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"Refugees and Religion" book launch

hosted by SPUI25, Amsterdam

The editors and authors Peter van der Veer, Abdoulaye Sounaye, Tam T.T. Ngo, Birgit Meyer and Arjun Appadurai will discuss the issue of religion from a broader, comparative and historical perspective, understanding religious refugees as an integral part of the modern world.

Steven Vertovec: Global Migration and the “Great Reshaping”

The future of societies worldwide is currently being reshaped at a fundamental level by concurrent crises: the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic recession and climate change. Steven Vertovec considers how these three crises are seriously affecting global migration. He describes the complex factors that relate to global migration and outlines the challenges that loom ahead.

Max Planck Research · 3 | 2020

“Migration is a normal condition”

Social scientist Miriam Schader and legal expert Constantin Hruschka talk about their involvement with the Science Initiative Migration.


“Superdiversity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices”

The webinar was held on March 3rd, 2021 at 3pm CET by Prof. Steven Vertovec (MPI-MMG), Prof. Elina Lehtomaki (University of Oulu) and Prof. Sabine Severiens (Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Wir haben das geschafft – und uns verändert

In this research report, the researchers of the Max Planck Society's science initiative "Challenges of Migration, Integration and Exclusion" (WiMi) take stock of the "long summer of migration 2015" and derive eight recommendations from the findings, which they have summarized in a position paper. [in German]

Muslim-Jewish encounter, diversity & distance in urban Europe: Religion, culture and social model (ENCOUNTERS)

ORA Joint Research Project

Funded by the Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences, this joint research project studies intercultural, interethnic and interreligious encounters as exemplified by Jews and Muslims in urban Europe.

Rethinking Markets in Modern India: Embedded Exchange and Contested Jurisdiction

An interview with A. Gandhi and S. Schwecke, conducted by Saronik Basu, New Books Network NBN

Irfan Ahmad on Islam today

Los Angeles Review of Books publishes review essay by Mustafa Akyol on Irfan Ahmad's book Religion as Critique.

ERC Consolidator Grant 2020

Congratulations to Jeremy F. Walton, who received one of the ERC Consolidator Grants 2020.

How and why do historical figures become key to our memories of the past? How do specific places become sites of post-imperial memory? And how are former empires personified through objects and material culture? Analysing the Habsburg, Ottoman and Romanov Empires, Jeremy Walton will look at how collective memories are created through persons, places and things.

In this sixth conversation in the Global Religious and Secular Dynamics Discussion Series, Peter van der Veer joined Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova to talk about his comparative work linking India, China, and the West, as well as his training of the next generation of anthropologists, social scientists, historians, and religious studies scholars working on religion in Asian global cities. Van der Veer also discussed his forthcoming co-edited volume, Refugees and Religion: Ethnographic Studies of Global Trajectories (2021), and the COVID-19 pandemic and its current geopolitical dynamics and trends.

Urban Diversity, Diversification and Complexity

Keynote Lecture by Steven Vervovec at the Twentieth International Conference on "Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations", University of Milan, Italy, 10-12 June 2020.

Scapegoating in times of Corona

Institute Director Steven Vertovec gave a live television interview on Deutsche Welle and PBS America to comment on the coronavirus pandemic, xenophobia and group stigmas.

DWnews TV Interview Thursday, 7th May 2020 with Steven Vertovec, conducted by Anchor Brent Goff


Forthcoming Events

"Toxic and explosive legacies: Anthropology of War Pollution"

Apr 19, 2021 13:00 - 14:30
Video Conference

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

Bhrigupati Singh (Brown University)
Apr 20, 2021 16:00 - 17:30
Video Conference

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

Tanja Bastia (University of Manchester)
Apr 27, 2021 14:00 - 15:15
Video Conference


Job Offers

Research fellows

March 22, 2021

Call for Special Issue Papers

The editors of Global Networks invite you to submit papers for a special issue on 'Covid-19 and Global Networks: reframing our understanding of globalization and transnationalism '

Recent MMG Publications

Books and Edited Volumes


Schönwälder, K. (ed). (2020). Special Issue: Diversity in local political practice. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43(11)Link

Dorman, B., & Korom, F.J. (eds). (2020). "Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia", in Asian Ethnology, 79(1).  Link

Hänsch, V., Stasik, M., & Bekele Debele, S. (eds). (2020). "Temporalities of Waiting in Africa", in Critical African Studies, 12(1). Link

Journal Articles

Amrith, M. (2021). Ageing bodies, precarious futures: The (im)mobilities of ‘temporary’ migrant domestic workers over time. Mobilities. doi:10.1080/17450101.2021.1885834 .

Gandhi, A. (2021). Shock and shove: The embodied politics of force in India. South Asian History and Culture. doi:10.1080/19472498.2021.1878782.

Ma, Z. (2021). Encounters in Zomia: Dynamics of Ethnic Relations in the Pu'er Tea Trade in Southern Yunnan, China. China: An International Journal 19(1), 137-157. Link.

Moutselos, M., & Schönwälder, K. (2021). The immigrant presence in collaborative structures of urban politics. Governance. doi:10.1111/gove.12581.

Wang, X. (2021). Standardization, Bureaucratization, and Convergence: The Transformation of Governance of Religion in Urbanizing China. The Journal of Asian Studies, 1-19. doi:10.1017/S002191182000460X

Vertovec, S. (2021). The social organization of difference, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 45. doi:10.1080/01419870.2021.1884733

Riedel, M. (2021). The difference a wire makes: Planning law, public Orthodox Judaism and urban space in Australia. International Journal of Law in Context, 1-19. doi:10.1017/S1744552320000415 Link


Contributions to a collected Edition

Goossaert, V., & van der Veer, P. (2021). Introduction. In V. Goossaert, & P. van der Veer (Eds.), Réguler les pluralités religieuses: Mondes indiens et chinois comparés (pp. 11-24). Paris: Ed. de l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Link

Koenig, M. (2021). Religion. In B. Hollstein, R. Greshoff, U. Schimank, & A. Weiß (Eds.), Soziologie: Sociology in the German-Speaking World: Special Issue Soziologische Revue 2020 (pp. 331-343). Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg. Link

Castro Varela, MdM., & Mohamed, S. (2021). Bodies on the outside: Artistic imagination in Afrofuturism. In D. Neugebauer (Ed.), Counter_Readings of the Body (pp. 57-64). Leipzig: Spector Books. Link

Mohamed, S., & Castro Varela, MdM. (2021). Intersektionalität und postkoloniale soziale Arbeit. In A. Biele Mefebue, A. Bührmann, & S. Grenz (Eds.), Handbuch Intersektionalitätsforschung. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien. Link

Kang, J. (2021). Chinese Christian community in Germany: Home-making and Chineseness. In N. Cao, G. Giordan, & F. Yang (Eds.), Chinese religions going global (pp. 97-114). Leiden: Brill. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2020). The politics of loss and restoration: Massive bad death in the Oecussi Highlands. In L. Kent, & R. G. Feijo (Eds.), The Dead as Ancestors, Martyrs, and Heroes in Timor-Leste (pp. 159-178). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. Link


Working Papers

WP 20-04
Steven Vertovec:
Considering the work of ‘integration’
download pdf

WP 20-05
Paul Bramadat (University of Victoria):
Religion and Bioregionalism in Cascadia: The Trouble with Categories
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