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The Alumni Interview: 10 Questions for Minh Nguyen

The Alumni Interview: 10 Questions for Minh Nguyen more

Markets in Vietnam: New Book by Kirsten Endres

Kirsten Endres’ new book "Market Frictions: Trade and Urbanization at the Vietnam-China Border" will be published in June by Berghahn as the fifth volume in the series “Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy”. Vietnam expert Kirsten Endres is Head of Research Group in the Department ‘Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). We talked with her about her new book. more

Agriculture in East Africa: Small Structures and Their Role in Biodiversity

On 20 and 21 June 2019 a conference with the title “Guardians of Productive Landscapes” will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI). It was organized as part of a research initiative of the same name, a cooperation that includes the University of Göttingen and the Department ‘Integration and Conflict’ at the MPI. The goal of the initiative is to document how traditional agricultural and land management in East Africa can help to preserve biodiversity. The conference will include screenings and discussion of ethnographic films created as part of this project. The language of the conference is English. more

Lecture by Carola Lentz on the emergence of new class relations in northern Ghana

In the 1950s Jack Goody described the LoDagaa (Dagara) of northern Ghana as an example of a society without a ruler. In the annual Goody Lecture at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (MPI) on Thursday, 13 June, Mainz anthropologist Carola Lentz takes a look at how the social structures and political organization of this group have changed over the course of the twentieth century. In a lecture entitled “Class and Power in a Stateless Society: revisiting Jack Goody’s ethnography of the LoDagaa (Ghana)”, she traces the emergence of chieftaincy, ethnicity, and a middle class among the Dagara. The English-language talk will take place at 18:00 at the MPI, Advokatenweg 36, Halle. The Goody Lectures are organized by Prof. Chris Hann, Director of the Department ‘Resilience and Transformation’. more

Ethnology of the Smart Phone: Lecture by Thomas Hylland Eriksen

On 12 June 2019, Norwegian anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen will give a talk entitled “To See the World in a Grain of Sand: The smartphone and comparative anthropology” at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Eriksen, an External Scientific Member of the MPI, has reached a wide public audience with his theory of the overheating of the world. In this lecture he takes an anthropological look at the consequences of the worldwide prevalence of smart phones. The lecture will be held in English and starts at 18:00. more

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

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