News & Updates

„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.

What do Germans think about diversity (in German)

Podcast presenter Lara-Lena Gödde spoke with Karen Schönwälder about diversity in the podcast "Ach, Mensch!". Karen Schönwälder examines how far acceptance in society really goes and straightens such a crooked picture. „Ach, Mensch!“ Is a cooperation with the Max Planck Society.

New Podcast Series

The City show is a podcast about complexity and how people live and adapt to life in fast-changing cities across Africa, Latin America and Asia. It's made by Dhashen Moddley, Tau Tavengwa, Freddie Boswell, Michael Rahfaldt, and Jo Jackson. It's a collaboration between Cityscapes Magazine, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity and African Centre for Cities. It's a Cityscapes/Radio Workshop production. Music by 23rd Parallel.

New Issue

The latest special issue on "Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Researching Ethnoheterogenesis in Contexts of Diversities and Social Change" is now out! Fully open access, do read and share:

"Diversity, 'diversity' and the social organization of difference"

Keynote by Steven Vertovec at the Conference ‘Studying Diversity after the Reflexive Turn’, Tübingen 7-9 July 2021

Wir haben das geschafft – und uns verändert

In this research report, the researchers of the Max Planck Society's science initiative "Challenges of Migration, Integration and Exclusion" (WiMi) take stock of the "long summer of migration 2015" and derive eight recommendations from the findings, which they have summarized in a position paper. [in German]

Religion, Magic, Secularity, and Spirituality

In this sixth conversation in the Global Religious and Secular Dynamics Discussion Series, Peter van der Veer joined Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova to talk about his comparative work linking India, China, and the West, as well as his training of the next generation of anthropologists, social scientists, historians, and religious studies scholars working on religion in Asian global cities. Van der Veer also discussed his forthcoming co-edited volume, Refugees and Religion: Ethnographic Studies of Global Trajectories (2021), and the COVID-19 pandemic and its current geopolitical dynamics and trends.

Urban Diversity, Diversification and Complexity

Keynote Lecture by Steven Vervovec at the Twentieth International Conference on "Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations", University of Milan, Italy, 10-12 June 2020.

Scapegoating in times of Corona

Institute Director Steven Vertovec gave a live television interview on Deutsche Welle and PBS America to comment on the coronavirus pandemic, xenophobia and group stigmas.

DWnews TV Interview Thursday, 7th May 2020 with Steven Vertovec, conducted by Anchor Brent Goff


Forthcoming Events

“In the Ruins of Futures Past: Potentiality, Planning, and the Contested Revival of Cyprus’s Ghost City”

Rebecca Bryant (Utrecht University)
Oct 28, 2021 10:30 - 12:00
Zoom Meeting


Job Offers

Doctoral fellow

October 25, 2021

Call for Papers: Towards a Social Psychology of Precarity

British Journal of Social Psychology
Submission deadline for full papers: 31st October 2021

The special issue editors (Geetha Reddy, Clare Coultas and Johanna Lukate) are seeking papers for an upcoming special issue in the British Journal of Social Psychology (BJSP) dedicated towards developing a social psychology of precarity.

Recent MMG Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

Working Papers

WP 20-04
Steven Vertovec:
Considering the work of ‘integration’
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WP 20-05
Paul Bramadat (University of Victoria):
Religion and Bioregionalism in Cascadia: The Trouble with Categories
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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

Schönwälder, K. (ed). (2020). Special Issue: Diversity in local political practice. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 43(11).  Link

Hänsch, V., Stasik, M., & Bekele Debele, S. (eds). (2020). "Temporalities of Waiting in Africa", in Critical African Studies, 12(1). Link

Journal Articles

Ngo, T. (2021). Conspicuous performances: ritual competition between Christian and non-Christian Hmong in contemporary Vietnam. Social Anthropology, 29(3), 733-747. Link

McKearney, P., & Amrith, M. (2021). Care. Cambridge Encyclopedia of Anthropology. CEA. Link

Samanani, F. (2021). Power in a minor key: Rethinking anthropological accounts of power alongside London’s community organisers. Critique of Anthropology, 41(3), 303-319. Link

Taras Fedirko, T. F., Samanani, F., & Williamson, H. F. (2021). Grammars of liberalism. Social Anthropology, 29(2), 373-386. Link

Tu, S. (2021). In search of the ‘best’ option: American private secondary education for upper-middle-class Chinese teenagers. Current Sociology Link.

Miyamoto, M., Magnusson, J., & Korom, F. J. (2021). Animal slaughter and religious nationalism in Bhutan. Asian Ethnology, 80(1), 121-145. Link

Suerbaum, M. (2021). Embodying legal precarity: Living with ongoing short-term protection in Germany. International Migration. Link

Korom, F. J., & Magnusson, J. (2021). Guest editors’ introduction: South Asian nationalisms. Asian Ethnology,  80 (1), 5-18. Link

van der Veer, P. (2021). What transcends the nation? Asian Ethnology,  80 (1), 19-30. Link

Ngo, T. (2021). Bones of contention: Situating the dead of the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese border war.  American Ethnologist (AE) doi:10.1111/amet.13015.

Boudou, B. (2021). Beyond the welcoming rhetoric: Hospitality as a principle of care for the displaced.  Essays in Philosophy,  22(1-2), 85-101. doi:10.5840eip20212225.

Drouhot, L. G., & Garip, F. (2021). What’s behind a racial category? Uncovering heterogeneity among Asian Americans through a data-driven typology.  RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 7(2), 22-45. doi:10.7758/RSF.2021.7.2.02.

Vertovec, S. (2021). The social organization of difference. Ethnic and Racial Studies. doi:10.1080/01419870.2021.1884733.


Contributions to a collected Edition

Sampaio, D. (2021). The sea as a lifestyle: (Im)mobilities, liminality, and life course transitions among permanently settled sailors in the Azores (Portugal). In J. Domínguez-Mujica, J. McGarrigle, & J. M. Parreño-Castellano (Eds.), International Residential Mobilities: From Lifestyle Migrations to Tourism Gentrification (pp. 33-50). S.l.: Springer-Nature. Link

Yamamura, S., & Lassalle, P. (2021). Notions and practices of differences: An epilogue on the diversity of entrepreneurship and migration. In N. Vershinina, P. Rodgers, M. Xheneti, J. Brzozowski, & P. Lassalle (Eds.), Global Migration, Entrepreneurship and Society (pp. 195-211). Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Publishing Limited. Link

van der Veer, P. (2021). Introduction: Refugees and religion. In B. Meyer, & P. van der Veer (Eds.), Refugees and religion: Ethnographic studies of global trajectories (pp. 1-11). London: Bloomsbury Academic. Link

van der Veer, P.(2021). German refugees and refugees in Germany. In B. Meyer, & P. van der Veer (Eds.), Refugees and religion: Ethnographic studies of global trajectories (pp. 34-47). London: Bloomsbury Academic. Link

Ngo, T., & Mai, N. T. T. (2021). In search of a Vietnamese Buddhist space in Germany. In B. Meyer, & P. van der Veer (Eds.), Refugees and religion: Ethnographic studies of global trajectories (pp. 105-122). London: Bloomsbury Academic. Link

Punathil, S. (2021). Between hope and fear: Migrant “illegality” and camp life in Assam, India. In B. Meyer, & P. van der Veer (Eds.), Refugees and religion: Ethnographic studies of global trajectories (pp. 198-216). London: Bloomsbury Academic. Link

Koenig, M. (2021). Religion. In B. Hollstein, R. Greshoff, U. Schimank, & A. Weiß (Eds.), Soziologie: Sociology in the German-Speaking World: Special Issue Soziologische Revue 2020 (pp. 331-343). Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg. Link

Castro Varela, MdM., & Mohamed, S. (2021). Bodies on the outside: Artistic imagination in Afrofuturism. In D. Neugebauer (Ed.), Counter_Readings of the Body (pp. 57-64). Leipzig: Spector Books. Link

Mohamed, S., & Castro Varela, MdM. (2021). Intersektionalität und postkoloniale soziale Arbeit. In A. Biele Mefebue, A. Bührmann, & S. Grenz (Eds.), Handbuch Intersektionalitätsforschung. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien. Link

Kang, J. (2021). Chinese Christian community in Germany: Home-making and Chineseness. In N. Cao, G. Giordan, & F. Yang (Eds.), Chinese religions going global (pp. 97-114). Leiden: Brill. Link


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Diversity Interviews

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