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 discussed key results with Nan Zhang and Andreas Zick from Mannheim and Bielefeld Universities. You find the video here.
The next InDialogue titled "Aspiring in Later Life: Reframing Ageing in Diversity Research" will take place on October 11, 2023, 16:00-17:30.
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.
How to live with each other
We increasingly live in social bubbles and build walls to surround ourselves with like-minded people. In this way, however, we are missing out on the opportunity for a better, more solidary world, finds cultural anthropologist Farhan Samanani. After his lecture on November 1 at the Göttinger Literaturherbst, Samanani, who is currently at King's College London, talks with Steven Vertovec.
New podcasts in the CityShow series
The second series of the CityShow podcast is now online covering Medellin in Columbia, Joburg in South Africa and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The CityShow is a podcast about complexity and how people live and adapt to life in fast-changing cities across Africa, Latin America and Asia.
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
In Egypt, Public Classrooms Are Empty …
Hania Sobhy‘s latest book “Schooling the Nation: Education and everyday politics in Egypt” referenced in a piece in the New York Times on public education in Egypt.
INSIGHTS @mpimmg

INSIGHTS @mpimmg

Video September 04, 2023
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 fifth episode is with Megha Amrith on “Ageing Across Borders”.
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.


Forthcoming Events

MPI-MMG in Dialogue "Aspiring in Later Life: Reframing Ageing in Diversity Research"

Public discussion
Oct 11, 2023 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-MMG, Goettingen, Room: Hybrid event: Livestream/ Live, Hermann Föge Weg 11

Encounters Project International Meeting

Oct 12, 2023 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin, Room: Hauptgebäude Erdgeschoss, Hörsaal 1070

"Encounters with Diversity: How the Local Matters"

Interdisciplinary symposium
Nov 3, 2023 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 11, Göttingen, Room: Library Hall
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.


▪   Yael Peled: “Uncertain Linguistic Justice: The Philosophical Sources of Normative Orders in Language”
Political Theory in Times of Uncertainty conference
September 27-29, 2023 | University of Bremen
▪   Swetlana Torno: Lecture on MPG and MPG/MMG booth support
Deutsch-Kasachischer Wissenschaftstag "New prospects and opportunities for the German-Kazakh Science and Research cooperation"
October 11-13, 2023 | Almaty, Kazakhstan
▪   Jamila Hamidu: "Ghanaian diaspora transnational political engagement in London: Identity politics of here and there"
NIAS Conference 2023 "Belonging and Mobility"
October 17-21, 2023 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
▪   Jamila Hamidu: "Integration via political participation of ethnic minorities in Britain: The case of the Ghanaian diaspora in London"
2nd Organizing Migration and Integration in Contemporary Societies (OMICS) Conference
November 21-25, 2023 | Gotherburg, Sweden


Job Offers

Currently we do not have any vacancies.


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.



Sampaio, D., & Amrith, M. (Eds.). (2023). Special issue: Southern reconfigurations of the ageing-migration nexus [Special Issue]. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 49(4). Link

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


Journal Articles

Peled, Y. (2023). The practical ethics of linguistic integration: Three challenges. Metaphilosophy, 00, pp. 1-15. Link.

Rau, V. (2023). Between symbolic distancing and following desires: Conversion to Judaism among women in Germany. Religion and Gender, 13(2), 162-185. Link

Römer, F., Henninger, J., & Harris, E. (2023). Social protection for mobile populations? A global perspective on immigrant social rights. Social Policy and Administration, 2023, 1-20. Link

Bialas, U. (2023). Ambiguous ages, ambivalent youths: How asylum seekers in Germany navigate age categorization. Migration Politics, 2(1): 003. Link.

Samanani, F., Crockford, S., Knight, D. M., Stensrud, C., Daswani, G., Tuters, M., & Chaviara, I. (2023). Animating irony: The force of irony in online and offline political movements. Public Culture, 35(2), 191-206. Link 1 / Link 2green open access icon

Tahiiev, A. (2023). Impact of the events of Saqifa on the formation of differences between the islamic Sunni and Shia tradition. Journal of Al-Tamaddun, 18(1), 161-167.  Link

Tahiiev, A. (2023).  Application of the islamic family law in European countries and experience of Ukraine = Практика застосування норм ісламського сімейного права в окремих країнах Європи та досвід України. Schidnyj Svit = The World of the Orient, 2023(1), 114-123. Link


Contributions to a collected Edition

Amrith, M. (2023). Migrant eldercare workers. In S. Torres, & A. Hunter (Eds.), Handbook on Migration and Ageing. (pp. 217-227). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. Link

Amrith, M., Sakti, V. K., & Sampaio, D. (2023). Introduction. In M. Amrith, V. K. Sakti, & D. Sampaio (Eds.), Aspiring in later life: Movements across time, space, and generations (pp. 1-16). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Link

Amrith, M. (2023). Letting go and looking ahead: The aspirations of middle-aged migrant domestic workers in Singapore and Hong Kong. In M. Amrith, V. K. Sakti, & D. Sampaio (Eds.), Aspiring in later life: Movements across time, space, and generations. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2023). “It’s like a big family feud!” Researching social trauma and repair through the lens of emotion and culture. In T. Stodulka, A. v. Poser, G. Scheidecker, & J. Bens (Eds.), Anthropologie der Emotionen: Affektive Dynamiken in Kultur und Gestellschaft (pp. 221-228). Berlin: Reimer. Link

Wolter, N. (2023). Disrupted futures: The shifting aspirations of older Cameroonians living in displacement. In M. Amrith, V. K. Sakti, & D. Sampaio (Eds.), Aspiring in later life: Movements across time, space, and generations. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Link

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


Alumni News

  • Damian Omar Martinez | Research Fellow “María Zambrano” at the Department of Sociology, University of Murcia (Spain)
  • Sabine Mohamed | Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University
  • 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
  • Elisabeth Badenhoop | Assistant Professor at the School of Human and Social Sciences in the University of Wuppertal
  • 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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The City Show

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Researchers from the institute describe the development of their projects and the challenges, delights and frustrations of conducting social scientific research.
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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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