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Hatem Elliesie takes on two additional new positions: Teaching in Leipzig and research in Erlangen

April 13, 2021

During the summer semester 2021 Hatem Elliesie, Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, is serving as Acting Professor for Islamic Law at the Institute of Oriental Studies at ...

The Alumni Interview: 10 Questions for Olaf Zenker

April 09, 2021

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 ...

Anthropology Triggers Debates in Chinese Tech Sector

March 31, 2021

On 25 March 2021, the Chinese tech giant Tencent, owner of the app WeChat with over 1.2 billion users, organised a dialogue between Biao Xiang, Director of the Department ‘Anthropology of Economic ...

UNESCO World Heritage – The Limits of Solidarity in a World of Nation-States

March 30, 2021

When the UNESCO member states adopted the World Heritage Convention in 1972, they were motivated by an ambitious vision: shared responsibility for protecting sites identified as being of universal ...

Anthropology Meets Comics

March 25, 2021

Biao Xiang, Director of the Department ‘Anthropology of Economic Experimentation: Frontiers of Transformation’, was recently featured in a popular comic. Titled Bullshit Jobs (in China) the zine ...

Interview with Farrah Raza about Her Project on Organ Donation and Transplantation

March 04, 2021

Farrah Raza leads the Minerva Research Group entitled The Ethics of Exchange: The Regulation of Organ Donation and Transplantation in the Department ‘Law & Anthropology’ of the Max Planck Institute ...

Interview with Katrin Seidel about Her Work on South Sudan and Somaliland

February 26, 2021

Katrin Seidel received her Habilitation (post-doctoral qualification) from the Faculty of Law, Economics and Business at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg on 10 February 2021. Following her ...

Ursula Rao Begins Tenure as Managing Director

February 01, 2021

On 1 February 2021, Ursula Rao begins her term as the new Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. She takes over from Marie-Claire Foblets, who has performed this ...

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Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology with Pablo Ampuero Ruiz

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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

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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

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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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