MPI-MMG@Conferences

Location: Zoom Meeting

Stones May Break: On the Politics of Monumentalization in Times of Toppling Statues

Webinar 2020
  • Date: Oct 5, 2020
  • Time: 01:30 PM - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
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” [more]

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

Workshops, conferences 2020
  • Start: Oct 21, 2020
  • End: Oct 23, 2020
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
An international workshop organised by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity [more]

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

  • Date: Oct 28, 2020
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: 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.
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

DNA Forensics and the Aftermath of Wars: Anthropological Feedback from Vietnam, the U.S, and the Middle East

Workshops, conferences 2020
  • Date: Nov 6, 2020
  • Time: 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
Previous participation notice to q.nguyen@niod.knaw.nl is requested for sending the zoom link. [more]

Hagia Sophia’s Conversions: Reflections on the Political, Temporal, and Aesthetic Dimensions of Heritage

Workshops, conferences 2020
  • Date: Nov 10, 2020
  • Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
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” [more]

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

Workshops, conferences 2020
  • Start: Nov 18, 2020
  • End: Nov 19, 2020
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
A workshop organized by the Max Planck Research Group “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” [more]

"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. [more]

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

Workshops, conferences 2020
  • Start: Dec 9, 2020
  • End: Dec 10, 2020
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
Online Workshop at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Organized by the Ethics, Law and Politics Department [more]

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

  • Date: Dec 9, 2020
  • Time: 04:15 PM - 05:45 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: 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.
  • Location: 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 [more]

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

  • Date: Dec 10, 2020
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: 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).
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

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

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

Workshops, conferences 2021
  • Start: Jan 21, 2021
  • End: Jan 22, 2021
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
A Special Issue project with the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) (Eds. Dora Sampaio and Megha Amrith) [more]

"Organisationaler Wandel durch Migration? Beispiele aus der Zivilgesellschaft"

Workshops, conferences 2021
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. [more]

“Plagued Legacies: Rethinking Black Death Narratives”

Telling Times: Memories of Culture, Cultures of Memory

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

Workshops, conferences 2021
  • Date: Jan 29, 2021
  • Time: 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
Hosted by the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. [more]

Book talk for The National Frame

"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. [more]
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. [more]

“Mirrors of Habsburg Memory”

  • Date: Jun 8, 2021
  • Time: 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: 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.
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

“The Memory-Activism Nexus”

  • Date: Jun 15, 2021
  • Time: 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Ann Rigney (Utrecht University)
  • Ann Rigney is Professor of Comparative Literature at Utrecht University, and founder of the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies.
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

MPI-MMG @ IMISCOE conference 2021

Keynote Lecture [more]
Conceiving mobile corporate professionals as part of the growing transnational migrant population is a rather novel turn in migration research. Likewise, research on their families – including their trailing spouses and third culture kids – is an emerging field. Based on interviews with 43 male transnational corporate professionals in Tokyo, this lecture paper presents their take on the effects that their marrying and starting a family had on their socio-spatial patterns within the urban space. [more]

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

Workshops, conferences 2021
  • Start: Sep 30, 2021
  • End: Oct 1, 2021
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
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). [more]
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has taken “Unity and Diversity” as one of its main mottos - this, in times of global migration-led diversification of societies, also called superdiversity by Vertovec. Recent migration policy changes and rising social movements in diversity issues seem to showcase Japan as an open and cosmopolitan country for diversity. Indeed, while the intentions for hosting such mega-events have often given priority to the economic effects, expectations have recently risen to also leave social and cultural legacies behind. However, besides the motto of “Unity in Diversity” as a rather ubiquitous feature of the Olympics, not much appears to have changed - at least politically - beyond marketing and urban re-development. Based on recent developments of policy and public debates regarding diversity issues in Japan, this paper examines the measures (not) taken by governmental actors, but also explores how the LGBT* community and activists seized the opportunity provided by the Olympics and the global media attention to initiate a momentum for a social change in the local society. Reflecting on the different dimensions of diversity from a transnationalism and superdiversity perspective, I argue how the Olympics might have contributed sustainably to the new awareness for the factual societal diversification in Japan. [more]
The interactions between religion and globalization have taken many forms over the past 20 years. The future of these interactions will be shaped by new forces, such as the rise of religious nationalism, the ongoing project of seculariszation, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on religious life across the region and the challenges to religious and cultural heritage preservation. This roundtable discusses these themes and introduces new approaches to the study of these issues that have been developed in the Religion and Globalisation Research Cluster in collaboration with international research centres in Europe, the US, and Japan. [more]

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

  • Date: Oct 26, 2021
  • Time: 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: 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).
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
This talk concerns living experiences of ageing, transnational family care, and border regimes in the context of displacement. Drawing from multi-sited ethnographic research among the East Timorese, I discuss how older adults cope with family separation and life in exile, their aspirations, when and how transnational care becomes ‘on hold’, and how they deal with the impossibility of meeting intergenerational and cultural obligations. The talk examines care through the lens of ‘circulation’ and attends to the asymmetries entailed in intergenerational relationships and border regimes in the waysthey shape (and are shaped by) transnational care exchanges. In the context of ‘ageing in exile’, it is essential to understand older people’s narratives as they are linked with the ambivalences of other family members across generations. Forms of immobility withholding or limiting care can transcend physical borders, including the social and emotional boundaries conflict-divided communities build against one another over time. These imaginary borders require us to think about how precarious familial relations affect understandings of transnational care amid enduring legacies of violence. [more]

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

  • Date: Oct 28, 2021
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: 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.
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
Since the 1970s, a significant number of migrant domestic workers from the Asian region (primarily from the Philippines, Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka) have worked to sustain households in cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong. Amidst public debate about the ever-increasing need for migrant domestic workers to assist with eldercare in Asia, we hear little about their own futures. Based on ethnographic research, this talk traces the journeys of an older generation of migrant domestic workers who have spent much of their working lives abroad on temporary contracts. Given the restrictive long-term residence policies in the places in which they work, migrant domestic workers must return to their countries of origin upon retirement. The talk focuses on the ‘ends’ of transnational care, considering both the individual, collective and familial life projects and aspirations that long-term domestic workers have sought to cultivate in their years of work abroad; as well as the new aspirations that ageing domestic workers develop as they imagine their futures towards the end of their transnational working lives. I argue that the aspirations of migrant women, while initially stated in linear terms, rarely settle; rather, they take on novel and ambivalent forms that are often temporally at odds with the restrictive migration regimes which shape their transnational care trajectories. [more]

“Memory, Race, Decolonial Activism”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ALUMNI HOUR | Sahana Udupa (University of Munich): “Surviving or thriving? Work and life in Germany as an ‘international’ scholar”

  • Date: Feb 14, 2023
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Sahana Udupa (University of Munich)
  • Sahana Udupa is Professor of Media Anthropology at the University of Munich (LMU München) and Principal Investigator of the For Digital Dignity Research Network. She teaches and researches online extreme speech, politics of artificial intelligence, critical digital studies, news and journalism, and media policy. Her latest publications include the research paper on digital technology and extreme speech commissioned by the United Nations (2021), co-authored monograph, Digital Unsettling: Decoloniality and Dispossession in the Age of Social Media (New York University Press, 2023, with E.G. Dattatreyan), co-edited volume, Digital Hate: The Global Conjuncture of Extreme Speech (Indiana University Press, 2021). Udupa is the recipient of Joan Shorenstein Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, European Research Council Grant Awards and Francqui Chair (Belgium).
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

ALUMNI HOUR | Benjamin Boudou (University of Rennes): “On academic hope”

  • Date: May 9, 2023
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Benjamin Boudou (University of Rennes)
  • Benjamin Boudou is a professor of political science at the University of Rennes. He is the editor of the political theory journal Raisons Politiques and a fellow at the French Collaborative Institute on Migration. He is the author of Politique de l'hospitalité: Une généalogie conceptuelle [Politics of hospitality: A conceptual genealogy] (CNRS Éditions, 2017) and Le dilemme des frontières [The Border Dilemma: Ethics and politics of immigration] (EHSS Editions, 2018). He has recently published in Social Research, European Journal of Political Theory, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Migration and Society, and Essays in Philosophy.
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

ALUMNI HOUR | Maria Schiller (Erasmus University Rotterdam): “Ideas, networks and power in European local diversity policymaking: a personal account of my research trajectory"

  • Date: Oct 5, 2023
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Maria Schiller (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Maria Schiller is Associate Professor of Public policy, Migration, and Diversity at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her work is motivated by the desire to understand and capture public policymaking on migration and diversity, with a focus on Europe, often comparing across countries and cities. In her research, she is interested in the practices and networks involved in governing migration-related diversity and investigates the role of officials, civil society, and private actors therein. Previously, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, a Substitute Assistant Professor at the University of Tübingen, a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Kent, and a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Vienna. She holds a Ph.D. in Migration Studies (2014) from the University of Kent.
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

ALUMNI HOUR | Gabriele Alex (University of Tübingen): “To, for, and on behalf of whom do we speak? Collaboration, participation, and questions of representation around research and publishing"

  • Date: Dec 5, 2023
  • Time: 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Gabriele Alex (University of Tübingen)
  • Gabriele Alex is full professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. She was one of the earliest Research Fellows at MPI MMG from 2009 until 2011. Before joining the Max Planck Institute, she was Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology while also serving as Director of the Master’s Program Health and Society in South Asia at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg. She has taught at various Universities in Germany, Slovenia, and Switzerland. She is one of the editors of the Zeitschrift für Ethnologie/Journal of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
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