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Structures of Terror - Radio interview with Carolin Görzig

November 30, 2020

In an interview with the radio station WDR 5, Carolin Görzig talks about her research on international terrorism. She explains why there have been four major waves of terrorism since the end of the ...

MPI Doctoral Student Floramante S.J. Ponce Receives EASA Award

November 25, 2020

Floramante S.J. Ponce is this year’s winner of the annual award granted by the Anthropology of Food Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) for the best paper by a ...

Anthropological Observations and Reflections during Corona

November 20, 2020

Since January 2020 our lives have been defined by the waxing and waning of infection numbers, the media reports on the pandemic, and by the scientific research attempting to manage and explain it. For ...

Chris Hann a Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences

November 19, 2020

Max Planck Director Chris Hann has been elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU) by the Academy’s General Assembly.

Günther Schlee discusses flight and migration at the Zeit-Forum Wissenschaft

October 12, 2020

The climate crisis, wars, and poverty often leave people no choice – they flee to Europe to escape violence and hunger. But fleeing often brings them into new life-threatening situations. At the 78th ...

Sally Engle Merry (1944–2020)

September 29, 2020

The members of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology wish to express our deepest sorrow at the news of the passing of Sally Engle Merry.

20 Commentaries on the Pandemic of 2020

September 11, 2020

During the lockdown and the weeks that followed, Chris Hann and his colleagues examined the coronavirus pandemic and its repercussions in a series of blog posts. The 20 texts, written by members of ...

The Alumni Interview: 10 Questions for Monica Heintz

August 27, 2020

At irregular intervals we publish interviews with alumni of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. We find out where they are living and working now, what they are conducting research on ...

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Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Abdelghafar Salim

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In these videos, Abdelghafar Salim talks about his anthropological research among Muslims in Germany.

The Representation of Power and the Power of Representation

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Lecture given by Wolfgang Reinhard on 13 November 2019.
Length: 44 minutes

Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Rosalia Engchuan

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In these videos, anthropologist Rosalia Engchuan talks about her research in Indonesia. Length: 3 minutes

Studying Evil

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Keynote lecture by Günther Schlee at the Workshop "How 'Terrorists' Learn" on 22 November 2019
Length: 57 minutes

The Future of Work

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Photos of the conference “Work, Ethics and Freedom” from 11 to 13 December 2019

Searching for Patterns of Terrorism

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Photos of the workshop "Is Terrorist Learning Different?" on 21 and 22 November 2019

Keynote Lecture by Wolfgang Streeck

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From 11 to 13 December 2019 a conference entitled “Work, Ethics and Freedom” took place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. It was opened with a keynote by Wolfgang Streeck.
Length: 43 minutes

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

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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