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Agriculture in East Africa: Small Structures and Their Role in Biodiversity

June 13, 2019

On 20 and 21 June 2019 a conference with the title “Guardians of Productive Landscapes” will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). It was organized as part of a research initiative of the same name, a cooperation that ...

Lecture by Carola Lentz on the emergence of new class relations in northern Ghana

June 04, 2019

In the 1950s Jack Goody described the LoDagaa (Dagara) of northern Ghana as an example of a society without a ruler. In the annual Goody Lecture at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) on Thursday, 13 June, Mainz anthropologist ...

Ethnology of the Smart Phone: Lecture by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

May 28, 2019

On 12 June 2019, Norwegian anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen will give a talk entitled “To See the World in a Grain of Sand: The smartphone and comparative anthropology” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Eriksen, an External ...

Forced migration: few opportunities for the poor

May 16, 2019

A workshop entitled “Forced Migration, Exclusion, and Social Class” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) on 23 and 24 May 2019. Participants will examine the ways that the prior economic and social background of ...

Philipp Schröder receives Forschungspreis Ethnographie

May 13, 2019

Philipp Schröder, a former research fellow (2006–2011) in the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’, has been named the honouree of the Forschungspreis Ethnographie of the Department of Social and Cultural Studies of Fulda University of Applied ...

Broadcast on Deutschlandfunk about the conference "Urban Precarity"

April 23, 2019

On 18 April 2019, the German radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk aired an extended feature on "Problems and Hopes in the Modern City". The occasion for this broadcast was the workshop "Urban Precarity", which took place from 27 to 29 March at the MPI ...

Dissertation Award for Salman Hussain

April 08, 2019

Salman Hussain, a Research Fellow in the Department ‘Law & Anthropology’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) from September 2017 to April 2018, was awarded the UC Berkeley S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies ...

Financialization and the Production of Nature – Workshop Report

April 01, 2019

The workshop “Financialization and the Production of Nature: New Frameworks for Understanding the Capital-Society-Nature Nexus”, organized by Natalia Buier from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Jaume Franquesa from the University ...

Living in urban spaces – living in uncertainty

March 19, 2019

From 27 to 29 March 2019 a workshop entitled “Urban Precarity” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Workshop participants will examine how urban life is shaped by various experiences of precariousness ...

Interview with Annika Lems – New Research Group Head at MPI

February 27, 2019

Annika Lems joined the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology at the beginning of January as the head of an independent research group sponsored by the Max Planck Society. She received an MA in social anthropology from the University of Vienna ...

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Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Imad Alsoos

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

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

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

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

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

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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