Anthropology inspires me to question preconceptions and to rethink common assumptions – those that shape public debates or academic discourses, and those of my own.
Observing, encountering, being mindful and (un)learning to nurture curiosity about differences and the possibility of co-existence is a crucial part of what I understand as my work as anthropologist.
Anthropology allows me to understand how we individually and collectively experience and transform our unequal world.
Anthropology allows me to explore human and non-human interactions and the political dimensions of everyday practices.
75 Years Max Planck Society
Insight must precede application. (Max Planck)
The fundamental idea underlying my research is the desire to better understand the diversity of values and legal perceptions within a society.
I am interested in how people rethink mental health in times of increasing digitalization and changing environments.
Anthropology allows me to unravel and build towards other futures.
Abduletif Kedir Idris
Anthropology allows me to explore the role of law in the struggle for justice in contexts devoid of rule of law.
Anthropology enables me to understand how people live with transforming environments.
My work examines the effects of environmental rights in the south Gobi, where mining is the dominant activity.
Anthropology enables me to learn how people make sense of the world.
With ethnographic methods I can capture how laws and policies are experienced by people in particular contexts and provide insights into why policies work or fail.
Anthropology enables me to explore how people make sense of disease and demand care in situations of marginality.
I wish to explore what kinds of change are possible when we face deep uncertainty and structural stagnation at the same time.
Jing Jing Liu
My research centers on an anthropology of Africa-Asia to question the endurance of Western hegemony and to imagine new futures for global citizens.
I continue to see anthropology as a lens for understanding the meaning of everyday life, one that is well suited for making sense of how our world is transforming.
I study how people engage with environmental politics in their daily lives – for example, Green Growth or new conservation approaches like rewilding.
Urban development, UN operations, Buddhist economies – anthropology helps me to make sense of modern institutions and their contradictions.
Anthropology allows me to question the taken-for-granted; it reminds me that things could be different and helps me to understand why they are not.
My political commitments are frequently challenged, refined and subsequently defined by the field of social anthropology.
Ursula Rao, the Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) has been elected a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), receiving her ...
Christoph Brumann, Head of Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Honorary Professor at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, has been elected as a member of the ...
Will recognizing oceans, rivers, and forests as legal subjects entitled to special rights allow us to protect them more effectively? In 2008, Ecuador became the first nation in the world to enshrine ...