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During the summer semester 2021 Hatem Elliesie, Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, is serving as Acting Professor for Islamic Law at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the University of Leipzig. In February this year he additionally began a position as Head of Junior Research Group at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU). more

At irregular intervals we publish interviews with alumni of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. We find out where they are living and working now, what they are conducting research on, and how their time at the MPI shaped their subsequent careers. In closing they share their advice for young anthropologists and name a book that has impressed them recently. more

On 25 March 2021, the Chinese tech giant Tencent, owner of the app WeChat with over 1.2 billion users, organised a dialogue between Biao Xiang, Director of the Department ‘Anthropology of Economic Experimentation: Frontiers of Transformation’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and data engineers and economic analysts from top tech companies. Titled “Human, Algorithm and System”, the discussion was based on Xiang’s talk at the 2021 Tencent annual conference in the section “Technologies for the Good” on 9 January. more

When the UNESCO member states adopted the World Heritage Convention in 1972, they were motivated by an ambitious vision: shared responsibility for protecting sites identified as being of universal significance – regardless of any national interests. How this has worked in practice is the topic of Christoph Brumann’s book The Best We Share: Nation, Culture and World-Making in the UNESCO World Heritage Arena, published in March 2021. He shows how, from the beginning, the dominance of the Global North has stood in the way of the idea of a global community of equal nations. Since the 2010 meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Brazil, the treaty states‘ efforts to promote their own national interests have become increasingly uncompromising. more

Anthropology Meets Comics

March 25, 2021

Biao Xiang, Director of the Department ‘Anthropology of Economic Experimentation: Frontiers of Transformation’, was recently featured in a popular comic. Titled Bullshit Jobs (in China) the zine collects a series of web comics by Krish Raghav, along with a theoretical postscript reflecting on the origins of widespread stress and disillusionment among Chinese youth about their working lives. more

Farrah Raza leads the Minerva Research Group entitled The Ethics of Exchange: The Regulation of Organ Donation and Transplantation in the Department ‘Law & Anthropology’ of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology since September 2020. She is also a Stipendiary Lecturer in Public Law at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. The Max Planck Society’s Minerva Fast Track Programme supports outstanding early-career female researchers by providing them with long-term career prospects in leadership positions. more

Katrin Seidel received her Habilitation (post-doctoral qualification) from the Faculty of Law, Economics and Business at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg on 10 February 2021. Following her public lecture, she was awarded her venia legendi (teaching credentials) for legal anthropology, legal sociology, and comparative law. Her Habilitation thesis was on the topic of “Internationalised Constitution-Making as a Tool for Negotiating Statehood and Rule of Law: South Sudan’s and Somaliland’s Constitutional Genesis in the Context of Plural Legal (Dis-) Ordering”. more

On 1 February 2021, Ursula Rao begins her term as the new Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. She takes over from Marie-Claire Foblets, who has performed this function since July 2015. Ursula Rao joined the MPI in April 2020 as the Director of the new Department ‘Anthropology of Politics and Governance’ after heading the Institute of Anthropology at Leipzig University for 8 years. more

In the first part of the discussion series "Kant – A Racist?", co-organized by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, a panel of experts, including Cengiz Barskanmaz from the Department "Law & Anthropology" at the MPI, discusses whether Kant's writings about non-European peoples and people should be considered racist. In his lecture, Barskanmaz examines whether Kant's statements should be regarded today as an attack on human dignity and would thus be liable to charges under criminal law, or whether they are protected by the fundamental right of freedom of expression. more

In an interview with the radio station WDR 5, Carolin Görzig talks about her research on international terrorism. She explains why there have been four major waves of terrorism since the end of the nineteenth century and what events have triggered and facilitated them. more

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