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On 12 March 2020 the crisis management committee of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology decided upon the following measures, which will provisionally remain in force until 30 April 2020. more

From 11 to 13 December 2019 a conference entitled “Work, Ethics and Freedom” took place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Using case studies, social anthropologists, sociologists, and legal scholars explored what is understood as “work” today and what rational, emotional, moral, and even spiritual dimensions work can have in various contexts. This was the first conference of the Max-Cam Centre (Max Planck – Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change). more

Günther Schlee, Director emeritus at the MPI for Social Anthropology , on February 11, 2020 has taken up a professorship for Social Anthropology at the Arba Minch University, Ethiopia. The position is sponsored by the United Nations Development Program, UNDP. more

Dr. Kirsten Endres, Research Group Leader in the Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, has been appointed as a distinguished affiliated professor (apl. Prof.) at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in recognition of her accomplishments in research and teaching at the university. more

On 21 and 22 November 2019, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology hosted the workshop “Is Terrorist Learning Different?”, organized by Carolin Görzig, leader of the Max Planck Research Group “How ‘Terrorists’ Learn”, and post-docs Imad Alsoos, Michael Fürstenberg, and Florian Köhler. Experts coming from Europe, Tunisia, Mexico, the United States, and India discussed whether there are specific characteristics of terrorist actors, how internal and external dynamics shape their learning processes, and in what way different forms of learning – or the failure to learn – relate to successes and failures of terrorist groups. Moreover, a keynote speech by the institute’s founding director, Günther Schlee, on “Studying Evil” invited participants to reflect on the opportunities and limitations as well as on the ethics of researching the subject of terrorist learning. more

On Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 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 2019 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

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