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Annika Lems, Frontiers of Belonging: The Education of Unaccompanied Refugee Youth, Indiana University Press, 2022. ISBN: 978-0-253-06178-2

When thousands of refugees began arriving in Europe in 2015, they were received with an outpouring of solidarity and assistance. Particular concern was directed towards the needs of children and teenagers traveling alone. Programmes were developed for them based on the vision of education as a path to rapid integration into the host society. Anthropologist Annika Lems conducted research among 16 of these young refugees. In her book Frontiers of Belonging: The Education of Unaccompanied Refugee Youth, published in July 2022, she analyses how this vision of belonging failed to materialize in many cases and what bureaucratic hurdles stood in the way of diversity and participation. more

The workshop “Colonialism and Transgenerational Memory in Europe” was held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology on 21–22 September 2022. The workshop convener was Markus Wurzer from the Max Planck Research Group “Alpine Histories of Global Change”.

The workshop “Colonialism and Transgenerational Memory in Europe” was held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology on 21–22 September 2022. The workshop convener was Markus Wurzer from the Max Planck Research Group “Alpine Histories of Global Change”. more

Participants of the workshop “Gender, Migration, and Social Mobility among Transnational West African Women” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology on 26–28 October 2022 (from left to right): Pamela Kea, Cati Coe, Johanna Lukate, Chelsie Yount-André, David O'Kane, Dorothy Takyiakwaa, Jacqueline Knörr, Wilson Trajano Filho, Anaïs Ménard, Dumitrita Lunca, Erin Kenny, Kezia Aryeetey

The inaugural workshop of the Otto-Hahn Research Group “Gender, Migration, and Social Mobility among Transnational West African Women”, convened by Anaïs Ménard and Jacqueline Knörr, was held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology on 26–28 October 2022. more

From 26 to 28 October 2022, a workshop titled “Gender, Migration and Social Mobility among Transnational West African Women” will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Event organizers are research group heads Anaïs Ménard and Jacqueline Knörr.

From 26 to 28 October 2022, a workshop titled “Gender, Migration and Social Mobility among Transnational West African Women” will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Using case studies to illuminate an under-researched topic, workshop participants will explore the paths of African women who come to Europe to start new lives. Event organizers are research group heads Anaïs Ménard and Jacqueline Knörr. Online participation in the workshop is possible; please register with Sophie Schreyer (schreyer@eth.mpg.de). more

Keebet von Benda-Beckmann 1946-2022

The MPI mourns the death of Prof. Dr. em. Keebet von Benda-Beckmann, an internationally renowned scientist and valued colleague. more

The exhibition “Wechsel deine Perspektive – Ethnologie öffnet Türen” will be on display from 12 October to 18 November 2022 in the parliament building in Magdeburg.

What does it mean for anthropologists to spend months in a foreign place, immersing themselves in the lives of others? Where does their research take them and what insights does it bring? The exhibition “Wechsel deine Perspektive – Ethnologie öffnet Türen” opens doors into these questions. After a ceremonial opening at 15:00 on 11 October by the President of the State Parliament of Saxony-Anhalt, it will be on display from 12 October to 18 November 2022 in the parliament building in Magdeburg. The exhibition is a joint project of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (MPI) and the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. more

Anusheh Farahat, Professor of Public, Migration and Human Rights Law at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), has been selected as a Max Planck Fellow by the President of the Max Planck Society.

Anuscheh Farahat, Professor of Public, Migration and Human Rights Law at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), has been selected as a Max Planck Fellow by the President of the Max Planck Society. The five-year fellowship is hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and includes funding for two doctoral researchers. She will join the MPI early next year to work on her project entitled “Labour Migration Regimes”. We talked with Anuscheh Farahat about her project and what she hopes to achieve. more

An online- workshop entitled “Colonialism and Transgenerational Memory in Europe” will take place on 21 and 22 September at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI).

An online workshop entitled “Colonialism and Transgenerational Memory in Europe” will take place on 21 and 22 September at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). Historians and anthropologists will address the question of how memories of the colonial past in Europe, passed down in families, play a role in the present. The workshop is organized by Markus Wurzer, a member of the independent MPI research group ‘Alpine Histories of Global Change’ at the MPI. If you are interested in joining, please register with Sophie Schreyer (schreyer@eth.mpg.de). more

Participants of the workshop “Buddhism in the Anthropocene” from 13 to 15 July 2022 at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (from left to right): Robert Desjarlais, Jovan Maud, Alex Grabiner, Alice Millington, Frederik Schroeer, Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko, Shultz Abrahms-Kavunenko, Jessica Steinmann, Prabhath Sirisena, Kai Shmushko, Zoe Zielke, Tsering Lhamo, Ursula Rao, Matthew King

On 13 to 15 July 2022 a workshop entitled “Buddhism in the Anthropocene” was held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, organised by Jovan Maud from the MPI and Saskia-Abrahms Kavunenko, a former MPI researcher who is now at the Centre for Contemporary Buddhist Studies at Copenhagen University. more

Biao Xiang Director of the Department "Anthropology of Economic Experimentation: Frontiers of Transformation" at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

In an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau, Biao Xiang talks about current events and the insights his research offers into global developments and conflicts. The worldwide spread of platform corporations, for example, can be seen as a new form of feudalism. Crises do not necessarily lead to fundamental change, he points out, as the financial crisis of 2008 demonstrated. Current global conflicts such as those in Ukraine and Taiwan are part of larger processes. Xiang notes that in the United States “the problems of racism, economic inequality, ideological polarization, and the systemic crisis of democracy seem virtually impossible to solve. In response, powerful elites attempt to exert their influence globally to compensate for their dwindling legitimacy in their own country. For the US elites, the war between Russia and Ukraine was practically a godsend. The military-industrial complex has rapidly expanded into a global conglomeration of the military, industry, financial sector, and media. In order to maintain this, the confrontation with China became a strategic necessity.” more

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