The goal of the workshop is to introduce theoretical concepts and operationalizations of social milieus and to discuss what the term “milieus” has to offer the concept of diversity. The workshop will include lectures by Prof. Em. Dr. Michael Vester (Universität Hannover) about concepts of social milieus and Dr. Darius Zifonun (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen) about the usefulness of this concept in migration research.
Tansen Sen is Associate Professor of Asian history and religons at Baruch College, The City University of New York. Currently he is visiting senior research fellow at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. He received his MA from Peking University and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has special scholarly interests in Buddhism, Sino-Indian relations, Indian Ocean trade, and Silk Road archeology. He has done extensive research in India, China, and Japan with grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Japan Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Workshop with Chris Fuller (London School of Economics), Carol Upadhya (School of Social Sciences in Bangalore, Indien) and Nicole Mayer-Ahuja (Soziologisches Forschungsinstitut Göttingen - SOFI)
This workshop intends to further an anthropological understanding of the current political crisis in Thailand and the use of a symbolic repertoire by the different groups that are engaged in political struggle.
David Gellner is Professor of Social Anthropology, a Fellow of All Souls, and Head of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. His doctoral research (1982-4) was on the traditional, Vajrayana Buddhism of the Newars and on Newar social organization, in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
He has carried out fieldwork in the Kathmandu Valley on many subsequent occasions, broadening his interests to include politics and ethnicity, healers, mediums, and popular approaches to misfortune, religious change, activism, and democratization. His current research is on religion in the Nepali diaspora in the UK.
John Bowen is the Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies problems of pluralism, law, and religion, and in particular contemporary efforts to rethink Islamic norms and law in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Alberto Gomes is Professor of Anthropology at the School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne. He has published three books and numerous papers based on his ethnographic research on Malaysian Aborigines (Orang Asli).
Professor Wu received his MPhil and Ph.D. degrees in Cultural Anthropology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was an Assistant Researcher Fellow in the Chinese Academic of Social Sciences from 1989 to 1998. He has been with Shanghai University since 2008.
Hans Joas is Max Weber Professor and Director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt. He is also Professor of Sociology and a member of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. In 1979, he obtained his Ph.D. from the Free University in Berlin and worked, from 1984 to 1987, as a Heisenberg fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. From 1990 until 2002, he held a chair at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies and the Institute for Sociology at FU Berlin. Hans Joas has taught at many institutions in Europe and the US as visiting professor. He is a regular member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Solomon Benjamin is an Associate Professor at the Bangalore based, National Institute of Advanced Studies and co-anchor of a newly established Urban Research and Policy Program (URPP). Benjamin’s doctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (1996) looked at the politics of land and small firms in East Delhi. His present research looks at globalization as it shaped city politics, economy and land.
Vyjayanthi Rao is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the New School for social Research, New York. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and was a Post-Doctoral Associate at Yale University prior to joining The New School. Her Research Interests include: Anthropology and Ethnography of South Asia; Urban Culture, Architecture and Infrastructure; Monuments and Material Culture; Displacement, Memory and Citizenship; Ethics, Aesthetics and Globalization.
Dr. Thomas Csordas is an anthropologist whose principal interests are in medical and psychological anthropology, comparative religion, anthropological theory, cultural phenomenology and embodiment, globalization and social change, language and culture. He has conducted ethnographic research with Charismatic Catholics, Navajo Indians, and adolescents in the American Southwest on topics including therapeutic process in religious healing, ritual language and creativity, sensory imagery, self transformation, techniques of the body, causal reasoning about illness, and the experience of psychiatric inpatients.
Wendy Pullan teaches architecture and urbanism at the University of Cambridge. She is Principal Investigator for ‚Conflict in Cities and the Contested State, an international and multidisciplinary research project funded by the ESRC‘s Large Grants Programme. In 2006, she received the Royal Institute of British Architects‘ inaugural President‘s Award for University Led Research for work on Conflict in Cities. Dr Pullan has published widely on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern architecture and cities, especially Jerusalem, and has advised on issues to do with urban uncertainty, change and security. She is a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.
Steven Vertovec is Director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen and Honorary Joint Professor of Sociology and Ethnology, University of Göttingen. Previously he was Professor of Transnational Anthropology at the University of Oxford and Director of the British Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS).
Workshop with Emilija Simoska (Sts Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje), Makedonka Mitrova (Sts Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje) and Goran Janev (MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity).
Workshop organised by Silke Schicktanz (University of Göttingen) & Tulsi Patel (Delhi University) in co-operation with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen).