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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

Lecture by Stanford professor on the connections between inheritance, values, and social inequality

June 20, 2018
Since the 1980s social inequality has increased in industrialized nations as a result of the concentration of wealth in the hands of ever fewer people. In the annual Goody Lecture at the MPI for Social Anthropology, Prof. Sylvia J. Yanagisako of Stanford University will consider how inheritance and kinship relations contribute to this concentration of capital. The lecture will be held in English on Thursday 28 June at 18:00 at the institute, Advokatenweg 36 in Halle. The Goody Lectures are organized by Prof. Chris Hann, Director of the Department ‘Resilience and Transformation’. more

More than Chaos and Catastrophe: Somalia in Transition

June 15, 2018
When people think about Somalia they typically think of it as a hopeless case, a failed state in which nothing functions as it should, a state without a future that threatens international peace. But in fact, this perspective is distorted and one-sided. One problem is that much of the basic sociological and ethnographic data we have about Somalia indeed date back to the 1960s–1980s. The conference “Continuity and change in Somali society, politics, and economy in the longue durée”, which will take place from 20 to 22 June at the MPI for Social Anthropology, aims to offer a more nuanced picture of Somalia based on current social science research. It will be held in English. more

David Scheffel: Cause for Concern in Slovakia

June 11, 2018
The "Visegrád Anthropologists' Network" is concerned to hear about the predicament of our respected colleague David Scheffel (Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, Canada). It is clear from the information available to us that the procedures being followed, and the conditions in which he is being held in custody in Slovakia, fall short of EU standards. We urge that David Scheffel be given the opportunity to clear his name in a transparent process as rapidly as possible. Chris Hann, on behalf of the V4Network, Halle, 11th June 2018 more

The Visegrád States in the Maelstrom of Postsocialist Change

May 31, 2018
Low wages, expanding social inequality, labour migration, xenophobia: these are all familiar problems in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, known as the Visegrád countries, or V4. An international conference entitled “Visegrád Belongings: Freedoms, Responsibilities and Everyday Dilemmas” on 7 and 8 June 2018 will consider the causes and the wide-ranging consequences of this situation. The conference, which will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI), will take place in English. more
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