Low wages, expanding social inequality, labour migration, xenophobia: these are all familiar problems in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, known as the Visegrád countries, or V4. An international conference entitled “Visegrád Belongings: Freedoms, Responsibilities and Everyday Dilemmas” on 7 and 8 June 2018 considered the causes and the wide-ranging consequences of this situation.
On 12 and 13 April a workshop titled “Those Who Stay: how out-migration affects West African societies“ was held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Organized by the research group “Integration and Conflict along the Upper Guinea Coast“ headed by Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Knörr, the workshop was dedicated to a little-researched topic: how years of emigration have affected the lives of the people in West Africa.
A conference titled “Punishment – Negotiating Society” took place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle on 14–16 February 2018. Thirty international anthropologists and legal scholars examined, among other topics, the role of criminal law and its norms in structuring and legitimating the social order.
On 21–22 September 2017, the workshop "Sangha Economies: Temple Organisation and Exchanges in Contemporary Buddhism" was held at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany.
Workshop at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropolgy from 7 to 8 September 2017: Conceptualizing the Bureaucratization of Islam and its Socio-Legal Dimensions in Southeast Asia: Anthropological and Transdisciplinary Perspectives