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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

The conference “Law, Islam and Anthropology”, 9–10 November 2018, organized jointly by the Department ‘Law & Anthropology’ of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI), the Gesellschaft für Arabisches und Islamisches Recht (GAIR), and the Vereniging tot bestudering van het recht van de Islam en het Midden Oosten (RIMO). more

The workshop, initiated and hosted by the Max Planck research initiative on “The Challenges of Migration, Integration and Exclusion” focused on the interrelation between forced migration, exclusion, and social class. This focus was motivated by the observation that previous research on forced migration often hides social class behind other terms, e.g. when refugees are described as “vulnerable”, “poor”, or as “better off”. more

The Hungarian sociologist, economist, historian and renowned analyst of the authoritarian turn in Eastern Europe, Attila Melegh has been a guest researcher at the MPI for Social Anthropology for the past five months. He is a professor at Corvinus University, Budapest, and senior researcher at the Demographic Research Institute, Budapest. As he is the founding director of the Karl Polanyi Research Center for Global Social Studies at Corvinus University we wanted to know how he sees the current political development in Europe and to what extent Karl Polanyi’s writings could help to analyse the situation. And of course, another good reason for this interview is the publication of Polanyi’s famous The Great Transformation exactly 75 years ago. more

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 ever-changing built-environment converge with transnational flows of people, ideas, and capital - is often considered to produce unique challenges in terms of vulnerability, uncertainty, and risk. more

Kirsten Endres’ new book "Market Frictions: Trade and Urbanization at the Vietnam-China Border" will be published in June by Berghahn as the fifth volume in the series “Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy”. Vietnam expert Kirsten Endres is Head of Research Group in the Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). We talked with her about her new book. more

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 includes the University of Göttingen and the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’ at the MPI. The goal of the initiative is to document how traditional agricultural and land management in East Africa can help to preserve biodiversity. The conference will include screenings and discussion of ethnographic films created as part of this project. The language of the conference is English. more

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