Department 'Integration and Conflict'

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Research Programme

Social actors, both groups and individuals, are integrated into social systems. This integration can happen by identification with others or by stressing differences with them and developing complementary relations. Also violent conflicts can be regarded as such social systems. Opponents may emulate each other’s strategies and symbols, or they may respond to each other with new, unanticipated strategies which may disregard rules of conduct and with which the other party cannot cope. In both cases one can speak of systemic integration.
Key concepts for the department's approach to integration and conflict are therefore the construction of identity and difference. These construction processes can be observed in different domains: kinship, friendship, language and history – commonly amalgamated to various forms of ‘ethnicity’ – and adherence to various complexes of rituals and beliefs, including corporate ‘religions’ in the modern sense. How decisions between alternative identifications are taken is modelled at the individual and supra-individual levels.

The department aims at worldwide comparisons. Further details to be read on the the subsite on research areas.

Fields of practical application comprise, among others, conflict mediation and development policy advice.


News from the Department

Workshop Report 'Urban Precarity'

July 30, 2019

Outlining ‘Urban Precarity’
Cities have long been associated with economic, social, moral, and salutary precarity. By its very nature, urban life - where relative anonymity, physical proximity to strangers, reliance on money economies, and an ...

Agriculture in East Africa: Small Structures and Their Role in Biodiversity

June 13, 2019

On 20 and 21 June 2019 a conference with the title “Guardians of Productive Landscapes” will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). It was organized as part of a research initiative of the same name, a cooperation that ...

Forced migration: few opportunities for the poor

May 16, 2019

A workshop entitled “Forced Migration, Exclusion, and Social Class” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) on 23 and 24 May 2019. Participants will examine the ways that the prior economic and social background of ...

Philipp Schröder receives Forschungspreis Ethnographie

May 13, 2019

Philipp Schröder, a former research fellow (2006–2011) in the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’, has been named the honouree of the Forschungspreis Ethnographie of the Department of Social and Cultural Studies of Fulda University of Applied ...

Broadcast on Deutschlandfunk about the conference "Urban Precarity"

April 23, 2019

On 18 April 2019, the German radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk aired an extended feature on "Problems and Hopes in the Modern City". The occasion for this broadcast was the workshop "Urban Precarity", which took place from 27 to 29 March at the MPI ...

Events of the Department 'Integration and Conflict'

Researchers at the Department 'Integration and Conflict'

Since 1999 some 100 researchers have been contributing to the research activities at the department under the supervision of Günther Schlee. Those currently doing research can be found here. more
An overview of researchers and their current as well as completed projects are listed here. more

Outreach & Media

Outreach & Media
A collection of videos, radio contributions, yearbook articles and reports produced over the course of two decades of research at the Department 'Integration and Conflict' . more

A selection of outreach activies and media coverage over the course of the last two decaeds provided by researchers of the Deparment 'Integration and Conflict' be accessed here

Furthermore, some research resulted in producing ethnographic films. These productions can be reached here.  

Online Publications

Fulbe Pastoralists in Eastern Sudan and Western Ethiopia: a documentation
(Günther Schlee)

Ethiopian Diary 2001 - 2002 / Tagebuch Äthiopien 2001-2002
(Günther Schlee)

Radio Programme / Multimedia 

Deutschlandradio Kultur, 29.10.2014 (8.30 min)
Ebola-Epidemie "Man lässt keine Kranken allein". Anita Schroven im Gespräch mit Dieter Kassel.

ORF Radio "Dimensionen - Die Welt der Wissenschaft" (mo- fr, 19.05 - 19.30), (Austrian Radio), Hörfunkprogramm Ö1 (German), 25 mins (MP3-Download, 14.7 MB)

September 20th 2004 "Konferenz der Europäischen Sozialanthropologie vom 8.-12. September 2004 in Wien, von Ina Ivanceanu (MP3-Download, 17.0 MB)

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