Max Planck Institute Funds Working Group on Public Space and Diversity
Setha Low (Prof., GC, Anthropology) will direct a “Working Group on Public Space and Diversity” with Darshan Vigneswaran (Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute), for which the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity has committed funds and personnel to support events and pilot studies for three years. The group will study the increasingly complex forms of migration and mobility, ethnic and cultural affiliation, and religious aspiration that determine how contemporary public spaces are built, regenerated, controlled, and experienced. Following the success of the institute’s other working groups on health and markets, this group will draw together leading scholars to develop groundbreaking collaborations and publications on an increasingly important area of diversity research. It is expected that this investment will lead to a longer-term, multifaceted research program. In particular, to acknowledge the extensive research that is ongoing in Western Europe and North America, the group aims to forge new paths of research through the comparative analysis of less-studied public spaces in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
Submitted on: DEC 7, 2011