Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale) (MPI)

The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology is one of the world’s leading centers for research in socio-cultural anthropology. The guiding research areas are: the development of anthropological theory and comparative research into current social transformation processes, include those of urgent social  relevance.

The Department „Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia“  specialises in regions of Europe and Asia which were until recently socialist, or which remain so to this day (e.g. China). It has investigated the consequences of the privatization of collective and state farms after socialism, along with a range of other topics in economic anthropology. It has also organized large-scale comparative investigations of the religious field in postsocialist conditions. Particular strengths lie in East-Central Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Vietnam and Japan.

The MPI was established in 1999 by Chris Hann and Günther Schlee in Halle/Saale. Marie-Claire Foblets joined the Institute as its third Director in 2012. Fieldwork is an essential part of almost all projects. At present, some 150 researchers are working in different research areas for the MPI.


Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale) (MPI)

Advokatenweg 36
06114 Halle (Saale)

Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Chris Hann
Tel.: +49 345 29 27 201