents in Yiwu, China"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2020
  • Datum: 30.03.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragender: Filippo Osella (University of Sussex)
  • FILIPPO OSELLA is Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at the University of Sussex (UK). Since3 1989 he has conducted research in Kerala (India), Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and in a number countries in the Gulf. His recent books include Islam, Politics and Anthropology (with B. Soares, 2010), Islamic Reforms in South Asia (with C. Osella, 2012), Religion and the Morality of the Market (with D. Rudnyckyj, 2017). Last year he has co-edited (with S. Ramaswamy) a special issue of Modern Asian Studies on “Charity and Philanthropy in South Asia” (2018). His current research focuses on trading networks between China, India and West Asia, and he has recently begun research on a two years, ESRC-funded project on artisanal fishers’ attitudes towards risk in Kerala (India).
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Eritreans and Ethiopians in Sudan: Feminist Perspectives on Migration, Gender and Transitions to Adulthood"

Open Lectures Winter 2020
  • Datum: 30.01.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Katarzyna Elzbieta Grabska (Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in the Hague)
  • KATARZYNA (Kasia) GRABSKA – is a social anthropologist and a senior lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University in the Hague, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on gender, generation, youth, displacement, refuges, return, and identities, access to rights for refugees in urban settings. She has researched on displacement and forced migration issues in Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, and Vietnam. Kasia works with visual media, art-based research, feminist methodologies, and participatory methodologies. Since 2002, she has been carrying out a longitudinal study of gender relation transformations among Nuer from South Sudan in Egypt, Kenya, South Sudan and in Sudan, Khartoum. Her most recent research focuses on adolescent refugee girls’ experiences in Sudan, and on refugees’ involvement in civic change and hosting refugees in Sudan and in Switzerland. She collaborates often with artists in her research, and engages with art-based research to understand issues of belonging, displacement, mobilities and identities. She also is a film-maker. In 2016, in collaboration with a team of researchers and filmmakers, she produced a film based on her collaborative research project Time to look at girls: migrants in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The long version of the film, 2 Girls, has been shown at over 30 film festivals and awarded 10 first prizes. She is also the writer, producer and co-director of the film Barbara Harrell-Bond: a life not ordinary (2018). She has published extensively on issues of gender relations and displacement. Kasia is the author of Gender, Identity and Home: Nuer repatriation to South Sudan (2014) which received the Armory Talbot Prize in 2015, co-editor of Forced Migration: Why Rights Matter? (2008), and a co-writer of Adolescent Girls’ Migration in the Global South: Transitions into Adulthood (2019).
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall

"Material Temporalities"

Workshops, conferences 2020
A workshop organized by Jeremy F. Walton (MPI-MMG), Patrick Eisenlohr (CeMIS, University of Göttingen) and Sasha Newell (Université Libre de Bruxelles) [mehr]

"The Current State of Immigration Law and Policy in the United States"

Open Lectures Winter 2020
  • Datum: 22.01.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA, Los Angeles)
  • HIROSHI MOTOMURA is the Susan Westerberg Prager Distinguished Professor of Law at the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). A leading scholar and teacher of immigration and citizenship, he is the author of many influential articles and two award-winning books: Americans in Waiting (Oxford 2006) and Immigration Outside the Law (Oxford 2014), and a co-author of two casebooks widely used in U.S. law school courses: Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (8th ed. West 2016), and Forced Migration: Law and Policy (2d ed. West 2013). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center, founding director of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), and a former member of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration. He is now at work on a new book, The New Migration Law, with the support of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall

"Interconnected Mobilities: Social Mobility, Pentecostalism and Marriage in Africa"

Open Lectures Winter 2020
  • Datum: 14.01.2020
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Rijk van Dijk (Leiden University)
  • RIJK VAN DIJK is a Professor in the study of religion in contemporary Africa and its Diaspora at the African Studies Centre, Leiden University. He is the former Editor-in-chief of the Brill-published journal ‘African Diaspora’. He coedited The Quest for Fruition through Ngoma (2000), with R. Reis and M. Spierenburg; The Social Life of Connectivity in Africa (2012), with M. de Bruijn; and Religion and aids Treatment in Africa (2014), with H. Dilger, M. Burchardt, and Th. Rasing. His current research is on Pentecostalism, consumerism, and marriage in Botswana, on which he recently published; “The Tent versus Lobola : Marriage, Monetary Intimacies and the New Face of Responsibility in Botswana”, Anthropology Southern Africa 2017, 40 (1): 29-41.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall
Podiumsdiskussion des Centre for Global Migration Studies (CeMig) an der Universität Göttingen in Kooperation mit dem Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften (MPI-MMG). [mehr]

"The Art of Memory: A Sudanese Mystery"

Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory - Lecture Series 2019
  • Datum: 16.12.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Vortragender: Noah Salomon (Carleton College)
  • Noah Salomon is Associate Professor of Religion at Carleton College. His first book, For Love of the Prophet: An Ethnography of Sudan’s Islamic State (Princeton University Press, 2016) examines the inner-workings of an Islamic political project and its refractions as it sought to reform state and society, and was in turn reformed by them. It won the 2017 Albert Hourani Prize from the Middle East Studies Association and a 2017 Excellence in the Study of Religion Award from the American Academy of Religion. A recent recipient of a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, Salomon is currently based in Beirut, Lebanon, working on a transregional project on the ethics of Islamic unity in the context of popular revolution and in its aftermath.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Refugee and Migration Law Workshop"

Workshops, conferences 2019
Workshop organized by Tendayi Achiume (UCLA School of Law), Katerina Linos (Berkeley Law), Itamar Mann (University of Haifa Faculty of Law) and Ayelet Shachar (MPI-MMG). [mehr]

"Ritual and Pluralism: Religious Variations on Socialist Death Rituals in Urban China”

  • Datum: 09.12.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Huwy-min Lucia Liu (George Mason University)
  • 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.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Managing Religious Diversity: The Law of ‘Religious Harmony’"

  • Datum: 04.12.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Jaclyn L. Neo (National University of Singapore)
  • 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.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall

"Brown struggles and hoary settlers:the fragmented chronicles of Panjabis in Southall"

  • Datum: 03.12.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Vortragende(r): Sara Bonfanti (University of Trento)
  • Sara Bonfanti is a social anthropologist, specialized in gender studies, with expertise on South Asian diaspo-ras. She was awarded a PhD in Anthropology of Mi-grations for her multisite ethnography conducted be-tween Italy and India, analyzing generational change among Punjabi transnational families.
  • Ort: Video Conference
Internal author workshop organized by Christine Lang (MPI-MMG Göttingen), Andreas Pott (IMIS/Osnabrück University) and Kyoko Shinozaki (Salzburg University). [mehr]

"Mass Media Science Communication"

Workshops, conferences 2019
Internal workshop [mehr]

"Quo vadis, migration studies? Towards a migratory epistemology. A critical reflection of the conventional concepts used in migration studies"

  • Datum: 19.11.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Franck Düvell (German Institute for Integration and Migration Research, Berlin)
  • 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.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall
Workshop at Meertens Institute, Amsterdam [mehr]

"Conditional Belonging"

Public Lectures Winter 2019/20
  • Datum: 13.11.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Tamar de Waal (University of Amsterdam)
  • 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.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall
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. [mehr]

"Goodbye Tocqueville? Christianity and Democracy in Trump’s America"

  • Datum: 06.11.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Philip Gorski (Yale University · Lichtenberg Kolleg)
  • PHILIP GORSKI is Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at Yale University and a Senior Fellow at the Lichtenberg Kolleg. He is a historical sociologist focusing on the interplay of religion and politics in early mod-ern and modern Western Europe and North America. He is currently completing a book entitled “American Babylon: Christianity and Democracy Before and After Trump.”
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall
Co-organized by the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics and the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity [mehr]

"When Men Get No Share: Matrilineal Muslims and Sharia of Succession”

"EDINOST & EUROPEAN EDINOST. Co-writing and Art platforms for dialogue on Memory politics, migration & antifascism"

  • Datum: 14.10.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:00 - 12:00
  • Vortragender: Alessio Mazzaro (IUAV University Venice)
  • Alessio Mazzaro (Italy, 1985) is a visual artist, director and researcher on questions of history. His practice mainly involves sound pieces and performance, using field recordings, interviews, and discursive and participatory practices. Working on the discrepancies between subjectivity and history, he is attracted by peculiar voices that speak of a more complex and human history and reality. He graduated in Envioronmental Engineering (Bsc and Msc), and studied Fine Art and Theatre at IUAV University (BA). Mazzaro has given performances in different workshops at important institutions such as Biennale College Teatro (Venice) and Workspace Brussels. In recent years he was an assistant of Flaka Haliti at the 56th Biennale d’Arte di Venezia and of Petrit Halilaj at the 55th Biennale (Kosovo Pavilion, 2015, 2013).
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall
This October, Alessio Mazzaro will run a workshop as part of the activities of the Stadtlabor, to co-create and co-write a fanzine publication on co-habitation in Europe. The fanzine represents the new issue of European Edinost, an editorial project and investigation run by Mazzaro within the program “Courageous Citizens of the European Cultural Foundation.” On this occasion the lecture will present the story of Edinost, starting with its two years of activity in Trieste (Italy) as a communi-ty-based project, and, then, its European journey. [mehr]

"(Caribbean) Space is the Place: Revisualizing Afrofuturisms"

Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory - Lecture Series 2019
  • Datum: 10.10.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Vortragende: Elizabeth DeLoughrey (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Elizabeth DeLoughrey is a Professor in English and at the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is co-editor of Caribbean Literature and the Environment (U of Virginia Press, 2005), Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches (Routledge, 2015). She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures (University of Hawai`i Press, 2007), and a recent book about climate change and the literary and visual arts entitled Allegories of the Anthropocene (Duke UP, 2019). With Thom Van Dooren, she is co-editor of the international, open-access journal Environmental Humanities.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Father Samba. Politics of Nerves and Catholic Redemptive Psychiatry in colonial Senegambia”

  • Datum: 07.10.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Annalisa Butticci (MPI-MMG)
  • Annalisa Butticci is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. Her research interests include anthropology and sociology of religion, Christianity and colonialism, Roman Catholicism, West Africa and African diasporas, mobility and migration, visual studies, narrative methods and life stories. She has conducted extensive research in Italy, Nigeria, Ghana, and the US. Her latest book African Pentecostals in Catholic Europe: The Politics of Presence in the Twenty-First Century (Harvard University Press, 2016) was awarded honorable mention by the 2017 Clifford Geertz Prize committee in recognition of its contribution to the anthropological study of religion and it was nominated for the 2020 Louisville Grawemeyer Award, a recognition that honors highly significant contributions to religious and spiritual understanding. She is the co-director of the film/documentary “Enlarging the Kingdom. African Pentecostalism in Italy”, editor of the photographic catalogue “Na God. Aesthetics of African Charismatic Power”, curator of several photographic and multimedia exhibitions and author of video and sound essays and of articles published in scientific journals and edited volumes.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room
Workshop organized by the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, and Normative Orders, Frankfurt • Cosponsored by Normative Orders/Goethe University Frankfurt, and the Max Planck Fellow Group in Comparative Constitutionalism [mehr]

"How is it between us? relational ethics and transcendence”

Religious Diversity Colloquium
  • Datum: 17.09.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 16:00 - 17:30
  • Vortragende(r): Jarrett Zigon (University of Virginia)
  • Jarrett Zigon is the Porterfield Chair of Bioethics and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia, as well as the Founding Director of the Center for Data Ethics and Justice, and the Director of the Bioethics Program at UVA. He is the author of several books, including A War on People: Drug User Politics and a New Ethics of Community (University of California Press), Disappointment: Toward a Critical Hermeneutics of Worldbuilding (Fordham University Press), HIV is God’s Blessing: Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia (University of California Press), and Morality: An Anthropological Perspective (Berg Press).
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Striking Back? On Imperial Fantasies and Fantasies of Empire"

Workshops, conferences 2019
Conference hosted by the Max Planck Research Group “Empires of Memory” [mehr]

"Digital Kinning and the role of intergenerational care support networks in ageing"

Max Planck Research Group “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” Lecture Series 2019
  • Datum: 16.07.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Loretta Baldassar (University of Western Australia)
  • Loretta Baldassar is Professor in the Discipline Group of Anthropology and Sociology at The University of Western Australia. She has published extensively on migration, with a particular focus on families and caregiving. Her most recent books include, Transnational Families, Migration and the Circulation of Care (Routledge, 2014). Baldassar is interim Vice President of the International Sociological Association Migration Research Committee and a regional editor for the journal Global Networks. She is co-Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council funded Discover Projects: Ageing and New Media (with Raelene Wilding, La Trobe University) and Mobile Transitions: Understanding the Effects of Transnational Mobility on Youth Transitions (with Anita Harris, Deakin and Shanthi Robertson, Western Sydney). The Ageing and New Media project re-evaluates the emphasis on proximity in Australian policies of ageing by introducing a focus on mobility, migration and new media. It examines how older people’s support networks are increasingly dispersed due to the greater mobility of their family, friends and care services. The project’s aim is to highlight the current and potential role new media can play in fostering the local, distant & virtual support networks of older Australians. Loretta is part of a research team that collaborates on social inclusion, social innovation, diversity and digital literacy projects, consultancies and evaluations with local government, service providers and community groups.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Transnational ageing and care technologies: Mainland Chinese grandparenting migrants"

Max Planck Research Group “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” Lecture Series 2019
  • Datum: 11.07.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Elaine Ho (National University of Singapore) and Tuen Yi Chiu
  • Elaine Lynn-Ee Ho is Associate Professor at the Department of Geography and Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore. She is also Assistant Dean (Research Division) at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Her research addresses how citizenship is changing as a result of multi-directional migration flows in the Asia-Pacific. She is author of Citizens in Motion: Emigration, Immigration and Re-migration Across China’s Borders (2019; Stanford University Press). Her current research focuses on two domains: first, transnational ageing and care in the Asia-Pacific; and second, im/mobilities and diaspora aid at the China-Myanmar border. Elaine is Section Editor of the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (2nd edition), Editor of the journal, Social and Cultural Geography, and serves on the journal editorial boards of Citizenship Studies; Emotions, Society and Space; and the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Comparative Queer Southeast Asian Studies"

  • Datum: 18.06.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Ward Keeler (University of Texas)
  • Ward Keeler is an American anthropologist who conducted fieldwork in Java in Indonesia during the New Order area. He worked in predominately Surakarta cultural areas, and studied wayang as a means of understanding specific manifestation of Javanese ways of thinking. His book Javanese, a cultural approach was a Javanese language text for English speakers that provided learners with language expressions for learning, rather than elaborate on the complexities of hierarchy within the language and culture. (Source: Wikipedia)
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Religion and Nationalism"

Workshops, conferences 2019
Conference at Utrecht University [mehr]
Conference organized by the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics at the MPI-MMG [mehr]
Hosted by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and the Center for Modern Indian Studies and InterAsia Initiative, University of Göttingen [mehr]
International Conference organized by the Institute of General Theory of State and Political Sciences and the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in Comparative Constitutionalism [mehr]

"Missionary, hostage, ransom, spy"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2019
  • Datum: 03.06.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Angie Heo (University of Chicago)
  • Angie Heo is Assistant Professor of the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion at the University of Chicago. Her first book is The Political Lives of Saints: Christian-Muslim Mediation in Egypt (2018). Her current research examines various sites of Evangelical capitalism in the Korean peninsula.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Perspectives on Philippine psychic surgery"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2019
  • Datum: 20.05.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Deirdre de la Cruz (University of Michigan)
  • Deirdre de la Cruz is Director of the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History, and Associate Professor of History and Asian Languages and Cultures, at the University of Michigan. A cultural anthropologist by training, she is the author of the book Mother Figured: Marian Apparitions and the Making of a Filipino Universal (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and several articles on religion in the Philippines. Her current projects include a scholarly book on the history of faith healing in the Philippines, an edited volume on religious diversity in the Philippines, and two plays, one on the legacies of Filipinos who fought in WWII, and another that tells the history of Christianity through the eyes of its apostates.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Feminist trouble. Intersectional politics in post-secular times"

Open Lectures Spring/Summer 2019

"Urban Citizenship: History, Presence and Future"

  • Datum: 09.05.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 11:00 - 12:30
  • Vortragende(r): Rainer Bauböck (Lichtenberg Kolleg)
  • Rainer Bauböck is a political theorist who also engages with comparative political science. Since the 1990s, his main research theme has been citizenship, understood as a legal status and bundle of rights. He has been coordinating comparative research on citizenship laws and voting rights and is a co-director of GLOBALCIT, an open access research platform and database on these topics. From 2007 to 2018 he had a chair in social and political theory at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence. He still has a part-time affiliation with the EUI’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, which hosts GLOBALCIT. Before 2007 he was based at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, where he now chairs a Commission on Migration and Integration Research.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"The Duty to Feed: Religion, Racial Democracy, and Welfare in Malaysia"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2019
  • Datum: 06.05.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Rupa Viswanath (University of Göttingen)
  • Rupa Viswanath is Professor of Indian Religions at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at the University of Göttingen, and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge. Prior to arriving in Göttingen in 2011, she taught in the South Asia Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and writing address the practices of secular regimes, histories of slavery in colonial South Asia, the political economy of caste, and comparative studies of racialized governance. Her current research projects are (1) an historical examination of how the concept of a democratic “people” emerged in the vernacular in postcolonial south India, specifically through the governance of intergroup violence and the administration of welfare, and (2) an ethnographic account of how religious and racial identification and state governance serve to underpin a specific ethics of political representation among ex-indentured Indians in Malaysia.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room
This workshop examines borders as landscapes—designed spaces that are at once architectural, infrastructural, and geophysical. Border and landscape exhibit a conditionality of codependence, whereby the material qualities of land, water, and built environment acquire political significance even as they shape and limn territory. Border landscapes are built from human and nonhuman bodies, infrastructures, vertical spaces, the commons and atmospheres—both literal and metaphorical. Approaching borders as landscapes brings into focus the specific form and substance of ‘walled flows,’ the movement of people and capital through uneven circuits of global space. It devotes particular attention to the ways in which design, drawing on elements of land and sea, enables the mobility of goods and capital through global networks while inhibiting human movement across urban, national, and regional boundaries. [mehr]

" ‘Sakawa’: A moral critique of corruption in Ghana"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2019
  • Datum: 01.04.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Girish Daswani (University of Toronto)
  • Girish Daswani is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. His research interests include Ghana, religion, Christianity, morality and ethics, transnationalism, corruption and activism. His most recent scholarly work has been exploring different activist and religious responses to corruption in Ghana. In addition to several articles in anthropology journals, he has published a monograph entitled Looking Back, Moving Forward: Transformation and Ethical Practice in the Ghanaian Church of Pentecost (2015, University of Toronto Press) and co-edited A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism Studies with Prof. Ato Quayson (2013, Wiley-Blackwell). You can read his public-facing scholarship on the blog Everyday Orientalism and watch his Tedx UTSC talks on Youtube (2014 and 2018).
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"The Sovereignty of Vulnerability"

Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory - Lecture Series 2019
Recent debates on Islam in anthropology have tended to focus on discursive tradition, piety or revivalism, drawing upon the work of Talal Asad (1986, 1994) and Mahmood (2005), and “everyday Islam” or “lived Islam” (Lambek 2010, Osella and Soares 2010, Schielke 2012) which emphasizes subjective ambiguity and ambivalence towards Islamic discourse entailing enjoyment or pleasure in negation of norms. Both streams of literature appear to be in analytical agreement on a separation of religion and secular realms, although Asad himself does not suggest such a separation. This dichotomy allows little discussion on the role of pleasure and aesthetics—which is neither Islamically ordained, nor in itself considered unIslamic/anti-Islamic in Muslim social formations (e.g., Metcalf 1984). [mehr]

"Syrian Revolutionary Culture at Home and in Germany"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2019
  • Datum: 19.03.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 15:00 - 16:30
  • Vortragende(r): Miriam Cooke (Duke University)
  • miriam cooke is Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures emerita at Duke University. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Istanbul. She serves on several national and international advisory boards, including academic journals and institutions. Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature, Arab women writers’ constructions of Islamic feminism, contemporary Syrian and Khaliji cultures, and global Muslim net-works. In addition to co-editing five volumes, she is the author of several monographs that include The Anatomy of an Egyptian Intellectual: Yahya Haqqi (1984); War’s Other Voices (1987), Women and the War Story (1997); Women Claim Islam (2001); Dissident Syria (2007), Nazira Zeineddine: A Pioneer of Islamic Feminism (2010), Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf (2014) and Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resilience and the Syrian Revolution (2017). She has also published a novel, Hayati, My Life (2000). Several books and articles have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch and German.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

Double lecture • Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (Rutgers University): “A Ghostly Red Line: the Hand of the State” and David Low (AGBU Nubar Library, Paris) “ ‘The Noise of Time’: The Spatial, Temporal and Semantic Migrations of Ottoman Armenian Photographs”

Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory - Lecture Series 2019
  • Datum: 19.03.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:00 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Zeynep Devrim Gürsel (Rutgers University) and David Low (AGBU Nubar Library, Paris)
  • Zeynep Devrim Gürsel is a media anthropologist and As-sociate Professor in the department of Anthropology at Rutgers University and a 2018 NOMIS Fellow at eikones Center for the Theory and History of the Image in Basel, Switzerland. She is the author of Image Brokers: Visualiz-ing World News in the Age of Digital Circulation (University of California Press, 2016), an ethnography of the international photojournalism industry during its digitalization at the beginning of the 21st century, based on fieldwork con-ducted in the United States, France and Turkey. Currently she is researching photography as a tool of governmental-ity in the late Ottoman period. Specifically, she is investi-gating photography during the reign of Sultan Abdülhamit (1876-1909) from medical imagery to prison portraiture to understand emerging forms of the state and the changing contours of Ottoman subjecthood. David Low was awarded his PhD in 2015 by the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, for a thesis on the role of photography in Armenian lives in the late Ottoman Empire. He was subsequently a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently a visiting scholar at the AGBU Nubar Library, Paris, working on his book, Picturing the Ottoman Armenian World: Photography in Erzurum, Kharpert, Van and Beyond (I.B.Tauris, 2021).
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"The Mosque as a vehicle of Muslim political participation in Denmark"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2019
  • Datum: 18.03.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Brian Arly Jacobsen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Brian Arly Jacobsen is mainly doing research in the area of religion and politics and religious minority groups in Denmark, especially Muslim minorities in Denmark/Western Europe, the political debate on Muslim minority groups and Muslim institutions. Recently he have studied the relationship between local authorities and local religious groups (religion and local politics). Currently he is PI on the research project ‘Danish Mosques – Significance, Use and Influence’ (https://mosques.ku.dk/), a three year research project funded by Independent Research Fund in Denmark from 2017 to 2020. Subproject in this project has the title: “Constructing Conflict: The Politics of Mosque Building.” Previously he has been part of the following projects: The role of religion in the public sphere. A comparative study of the five Nordic countries (NOREL), Alternative Spaces – The Religion of Danes Abroad, Demography of Religion – The Challenges of Estimating Muslims, Civil Religion in Denmark and other projects.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"The Contours of Citizenship"

Workshops, conferences 2019
Third ANNUAL GOETHE-GÖTTINGEN CRITICAL EXCHANGE • Co-organized by RAINER FORST (Normative Orders, Frankfurt) and AYELET SHACHAR (MPI-MMG) [mehr]
We welcome you to the Symposium on Salah Punathil’s book"Interrogating Communalism: Violence, Citizenship and Minorities in South India" (Routledge, London, New Delhi 2019) [mehr]

"Between a rock and a hard place: Sacred geography and spiritual warfare in today’s Vietnam"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2019
  • Datum: 04.03.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Tam Ngo (MPI-MMG / Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Tam T. Ngo (ngo@mmg.mpg.de) is a member of the Department of Comparative Religious Studies (Radboud University, Nijmegen) and a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany. She is the author of the monograph The New Way: Protestantism and The Hmong in Vietnam (University of Washington Press, 2016) and “Dynamics of Memory and Religious Nationalism in a Sino-Vietnamese Border Town” (Modern Asian Study, Forthcoming), and co-editor of Atheist Secularism and Its Discontents: A Comparative Study of Religion and Communism in Eastern Europe and Asia (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Hyperculture and cultural essentialism: Two modes of culturalization in late modernity"

Open Lectures Spring/Summer 2019
  • Datum: 27.02.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Andreas Reckwitz (Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)
  • ANDREAS RECKWITZ is professor of comparative cultural sociology at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder. He was awarded the Leibniz price for 2019 as one of the leading and most original analysts of contemporary society. His most recent book “Die Gesellschaft der Singularitäten” has attracted both scholarly and wider public attention. It contributes an interpretation of the new diversities shaping current societies.
  • Ort: "Alte Mensa", Wilhelmsplatz 3, Göttingen

"Reflecting on Post-Imperial and Post-Colonial Legacies: the 2015 Berlin ‘Refugee Crisis’ as a mirror of the history of the Middle East"

Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory - Lecture Series 2019
  • Datum: 20.02.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Vortragende(r): Nora Lafi (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin)
  • Nora Lafi is specializing in Ottoman and Colo-nial history of North-Africa and the Middle East. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the LeibnizZentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin. She also teaches at the Institute of Islamic Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin. Her publications include Understanding the City Through its Margins (co-ed.) (Abingdon: Routledge, 2018); Urban Violence in the Middle East (co-ed) (London: Berghahn, 2015); Esprit civique et organ-isation citadine dans l’empire ottoman (XVe-XXe s.) (Leiden, Brill, 2019) and “Building and Deconstructing Authenticity in Aleppo”, (in Chr. Bernhardt et al. (ed.), Gebaute Geschichte, Göttingen 2017) as well as “The ‘Arab Spring‘ in Global Perspective“ (in S. Berger and H. Neh-ring (eds.), The History of Social Movements, New-York, Palgrave, 2017).
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

" ‘If God is with us, who can be against us?’: Christianity, cosmopolitics, and living with difference in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2019
  • Datum: 18.02.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Liana Chua (Brunel University London)
  • Liana Chua holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge and is now Reader in Anthropology at Brunel University London. She has long-term ethnographic interests in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, where she has worked with indigenous Bidayuh communities since 2003, looking at conversion to Christianity, ethnic and religious politics, development and resettlement. She is the author of The Christianity of Culture: Conversion, Ethnic Citizenship, and the Matter of Religion in Malaysian Borneo (2012) and co-editor of several edited volumes, including Who are ‘We’? Reimagining Alterity and Affinity in Anthropology (2018). She is currently leading a large multi-sited research project that explores the global nexus of orangutan conservation in the age of ‘the Anthropocene’.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room
Conveners: Patrick Eisenlohr (Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen) and Peter van der Veer (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen) [mehr]

"At the foot of the grave: Challenging collective memories of violence in post-Franco Spain"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2019
  • Datum: 04.02.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Nicole Iturriaga (MPI-MMG)
  • Nicole Iturriaga is a sociologist with research interests in social movements, collective memory, human rights, culture, necropolitics, and the politics of reproduction. Her research examines how human rights activists are using forensic science to reframe histories of violence among other mechanisms (transnational advocacy networks, pedagogy, performativity) that further their goals of restoring identity, memory, and justice within a globalized context. Since July 2018 she is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MPI-MMG, where she will continue her research on the impact of scientific exhumations on post-conflict states, specifically Spain and Argentina.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room
Conference organized by Shahd Wari (MPI-MMG), Somayeh Chitchian (MPI-MMG) and Maja Momic (HCU Hamburg) [mehr]

"The New Migration Law: A Roadmap for an Uncertain Future"

Open Lectures Spring/Summer 2019
  • Datum: 17.01.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Hiroshi Motomura (UCLA, Los Angeles)
  • HIROSHI MOTOMURA is the Susan Westerberg Prager Distinguished Professor of Law at the School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). A leading scholar and teacher of immigration and citizenship, he is the author of many influential articles and two award-winning books: Americans in Waiting (Oxford 2006) and Immigration Outside the Law (Oxford 2014), and a co-author of two casebooks widely used in U.S. law school courses: Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (8th ed. West 2016), and Forced Migration: Law and Policy (2d ed. West 2013). He is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Law Center, founding director of the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN), and a former member of the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration. He is now at work on a new book, The New Migration Law, with the support of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room
Co-organized by the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics and the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity [mehr]
Conference organized by the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics at the MPI-MMG and the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in Comparative Constitutionalism [mehr]

"The God of American bureaucracy: religion and the rise of the corporation in the Philippines"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2018/19
  • Datum: 26.11.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Scott MacLochlainn (MPI-MMG)
  • Scott MacLochlainn is a sociocultural anthropologist, with a geographic focus on the Philippines and the United States. His research examines the contemporary and historical intersections of religion and law, and the semiotic translation of religious identities across linguistic, economic, and regulatory domains. In particular, his work focuses on the history and expansion of corporations and their religious and ethical identities. Since July 2018 he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MPI-MMG, where be began a new project on the hyper-mediatization and increasingly fraught legal and social spaces of death in the Philippines.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"(Mis)trust, (un)certainty and intention: can one trust an inscrutable God?"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2018/19
  • Datum: 19.11.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Matthew Carey (Copenhagen University)
  • Matthew Carey is assistant professor in anhropology at Copenhagen University, and his main thrust of research revolves around Tachelhit-Berber speaking communities in Southern Morocco. His PhD at the University of Cambridge focused on questions of political organisation, institutionality and anarchism, and his postdoctoral research explored subjectivity, intimacy and emotions in the Moroccan High Atlas. His recent work has focused on mistrust and lying (Mistrust. An Ethnographic Theory, University of Chicago Press, 2017).
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Data management in anthropology: the next phase in ethics governance?"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2018/19
  • Datum: 12.11.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Peter Pels (Leiden University)
  • Peter Pels (1958) is Professor in the Sociology and Anthropology of Africa at the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of the University of Leiden since 2003. He graduated in social anthropology at the University of Amsterdam on a study of Catholicism in East Africa (1993), and worked there at the Research Centre Religion and Society between 1995 and 2003. He published on religion and politics under colonialism, the history of anthropology, the anthropology of magic, social science ethics, visual and material culture, archaeology and science fiction. He was the editor-in-chief of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie sociale, the journal of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, from 2003 until 2007. Between 2006 and 2015 he was an advisor to the Çatalhöyük Research Project led by Stanford archaeologist Ian Hodder. He is currently interested in questions of race, culture and decolonization as they pertain to museums and heritage.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"The Family, Human Rights and Internationalism"

Workshops, conferences 2018
- by intivation only - Conference organized by Dr Julia Moses, Dept. of History, University of Sheffield & Institute of Sociology, University of Göttingen and Prof Matthias Koenig, Institute of Sociology, University of Göttingen & Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity ▪ Keynote speakers include Professor Glenda Sluga (University of Sydney) and Professor Miloš Vec (University of Vienna) [mehr]
International workshop co-sponsored by Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity,Göttingen, Germany & Center for Thanatology, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology andReligious Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands [mehr]

"Empire Off-center"

Workshops, conferences 2018
Workshop of the Max Planck Research Group “Empires of Memory“ [mehr]

"Ageing and Mobility: Care, Generations, and Citizenship beyond the Views of the West"

Keynote Lecture
  • Datum: 23.10.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:15
  • Vortragende(r): Sarah Lamb (Brandeis University)
  • Sarah Lamb is Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on ageing, gender, families, ethical strivings, and understandings of personhood in India and the United States. Her books include: White Saris and Sweet Mangoes: Aging, Gender and Body in North India; Aging and the Indian Diaspora: Cosmopolitan Families in India and Abroad; and (as editor) Successful Aging as a Contemporary Obsession: Global Perspectives. She is the editor of the Rutgers University Press book series Global Perspectives on Aging.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall

"Unpacking the Ageing-Migration Nexus"

Keynote Lecture
  • Datum: 23.10.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 10:00 - 11:15
  • Vortragende(r): Russell King (University of Sussex)
  • Russell King is Professor of Geography at the University of Sussex, where he founded and directed the Sussex Centre for Migration Research. During 2012-13 he was Willy Brandt Guest Professor in Migration Studies at Malmö University. He has long-standing and wide- ranging research interests in the interdisciplinary field of migration studies, including theorizing migration in its various forms, and empirical studies on labour migration, international retirement migration, student migration, return migration, diasporas, and the relationship between migration and development. Most of his field research has been carried out in Southern Europe and the Balkans. Amongst his recent books have been Counter- Diaspora: The Greek Second Generation Returns ‘Home’ (Harvard University Press, 2015, joint with Anastasia Christou), Remittances, Gender and Development (I.B. Tauris, 2011, joint with Julie Vullnetari), and Out of Albania (Berghahn, 2008, joint with Nicola Mai). From 2000 to 2013 he was the editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall

"Ageing across Borders: Care, Generations, Citizenship"

Workshops, conferences 2018
As the world’s population grows older, how do people experience ageing in global, mobile and transnational contexts? This workshop hosted by the ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ research group at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity aims to shed light on how ageing and migration intersect to jointly shape new social and cultural transformations. Moving beyond looking at ‘older age’ and ‘ageing’ in isolation, the workshop will explore how care and intergenerational relationships are newly configured in transnational contexts; how new forms and practices of citizenship, community and belonging emerge on different scales; but also how borders and boundaries continue to shape or constrain experiences of mobility in later life in unequal ways. [mehr]

"Politics in the piyasa: marching, marketing, and the emergence of gay identities in Istanbul"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2018/19
  • Datum: 22.10.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Sam Williams (Max Planck – Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy, and Social Change ▪ Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
  • Samuel Williams is a Research Fellow in the Max Planck-Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy, and Social Change, and he is based at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle. His research examines interesections between economy and material culture in Turkey, and he has a particular interest in the ethnographic study of markets and marketplaces. He has conducted fieldwork over the last decade on contemporary commerce in two historic Istanbul marketplaces ––the Grand Bazaar and Istiklal Street–– and his current multi-sited field research explores the traffic in gold between Europe and the Middle East. Trained in social anthropology at the University of Sydney and Princeton University, he has held prior appointments as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Musée du Quai Branly–Jacques Chirac and as Andrew W Mellon Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room
Der Vortrag beschreibt die Gründung der deutschfranzösisch-italienischen Rettungsorganisation SOS MEDITERRANEE und den Einsatz des Rettungsschiffes „Aquarius“ im zentralen Mittelmeer zwischen Libyen und Lampedusa. [mehr]

"Reactions to exclusion"

Workshops, conferences 2018
Workshop and meeting of the Max Planck Research Initiative “The Challenges of Migration, Integration and Exclusion” [on invitation only] [mehr]

"Welcoming Refugees: The Role of Religion"

Workshops, conferences 2018
Conference organized by the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics at the MPI-MMG ▪ Additional support is provided by the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship in Comparative Constitutionalism [mehr]

"Beyond ‘propaganda’: images and the moral citizen in late-socialist Vietnam"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2018/19
  • Datum: 08.10.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Susan Bayly (Cambridge University)
  • Susan Bayly (M.A., Ph.D. University of Cambridge) is Professor of Historical Anthropology and Director of Graduate Education in the Cambridge University Department of Social Anthropology. She is a past editor of The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute and former Associate Editor of Cambridge Anthropology. She has held visiting appointments in the USA, India, France and Singapore. She is adviser to a number of museums and other institutions in Vietnam, including the Vietnam Centre for Research & Promotion of Cultural Heritage. Her publications include Asian Voices in a Postcolonial Age. Vietnam, India and Beyond (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age (Cambridge University Press, 1999). Her current research is on aspects of marketisation experience in contemporary Vietnam, though she retains a longstanding interest in the Indian subcontinent. She recently completed a study of conceptions of achievement and success in contemporary Vietnam funded by the UK ESRC, and is currently combining the perspectives of visual anthropology and the anthropology of morality and ethics in a project on how official and personal images are deployed and perceived in variety of present-day Hanoi contexts.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Refugees and Religion"

Workshops, conferences 2018
Conference organized by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University, and the Department of Religious Diversity, MPI-MMG [mehr]

"Complexities of Elder Care: Migration Patterns, Housing, and Daily Needs of Elderly People in Three West African Villages"

Max Planck Research Group “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” Lecture Series 2018
  • Datum: 26.09.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 14:30 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Tabea Häberlein (Bayreuth University)
  • Tabea Häberlein holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Bayreuth International Graduate School for African Studies (BIGSAS), Bayreuth University. She currently works as a research associate at the Chair of Social Anthropology, University of Bayreuth in the DFG-funded research project “Inner family resource flows and intergenerational relationships in West Africa” Her main fields of interest cover intergenerational relationships, age class systems, lifecourse, age and ageing.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"The voices of good and evil: what is enlightenment?"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2018/19
  • Datum: 25.09.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): WANG Hui (Tsinghua University=
  • Wang Hui, Distinguished Professor of literature and history at Tsinghua University, Changjiang Scholar, Director of Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences. He achieved his Ph.D in 1988 at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. From 1996 to 2007, he served as the co-editor of Dushu magazine and organized a series of significant intellectual debates in China. In 2002, he moved to Tsinghua University. His fields are Chinese intellectual history, modern Chinese literature and social theory etc. His publications include The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought (four volumes), The Depolitized Politics, “Tibetan Question” between East and West, From Asian Perspective: Narrations of Chinese History, The Short Twentieth Century: Chinese Revolution and the Logic of Politics tc. Many of his works have been translated into different languages including China’s New Order, The End of the Revolution, The Politics of Imagining Asia and China from Empire to Nation-State: China’s Twentieth Century etc. He is the winner of “2013 Luca Pacioli Prize” and “2018 Anneliese Maier Research Award”.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"The matter of death: destruction and loss in Rotterdam during World War Two"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2018/19
  • Datum: 24.09.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Ton Robben (Utrecht University)
  • Antonius C.G.M. Robben is Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and past President of the Netherlands Society of Anthropology. He received a Ph.D. (1986) from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been a research fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows, Ann Arbor, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, New York, and the David Rockefeller Center, Harvard University. His monographs include Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina (2005), which won the Textor Prize from the American Anthropological Association in 2006 for Excellence in Anthropology, and Argentina Betrayed: Memory, Mourning, and Accountability (2018). His most recent edited volumes are Necropolitics: Mass Graves and Exhumations in the Age of Human Rights (2015; co-edited with Francisco Ferrándiz), Death, Mourning, and Burial: A Cross-Cultural Reader (2017, 2nd ed.), and A Companion to the Anthropology of Death (2018).
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room
Der bundesweite Max-Planck-Tag richtet sich an alle Forschungsinteressierten und überhaupt jeden neugierigen Menschen: #wonachsuchstdu fordert alle Besucherinnen und Besucher auf, eigene Fragen rund um die Forschungsthemen der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zu stellen! Gleichzeitig präsentieren die Max-Planck-Institute einige der Fragen, mit denen sich unsere Forscherinnen und Forscher beschäftigen. [mehr]
A talk by Abdoumaliq Simone. Lecture is free, but space is limited. Please rsvp to aaud@mmg.mpg.de. [mehr]

"Elderscapes: Ageing in Urban South Asia"

Max Planck Research Group “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” Lecture Series 2018
  • Datum: 10.07.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Annika Mayer (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf) and Jakob Gross
  • Jakob Gross studied cultural anthropology, psychology and religious studies. He taught at the film school Macromedia and has published an article on ‘The habitus of the documentary field’. He worked for Documentary Campus Master School and DOK.fest Munich film festival. As an associate member of the Cluster of Excellence of Heidelberg University he worked on new forms of representation in visual anthropology. Since 2008 he has been producing his own documentary films and has been working as a cinematographer. Annika Mayer studied visual anthropology, political sciences and new German literature in Munich and Paris. After her studies, she worked as scientific assistant at the Institute for Indology and Anthropology at the LMU Munich. In 2017 she completed her PhD on ageing in the Indian middle-classes at Heidelberg University. Since 2013 Annika has been working as an editor, director and producer. She is currently pursuing her Master in film editing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Morbid Fascinations: On the Textured Historicity of Zagreb’s Mirogoj Cemetery"

Lecture Series "Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory"
  • Datum: 04.07.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Vortragende(r): Jeremy F. Walton (Max Planck Research Group Leader at MPI-MMG)
  • Jeremy F. Walton is the leader of the Max Planck Research Group, “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities,” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG) in Göttingen, Germany. Prior to his current position, he held research and teaching fellowships at the Center for Advanced Studies of Southeastern Europe at the University of Rijeka, the CETREN Transregional Research Network at Georg August University of Göttingen, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, and New York University’s Religious Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago in 2009. Dr. Walton’s first book, Muslim Civil Society and the Politics of Religious Freedom in Turkey (Oxford University Press, 2017), is an ethnographic exploration of the relationship among Muslim civil society organizations, state institutions, and secularism in contemporary Turkey. He has published his research in a wide selection of scholarly journals, including American Ethnologist, Sociology of Islam, The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology, and Die Welt des Islams. “Empires of Memory,” which Dr. Walton designed, is an interdisciplinary, multi-sited project on the cultural politics of post-imperial memory and history in eight former Habsburg and Ottoman cities: Vienna, Istanbul, Budapest, Sarajevo, Trieste, Thessaloniki, Zagreb, and Belgrade. His research in the context of “Empires of Memory” examines the ambivalent legacies and modes of amnesia that emerge from specific sites of memory in each of these cities.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Uncertainty, sociality and value: mediating indeterminacy in South Sudan and Kenya"

African Diversities Colloquium Spring / Summer 2018
Workshop organized by Sonja Moghaddari (MPI-MMG) and Sara de Jong (The Open University). ▪ This interdisciplinary workshop explores the roles, perspectives and positionalities of researchers and public figures (such as politicians, journalists or artists) of „migrant background“, whose self-claimed or ascribed identities are often the same as those of newcoming migrants. [mehr]

"The emergence of Irreecha into the political scene in post-1991 Ethiopia"

African Diversities Colloquium Spring / Summer 2018

"Aging and Migration: An Insight into the German-European Context"

Max Planck Research Group “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” Lecture Series 2018
  • Datum: 19.06.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 14:30 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Helen Baykara-Krumme (MPI-MMG)
  • Helen Baykara-Krumme works at MPI-MMG in the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity in the project ‘Civil Society Organizations and the Challenges of Migration and Diversity: Agents of Change (ZOMiDi)’. Her research focuses on the patterns and factors of change in civil society organizations in response to migration and diversity. Before joining the institute, Helen taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology and in the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Integration and Migration (InZentIM) at the University Duisburg-Essen and at Chemnitz University of Technology. Helen holds a PhD in Sociology from the Free University of Berlin and was a fellow of the International Max Planck Research School LIFE at the MPI for Human Development in Berlin. In 2017, she completed her habilitation at Chemnitz University. Her research interests so far mainly included family change and aging processes in migration and minority contexts, migrant transnationalism, integration and dissimilation processes and methodological issues in migration research.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Muslim Diaspora and Sanctuary cities: safe places and politics of fear"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2018
  • Datum: 11.06.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Berna Turam (Northeastern University)
  • Berna Turam, Director of International Affairs Program and Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, is the author of Between Islam and the State: The Politics of Engagement (Stanford University Press, 2007), and Gaining Freedoms: Claiming Space in Istanbul and Berlin (Stanford University Press, 2015), and the editor of Secular State and Religious Society: Two Forces at Play in Turkey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). She also published articles in journals including British Journal of Sociology, International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies, Nations and Nationalism, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Contemporary Islam and Journal of Democracy. She co-edited a special issue, entitled “Secular Muslims?” in Comparative Studies of South America, Africa and the Middle East. Her article, entitled “Primacy of Space in Politics: Bargaining Space, Power and Freedom in an Istanbul neighborhood,” won the best article award from the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research in 2014. As a political sociologist, Turam has an abiding interest in conducting research on state-society interaction, particularly on the interaction between ordinary Muslim people and secular states. Her last book on Istanbul and Berlin--the city with the largest and densest Turkish neighborhood outside Turkey-- reveals and analyzes the ways in which contested urban space generates democratic practices that facilitate inclusion and accommodation. By gendering political and spatial processes of inclusion and exclusion, she does intersectional analysis of religion, space and gender. Currently, she is the lead Co-PI of a comparative project on cities of refuge that explores how cities shape perception and experience of fear and safety of Muslim non-citizens. The locus of Turam’s ethnographies has extended from homeland Turkey to host lands of the Muslim, Turkish and Syrian Diaspora –specifically Almaty-Kazakhstan, Berlin-Germany Athens-Greece and North America. During her sabbatical in 2016, she was awarded two fellowships, Dahrendorf fellowship at London School of Economics and Erasmus Fellowship at Cosmopolis Department of Geography at Vrije University in Brussels.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"The transmission of Chinese civilizational techniques to Southeast Asia: networking, Daoist rites, spirit possession, and hybrid ritual forms"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2018

"Everyone (secretly) loves Sisi/Sissi: The Charismatic Empress in Italy and beyond"

Lecture Series "Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory"
  • Datum: 07.06.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 15:00 - 16:30
  • Vortragende(r): Maura Hametz (Old Dominion University)
  • Maura Hametz is a Professor of History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, specializing in the history of Italy and the late Habsburg empire since the late nineteenth century. Her research explores the intersections of politics, culture, memory, law, religion, gender, and ethnic and national identity. She is the author of In the Name of Italy (Fordham U. Press, 2012) and Making Trieste Italian, 1918-1954 (Boydell and Brewer [Royal Historical Association new series], 2005) and co-editor of Jewish Intellectual Women in Central Europe, 1860-2000 (Mellen, 2012), and Sissi’s World:The Empress Elisabeth in Myth and Memory (Bloomsbury Press, 2018 [forthcoming July]). In addition to further work on monuments, memory and Sissi in Trieste, she is currently working on projects that explore the contours of citizenship in the northern Adriatic post-Habsburg states, Virginian (American) World War I veterans ideas on war and faith, and notions of violence, intimidation, and justice in Fascist Italy articulated in the context of the Special Tribunal for the Defense of the State.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Chinese Religions in the Age of Massive Urbanization"

Workshops, conferences 2018
China has undergone rapid urbanization since the policy of opening up to reforms. By the end of 2015, 56% of the total population lived in urban areas. If urbanization continues to progress as the Chinese government plans, by 2025, 70% of Chinese citizen will live in cities. Urbanization has tremendous impact not only on the environment but also on people and their cultural fabric in everyday life. State-led urbanization on such a scale also further blurs the boundaries between cities and villages as they are more closely embedded in each other, with more and more people living in both cities and villages. [mehr]

"Crazy times: new (dis)orders and the emergence of psychotherapy in Uganda"

African Diversities Colloquium Spring / Summer 2018

"Underneath the grand yellow imperial roofs of Martyrs’ Shrines: Taiwan’s colonial past and onwards and the political symbolisms at play"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2018
  • Datum: 05.06.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Liza Wing Man Kam (MPI-MMG)
  • Liza Wing Man Kam is Research Fellow (Architecture and Urban Studies) at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Chinese Societies at the Department of East Asian Studies at the Georg-August University of Göttingen. She was trained as architect and later researcher in Hong Kong, Singapore, Liverpool, London, Paris and Germany. Her work on Hong Kong and Taiwan depicts the transformation of political, societal and cultural symbolisms represented by the colonial urban heritage in their unique post-colonial settings by illustrating the inter-relation between architecture, historiography, identity formation and hence civic awareness. She currently investigates colonial Shinto Shrines in the Japanese occupied Taiwan as both religious space and political symbolisms for enunciating the different powers in post-war Taiwan. Her work puts into dialogue the local memory and the grand narrated history while interpreting the meaning of colonial urban heritage and colonial legacy.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Engineering transformations in the ‘religion-development nexus’: Islamic law, reform, and reconstruction in Aceh"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2018
  • Datum: 04.06.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Vortragende(r): Michael Feener (Oxford)
  • R. Michael Feener is the Sultan of Oman Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and Islamic Centre Lecturer in the History Faculty at the University of Oxford. He was formerly Research Leader of the Religion and Globalisation Research Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, and Associate Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. He has also taught at Reed College and the University of California, Riverside, and held visiting professor positions and research fellowships at Harvard, Kyoto University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the University of Copenhagen, The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Honolulu), and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, the Netherlands. He has published extensively in the fields of Islamic studies and Southeast Asian history, as well as on post-disaster reconstruction, religion and development. His current research focuses on the archaeology and history of the Maldives.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"When states come out: transnational movements and the diffusion of LGBT rights in Europe"

Open Lectures Spring/Summer 2018
  • Datum: 31.05.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Phillip M. Ayoub (Drexel University, Philadelphia)
  • Phillip M. Ayoub is Assistant Professor of Politics at Drexel University. His research bridges insights from international relations and comparative politics, engaging with literature on transnational politics, sexuality and gender, norm diffusion, and the study of social movements. He received the biennial 2013-2014 award for the best dissertation from the European Union Studies Association, as well as the 2014 Kenneth Sherrill Award for the best dissertation in the field of sexuality and politics, and the 2014 award for the best dissertation in the field of human rights from sections of the American Political Science Association. His articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of International Relations, Mobilization, the European Political Science Review, the Journal of Human Rights, and Social Movement Studies, among others.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall
Roundtable Discussion with Loren Landau, University of Witwatersrand • Hewan Semon, University of Hamburg • Richard Rottenburg, University of Halle-Wittenberg • Prince K. Guma, University of Utrecht [mehr]

"In Search for Trees and Treasures"

Lecture Series "Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory"
  • Datum: 23.05.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 14:30 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Alice von Bieberstein (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin)
  • Alice von Bieberstein is a social anthropologist and EURIAS-fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany. Her research has focused on the politics of history and citizenship in relation to minority subjectivity in Germany and Turkey. Her more recent project is on local engagements with and value extraction from the material remains of Armenian heritage in far-Eastern Turkey. Her work has appeared in various journals, including Subjectivity, Social Research, and the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Labor Migration. Global and Comparative Dimensions"

Workshops, conferences 2018
Workshop organized by Ayelet Shachar, Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and Olaf Deinert, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Göttingen. With a keynote by Christine Langenfeld (Göttingen) and Holger Kolb (Berlin). [mehr]

"Coping with uncertainty through partnership: an ethnographic study on Vietnamese migrant women in Berlin"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2018
Industrial capitalism did not merely transform the nature of production, Walter Benjamin reminds us; it made waste a source of value. But if the slag-heaps and refuse dumps of industrial production have become the locus of new economic and social forms, they are often also zones of informality and exception, abandonment and precarity—from which the institutions of law and policing have been withdrawn. [mehr]
Workshop organized by AbdouMaliq Simone & Sabine Mohamed. ▪ This workshop is interested in the inscriptions of difference in the everyday after a violent political transformation. It seeks to understand how, in urban spheres and in nation-state projects, the figure of the other becomes articulated and is at the same time haunted by its legacies. [mehr]

"Migration, citizenship, and democracy contemporary ethical challenges - Part II"

Workshops, conferences 2018
  • Beginn: 22.03.2018 14:00
  • Ende: 23.03.2018 16:30
  • Ort: Cambridge, MA
This workshop is organized in collaboration with the Freie Universität in Berlin, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religion and Ethnic Diversity Department of Ethics, Law, and Politics, and the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School. [mehr]

"Refugees and religion"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2018

"Contested understandings of concepts of racial and ethnic discrimination: a critical exploration"

Open Lectures Spring/Summer 2018
  • Datum: 08.03.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): John Wrench (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim)
  • John Wrench is Visiting Professor in the Centre for Diversity and Inclusion at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, and Honorary Professor at the Department of Culture and Global Studies’ Aalborg University. Until 2010 he was senior researcher at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna, responsible for European comparative research projects on migration. He has researched and published for many years in the area of ethnic inclusion and discrimination in the labour market, first at the University of Warwick, and later at the University of Southern Denmark. His publications include Diversity Management and Discrimination: Immigrants and Ethnic Minorities in the EU, Ashgate (2007), and Equal Opportunities and Ethnic Inequality in European Labour Markets: Discrimination, gender and policies of diversity, University of Amsterdam Press, (with Karen Kraal and Judith Roosblad), 2009.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall

"Vanishing frontiers: the blurring of the US-Mexico border"

Open Lectures Spring/Summer 2018
  • Datum: 01.03.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Andrew Selee (Migration Policy Institute)
  • Andrew Selee became President of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a think tank focused on migration processes and policies around the world, in August 2017. MPI is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Brussels and New York. Previously, he served as the Executive Vice President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, as the Center’s Vice President, and as the founding Director of the Center’s Mexico Institute. In 2017 he was awarded the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to finish the book Vanishing Frontiers, which will be published by PublicAffairs/Hachette in June 2018. His previous books include What Should Think Tanks Do? A Strategic Guide to Policy Impact (Stanford University Press, 2013), The Politics of Partnership: The United States and Mexico (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013, edited with Peter H. Smith), Decentralization, Democratization, and Informal Power (Penn State University Press, 2011), Mexico’s Democratic Challenges (Stanford University Press, 2010, edited with Jacqueline Peschard), and Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003, edited with Philip Oxhorn and Joseph Tulchin). Selee holds a PhD in Policy Studies from the University of Maryland, and he taught courses from 2006 to 2016 at both Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall

"Telepathy, empire, and public memory"

Open Lectures Spring/Summer 2018
  • Datum: 15.02.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Pamela E. Klassen (University of Toronto)
  • Pamela Klassen is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. She currently holds the Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, in support of a five-year collaborative project entitled “Religion and Public Memory in Multicultural Societies,” undertaken together with Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer of the University of Tübingen. Her writings include: Blessed Events: Religion and Home Birth in America (Princeton UP, 2001) and Spirits of Protestantism: Medicine, Healing, and Liberal Christianity (University of California Press, 2011). She has two books forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press: The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land, and Ekklesia: Three Inquiries in Church and State, co-authored with Paul Christopher Johnson and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall

"Digital Media and Chinese Aspirations in Global Capitalism"

Workshops, conferences 2018
The symposium is convened on occasion of the public defence of the dissertation of Samuel Lengen, Binary Dreams: An Ethnography of the Digital Economy in China. [mehr]

"European cities and diversity: new policies, changing relations between societal actors?"

Workshops, conferences 2018
This workshop focuses on interventions at the city level and by local actors, for instance, into the composition of the population in the city and its neighbourhoods, into the life chances of different population groups and their opportunities to participate in the city. [mehr]

"Homo itinerans: an essay towards a global ethnography of Afghanistan"

Open Lectures Winter 2017/18
  • Datum: 18.01.2018
  • Uhrzeit: 14:15 - 16:00
  • Vortragende(r): Alessandro Monsutti (Graduate Institute Geneva)
  • Alessandro Monsutti is Head of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva. Trained as a social anthropologist, Alessandro Monsutti became a member of the faculty in 2010, after having taught at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies from 2003 to 2007. He has been Research Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (1999-2000) and Yale University (2008-2010), Grantee of the MacArthur Foundation (2004-2006), and Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna (2012) and Arizona State University (2014). He is also Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre (University of Oxford). In addition, he has worked as a consultant for several international and nongovernmental organisations such as UNHCR. Among his current research interests: the political economy of reconstruction in Afghanistan as an example of emerging forms of sovereignty and global governance; asylum seekers and refugees in Europe; migrants and non-migrants in urban neighbourhoods; the changing nature of borderlands in Europe and South Asia.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Raum: Library Hall
Conference organised by Rutger Birnie (EUI), Rainer Bauböck (EUI), Bouke de Vries (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity). With support from SPS Department (EUI), the Migration Policy Center (RSCAS, EUI), the Department of Ethics, Law and Politics (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen). [mehr]
SECOND ANNUAL GOETHE-GÖTTINGEN CRITICAL EXCHANGE • Co-organized by RAINER FORST (Normative Orders, Frankfurt) and AYELET SHACHAR (MPI-MMG) [mehr]
Workshop co-organized by Matthias Koenig (University of Göttingen & MPI MMG) and Kiyoteru Tsutsui (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor). ▪ This workshop forms part of a collaborative project that examines how legitimatingprinciples of nation-states have changed since the emergence of nation-states in the late eighteenthcentury by analyzing written constitutions. [mehr]

"The market model: convergence and variation in immigration regimes worldwide"

Open Lectures Winter 2017/18

"Refugees and Religion"

Workshops, conferences 2018
Conveners: Birgit Meyer & Peter van der Veer [mehr]

"Tribes, guerillas, de-facto states: militarism in the China-Burma borderlands, and militarism in anthropology"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2017/18
  • Datum: 12.12.2017
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Vortragende(r): Hans Steinmüller (London School of Economics)
  • Hans Steinmüller is a specialist in the anthropol­ogy of China. He has conducted long-term field­work in the Enshi region of Hubei Province in central China, focusing on family, work, ritual, and the local state. The main object of his research are the ethics of everyday life in rural China, but he has also written on topics such as gambling, rural development, and Chinese geomancy (fengshui). Recently he has started a new research project about militarism among the Wa people at the China-Burma border.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Supplying Haji’s: Afghanistan’s Central Asian emigres in China and beyond"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2017/18
  • Datum: 05.12.2017
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Vortragende(r): Magnus Marsden (University of Sussex)
  • Magnus Marsden is Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Asia Centre at the University of Sussex. His work is centrally concerned with the study of Asia‘s Muslim societies. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan, as well as with diasporic communities from this region in the Gulf, Eastern Europe, and China. He is the author of Living Islam: Muslim Religious Experience in Northern Pakistan (Cambridge, 2005), and Trading Worlds: Afghan Merchants across Modern Frontiers (Oxford, 2015).
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Marriage, love, and religion among young Muslim women in Mumbai"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2017/18

"Cities of refuge and those that refuse: the policy, politics and praxis of local refugee reception in Europe"

Open Lectures Winter 2017/18
Workshop organized in cooperation with the “Local refugee politics” working groupof the Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung. [mehr]

"Ethnic democracy: an ethnographic account of terror of India’s counter-terror agencies"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2017/18
  • Datum: 13.11.2017
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Vortragende(r): Irfan Ahmad (Melbourne)
  • Irfan Ahmad is a Senior Research Fellow working on a book manuscript provisionally titled Terrorism in Question: Toward An Anthropological Approach. Until January 2017, he was Associate Professor of Political Anthropology at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Author of Islamism and Democracy in India (Princeton University Press, 2009), short-listed for the 2011 ICAS Book Prize for the best study in the field of Social Sciences, his second book Religion As Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace is forthcoming in 2017 from the University of North Carolina Press. Religion As Critique enunciates the ethnic foundation of the Enlightenment to ethnographically draft an alternative genealogy of critique in Islamicate traditions of south Asia. Ahmad is founding Co-Editor of Journal of Religious and Political Practice (Taylor & Francis). With Natalie Doyle, he co-edited (Il)liberal Europe: Islamophobia, Modernity and Radicalization (Routledge, 2017) and is currently co-editing (with Pralay Kanungo, Leiden University/JNU) a volume on the 2014 Indian elections.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Soft Infrastructure: Recalibrating Aesthetics, Economies, and Urban Epistemologies"

Special Public Lecture hosted by the Academy for African Urban Diversity
We welcome you to the Symposium on Irfan Ahmad’s bookReligion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace (University of North Carolina Press, 2017 and Oxford University Press, Delhi) [mehr]

"Serendipity and Sociality: Conversations with Michael Herzfeld"

Workshops, conferences 2017

"Body movement and sport activities in contemporary Chinese Buddhism"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2017/18
  • Datum: 07.11.2017
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Vortragende(r): Tzu-Lung Chiu (MPI-MMG)
  • Tzu-Lung Chiu is a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. In 2016 she received a Ph.D.at Ghent University, Belgium. In her dissertation, Contemporary Buddhist Nunneries in Taiwan and Mainland China: A Study of Vinaya Practices, she explored Chinese Mahāyāna nuns’ perceptions of how they interpret and practice vinaya rules in the contemporary contexts of Taiwan and Mainland China.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Religious environmentalism in the anthropocene: potentialities and actualities in Coastal China"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2017/18
  • Datum: 02.11.2017
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Vortragende(r): Mayfair Yang (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Mayfair Yang received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. She has been a faculty member in the Anthropology Department at UC Santa Barbara, and in Religious Studies Department and East Asian Studies Department at the same university. She was Director of Asian Studies at the University of Sydney in Australia, and has held visiting scholar or fellowship positions at University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Harvard University, Academia Sinica in Taiwan, Beijing and Fudan Universities in China, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is the author of Gifts, Favors, & Banquets: the Art of Social Relationships in China, and editor of Chinese Religiosities: Afflictions of Modernities & State Formation and Places of Their Own: Women’s Public Sphere in Transnational China. Her forthcoming book is: Re-enchanting Modernity: Ritual Economy & Indigenous Civil Society in Wenzhou, China (Duke University Press). She is also working on a second, more theoretical book on Wenzhou religiosity.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"The Chinese Community in North Vietnam before and after 1978"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2017/18
  • Datum: 26.10.2017
  • Uhrzeit: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Vortragende(r): Han Xiaorong (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • Xiaorong Han teaches Chinese history at the Department of Chinese Culture of Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Hawaii, and his research has focused on the interactions between intellectuals and peasants and between state and ethnic minorities in China, as well as China’s relations with her neighbors, particularly Vietnam. His publications include Chinese Discourses on the Peasant, 1900-1949 (SUNY, 2005), Red God: Wei Baqun and His Peasant Revolution in Southern China, 1894-1932 (SUNY, 2014), Zhongguo minzu guanxi sanlun (Ethnic Relations in China (World Scientific, 2015), and numerous articles.
  • Ort: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Raum: Conference Room

"Migration control and global governance: an emergent international regime?"

Open Lectures Winter 2017/18
Conference at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Department of Ethics, Law and Politics • Recent years have provided us with new images of a world in which persons can interact almost seamlessly regardless of distance. Various private and public institutions draw on changing means of communication and transport that seem to transcend particular spaces and times. Concepts such as liquid democracy suggest the revolutionary potential of digital media for our thinking about politics. At the same time, we are also witnessing an unbroken and even growing focus on securing territorial borders. [mehr]
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