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New Research Group “AIming Toward the Future: Policing, Governance, and Artificial Intelligence”

December 16, 2019

In January the new independent research group "AIming Toward the Future: Policing, Governance, and Artificial Intelligence" sponsored by the Max Planck Society will be launched at the Max Planck ...

Chris Hann Receives Huxley Memorial Medal

December 05, 2019

On Wednesday, 18 December, the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) will award Max Planck Director Chris Hann the Huxley Memorial Medal. Named after anatomist and Victorian polymath Thomas Henry ...

The Future of Work

December 02, 2019

From 11 to 13 December a conference entitled “Work, Ethics and Freedom” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Using case studies, social anthropologists ...

Dominik Müller Takes up Professorship in Erlangen

November 22, 2019

Dr. Dominik Müller has led an Emmy Noether Junior Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) since 2016. On 11 November 2019 he was pleased to accept a W2 professorship ...

Neoliberal Debt Policy and the Loss of Autonomy

November 21, 2019

On 1 October 2019 Marek Mikuš started his position as head of an Emmy Noether Research Group at the MPI for Social Anthropology. The project, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) ...

Searching for Patterns of Terrorism

November 08, 2019

On 21 and 22 November 2019 a workshop entitled “Is Terrorist Learning Different?” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The workshop was organized by members of the ...

ARD Campus Talks with Carolin Görzig: How do terrorist groups learn?

October 30, 2019

What does the future of terrorism look like and what can we learn from past developments? Are there perhaps even typical patterns that can shed light on how terrorist movements emerge and how they ...

Wolfgang Streeck Gives Lecture at MPI

October 22, 2019

Renowned social scientist Wolfgang Streeck will give a lecture on “Reflections on the Particular and the Universal: Varieties and Commonalities in Social Life and Social Science” at the Max Planck ...

Oceans Connect: Trade and Globalization in the Indian Ocean World

September 11, 2019

From 3 to 5 October 2019 a conference with the title “Cargoes: The Materiality of Connectivity in Motion Across the Indian Ocean” will take place at the Harnack House (Ihnestraße 16-20, Berlin). The ...

Exposing neoliberalism in Karl Polanyi’s home region

August 26, 2019

On 23 September 2019, the Karl Polanyi Center for Global Studies, directed by Attila Melegh at Corvinus University, Budapest, will organize a launch-event for "Repatriating Polanyi. Market Society in ...

Conference Report "Law, Islam and Anthropology"

August 20, 2019

The conference “Law, Islam and Anthropology”, 9–10 November 2018, organized jointly by the Department ‘Law & Anthropology’ of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI), the Gesellschaft ...

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Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Luisa Schneider

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In these two videos of our series Luisa Schneider talks about her research that examines privacy, intimacy and state-citizen engagement among unhoused persons in Germany. Length: 3 minutes

Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Jonas Klee

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In these two videos of our series, Jonas Klee talks about his research in the Senegalese city of Ziguinchor and how people there cope with ethnic and religious diversity. Length: 3 minutes

Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Annelise Riles

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In this video of our series Annelise Riles, research partner of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, talks about her research on financial governance and how it is seen by citizens. And she explains how anthropological methods of listening and reflecting on others' points of view can help create more effective dialogue between experts and the public and reinvigorate democratic processes. Length: 3 minutes

Social Relations of the Capitalocene:
Work, Value(s) and Personhood Below the Commanding Heights

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Videos of the talks of Gareth Dale, Ayşe Buğra and Mark Harvey.

Living in urban spaces

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Photos of the Workshop "Urban Precarity" which took place from 27 to 29 March 2019 at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Emperor Haile Selassie I. His Burial and the Rastafarians in Shashamane, Ethiopia. A two-part Documentary

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Team: Verena Böll, Ambaye Ogato, Robert Dobslaw
Length: 45 minutes

Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Imad Alsoos

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In these two videos of our series "Spot On - Three Minutes of Anthropology" Imad Alsoos from the research group "How 'Terrorists' learn" talks about his research on islamic mobilisation in Palestine and Tunisia – in English and in Arabic. Length: 3 minutes

The power of money

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Photos of the workshop “Financialization and the Production of Nature: New Frameworks for Understanding the Capital-Society-Nature Nexus”, organized by Natalia Buier and Jaume Franquesa.

Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Charlotte Bruckermann

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In these two videos of our series Charlotte Bruckermann talks about her field work in China and the effects of financialisation – in German and English. Length: 3 minutes

Material renovation and social change

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Fieldwork pictures: Christian Straube’s research project at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology focussed on processes of ruination and renovation in the context of Zambia’s reprivatised copper industry.

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

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The topic of the conference was what a humanitarian visa would mean in practice and wether it could offer a meaningful alternative to current EU asylum and migration policy.

Social Relations of the Capitalocene

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The conference „Social Relations of the Capitalocene“ centred around presentations of case studies that look at social relations within enterprises and the value orientation of entrepreneurs worldwide.

Emperor Haile Selassie I. His Burial and the Rastafarians in Shashamane, Ethiopia. A two-part Documentary

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Team: Verena Böll, Ambaye Ogato, Robert Dobslaw
Length: 45 minutes

The Influence of Financial Capitalism on Social Worlds

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Photos of the conference “Financialisation Beyond Crisis: Connections, Contradictions, Contestations”

Latest Thinking: How Do Terrorist Groups Learn and Unlearn Violence?

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Author: Carolin Görzig
Length: 12 minutes

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