Radio Interview with Christoph Brumann on the UNESCO World Heritage List

July 14, 2021

In an interview with Kathrin Hondl from the German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk, Christoph Brumann talks about why UNESCO’s vision of creating comprehensive, multilateral protection of exceptional ...

Chris Hann’s Oeuvre Honoured in Essay Volume

July 05, 2021

On Friday, 2 July, the volume Explorations in Economic Anthropology was symbolically presented to Chris Hann, Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) during a ...

The Development of Morality and Society in Eurasia

June 28, 2021

Moral rules and imperatives are of immense importance for our social coexistence. But how did they originate, what functions do they serve, and how have they changed over the course of human history ...

Annual Goody Lecture Features Thomas Hylland Eriksen on the Competition between China and Western Europe and Its Consequences

June 16, 2021

On 24 June 2021 at 18:00, Norwegian anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen will give the annual Goody Lecture of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Titled “The Treadmill Paradox in ...

The Largest Mangrove Forest in the World – Online Public Lecture and Musical Performance

May 27, 2021

On 3 June 2021 at 19:00 Jason Cons (University of Texas at Austin) will give a lecture about his anthropological field research in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh, the largest mangrove area in the world ...


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Spot On | Hassan Hussein Kochore – Age Counting in Kenya

On different models of counting age in northern Kenya

Spot On | Christoph Brumann – UNESCO World Heritage

The idea of World Heritage and the power of nation states

Who lives on the streets?

Luisa Schneider in a podcast on homelessness

Spot On – State Intervention in Ethiopia

Yohannes Yitbarek Ejigu conducts research about the politics of “development” in Southern Ethiopia. In this video he looks at recent conflicts between the Hamar agro-pastoral communities and the district administration.

Read On – The Best We Share

In the first episode of our new video series Read On, Christoph Brumann introduces his book, “The best we share: nation, culture and world-making in the UNESCO World Heritage Arena”.

Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Pablo Ampuero Ruiz

In this video Pablo Ampuero Ruiz talks about his anthropological research among domestic migrant workers in Southern China.
Length: 3 minutes

Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Abdelghafar Salim

In these videos, Abdelghafar Salim talks about his anthropological research among Muslims in Germany.
Length: 3 minutes

The Representation of Power and the Power of Representation

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

Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Rosalia Engchuan

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

Studying Evil

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

The Future of Work

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

Searching for Patterns of Terrorism

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