Videos about our researchers, their projects and their books

In this video Jovan Maud talks with the editors of the book Monks, Money and Morality: Christoph Brumann, Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko and Beata Świtek. more
On 7 July 2021 three internationally renowned scholars from the disciplines of history, archaeology, and socio-cultural anthropology delivered plenary lectures to open the conference ‘Society and Morality in Eurasia: From Prehistory to the Present Day’. more
On different models of counting age in northern Kenya more
The idea of World Heritage and the power of nation states more
Yohannes Yitbarek Ejigu talks about the politics of “development” in Southern Ethiopia. He looks at recent conflicts between the Hamar agro-pastoral communities and the district administration, fueled by top-down development interventions in large-scale agricultural investments, conservation schemes, and the education of Hamar girls. more
In the first episode of our new video series Read On, Christoph Brumann introduces his new book, “The best we share: nation, culture and world-making in the UNESCO World Heritage Arena”, in which he explores the World Heritage Convention adopted by Unesco member states in 1972. more
In this video Pablo Ampuero Ruiz talks about his anthropological research among domestic migrant workers in Southern China. He is particularly interested in how people of diverse origins interact and (re)produce social hierarchies through their interactions. more
In this video, Abdelghafar Salim talks about his anthropological research among Muslims in Germany. He investigates refugees' religious lives and how they adapt their religious practices to German society. more
On 13 November 2019 the historian Wolfgang Reinhard gave the opening talk entitled “The Representation of Power and the Power of Representation” at the Autumn School of the “International Max Planck Research School for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia” (IMPRS ANARCHIE). more
In this video, anthropologist Rosalia Engchuan talks about her research in Indonesia. She looks at how Indonesian filmmakers respond to the challenges of their social and environmental surroundings and how they influence the development of moral values, for example, through solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. more
On 21 and 22 November 2019, the Max Planck Research Group “How ‘Terrorists’ Learn” organised the workshop “Is Terrorist Learning Different?”. The keynote speech by the institute’s founding director, Günther Schlee, on “Studying Evil” invited participants to reflect on the opportunities and limitations as well as on the ethics of researching the subject of terrorist learning. more
From 11 to 13 December 2019 a conference entitled “Work, Ethics and Freedom” took place at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. It was opened with a keynote by Wolfgang Streeck, Director Emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, on different configurations in the relationship between universalism and particularism, in theory and the real world. more
In these two videos of our series Luisa Schneider talks about her research that examines privacy, intimacy and state-citizen engagement among unhoused persons in Germany. more
In these two videos of our series, Jonas Klee talks about his research in the Senegalese city of Ziguinchor and how people there cope with ethnic and religious diversity. Length: 3 minutes more
In this video of our series Annelise Riles, research partner of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, talks about her research on financial governance and how it is seen by citizens. And she explains how anthropological methods of listening and reflecting on others' points of view can help create more effective dialogue between experts and the public and reinvigorate democratic processes.
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“Social Relations of the Capitalocene: Work, Value(s) and Personhood Below the Commanding Heights,” was the last major Workshop of Chris Hann’s ERC project “Realising Eurasia: Civilization and Moral Economy in the 21st Century”. Organised by Hann and project coordinator Lale Yalçın-Heckmann  and taking place on 23-25 January 2019, the goal on this occasion was to draw out some of the larger implications of the empirical and theoretical research carried out in the team since 2014.
The first keynote speaker Gareth Dale emphasized the novelty of capitalist temporality in world history. Polanyi’s mantle was adopted more explicitly by the other keynote speakers, Ayşe Buğra (Boğaziçi, Istanbul) and Mark Harvey (Essex). The former applied the Polanyian notion of reciprocity to shed light on contemporary state-business relations in Turkey. Harvey questioned how any economy could possibly be described as disembedded. more
In these two videos of our series "Spot On - Three Minutes of Anthropology" Imad Alsoos from the research group "How 'Terrorists' learn" talks about his research on islamic mobilisation in Palestine and Tunisia – in English and in Arabic. Length: 3 minutes more
In these two videos of our series "Spot On - Three Minutes of Anthropology" Charlotte Bruckermann talks about her field work in China and the effects of financialisation – in German and English. Length: 3 minutes more
For many years people fleeing from war zones and crisis areas have looked to Europe in search of refuge. But because an application for asylum can only be filed in person within the territory of an EU member state, thousands of individuals embark on dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean or the Balkans. One possibility that could enable a less risky passage to Europe would be to issue humanitarian visas. What would the humanitarian visa mean in practice and does it offer a meaningful alternative to current EU asylum and migration policy? This question was the topic of a conference entitled “Humanitarian visas and the external dimension of the EU migration and asylum policy,” which took place on 17 and 18 May 2018 at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. more
The first two video clips of our new series "Spot On – Three Minutes of Anthropology" can now be viewed online. In this series MPI researchers give a three-minute introduction of themselves and their work. And they do it twice: once in English and once in their native language. Brian Campbell's native language is Maltese. We hope you enjoy the video! Length: 3 minutes more

Latest Thinking: Is There Actually a Continental Divide Between Europe and As

Autor: Chris Hann
Spieldauer: 12 Minuten
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