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The Development of Central Asia after the Fall of the Soviet Union

October 01, 2018
On 11–13 October a workshop entitled “Ideas and Practices: exploring economic and social transformation in Central Asia” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Participants will present the results of their research on the far-reaching processes of transformation that have taken place in the Central Asian states since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. The workshop was organized by the Centre for Anthropological Studies on Central Asia (CASCA), a cooperation between the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’ at the MPI and the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies (ISEK) at the University of Zurich. The workshop will be held in English. more

The Influence of Financial Capitalism on Social Worlds

September 06, 2018
On 10–12 September a conference entitled “Financialisation Beyond Crisis: Connections, Contradictions, Contestations” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. It will examine how global financial capitalism influences not only international politics and economy but also nearly every aspect of people’s lives. The conference is organised by Chris Hann and Don Kalb together with the research group ‘Financialisation’ in the Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The conference language will be English. more

Max Planck Day: Invitation to public lectures

September 06, 2018
To celebrate the 2018 Max Planck Day, the two Max Planck Institutes in Halle are joining forces to offer the interested public a glimpse into their various research topics. During two public lectures, researchers in the fields of social anthropology and physics will explore the role that data and structures play at the micro-level in their respective disciplines. It is the first event held jointly by both institutes since they opened their doors in Halle. We warmly invite you to join us for this special occasion in the newly renovated auditorium of the MPI of Microstructure Physics. The lectures are held in German.Date: 13 September 2018Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Location: Max-Planck-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Saale)Speaker: Dr. Charlotte Bruckermann und Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Gerhard Fettweis more

Towards a Better Understanding of Postcolonial Societies

August 16, 2018
Interview with Jacqueline Knörr about her new book more

Max Planck Day: Observations from the Helicopter and through the Magnifying Glass

August 09, 2018
Public Lecture by Thomas Hylland Eriksen more

The MPI at the EASA Conference in Stockholm

August 06, 2018
Just as in previous years, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity will have a joint information stand at the biennial conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. The conference will take place on 14-17 August 2018 in Stockholm. You can find the MPI’s info stand on the third floor in the foyer of the Södra Huset building. more

Ways out of violence – interview with Carolin Görzig on Deutschlandfunk

July 31, 2018
Carolin Görzig, head of the research group "How 'Terrorists' Learn - Re-considering the tactical and strategic transformation of violent movements and organisations" talked with Florian Felix Weyh on 29 July 2018 about the learning capacity of terrorist groups, to the problems with using the term “terrorism”, and the ethical questions raised by contact with terrorists. The interview also considers ways out of violence, negotiating with “terrorists” and how members of such groups achieve new self-knowledge and unlearn violence. more

Elzyata Kuberlinova awarded scholarship from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation

July 30, 2018
lzyata Kuberlinova – a doctoral student in the international research school ANARCHIE, a cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg – has won one of twelve PhD stipends funded by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation in 2018. more

Visegrád Belongings – a conference report

June 29, 2018
Over the course of two days filled with intensive discussion, the conference “Visegrád Belongings: Freedoms, Responsibilities and Everyday Dilemmas” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology demonstrated the vigor of the newly established research Network dedicated to the V4 states – Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. more
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