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Work and Social Relations in the Capitalocene

January 07, 2019
From 23 to 25 January 2019 a conference with the title “Social Relations of the Capitalocene: Work, Value(s) and Personhood Below the Commanding Heights” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The conference centres around presentations of case studies that look at social relations within enterprises and the value orientation of entrepreneurs worldwide. The conference is organized by Prof. Dr. Chris Hann, Prof. Dr. Lale Yalçın-Heckmann, and the ERC research group REALEURASIA of the Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’ at the MPI. The conference will be held in English. more

Interview with Christoph Brumann about the Sentinelese

December 06, 2018
The American John Allen Chau was killed in mid-November while attempting to make contact with the Sentinelese, a group living isolated on North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean. In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Blick, Christoph Brumann talks about the background of this event, which has attracted worldwide attention. more

Dirk Hanschel Chosen to Be Max Planck Fellow

November 29, 2018
Prof. Dr. Dirk Hanschel, Professor of German, European, and International Public Law at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), will carry out a research programme on “Environmental Rights in Cultural Context” as a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Social Anthropology in Halle starting in January 2019. The fellowship position, which is awarded by the Max Planck Society, is connected with a research grant of up to €500,000. more

Research award winner Annelise Riles gives lecture on politics in the digital age

November 28, 2018
On 12 September 2018 legal scholar and anthropologist Prof. Dr. Annelise Riles was awarded the Anneliese Maier Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She was nominated for the award by the Prof. Dr. Marie-Claire Foblets, Managing Director of the MPI for Social Anthropology. The award, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, includes a grant of €250,000 over a five-year period, which Annelise Riles will use to establish a long-term cooperation with the Department ‘Law & Anthropology’ at the MPI. To introduce this collaboration, Annelise Riles will give a lecture on “The Sociality of the Platform” on Monday, 3 December 2018 at 16:15 at the MPI, Advokatenweg 36, 06114 Halle (Saale). This talk is part of the Joint Lecture Series of the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology of Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the MPI. more

Report on the Conference Financialisation Beyond Crisis: Connections, Contradictions, Contestations

November 26, 2018
During nearly three days of intensive exchanges at the Max Planck Institute on 10 through 12 September 2018, sixteen papers covering a wide range of issues pertaining to financialisation were discussed in a manner that transcended disciplinary boundaries between anthropology, sociology and political economy. more

CASCA Workshop Report

November 22, 2018
The workshop “Ideas and Practices: Exploring Economic and Social Transformation in Central Asia” on 11–13 October 2018 at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology brought together about forty scholars working on Central Asia. Over two-and-a-half days, the participants reflected on the rapid social change brought about by the economic and political transformations in the region during the last decade. more

Conference Report: Punishment – Negotiating Society

November 13, 2018
The conference “Punishment – Negotiating Society” on 14–16 February 2018, the third conference organized as part of the International Max Planck Research School on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment (IMPRS – REMEP), provided a forum for discussion between researchers studying punishment in a wide variety of contexts. The participants, representing such diverse disciplines as history, political science, legal studies, criminology, social and cultural anthropology, sociology, human geography, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience, came from Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. more

Muslim Everyday Practice and Islamic Legal Dogma

November 05, 2018
On 9 and 10 November a conference entitled “Law, Islam and Anthropology” will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Social anthropologists, legal experts, and Islamic scholars will discuss the role of Islamic legal understanding and moral expectations in the everyday life of Muslim believers; presentations will draw on empirical studies on topics such as conflict regulation, family law, and credit financing. Additionally, participants will examine how various interest groups have interpreted traditional Islamic rules, resulting in differentiation and transformation. The conference will be held in English. more

Humanitarian Visas and the External Dimensions of the EU Asylum and Migration Policy – A Workshop Report

October 30, 2018
The workshop Humanitarian Visas and the External Dimensions of the EU Asylum and Migration Policy, co-convened by Marie-Claire Foblets and Luc Leboeuf from the Department of Law and Anthropology of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Winfried Kluth and Dirk Hanschel from the Law Faculty at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, was held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology on 17-18 May 2018. An edited volume based on the proceedings of the workshop will follow. more
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