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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 ...

Workshop Report ‘Forced Migration, Exclusion, and Social Class’

August 09, 2019

The workshop, initiated and hosted by the Max Planck research initiative on “The Challenges of Migration, Integration and Exclusion” focused on the interrelation between forced migration, exclusion ...

"The neoliberal order brings right-wing elites into power"

August 05, 2019

The Hungarian sociologist, economist, historian and renowned analyst of the authoritarian turn in Eastern Europe, Attila Melegh has been a guest researcher at the MPI for Social Anthropology for the ...

Workshop Report 'Urban Precarity'

July 30, 2019

Outlining ‘Urban Precarity’
Cities have long been associated with economic, social, moral, and salutary precarity. By its very nature, urban life - where relative anonymity, physical proximity to ...

Markets in Vietnam: New Book by Kirsten Endres

June 19, 2019

Kirsten Endres’ new book "Market Frictions: Trade and Urbanization at the Vietnam-China Border" will be published in June by Berghahn as the fifth volume in the series “Max Planck Studies in ...

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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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