Abteilung ‚Resilienz und Transformation in Eurasien’

In its first years (1999-2005) this department concentrated its research on postsocialist property relations. This phase was followed by a project on citizenship in the Caucasus and by a series of studies of religion after socialism (until 2010). Themes and spatial boundaries have been progressively expanded to include China and Vietnam (since 2006) and Japan (since 2009). Recent work in economic anthropology has enlarged the frame with projects in S. Asia and Egypt. Current research into „financialization“ (from 2015) extends from Spain to China.

The programmes of the Department are all organized within the optic of „Eurasia“. Since 2009 fieldwork-based research has been supplemented by projects in historical anthropology. A concept of Eurasia also forms the frame for our interdisciplinary International Max Planck Research School „Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia“ (from 2012) and for the ERC Project „Realising Eurasia: Civilization and Moral Economy in the 21st Century“ (2014-2020).

The year 2017 brought two significant new initiatives: a collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, and the Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge University, „Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change“ („Max-Cam“); and a network to strengthen anthropological research in the Visegrád states, „V4Net“.

Max Planck Cambridge Centre launched (Website of the University of Cambridge)

Current Projects

<p>Realising Eurasia:<br />Civilisation and Moral Economy in the 21st Century</p>
Project funded by the European Research Council in the Seventh Framework Programme (ERC Advanced Grant) (2014-2020)


Max Planck - Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change
The Max Planck Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change is a jointly funded collaboration with the Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge, and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen.
V4 Net
The Visegrád Anthropologists' Network is a loose cooperation of socio-cultural anthropologists dedicated primarily to investigating contemporary social phenomena in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia (the V4).
The International Max Planck Research School for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia is a Ph.D programme organized jointly with the disciplines of archaeology and history at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg.

Historische Ethnologie Eurasiens



The Political and Economic Anthropology of Southeast Asia


Abgeschlossene Projekte

Completed Projects


Patriarchy and Familism in Time and Space: the comparative study of co-residence across Eurasia (final report)


Ethnic Minorities and the State in Eurasia (final report)


The Global Political Economy of Cultural Heritage (final report)


Traders, Markets, and the State in Vietnam (final report)


Social Support and Kinship in China and Vietnam (final report)


Religion, Identity, Postsocialism (final report)


Caucasian Boundaries and Citizenship from Below (final report)


Property Relations (final report)

Upcoming Events

Work, Ethics and Freedom

Max-Cam Centre


Date: 11-13 December, 2019

Call for Papers

Goody Lecture

Carola Lentz

University of Mainz

Title: Class and Power in a Stateless Society: revisiting Jack Goody's ethnography of the LoDagaa

Date: June 14, 2019, 18:00 mehr

Recent Publications

Latest Thinking

Publication Series

Halle Studies in the Anthropology of Eurasia (LIT-Verlag, Berlin-Münster-Wien-Zürich-London)

Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy (Berghahn Books)

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