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Max Planck geht zur Schule

Max Planck geht zur Schule

Once a year, Max Planck goes to school in Göttingen: On January 26, Seda Kara spoke with students of the Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Gesamtschule about the topic "Turkish Migrant Experiences in Germany".
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.
MPI-MMG in Dialogue
The fourth MPI-MMG in Dialogue event, in which invited scholars discuss new research results and ideas with the institute’s scientists, took place on October 13, 2022. Click here to watch the video.
How do we perceive people with afro-textured 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.
„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.

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.

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.

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 third episode is with Tinashe Chimbidzikai on “Difference in South-South Migration”.
The reinvention of borders in the 21st century

The reinvention of borders in the 21st century

As part of the lecture series "Science at the Göttingen Literaturherbst," Karen Schönwälder spoke with Steffen Mau, Professor of Macrosociology at HU Berlin, about his latest book “Sortiermaschinen” (nominated for the German Nonfiction Book Award).
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
Project cooperation with the University of Nicosia
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.


Forthcoming Events

ALUMNI HOUR | Sahana Udupa (University of Munich): “Surviving or thriving? Work and life in Germany as an ‘international’ scholar”

Sahana Udupa (University of Munich)
Feb 14, 2023 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Zoom Meeting

"Visualizing Migration and Diversity: What can we see?"

Mar 31, 2023
Harnack House Berlin

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.

MPI-MMG @ Conferences

Akif Tahiiev: “Women's rights in Iran: theory and practice of Shia Islamic Law”

Feb 6, 2023 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Online Event

Ulrike Bialas: “Unaccompanied Minors and their Legal Guardians: A Microcosm of Encounters between Refugees and Germans”

Mar 2, 2023 12:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Mar 3, 2023 12:00 AM
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

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Deadline for applications is 3 February 2023



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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.



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

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. DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12615

Coultas, C., Reddy, G., & Lukate, J. M. (2023). Towards a social psychology of precarity. British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(S1), 1-20. DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12618

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

Yamamura, S. (2022). Impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the transnationalization of LGBT* activism in Japan and beyond. Global Networks, 1-12. Link

Beaverstock, J. V., Cohen, R., Rogers, A., & Vertovec, S. (2022). Covid-19 and Global Networks: Reframing our understanding of globalization and transnationalism. Global Networks, 1-5. Link

Vertovec, S., Hiebert, D., Spoonley, P., & Gamlen, A. (2022). Visualizing superdiversity and “seeing” urban socio-economic complexity. Urban Geography. Link

Harris, E. (2022). Educational divides and class-coalitions: How mainstream party voters divide and unite over immigration issues. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Link.

Lanari, E. (2022). Latina M(other)work against racism: living with legal precarity in suburban Atlanta. Ethnic and Racial Studies. Link


Contributions to a collected Edition

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)
  • 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. 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

► 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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Diversity Interviews
Here you will find transcripts of interviews with distinguished scientists, led by staff members of the MMG.

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New Diversities is an international, peer reviewed, scholarly and professional journal, published by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

Global Networks
Global Networks publishes high quality, peer-reviewed research on global networks, transnational affairs and practices, and their relation to wider theories of globalization. The journal provides a forum for discussion, debate and the refinement of key ideas in this emerging field.

CityScapes is a 144 page biannual print publication. It is a hybrid of forms, simultaneously invested in scholarly discourse around contemporary urbanism in Africa and the Global South, as much as individual everyday experiences and activities of the multitude of actors that are actively involved in shaping cities across the continent and the rest of the developing world.

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