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How do we perceive people with frizzy hair? (in German) presenter Aileen Wrozyna spoke with Johanna Lukate about her research on the identities of Black, African, and African diasporic people in Europe in the podcast "Ach, Mensch!". Johanna explains why hair influences people’s experience on the job market and discusses how the malleability of hair makes it an important medium through which Black, African and African dispaoric people in Europe express their identities. „Ach, Mensch!“ Is a cooperation with the Max Planck Society.
MPI-MMG in Dialogue
“Can advocacy organisations be intersectional?”
The third MPI-MMG in Dialogue event, in which invited scholars discuss new research results and ideas with the institute’s scientists, took place on July 13, 2022.
Missed the last event? Watch the video here.

„Können Organisationen Vielfalt?“
(in German) The film about the ZOMiDi results (11 minutes). The project investigates how and why civil society organizations change in response to migration and societal diversity.


Three colleagues from Ukraine have now started the fellowships at the institute: Yuliya Byelikova (Kharkiv National University of Economics), Olena Kyselova (Sumy State University) and Akif Tahiiev (Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Kharkiv). Supported by funding from the Max Planck Society, we were able to offer the colleagues from the war-torn country one-year fellowships in Göttingen. We hope this will help them to continue their academic work and build networks.
On understanding Social Complexity
To kickstart the new series of episodes, Steven Vertovec was invited to speak about ways of studying and understanding one of the consequences of migration, that is social complexity.
The Migration Podcast, 02 June 2022
The author about his new book
“I studied my London community to work out how people can live together and overcome immigration tensions”
The decline of high streets, parks and community centres – civic spaces where people of different backgrounds can mix – is often the biggest factor, found anthropologist and author Farhan Samanani after studying lives in Kilburn.

From vaccines to insect mortality to making the right decisions
At the lecture series "Science at Göttingen Literaturherbst," researchers from Germany and abroad provide answers to pressing questions of our time. From Friday, October 28, to Saturday, November 6, at 7 p.m., eight internationally renowned researchers and authors will report on new developments in biology, psychology, medicine, and the social sciences. All lectures are in German.
Britain’s multilingual children: ‘We speak whatever language gets the job done’
In modern Britain, millions of kids grow up learning two languages or more – and experts believe fluidity in language has some surprising advantages. In 2021 there were around 6 million people with non-British nationality living in the UK, with 9.6m people born abroad – 35% of whom live in London. In the social sciences, this relatively new landscape of such diverse national origins is often referred to as “superdiversity” – a term coined by the German anthropologist Professor Steven Vertovec. Read more on The Guardian
New project
This 5-year project looks at how Cyprus, Greece and Malta have managed their transformation from countries of emigration to destination countries for migrants and asylum seekers; and their emergence as border states of an emerging EU migration and asylum regime.
Peter Hennessy, Jane Alison and Farhan Samanani discuss Britain post-war and post-Covid, with Helen Lewis, on BBC Start the Week podcast.


Forthcoming Events

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

Anna Cieslik (University of Cambridge)
Sep 28, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
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MPI-MMG in Dialogue "Navigating a Political Minefield? Researching Muslim-Jewish Encounters"

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MPI-MMG @ IRiS 10th anniversary international conference

from Sep 14, 2022 12:30 PM to Sep 16, 2022 04:45 PM (Local Time Germany)

MPI-MMG @ IRiS 10th anniversary international conference

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

from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

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Working Papers

WP 21-01
Kasey Zapatka (The Graduate Center, City University of New York):
Superdiversity in Metropolitan New York - Technical Report
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WP 21-02
Lucas Drouhot (Utrecht University · The Netherlands), Sören Petermann (Ruhr Universität Bochum), Karen Schönwälder (MPI-MMG), and Steven Vertovec (MPI-MMG):
The “Diversity Assent” (DivA) Survey – Technical Report
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WP 21-03
Jeremy F. Walton (MPI-MMG):
Post-Empire: A Prolegomenon to the Study of Post-Imperial Legacies and Memories
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WP 21-04
Steven Vertovec (MPI-MMG):
Superdiversity and Social Complexity
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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

Dorman, B., & Korom, F.J. (eds). (2021). South Asian Nationalisms [Special Issue]. Asian Ethnology, 80(1). Link

Goossaert, V., & van der Veer, P. (Eds.). (2021). Réguler les pluralités religieuses: Mondes indiens et chinois comparés [Special Issue]. Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, 193 Link

Journal Articles

Emmerich, A. (2022). Masks, mosques and lockdowns: Islamic organisations navigating the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. Entangled Religions, 12(3). Link

Amrith, M. (2022). Fleeting joy, divergent expectations and reconfigured intimacies: The visits home of Filipino migrant care workers in Singapore. Global Networks, 1-15. Link

Careja, R., & Harris, E. (2022). Thirty years of welfare chauvinism research: Findings and challenges. Journal of European Social Policy, 32(2), 212-224. Link

Hazama, E. (2022). Unravelling the myth of Gandhian non-violence: Why did Gandhi connect his principle of satyāgraha with the “Hindu” notion of ahiṃsā? Modern Intellectual History, First View. doi:10.1017/S1479244322000014. Link

Sakti, V. K., & Amrith, M. (2022). Introduction: Living in the ‘here and now’: Extended temporalities of forced migration. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 43(4), 457-463. Link

Lukate, J. M. (2022). Space, race and identity: An ethnographic study of the Black hair care and beauty landscape and Black women's racial identity constructions in England. Journal of Social Issues., 78, 107-125. doi:10.1111/josi.12433. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2022). ‘Here for Now’: Temporalities of ageing and forced displacement through pension narratives. Journal of Intercultural Studies. doi:10.1080/07256868.2022.2086227. Link

Suerbaum, M. (2022). In search of legal stability: predicaments of asylum-seeking mothers in Berlin. Ethnic and Racial Studies. doi:10.1080/01419870.2022.2074281. Link

Yamamura, S. (2022). From global city makers to global city-shapers: Migration industries in the global city networks. Urban Studies. Link

Yamamura, S., & Lassalle, P. (2022). Extending mixed embeddedness to a multi-dimensional concept of transnational entrepreneurship. Comparative Migration Studies, 10: 14 (2022). Link

Yamamura, S. (2022). The multi-scalar embeddedness of support policies for migrant entrepreneurship in Japan. International Migration

Emmerich, A. (2022). Negotiating Germany’s first Muslim–Christian kindergarten: Temporalities, multiplicities, and processes in interreligious dialogue. Social CompassLink

Samanani, F. (2022). Convivality and its others: for a plural politics of living with difference. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Link


Contributions to a collected Edition

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

Kang, J. (2022). Nationalism and chinese protestant christianity: From anti-imperialism to islamophobia. In I. Ahmad, & J. Kang (Eds.), The Nation Form in the Global Age: Ethnographic Perspectives (pp. 175-202). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Link


Alumni News

  • Irfan Ahmad | Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Sociology at Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Benjamin Boudou | Professor of Political Science at the University of Rennes 1, France (starting in Sep. 2022)
  • 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)
  • Scott Maclochlainn | Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University
  • Neena Mahadev | Visiting scholar at Columbia University's
  • Sabine Mohamed | Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University
  • Xiaoxuan  Wang | Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 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. Refugees, Religious Bonds, and Reformation in Frankfurt am Main, 1554-1608. University of Virginia Press. Link
— Simone, AbdouMaliq 2022 The Surrounds--Urban Life within and beyond Capture. Duke University Press. Link

► 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.
► Neena Mahadev’s book manuscript “Of Karma and Grace: Mediating Religious Difference in Millennial Sri Lanka” was the 2021 winner of the Claremont Prize in the Study of Religion.
Article prize: Jiazhi Fengjiang’s article “The ethical labour of suspension among nightclub hostesses in Southeast China” won the 20th William L. Holland Prize for the best article published in 2021 Pacific Affairs.
► Book Award: Marian Burchardt’s book “Regulating Difference: Religious Diversity and Nationhood in the Secular West” published Rutgers University Press in 2020 won 2021 ISSR (International Society for the Sociology of Religion) Best Book Award.
Book Award: Alan Gamlen’s book “Human Geopolitics: States, Emigrants and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions” published by Oxford University Press in 2019 won the 2020 Distinguished Book Award for Best Book on Ethnicity and Migration from the International Studies Association.
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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