News & Updates

MPI-MMG in Dialogue "Understanding support for diversity"
Popular support for diversity is often underestimated and, so far, insufficiently understood. The Diversity Assent (DivA) Project at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity addresses this gap. On 28 June, Max-Planck researchers Eloisa Harris and Karen Schönwälder will discuss key results with Nan Zhang and Andreas Zick from Mannheim and Bielefeld Universities. Attend the discussion live in Göttingen, per livestream or watch the video afterwards.
MPI-MMG in Dialogue
On April 19, MPI Director Steven Vertovec discussed his new book with Junjia Ye (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), Darshan Vigneswaran (University of Amsterdam) and Peter Scholten (Erasmus University Rotterdam). You find the video here. The next InDialogue will take place on June 28.
Visual stories
The new website of the Research Group "Ageing in a Time of Mobility" translates research findings into visual stories. It is the result of a collaboration between the Research Group and Alvaro Martinez, an anthropologist, visual artist and graphic designer.

Superdiversity. Migration and Social Complexity
This new book Superdiversity by Steven Vertovec presents a convincing case for recognizing new social formations created by changing migration patterns and calls for a re-thinking of public policy and social scientific approaches to social difference.
The Open Access version is now available at
Superdiversity, complexity and conundrums of categorization
Keynote address by Steve Vertovec to the International Conference organised by the University of Birmingham's Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRIS) to mark its 10th anniversary. In his address Professor Vertovec locates the 'superdiversity thing' in the tradition of anti-essentialism and unpacks some of the conundrums of contemporary identity politics and boundary making. 
Visualizing “Super- diversity” in New York City
ESSAY by H. Jacob Carlson
Metropolitics, 8 November 2022
A new set of visualization and mapping tools focused on “superdiversity” shows the complexity and intersectionality of New York City. These tools will be useful for scholars, policy-shapers, journalists, and many others.

INSIGHTS @mpimmg
In this series, our researchers give brief 3 minute insights into their work: what they research, how they do it and why it is significant. The fourth episode is with Sanja Bökle on “Intersectional Advocacy”.
The Oxford Handbook of Superdiversity
Hard copies of the Handbook of Superdiversity are finally out. Edited by Fran Meissner, Nando Sigona and Steven Vertovec it offers unique insights into the ongoing debates about diversity and how to make sense of it considering complex social transformations.
The British Academy and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Congratulations to our colleague Victoria Sakti who received together with Xiang Ren (University of Sheffield) the Seed Funding grant for their UK-Germany project “Home-coming and Home-making: Linking Spatio-temporal Heritages and Experiences of South-East Asian Diasporas in Europe”.


Forthcoming Events

Writing Workshop for invited authors of Ethnic and Racial Studies Special Issue "Contested Categories in the Context of Migration"

May 31, 2023 - Jun 2, 2023
MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen, Room: Library Hall

MPI-MMG in Dialogue "Understanding support for diversity"

Public discussion
Jun 28, 2023 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-MMG, Goettingen, Room: Hybrid event: Livestream/ Live, Hermann Föge Weg 11
IN DIALOGUE: our series of events on new research findings and current debates will continue in 2023. We will be discussing superdiversity, German migration policy, diversity assent and age and migration. Videos of previous In Dialogue events can be found here.


▪   Nele Wolter: “Placed on hold: how internally displaced persons in Cameroon reinvent their future”
European Conference on African Studies, African Futures
May 31 – June 3 | University of Cologne
▪   Swetlana Torno, discussant at the panel titled “Care for future generations”
Conference ‘(Un)growing Into Generational Roles’
June 8-9, 2023 | ZMO, Berlin
▪   Karen Schönwälder: “Demokratiekrise, Migration, De-Globalisierung - Gesellschaft im Wandel”
Public event (in German) with Livestream
June 12, 2023 | VolkswagenStiftung
▪   Megha Amrith: “ ‘Thinking about Myself’: New Financialized Subjectivities of Ageing Migrant Domestic Workers“
Talk at the Anthropological Colloquium
June 13, 2023 | Institut für Ethnologie, University of Hamburg
▪   Akif Tahiiev: "The role of Slavic converts in the promotion of Shia Islam in Eastern Europe"
Sixth Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion
June 19-23, 2023 | St. Andrews, Scotland
▪   Helena Hof: “Foreign Entrepreneurs’ ‘Urban Transnationalism’: Rooted in the Urban Space, Growing Businesses in the Digital Space”
ISA World Congress of Sociology
June 25 – July 1 | Melbourne, Australia
▪   Swetlana Torno: "Gendered boundaries in informal care networks: intimacy and caring for elderly men in Tajikistan"
6th Transforming Care Conference
June 26-28, 2023 | Sheffield


Job Offers

Deadline for applications is 2 June 2023.

Call for Applications

Call for Applications from April 26, 2023
Writing Fellowships (6-12 months)
‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ is a global and interdisciplinary project that investigates the interconnections between two key phenomena in the twenty-first century: ageing populations and global migration, and the new social transformations that they jointly shape.
Submission date: 02.06.2023



Palgrave Macmillan
Global Diversities

Recent MMG Publications | Monographs and Edited Volumes

Working Papers

The MMG Working Paper Series is designed to communicate work in progress and to disseminate key findings in areas related to the core research themes of the institute. The series includes contributions from our own research staff members, visiting scholars and participants in institute events.



Rau, V., & Nicoubin, M. (Eds.). (2023). Religionsverfassungsrecht revisited: Religion, Säkularität und Gesellschaft im Wandel [Special Issue]. Schriftenreihe / Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung, 10822Link

Reddy, G., Coultas, C. & Lukate, J.M. (Eds.) (2023). Towards a social psychology of precarity [Special Issue]. British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(S1). Link

Sampaio, D., & Amrith, M. (Eds.). (2022). Southern reconfigurations of the ageing-migration nexus [Special Issue]. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Sakti, V. K., & Amrith, M. (Eds.). (2022). Living in the here and now: Extended temporalities of forced migration [Special Issue]. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 43(4). Link

Journal Articles

Emmerich, A. (2023). Arrival of legal Salafism and struggle for recognition in Germany: Reflection and adaptation processes within the German da'wa movement between 2001 and 2022. Politics and Religion, first view. Link

Rau, V., & Peretz, D. (2023). Zwischen Tradition und Freiheit. Religion, Säkularität und Religionsfreiheit aus jüdischer Perspektive. Religionsverfassungsrecht revisited.

Sakti, V. K., & Taek, D. Y. (2023). Reflections on ethics in research with older displaced persons in West Timor: Considering the “time effect”. International quarterly for Asian studies, 54(1), 39-58. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2023). Older refugee perspectives on death, remembrance, and burial: The East Timorese in Indonesia. Journal of Refugee Studies. Link

Drouhot, L. G., Schönwälder, K., Petermann, S., & Vertovec, S. (2023). Who supports refugees? Diversity assent and pro-refugee engagement in Germany. Comparative Migration Studies, 11: 4. Link

Lukate, J. M. (2023). On the precariousness of address: What narratives of being called White can tell us about researching and re/producing social categories in research. British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(S1), 56-70. Link

Coultas, C., Reddy, G., & Lukate, J. M. (2023). Towards a social psychology of precarity. British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(S1), 1-20. Link

Bialas, U., & Sohail, J. (2023). Flucht nach vorne (seeking refuge in the future): Trauma, agency, and the fantasy of onward flight among refugees in Berlin. Ethos, 50(4), 1-16. Link

Amrith, M., Neal, Z. P., & Waters, J. L. (2023). Editorial. Global Networks, 23(1), 5-8. Link

Lukate, J. M., & Foster, J. L. (2023). ‘Depending on where I am…’ Hair, travelling and the performance of identity among Black and mixed-race women. British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(1), 342-358. Link

Bialas, U. (2022). The effect of offspring sex on parents’ migration probabilities and outcomes: A natural experiment. Sociological Inquiry, 92(S1), 681-709. Link

Sampaio, D. (2022). Work as affective care: Visiting parents’ experiences of paid work abroad. Global Networks 13. Link


Contributions to a collected Edition

Emmerich, A. (2023). Provincializing dialogue: Post-secular governance networks and the brokerage of religious diversity in a North German town 1. In J. W. Winkler, L. Haddad, & J. Martínez-Ariño (Eds.), Interreligious encounters in Europe: sites, materialities and practices (pp. 71-87). London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. Link

Lanari, E. (2022). ‘Here, morality is a sense of entitlement’: Citizenship, deservingness and inequality in suburban America. In J. Tosic, & A. Streinzer (Eds.), Ethnographies of Deservingness: Unpacking Ideologies of Distribution and Inequality (pp. 222-250). New York: Berghahn. Link

van der Veer, P. (2022). Secularism in Asia. In P. Bourdeaux, E. Dufourmont, A. Laliberté, & R. Madinier (Eds.), Asia and the secular: Francophone perspectives in a global age. Berlin: De Gruyter. Link

Amrith, M. (2022). Migrant eldercare workers in Asia. In S. Irudaya Rajan (Ed.), Handbook of Aging, Health and Public Policy: Perspectives from Asia. Singapore: Springer Singapore. Link

van der Veer, P. (2022). Indian and Chinese global networks. In R. Gowricharn (Ed.), New perspectives on the Indian diaspora (pp. 17-26). London: Taylor & Francis, Imprint: Routledge India. Link

Harms, L. (2022). Zur Europäisierung muslimischer Anerkennungskämpfe: Effekte transnationaler Verrechtlichung. In M. Wohlrab-Sahr, & L. Tezcan (Eds.), Islam in Europa: Institutionalisierung und Konflikt (pp. 63-105). Baden-Baden: Nomos. Link

Baykara-Krumme, H., Karakayali, S., Schönwälder, K., & Unger, H. v. (2022). Einleitung. In H. v. Unger, H. Baykara-Krumme, S. Karakayali, & K. Schönwälder (Eds.), Organisationaler Wandel durch Migration? Zur Diversität in der Zivilgesellschaft (pp. 9-31). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. Link

Baykara-Krumme, H., & Rau, V. (2022). Dynamische Zeiten, zögerlicher Wandel: Migrationsbezogene Vielfalt in der Lebenshilfe. In H. v. Unger, H. Baykara-Krumme, S. Karakayali, & K. Schönwälder (Eds.), Organisationaler Wandel durch Migration? Zur Diversität in der Zivilgesellschaft (pp. 33-66). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. Link

Bökle, S. (2022). Migrantische Gruppen als Lösung des Repräsentationsproblems? Das Beispiel queerer Geflüchteter im LSVD. In H. v. Unger, H. Baykara-Krumme, S. Karakayali, & K. Schönwälder (Eds.), Organisationaler Wandel durch Migration? Zur Diversität in der Zivilgesellschaft (pp. 235-256). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. Link

Schönwälder, K., & Bökle, S. (2022). Widersprüchliche Offenheit: Migration und organisationaler Wandel im LSVD, 1990-2020. In H. v. Unger, H. Baykara-Krumme, S. Karakayali, & K. Schönwälder (Eds.), Organisationaler Wandel durch Migration? Zur Diversität in der Zivilgesellschaft (pp. 103-140). Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. Link

van der Veer, P. (2022). Afterword: Reflections on nationalism. In I. Ahmad, & J. Kang (Eds.), The Nation Form in the Global Age: Ethnographic Perspectives (pp. 349-359). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Link

Yu, J. (2022). Socialization of language and morality at Chinese Christian Church of Berlin. In I. Ahmad, & J. Kang (Eds.), The Nation Form in the Global Age: Ethnographic Perspectives (pp. 329-348). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Link


Alumni News

  • Damian Omar Martinez | Research Fellow “María Zambrano” at the Department of Sociology, University of Murcia (Spain)
  • Raphael Susewind | Associate Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Irfan Ahmad | Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Sociology at Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Felix Bender | Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics at Northumbria University
  • Benjamin Boudou | Professor of Political Science at the University of Rennes 1, France (starting in Sep. 2022)
  • Bouke de Vries | Ambizione Fellow (Principal Investigator) Zürich University
  • Alan Gamlen | Professor at the Australian National University
  • Jifeng Liu | Visiting Scholar in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University (August 2022 - August 2023)
  • Jin-Heon Jung | Guest Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yosei University, South Korea
  • Scott Maclochlainn | Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University
  • Neena Mahadev | Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL) in Columbia University
  • Sabine Mohamed | Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University
  • Farhan Samanani | Research Fellow at University College London
  • Yang Shen | Assistant Professor in Anthropology and One-Hundred-Talent Researcher at Zhejiang University,  China
  • Michael Stasik  | Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel
  • Xiaoxuan Wang | Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Chris White | Assistant Director in the East Asian Studies Center at the Ohio State University
  • Sakura Yamamura | Associate Professor at the RWTH Aachen University
— Ahmad, Irfan & Kang, Jie 2022 (Eds.). The Nation Form in the Global Age. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Link
— Chan, Felicity Hwee-Hwa 2022. Tensions in Diversity: Spaces for Collective Life in Los Angeles. University of Toronto Press. Link
— Iturriaga, Nicole 2022  Exhuming Violent Histories: Forensics, Memory, and Rewriting Spain’s Past. Columbia University Press. Link
— Liu, Jifeng. 2022. Negotiating the Christian Past in China: Memory and Missions in Contemporary Xiamen. Penn State University Press. Link
— Maclochlainn, Scott (Upcoming in November). The Copy Generic: How the Nonspecific Makes our Social Worlds. The University of Chicago Press. Link
— Scholz, Maximilian Miguel. 2022. Strange Brethren. Refugees, Religious Bonds, and Reformation in Frankfurt, 1554-1608. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. Link
— Simone, AbdouMaliq 2022 The Surrounds--Urban Life within and beyond Capture. Duke University Press. Link

► Beatriz Aragon was awarded a First book Grant by the independent social research foundation (ISRF) in 2022 
► Thi Ngoc Vuong was awarded a Ph.D. degree at the Radboud University in Nijmegen in Dec. 2022, for a dissertation, entitled “Strangers Made Intimate: Contemporary ethnic relations and everyday politics in a Sino-Vietnamese border commune”, under supervision of Dr Tam Ngo, Dr Peter van der Veer and Dr Eric Venbrux.
► Salah Punathil received the Chancellor’s Award for Contribution in Research and Teaching at the University of Hyderabad (India) in 2022.
► Sahana Udupa received Joan Shorenstein Fellowship awarded by Harvard University for her research on digital extreme speech, artificial intelligence and the autonomy of factchecking in 2021.
► Francqui Foundation in Belgium awarded Sahana Udupa the “Francqui Chair” in recognition of her contribution to critical digital research in 2022.
Jeremy F. Walton • ERC Consolidator Grant project "REVENANT--Revivals of Empire: Nostalgia, Amnesia, Tribulation"
Michalis Moutselos • Partner Group (gefördert mit 20.000 Euro). Cooperation between MPIMMG and Department of Social and Political Science, University of Cyprus. Project title: Re-bordering the Southeast Mediterranean in an age of migration.

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