Director

Günther Schlee
Günther Schlee
Director
Phone: +49 (0) 345 29 27 101

Head of Research Group 'Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast'

Jacqueline Knörr
Jacqueline Knörr
Head of Research Group
Phone: +49 (0) 345 29 27 128

Contact

Viktoria Giehler-Zeng
Secretary to Director
Phone: +49 (0) 345 29 27 100
Viola Stanisch
Department Secretary
Phone: +49 (0) 345 29 27 103
Cornelia Schnepel
Department Secretary
Phone: +49 (0) 345 29 27 104

Department 'Integration and Conflict'

Department 'Integration and Conflict'

Research Programme

Social actors, both groups and individuals, are integrated into social systems. This integration can happen by identification with others or by stressing differences with them and developing complementary relations. Also violent conflicts can be regarded as such social systems. Opponents may emulate each other’s strategies and symbols, or they may respond to each other with new, unanticipated strategies which may disregard rules of conduct and with which the other party cannot cope. In both cases one can speak of systemic integration.
Key concepts for the department's approach to integration and conflict are therefore the construction of identity and difference. These construction processes can be observed in different domains: kinship, friendship, language and history – commonly amalgamated to various forms of ‘ethnicity’ – and adherence to various complexes of rituals and beliefs, including corporate ‘religions’ in the modern sense. How decisions between alternative identifications are taken is modelled at the individual and supra-individual levels.

The department aims at worldwide comparisons.

Fields of practical application comprise, among others, conflict mediation and development policy advice.

News from the Department

Publications about the Department 'Integration and Conflict'

Department I in Yearbook 2001 of the Max Planck Society
(in German)

Department I in Yearbook 2004 of the Max Planck Society
(in German)

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology – Abteilung I – Bericht 2007
(in German)

Department I in the MPI for Social Anthropology Report 1999-2001
(in English)

Department I in the MPI for Social Anthropology Report 2002-2003
(in English)


Online Publications

Fulbe Pastoralists in Eastern Sudan and Western Ethiopia: a documentation
(Günther Schlee)

Ethiopian Diary 2001 - 2002 / Tagebuch Äthiopien 2001-2002
(Günther Schlee)


Radio Programme / Multimedia

Deutschlandradio Kultur, 29.10.2014 (8.30 min)
Ebola-Epidemie "Man lässt keine Kranken allein". Anita Schroven im Gespräch mit Dieter Kassel.


ORF Radio "Dimensionen - Die Welt der Wissenschaft" (mo- fr, 19.05 - 19.30), (Austrian Radio), Hörfunkprogramm Ö1 (German), 25 mins (MP3-Download, 14.7 MB)

September 20th 2004 "Konferenz der Europäischen Sozialanthropologie vom 8.-12. September 2004 in Wien, von Ina Ivanceanu (MP3-Download, 17.0 MB)

 
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