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Science Night in Halle – Friday, 1 June

Climate change and how it is affecting coastal regions, the effects of the war in Ukraine in Halle, and patterns of international terrorism: three MPI researchers take on current and pressing topics as part of Science Night (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften) in Halle. Arne Harms, Deborah Jones, and Carolin Görzig will speak about their work and its relevance on Friday, 1 July, 2022 in the Melanchthonianum. The lectures, which will be held in German, start at 17:00. more

MPI alumnus Dominik Müller now holds a newly-created W3 professorship as Chair for Cultural and Social Anthropology at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

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

Jacqueline Knörr is Visiting Professor at the Department of Social Sciences at the École Normal Supérieure.

Jacqueline Knörr has been invited as Visiting Professor by the Department of Social Sciences at the École normale supérieure (ENS-PSL) in Paris where she is collaborating with colleagues both in research and the co-supervision of PhD students. more

Ghassan Hage gives a lecture on "Anthropology and Strategic Exoticization" at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology on Tuesday, 3 May 2022.

⇒ Unfortunately, the event has to be postponed.

On Tuesday, 3 May 2022, Ghassan Hage (University of Melbourne) will give a lecture entitled “Anthropology and Strategic Exoticisation.” The lecture, which will be followed by a discussion session, will be available as a livestream on YouTube from 16:15–17:45 and can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/qH0YSdFS8Vc. The talk by Hage, who is currently a guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, marks the start of a new annual lecture series, “Max Planck Lectures in Anthropology”, in which speakers reflect on the role of anthropology in our turbulent times. more

Luisa Schneider is Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She was a postdoctoral research fellow between 2019 and 2020 in the Department ‘Law & Anthropology’.

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

Ameyu Godesso Roro: Head of the new Max Planck Partner Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Ameyu Godesso Roro, Assistant Professor at Jimma University (Ethiopia), is Head of the new Max Planck Partner Group at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). In his project, entitled “Ethiopian Capital Encroached on Regional Border: Housing Development and Protest against Land Dispossession in Oromiya”, he will examine state housing policy in and around Addis Ababa – a topic that has repeatedly sparked political unrest in recent years. The five-year project will be conducted in close cooperation with Director Ursula Rao and her Department ‘Anthropology of Politics and Governance’. more

Regine Schwab (right), recipient of the 2022 Christiane Rajewsky Award, with the chair of the jury, Gabi Schlag.

The German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies has named Regine Schwab as winner of the 2022 Christiane Rajewsky Award for her dissertation “Let’s fight each other another day: How armed opposition groups managed challenges to cooperation and postponed conflict in Syria’s multiparty civil war (2012-2019)”. Schwab was a doctoral candidate in the Max Planck Research Group “How ‘Terrorists’ Learn” from 2016 to 2020. more

Valerie Rosoux has been appointed Fellow of the Max Planck Graduate Center Max Planck Law.

Belgian Professor Valerie Rosoux, a leading authority on the subject of post-conflict reconciliation, has been appointed Fellow of the Max Planck Graduate Center Max Planck Law. She was nominated for the Max Planck Law Fellowship by Marie-Claire Foblets (MPI for Social Anthropology) and Hélène Ruiz Fabri (MPI for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law). more

Florian Köhler Receives Amaury Talbot Prize

MPI researcher Florian Köhler has been awarded the Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology of the Royal Anthropological Institute for his book Space, Place and Identity: Wodaabe of Niger in the 21st Century. We spoke with him about his book, which looks at the changing livelihoods of nomadic herders in Niger. more

Lukas Ley, Head of the Research Group “Sand – The Future of Coastal Cities in the Indian Ocean” at the MPI for Social Anthropology

Sand is everywhere and we hardly notice it. Yet it is also in great demand worldwide – and not just in the construction industry. It also plays an important role in the manufacturing of glass and semiconductors and in water treatment. Due to this intensive use in recent years, sand has become a scarce resource that is traded internationally. The effect of the depletion of this resource on coastal regions and the people that live there is the topic of a new research project at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Titled “Sand – The Future of Coastal Cities in the Indian Ocean”, the project is funded by a 1.3 million euro grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG). more

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