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Forced migration: few opportunities for the poor

A workshop entitled “Forced Migration, Exclusion, and Social Class” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) on 23 and 24 May 2019. Participants will examine the ways that the prior economic and social background of refugees affect what opportunities are available to them during their flight and after arrival in a new country. The workshop, which will be held in English, was organized as part of the research initiative ‘Challenges of Migration, Integration and Exclusion’ (WiMi) financed by the Max Planck Society. more

Philipp Schröder receives Forschungspreis Ethnographie

Philipp Schröder, a former research fellow (2006–2011) in the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’, has been named the honouree of the Forschungspreis Ethnographie of the Department of Social and Cultural Studies of Fulda University of Applied Sciences for his book Bishkek Boys: Neighbourhood Youth and Urban Change in Kyrgyzstan’s Capital. The prize will be awarded during the 7th Fuldaer Feldarbeitstage on 5 July 2019. more

Broadcast on Deutschlandfunk about the conference "Urban Precarity"

On 18 April 2019, the German radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk aired an extended feature on "Problems and Hopes in the Modern City". The occasion for this broadcast was the workshop "Urban Precarity", which took place from 27 to 29 March at the MPI for Social Anthropology. In the broadcast, the two organizers of the workshop, Christian Laheij and Brian Campbell from the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’ as well as the American social anthropologist Ida Susser talk in depth about this research topic. more

Dissertation Award for Salman Hussain

Salman Hussain, a Research Fellow in the Department ‘Law & Anthropology’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) from September 2017 to April 2018, was awarded the UC Berkeley S.S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize in Pakistan Studies. Hussain completed the writing of his dissertation entitled “Together without Consensus: Class, Emotions and the Politics of the Rule of Law in the Lawyers’ Movement (2007–09) in Pakistan” during his stay at the MPI. more

Financialization and the Production of Nature – Workshop Report

The workshop “Financialization and the Production of Nature: New Frameworks for Understanding the Capital-Society-Nature Nexus”, organized by Natalia Buier from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and Jaume Franquesa from the University at Buffalo – SUNY, was held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology on 7 February 2019. more

Living in urban spaces – living in uncertainty

From 27 to 29 March 2019 a workshop entitled “Urban Precarity” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Workshop participants will examine how urban life is shaped by various experiences of precariousness. Ethnographic field studies will shed light on the multifaceted aspects of precarity – here understood not only as material scarcity but also as a phenomenon that includes moral, legal, political, discursive, performative, spatial, and ecological aspects. The workshop‘s conveners are Christian Laheij and Brian Campbell of the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’. The workshop will be held in English. more

Interview with Annika Lems – New Research Group Head at MPI

Annika Lems joined the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology at the beginning of January as the head of an independent research group sponsored by the Max Planck Society. She received an MA in social anthropology from the University of Vienna and left her homeland for Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, to complete her doctorate. Her doctoral dissertation, titled “Being-Here: Placemaking in a World of Movement” follows the stories of three Somali refugees while investigating the question of what it means to be thrown into a completely foreign world and attempt to create a new existence for oneself. At present she is preparing for work on a new project in the German-speaking parts of the Alps. We interviewed her about her research plans. more

Report on the Conference "Social Relations of the Capitalocene"

This was the last major Workshop of Chris Hann’s ERC project “Realising Eurasia. Civilization and Moral Economy in the 21st Century” (Grant No 340854). Convened by Hann and project Coordinator Lale Yalçın-Heckmann, the goal on this occasion was to draw out some of the larger implications of the empirical and theoretical research carried out in the team since 2014. more

On 7 February 2019 a workshop entitled “Financialization and the Production of Nature: new frameworks for understanding the capital-society-nature nexus” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Workshop participants will examine how profit-oriented investments have influenced the global environmental transformations that are happening today. Anthropological case studies of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects in Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, and China will form the empirical basis of the discussion. The workshop will be held in English. more

Max Planck Director Marie-Claire Foblets receives honorary doctorate

On Friday, 25 January 2019 the Law Faculty of the University of Uppsala awarded Max Planck Director Prof. Dr. Marie-Claire Foblets an honorary doctorate. At the award ceremony, Marie-Claire Foblets gave an address on “Facilitating cultural diversity in contemporary European societies – legal responses and their limits”. The award recognizes Foblets’ longstanding collaboration with the University of Uppsala. more

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