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On Wednesday, 18 December, the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) will award Max Planck Director Chris Hann the Huxley Memorial Medal. Named after anatomist and Victorian polymath Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895), the award is the highest honour bestowed by the RAI, the world’s oldest anthropological association. Following the award ceremony, Chris Hann will give a public lecture on “Economy and Ethics in the Cosmic Process” on 18 December at 17:30 in the British Museum in London. more

The Future of Work

December 02, 2019

From 11 to 13 December a conference entitled “Work, Ethics and Freedom” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Using case studies, social anthropologists, sociologists, and legal scholars will explore what is understood as “work” today and what rational, emotional, moral, and even spiritual dimensions work can have in various contexts. This is the first conference of the Max-Cam Centre (Max Planck – Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change). It will open on 11 December at 18:00 with a keynote by Wolfgang Streeck, Director Emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, on different configurations in the relationship between universalism and particularism, in theory and the real world. more

Dr. Dominik Müller has led an Emmy Noether Junior Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) since 2016. On 11 November 2019 he was pleased to accept a W2 professorship in cultural and social anthropology at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). more

On 1 October 2019 Marek Mikuš started his position as head of an Emmy Noether Research Group at the MPI for Social Anthropology. The project, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), is titled “Peripheral Debt: Money, Risk and Politics in Eastern Europe” and looks at how increasing indebtedness affects households in Eastern Europe. We talked with him about the importance of studying this topic and how he became interested in it. more

On 21 and 22 November 2019 a workshop entitled “Is Terrorist Learning Different?” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The workshop was organized by members of the research group “How ‘Terrorists’ Learn”. Through the analysis of international case studies, participants will explore tactical and strategic learning processes of violent radical groups. more

What does the future of terrorism look like and what can we learn from past developments? Are there perhaps even typical patterns that can shed light on how terrorist movements emerge and how they develop? Carolin Görzig explores these questions in her twelve-minute talk, in which she also gives insight into field research in Northern Ireland, Tunisia and the Middle East. more

Renowned social scientist Wolfgang Streeck will give a lecture on “Reflections on the Particular and the Universal: Varieties and Commonalities in Social Life and Social Science” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The keynote talk will open the conference “Work, Ethics and Freedom” from 11 to 13 December 2019. It is the first major conference organized by the Max Planck – Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change (Max-Cam). more

From 3 to 5 October 2019 a conference with the title “Cargoes: The Materiality of Connectivity in Motion Across the Indian Ocean” will take place at the Harnack House (Ihnestraße 16-20, Berlin). The conference was organized as part of the Max Planck Fellow Group “Connectivity in Motion – Port Cities of the Indian Ocean” led by Burkhard Schnepel at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). By focusing on cargoes, the conference asks how the transport, trade, and consumption of these objects create connections between people, groups, regions, nations, and even entire continents. more

On 23 September 2019, the Karl Polanyi Center for Global Studies, directed by Attila Melegh at Corvinus University, Budapest, will organize a launch-event for "Repatriating Polanyi. Market Society in the Visegrád States" by Chris Hann. Mihály Sárkány, Joanna Mroczkowska, Iván Szelényi and Gergely Pulay will take part as commentators. Margit Feischmidt will chair the discussion. We talked with Chis Hann prior to the launch in Budapest and asked him some questions about the book. more

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