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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 ...

Generation Z and the Fifth Wave of Terrorism – Article by Carolin Görzig in the FAZ

July 30, 2020

In a full-page German newspaper article, Carolin Görzig discusses the development of modern terrorism and how David Rapoport’s model of “waves” of terrorism helps us understand it. While individual ...

Living without privacy - Luisa Schneider talks on ARD-alpha about her research with homeless people

July 24, 2020

Anyone can end up homeless. There are many reasons for such a situation: misfortune, illness, the loss of a job or a loved one. It is estimated that the number of homeless people in Germany has ...

The End of the Handshake? Ursula Rao Speaks on ZDF heute plus about the Future of a Greeting

June 19, 2020

Since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, we have stopped shaking hands. How does this affect our social interactions and where does the gesture of greeting come from anyway? In an interview on ZDF ...

MPI for Social Anthropology Welcomes New Directors Ursula Rao and Biao Xiang

June 15, 2020

In April 2020 Ursula Rao joined the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle as Director of the new Department ‘Anthropology of Politics and Governance’ and will lead the department full ...

The (Im)possibility of Ethnographic Research during Corona

June 11, 2020

In early March, life as we knew it underwent a dramatic change for many Europeans, and with it our understanding of ourselves and our world. As we watched the alarming scenes in the media of ...

Anthropology among the Homeless: Making the Marginalized Visible

May 20, 2020

The corona crisis does not affect all people to the same degree. This much is clear. But little is known about how exactly marginalized groups are experiencing and coping with the pandemic, and what ...

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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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