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On 21 and 22 November 2019 a workshop entitled “Is Terrorist Learning Different?” will take place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The workshop was organized by members of the research group “How ‘Terrorists’ Learn”. Through the analysis of international case studies, participants will explore tactical and strategic learning processes of violent radical groups. more

What does the future of terrorism look like and what can we learn from past developments? Are there perhaps even typical patterns that can shed light on how terrorist movements emerge and how they develop? Carolin Görzig explores these questions in her twelve-minute talk, in which she also gives insight into field research in Northern Ireland, Tunisia and the Middle East. more

Renowned social scientist Wolfgang Streeck will give a lecture on “Reflections on the Particular and the Universal: Varieties and Commonalities in Social Life and Social Science” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. The keynote talk will open the conference “Work, Ethics and Freedom” from 11 to 13 December 2019. It is the first major conference organized by the Max Planck – Cambridge Centre for Ethics, Economy and Social Change (Max-Cam). more

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

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