Events of the Department of Religious Diversity (in descending order)

Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen

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) [more]
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) [more]
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) [more]

"Approximately 52 seconds: the time of prior commitment"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2017
  • Date: Jul 12, 2017
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Speaker: William Mazzarella (University of Chicago)
  • William Mazzarella is the Neukom Family Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 2001. His work deals with the political anthropology of mass publicity. He is, in addition to a broad range of articles on media, aesthetics, affect, and crowds, the author of Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and Globalization in Contemporary India (2003), Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity (2013), and The Mana of Mass Publicity (2017). He is also the editor of K D Katrak: Collected Poems (2016) and the co-editor, with Raminder Kaur, of Censorship in South Asia: Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction (2009).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall
Co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Diversity and the Max Planck Research Group “Empires of Memory“ [more]

"Beings without bodies: contemporary Catholic exorcism and the discourse of evil"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2016/17
  • Date: Feb 6, 2017
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Speaker: Thomas J. Csordas (University of California San Diego)
  • Thomas J. Csordas is the Dr. James Y. Chan Presidential Chair in Global Health, Professor and Chair in the Department of Anthropology, Director of the Global Health Program, and Associate Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of California, San Diego, as well as a past president of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion and a member of the American Society for the Study of Religion. His research interests include anthropological theory, comparative religion, medical and psychological anthropology, cultural phenomenology and embodiment, globalization and social change, and language and culture. He has conducted ethnographic research among Charismatic Catholics, Navajo Indians, adolescent psychiatric patients in New Mexico, and Catholic exorcists in the United States and Italy. Among his publications are The Sacred Self: A Cultural Phenomenology of Charismatic Healing (1994); Embodiment and Experience: The Existential Ground of Culture and Self (1994); Language, Charisma, and Creativity: Ritual Life in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (1997); Body/Meaning/Healing (2002); and Transnational Transcendence: Essays on Religion and Globalization (2009).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"What Gura Killed: Wildmen, White Men, and the Beastly Excess to Differences That Matter"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2016/17
  • Date: Nov 23, 2016
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Speaker: Nils Bubandt (Aarhus University)
  • Nils Bubandt is Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University, where he (with Anna Tsing) co-directs AURA (Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene). With Mark Graham, he is also editor-in-chief of Ethnos. Recent and forthcoming publications include The Empty Seashell: Witchcraft and Doubt on an Indonesian Island (Cornell University Press, 2014); Democracy, Corruption and the Politics of Spirits in Contemporary Indonesia (Routledge 2014); and Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet (co-edited with Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson and Elaine Gan)(University of Minnesota Press, 2017).
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Ethnography as history: marriage and moral horizons in Mayotte"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2016/17

"The Moral Background"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring 2016
  • Date: Apr 26, 2016
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Speaker: Gabriel Abend (New York University/Lichtenberg-Kolleg)
  • Gabriel Abend is an associate professor of sociology at New York University and a current fellow of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg. He got his undergraduate degree at the Universidad de la República (Montevideo, Uruguay) and his PhD at Northwestern University (Evanston, United States). One of his ongoing projects takes issue with prevalent approaches to morality, because of their overreliance on individuals’ judgments, neglect of thick concepts, and blindness to the moral background that makes moral life possible. It shows what sociological, anthropological, and historical contributions can help rectify these errors. Another line of research compares the epistemological assumptions of different social scientific communities—see his articles “The Meaning of ‘Theory’”; “Styles of Causal Thought: An Empirical Investigation” (with C. Petre and M. Sauder); and “Styles of Sociological Thought: Sociologies, Epistemologies, and the Mexican and U.S. Quests for Truth.” A third ongoing project examines how the brain figures in societies’ institutionalized understandings about love, art, religion, spirituality, empathy, and morality.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"The Value of Comparison"

Workshops, conferences 2016
organized by RAN HIRSCHL (University of Toronto) and PETER VAN DER VEER (MPI-MMG) [more]

"Religious Networks in Asia"

Workshops, conferences 2015
Co-organized by Utrecht University and by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity [more]

"Political Cosmologies: Global and Contextual Categories in the Study of India"

Workshops, conferences 2015
Organized by: Ajay Gandhi, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity & Shankar Ramaswami, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University [more]

"The Geobody of Vietnam"

Workshops, conferences 2015
Co-sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity and the Asia Center, Harvard University ▪ Conveners: Hue Tam Ho-Tai and Tam T. T. Ngo [more]

"Lamenting with Words the Loss of the Black Tent. Tibetan Nomads’ Settlement through the Eyes of Tibetan Writers in Tibet"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Winter 2013/14
  • Date: Oct 29, 2013
  • Time: 15:30 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Françoise Robin (INALCO, Paris)
  • Françoise Robin is a maître de conférence at l’INALCO and is a specialist of Tibet. She received a DEA at INALCO in 1999. In 2003, she submitted a doctoral thesis on TIbetan literature also at l’INALCO, under the supervision of Heather Stoddard, titled « La littérature de fiction d’expression tibétaine au Tibet (RPC) depuis 1950 : sources textuelles anciennes, courants principaux et fonctions dans la société contemporaine tibétaine ». She has had many trips to China specifically to Tibet University as part of her research. Françoise Robin is a member of UMR 8155 « Centre de recherche sur les civilisations chinoise, japonaise et tibétaine » and is responsible for the programme « Dictionnaire thématique français-tibétain » au sein de l’UMR 8155.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Religion in Contemporary China Workshop"

Workshops, conferences 2012
Visiting institution: Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). [more]

"Ethnographic Film Screening: So Heddan So Hoddan"

Ethnographic Film Screening 2012
Directors Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar are Professors at the Centre for Media and Cultural Stu­dies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Both of them are involved in media production, teaching and research. A presiding thematic of much of their work has been a problematising of notions of self and the other, of normality and deviance, of the local and the global, through the exploration of diverse narratives and rituals. These range from the stories and paintings of indigenous peoples to the poetry of prison inmates. Jointly they have won twenty-eight national and international awards for their films. [more]

"Chinese Religiosities"

Workshops, conferences 2012
20 minutes for each presentation; 60 minutes for each group discussion [more]
Organized by Alexander Horstmann and Jin-heon Jung. [more]

"Transcendence and Control in a Global Mega City"

Workshops, conferences 2011
Sponsored by PUKAR, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and Tata Institute of Social Science. [more]

"Comparing Conviviality. Dreams and Realities of Living-with-Difference"

Workshops, conferences 2011

"Religion & Communism: Comparative Perspectives"

Workshops, conferences 2011

"Workshop with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, & doctoral students"

Workshops, conferences 2011
Together with the Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. [more]

"Civility and Intercultural Relations in Goa (India) and Malaysia"

"Why there is no ‘European Islam’: Contrasting contours of Islam in England and France"

"Building Theravada Buddhist networks in Nepal and Beyond"

  • Date: Jun 16, 2010
  • Time: 14:00 - 16:00
  • Speaker: David Gellner (University of Oxford)
  • 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.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Yellow Shirts and Red Shirts: Political Protest in Thailand Today"

Workshops, conferences 2010
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. [more]

"The Culture of Work and the Work of Culture in India"

Workshops, conferences 2010
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) [more]

"The Revival of Nalanda University: The Re-establishment of the Ancient Buddhist Networks"

  • Date: Apr 27, 2010
  • Time: 10:00 - 12:00
  • Speaker: Tansen Sen (Baruch College, City University of New York)
  • 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.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen
  • Room: Library Hall

"Global Cities Conference"

Workshops, conferences 2009
Conference organized by Arjun Appadurai and Peter van der Veer. [more]
Workshop organized by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MMG) and American Social Science Research Council (SSRC). [more]
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