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Interview with Annika Lems – New Research Group Head at MPI

February 27, 2019
Annika Lems joined the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology at the beginning of January as the head of an independent research group sponsored by the Max Planck Society. She received an MA in social anthropology from the University of Vienna and left her homeland for Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, to complete her doctorate. Her doctoral dissertation, titled “Being-Here: Placemaking in a World of Movement” follows the stories of three Somali refugees while investigating the question of what it means to be thrown into a completely foreign world and attempt to create a new existence for oneself. At present she is preparing for work on a new project in the German-speaking parts of the Alps. We interviewed her about her research plans. more
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Report on the Conference "Social Relations of the Capitalocene"

February 05, 2019
This was the last major Workshop of Chris Hann’s ERC project “Realising Eurasia. Civilization and Moral Economy in the 21st Century” (Grant No 340854). Convened by Hann and project Coordinator Lale Yalçın-Heckmann, the goal on this occasion was to draw out some of the larger implications of the empirical and theoretical research carried out in the team since 2014. more

The power of money: The interests of capitalism and the transformation of nature

January 30, 2019
On 7 February 2019 a workshop entitled “Financialization and the Production of Nature: new frameworks for understanding the capital-society-nature nexus” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Workshop participants will examine how profit-oriented investments have influenced the global environmental transformations that are happening today. Anthropological case studies of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects in Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, and China will form the empirical basis of the discussion. The workshop will be held in English. more
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Max Planck Director Marie-Claire Foblets receives honorary doctorate

January 25, 2019
On Friday, 25 January 2019 the Law Faculty of the University of Uppsala awarded Max Planck Director Prof. Dr. Marie-Claire Foblets an honorary doctorate. At the award ceremony, Marie-Claire Foblets gave an address on “Facilitating cultural diversity in contemporary European societies – legal responses and their limits”. The award recognizes Foblets’ longstanding collaboration with the University of Uppsala. more

Work and Social Relations in the Capitalocene

January 07, 2019
From 23 to 25 January 2019 a conference with the title “Social Relations of the Capitalocene: Work, Value(s) and Personhood Below the Commanding Heights” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The conference centres around presentations of case studies that look at social relations within enterprises and the value orientation of entrepreneurs worldwide. The conference is organized by Prof. Dr. Chris Hann, Prof. Dr. Lale Yalçın-Heckmann, and the ERC research group REALEURASIA of the Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’ at the MPI. The conference will be held in English. more

Interview with Christoph Brumann about the Sentinelese

December 06, 2018
The American John Allen Chau was killed in mid-November while attempting to make contact with the Sentinelese, a group living isolated on North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean. In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Blick, Christoph Brumann talks about the background of this event, which has attracted worldwide attention. more
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Dirk Hanschel Chosen to Be Max Planck Fellow

November 29, 2018
Prof. Dr. Dirk Hanschel, Professor of German, European, and International Public Law at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), will carry out a research programme on “Environmental Rights in Cultural Context” as a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Social Anthropology in Halle starting in January 2019. The fellowship position, which is awarded by the Max Planck Society, is connected with a research grant of up to €500,000. more

Research award winner Annelise Riles gives lecture on politics in the digital age

November 28, 2018
On 12 September 2018 legal scholar and anthropologist Prof. Dr. Annelise Riles was awarded the Anneliese Maier Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She was nominated for the award by the Prof. Dr. Marie-Claire Foblets, Managing Director of the MPI for Social Anthropology. The award, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, includes a grant of €250,000 over a five-year period, which Annelise Riles will use to establish a long-term cooperation with the Department ‘Law & Anthropology’ at the MPI. To introduce this collaboration, Annelise Riles will give a lecture on “The Sociality of the Platform” on Monday, 3 December 2018 at 16:15 at the MPI, Advokatenweg 36, 06114 Halle (Saale). This talk is part of the Joint Lecture Series of the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology of Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the MPI. more

Report on the Conference Financialisation Beyond Crisis: Connections, Contradictions, Contestations

November 26, 2018
During nearly three days of intensive exchanges at the Max Planck Institute on 10 through 12 September 2018, sixteen papers covering a wide range of issues pertaining to financialisation were discussed in a manner that transcended disciplinary boundaries between anthropology, sociology and political economy. more

CASCA Workshop Report

November 22, 2018
The workshop “Ideas and Practices: Exploring Economic and Social Transformation in Central Asia” on 11–13 October 2018 at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology brought together about forty scholars working on Central Asia. Over two-and-a-half days, the participants reflected on the rapid social change brought about by the economic and political transformations in the region during the last decade. more
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