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Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Advokatenweg 36
06114 Halle (Saale)
Phone: +49 345 2927-0
Fax: +49 345 2927-502

The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the world’s leading centres for research in socio-cultural anthropology. It was established in 1999 by Chris Hann (Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia) and Günther Schlee (Integration and Conflict) in Halle/Saale. Marie-Claire Foblets (Law & Anthropology) joined the Institute as its third Director in 2012. Common to all research projects at the Max Planck Institute is the comparative analysis of social change; it is primarily in this domain that its researchers contribute to anthropological theory, though many programmes also have applied significance and political topicality. Fieldwork is an essential part of almost all projects.

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    PhD opportunities

    This institute has several International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS):
    IMPRS on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment
    IMPRS for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia

    In addition, there is the possibility to apply for doctoral research projects in the frame of the different research foci of the Institute. Please consult our website for vacancies.

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