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For an open society
Appeal by Patrick Cramer, President of the Max Planck Society, in which he refers to the research results of the MPI-MMG DivA project. According to this study, more than two thirds of people in German cities see social diversity as a benefit.
Concluding conference of the "Muslim-Jewish Encounters" project
October 12-13, the concluding conference of the three years project "Muslim-Jewish Encounters" took place in Berlin with researchers from France, Great Britain and Germany. The project was funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche, the Economic and Social Research Council and the German Research Foundation.
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 seventh episode is with Dekel Peretz on “Jewish-Muslim relations in Germany”.
MPI-MMG in Dialogue
Invited scholars discuss cutting-edge research and new ideas with the institute’s scientists
Missed the last event? Watch the video here.

Annelies Kusters first full professor in deaf studies
Congratulations to former MMG researcher Annelies Kusters, who has become the first deaf scholar to be made a full professor in the field of deaf studies and sign language studies in the UK.
Philipp Schwartz Fellowship
Congratulations to Akif Tahiiev on being awarded a Philipp Schwartz Fellowship! The Philipp Schwartz Initiative was launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the Federal Foreign Office and enables research stays in Germany for threatened researchers.
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 social anthropologist Farhan Samanani in his talk at Göttinger Literaturherbst.
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
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.
Martin Bulmer Prize
Congratulations to Elisa Lanari for being awarded the Martin Bulmer Prize for her article "Latina M(other)work against racism: living with legal precarity in suburban Atlanta“ in Ethnic and Racial Studies.
ERC Consolidator Grant

ERC Consolidator Grant

November 27, 2023
Congratulations to Megha Amrith on her receipt of a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant 2023! Her new project, entitled “The Pursuit of Wellness in Southeast Asia: New Encounters and Inequalities in an Emerging Industry” will commence at the end of 2024.
Diversity assent: conceptualisation and an empirical application
A new article in Ethnic and Racial Studies by MPI-MMG researchers outlines their concept „diversity assent“. It demonstrates who supports different aspects of diversity. Pro-diversity-attitudes are shared by a majority of the German urban population.
Karl Kaser Prize 2023
On November 10, Mina Hristova was awarded the Karl Kaser Prize for historical-anthropological Southeast European research by the University of Graz.

Forthcoming Events

"Using Critical, Qualitative Tools to Study Youth Development in Sociocultural Context"

Mar 12, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Zoom Event
IN DIALOGUE: our series of events on new research findings and current debates will continue. 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

▪   Hania Sobhy: "Defending Public Education in the Age of Austerity: A Crisis of Union Legitimacy in Tunisia"
CIES The Power of Protest
March 6, 2024 | Virtual Session
▪   Hania Sobhy: "Education, Civics, and Citizenship in Egypt Towards More Inclusive Curricular Representations and Teaching"
CIES The Power of Protest
March 13, 2024 | Hyatt Regency, Miami
▪   Hania Sobhy: "Schooling the Nation: Education and Everyday Politics in Egypt"
CIES The Power of Protest
March 13, 2024 | Hyatt Regency, Miami
▪   Swetlana Torno is part of the Organizing Committee
AGENET Biennial 2024 Conference "Kinning, Moving, and Growing in Later Life"
March 14-15, 2024 | Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
▪   Tabea Scharrer takes part in the Book Presentation "Flucht- und Flüchtlingsforschung: Handbuch für Wissenschaft und Studium"
Book Presentation
March 20, 2024 | Österreichisches Institut für Internationale Politik, Wien


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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.



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

Karimi, A., & Byelikova, Y. (2024). Wartime (im)mobilities: effects of aspirations-capabilities on displaced Ukrainians in Canada and Germany and their viewpoints on those who remain in Ukraine. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Link

Peled, Y. (2024). Solidarity and/in language: Theory, practice, rhetoric. Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric, 14(01), 79-1. Link

Tahiiev, A. (2024). Female leadership in Shia Islam: Women on the way from Mujtahid to Marja’. Societies, 14(1): 2. Link

Harris, E., & Enggist, M. (2023). The micro-foundations of social democratic welfare chauvinism and inclusion: class demand and policy reforms in Western Europe, 1980−2018. European Political Science Review, 1-18. Link

Emmerich, A. (2023). Interreligiöse Begegnungen in der Metropole: Am Beispiel von jüdisch-muslimischen Beziehungen in Frankfurt am Main. Forum Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung, 2023(6), 301-303. Link

Torno, S. (2023). Life-course management and social security in later life: Women’s biographical practices spanning generations and historical contexts in Tajikistan. Historical Social Research, 48(4), 104-130. Link

Harris, E., Schönwälder, K., Petermann, S., & Vertovec, S. (2023). Diversity assent: conceptualisation and an empirical application. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1-25. Link

Lanari, E. (2023). Latina M(other)work against racism: living with legal precarity in suburban Atlanta. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 46(2), 316-337. Link.

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


Contributions to a collected Edition

Szepan, L. (2023). Making the "social business" work: Organizational identity as revolving stage. In M. May, S. Groth, & J. Müske (Eds.), Morality as organizational practice: Negotiating, performing, and navigating moral standards in contexts of work (pp. 125-136). Münster: Waxmann.

Tahiiev, A. (2023). Шиизм на постсоветском пространстве: влияние новых медиа / Shi’ism in the post-Soviet space: the influence of new media. In E. Muratova, & Z. Khabibullina (Eds.), Виртуальный ислам на постсоветском пространстве: киберсреда и религиозные авторитеты / Virtual Islam in the post-Soviet space: cyber environment and religious authorities. (pp. 80-108). Baku: Idrak. Link

Bass, M., Davis, C., Nedsreal, N., & Walendom, L. (2023). Why all the black women sit together on the U-Bahn. In S. Chatterjee, & P.-H. Lee (Eds.), Plural Feminisms: Navigating Resistance as Everyday Praxis (pp. 59-74). London: Bloomsbury Academic. Link

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


Alumni News

  • Arndt-Walter Emmerich | Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Hertfordshire
  • Annelies Kusters | Professor of Sociolinguistics at the School of Social Sciences at the Heriot-Watt University
  • Christine Lang | Assistant professor in Social Geography and Reflexive Migration Studies at Osnabrück University
  • 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
Diao, Yin.  2023.  Faith by Aurality in China’s Ethnic Borderland. Media, Mobility, and Christianity at the Margins. Boydell and Brewer.
Gupta, Radhika. 2023. “Freedom in Captivity: Negotiations of Belonging along Kashmir’s Frontier”.  Cambridge University Press” (
Liu, Jifeng. 2023. 族群身份與跨國網絡:馬來西亞砂拉越華人基督徒研究 (Ethnic Identities and Transnational Networks: Chinese Christians in Sarawak, Malaysia). Chinese Christian Literature Council (Taiwan).
Mahadev, Neena. 2023. Karma and Grace: Religious Difference in Millennial Sri Lanka, Columbia University Press. (discount with CUP20).
Vevaina, Leilah. 2023. Trust Matters: Parsi Endowments in Mumbai and the Horoscope of the City, Duke University Press.
► Radhika Gupta was awarded an ERC Consolidator grant in 2023 for a project titled “Entangled Universals of Transnational Islamic Charity” (read more)
► Julia Martínez-Ariño was awarded the 2023 ISSR (International Society for Science and Religion) Best Book Award for her book "Urban Secularism."
► Ke-hsien Huang was awarded the ICAS Book Prize of Chinese Language Edition 2023 for his book  “危殆生活:無家者的社會世界與幫助網絡 (Precarious Living: Homeless People and the Helping Networks in Taiwan)“ 春山出版有限公司 SpringHill Publishing Ltd., 2021.
Sahana Udupa was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant to study small platform discourse. read more

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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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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.
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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.
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