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Visegrád Belongings – a conference report

June 29, 2018
Over the course of two days filled with intensive discussion, the conference “Visegrád Belongings: Freedoms, Responsibilities and Everyday Dilemmas” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology demonstrated the vigor of the newly established research Network dedicated to the V4 states – Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. more

Lecture by Stanford professor on the connections between inheritance, values, and social inequality

June 20, 2018
Since the 1980s social inequality has increased in industrialized nations as a result of the concentration of wealth in the hands of ever fewer people. In the annual Goody Lecture at the MPI for Social Anthropology, Prof. Sylvia J. Yanagisako of Stanford University will consider how inheritance and kinship relations contribute to this concentration of capital. The lecture will be held in English on Thursday 28 June at 18:00 at the institute, Advokatenweg 36 in Halle. The Goody Lectures are organized by Prof. Chris Hann, Director of the Department ‘Resilience and Transformation’. more

More than Chaos and Catastrophe: Somalia in Transition

June 15, 2018
When people think about Somalia they typically think of it as a hopeless case, a failed state in which nothing functions as it should, a state without a future that threatens international peace. But in fact, this perspective is distorted and one-sided. One problem is that much of the basic sociological and ethnographic data we have about Somalia indeed date back to the 1960s–1980s. The conference “Continuity and change in Somali society, politics, and economy in the longue durée”, which will take place from 20 to 22 June at the MPI for Social Anthropology, aims to offer a more nuanced picture of Somalia based on current social science research. It will be held in English. more

David Scheffel: Cause for Concern in Slovakia

June 11, 2018
The "Visegrád Anthropologists' Network" is concerned to hear about the predicament of our respected colleague David Scheffel (Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, Canada). It is clear from the information available to us that the procedures being followed, and the conditions in which he is being held in custody in Slovakia, fall short of EU standards. We urge that David Scheffel be given the opportunity to clear his name in a transparent process as rapidly as possible. Chris Hann, on behalf of the V4Network, Halle, 11th June 2018 more

The Visegrád States in the Maelstrom of Postsocialist Change

May 31, 2018
Low wages, expanding social inequality, labour migration, xenophobia: these are all familiar problems in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, known as the Visegrád countries, or V4. An international conference entitled “Visegrád Belongings: Freedoms, Responsibilities and Everyday Dilemmas” on 7 and 8 June 2018 will consider the causes and the wide-ranging consequences of this situation. The conference, which will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI), will take place in English. more

Workshop: Land deals and their consequences in the Global South

May 17, 2018
The last decade has seen a massive increase in large-scale land deals in many countries of the Global South – a phenomenon that has had far-reaching consequences for the local population, the environment, and economic relations. These processes will be the topic of an international workshop “Transformations and visions: responses, alternatives and resistances to large-scale land deals in the Global South” on 23–25 May at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The workshop will be held in English. more

The humanitarian visa – in search of an asylum policy that respects human dignity

May 09, 2018
For many years people fleeing from war zones and crisis areas have looked to Europe in search of refuge. But because an application for asylum can only be filed in person within the territory of an EU member state, thousands of individuals embark on dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean or the Balkans. One possibility that could enable a less risky passage to Europe would be to issue humanitarian visas. What would the humanitarian visa mean in practice and does it offer a meaningful alternative to current EU asylum and migration policy? This question is the topic of a conference entitled “Humanitarian visas and the external dimension of the EU migration and asylum policy,” which will take place on 17 and 18 May at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The conference is being jointly organized by the Institute’s Department ‘Law and Anthropology’ and the Faculty of Law, Economics and Business at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. The conference will be held in English. more

Where to? What happens when people lose their livelihoods?

April 24, 2018
Video recording of the Max Planck Forum in Halle. more

Dominik Müller Receives Grant from the Daimler and Benz Foundation

April 20, 2018
Emmy Noether research group leader selected in competitive application process more

Out-migration and its effects in West Africa

April 03, 2018
Workshop on the social and economic impacts of migration in the countries of origin more
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