Public Engagement 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015

CARMAH not only invites persons to speak with us in Berlin, but also actively contributes to debates and dialogues at other institutions all over the world, as well as in the press. Below you can read about some of our research activities outside of CARMAH and our engagement with the wider academic and museum community.




Book launch

The Influencing Machine reader

Co-edited by Tahani Nadim, The Influencing Machine reader features contributions by Geoffrey C. Bowker and Susan Leigh Star, Simone Brown, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Kashmir Hill, Lilly Irani, Lee Mackinnon, Tahani Nadim, Lucy Suchman, Cher Tan, and Neli Wagner. 



The Influencing Machine

The Influencing Machine, co-curated by Tahani Nadim, assembles contemporary artistic positions that examine the automation and datafication of our life worlds and work environments.  


Filming the Museum/Film in the Museum

Debbie Onuoha, 'Kolloquium INTERVENTION M21: AM HUMBOLDTSTROM: Sammeln in 19.Jh. // Einführung ins Humboldt Forum', Kunst im Kontext, Universität der Künste, Berlin 


Materializations of Mobility in Berlin

Katarzyna Puzon, talk as part of the 'Moving Subjects/Making Cities' session at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California 


Museum und Universität: Perspektiven der Kooperation

Larissa Förster, contribution on 'Sensible Objekte und Provenienz' at the Zwischentagung der AG Museum der DGSKA in Kooperation mit Museumskommission der Schweizerischen Ethnologischen Gesellschaft (SEG), Universität Zürich, Völkerkundemuseum 


Understanding Memorylands and Heritage in a Digitalized and Mobile World

Sharon Macdonald gave a lecture to the Advanced Study Group 'Heritage and Memory beyond Place' at the University of Lund 

Panel talk:

Lebanon - Conceptual Histories of 'Heritage'

Katarzyna Puzon, 4th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China 

Panel organization:

Exploring Islam and Heritage across Borders

Katarzyna Puzon and Klas Grinell, 4th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China 


Family Memory, the 1884 Grave Robbery in the Lower Kuiseb and Human Remains in Berlin

Larissa Förster gives a talk at the conference 'Past, Present and Future of Namibian Heritage' organised by the University of Windhoek (Namibia), Museums Association of Namibia (Windhoek) and University of Basel 


Where do 'Ethnographic' Collections from Namibia Have a Future?

Larissa Förster gives a talk at the conference 'Past, Present and Future of Namibian Heritage' organised by the University of Windhoek (Namibia), Museums Association of Namibia (Windhoek) and University of Basel 


Learning to Live with Ghosts

Margareta von Oswald, Learning to Live with Ghosts. A theory workshop with Margareta von Oswald and Anna-Catharina Gebbers (curator), Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin 

Workshop presentation

Transforming the Ethnographic: Anthropology, Museums, and Colonialism

‘Transforming the Ethnographic: Anthropology, Museums, and Colonialism’ (with Margareta von Oswald and Larissa Förster). Exchanging Perspectives: Anthropologies, Museum Collections, and Colonial Legacies between Paris and Berlin. CARMAH & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin/Germany. 6–8 June 2018. 


Mediating Wanderlust: Exoticism, Exploration, and the Public Humboldt Forum

Jonas Tinius, presentation of a paper on the mediation and mediatisation of Humboldt and the translation of colonial exploration into a commodified form of Wanderlust in the context of the public reception of the Berlin Humboldt Forum, conference 'Anthropology and Tourism' in conjunction with exhibition 'The Little Explorer's Box of Delights', Musée du Quai Branly, Paris.  


Die Empfehlungen des Deutschen Museumsbundes zum Umgang mit menschlichen Überresten (2013): Kritik aus der Perspektive der Rückfordernden

Larissa Förster, talk at the workshop 'Umgang. Menschliche Überreste in Museen und Universitätssammlungen', Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden 

Press coverage:

Duane Jethro on the Social Significance of Human Remains in South Africa

In an interview with the journalist Lucinda Jolly, Duane Jethro thinks about a video installation by the famous South African artist Penny Siopis ('Lay Bare Beside') in relation to the Prestwich Street Memorial, which contains the remains of slaves excavated during urban construction work, and the social significance of human remains in South Africa.  


Public dialogue:

VI Dialogue - Decolonise Our Reflections

Jonas Tinius, dialogue held within the collaboration between the Cité Internationale des arts and l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 'Concrete Mirror - the interstice of anthropology and visual art', La Colonie, Paris 


Diversitätsentwicklung in Kulturinstitutionen

Jonas Tinius, lecture and moderation of two world café tables with Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (programme director Jüdisches Museum Berlin) and Paul Spies (director Stadtmuseum Berlin), annual conference of the Landesverband der Museen zu Berlin e.V., Berlin (in German) 


The Readymade Century

Margareta von Oswald, participant in symposium session 'Readymade Transcultural' , Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 

Panel discussion:

Future Memories: Erinnerungskultur(en) der Migrationsgesellschaft

Jonas Tinius, Chair and discussant of opening keynote speech and panel with Dr. Christina Johansson (Malmö University, Sweden), Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Jewish Museum Berlin), and Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński (Vienna Academy of Fine Arts). Workshop in cooperation with the Centre for Metropolitan Studies (Technical University Berlin), W.M. Blumenthal Academy, Jewish Museum Berlin (in German) 


Gehört Provenienzforschung zur DNA des Humboldt Forums?

Paneldiscussion with Larissa Förster (CARMAH), Johannes Vogel (Natural History Museum, Berlin), Christina Haak (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Viola König (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Hermann Parzinger (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz), Museen Dahlem, Berlin (in German) 


Collective (In)competence

Katarzyna Puzon, with MMTW, Jornadas Filosóficas de Barcelona, Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona 



Margareta von Oswald and Vivian Ziherl, discussion as part of the exhibition 'Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples, 1535-2017', Schwules Museum, Berlin 

Artist talk and book launch:

Bare Lives

Jonas Tinius, with Solvej Ovesen, Mario Rizzi, Charlotte Bank, Ramy Al Asheq, chaired moderation, artist talk, and book presentation for Mario Rizzi’s 'Bare Lives' exhibition. Part of the annual programme 'Unsustainable Privileges' at the Galerie Wedding, Berlin 

Roundtable discussion:

Art and Human Remains: A Discussion of the Ethics of Artistic Work with Historic Collections of Human Remains

Sharon Macdonald, roundtable discussion linked to CCP4 of the TRACES project at the Edinburgh College of Art 


Bilateral Workshop to Initiate a German-Australian Research Network on Human Remains / Sensitive Objects in Colonial Collections and their Repatriation

Larissa Förster, workshop organised by Prof. Dr. Winkelmann (Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg Theodor Fontane), co-organised by Prof. em. Michael Pickering (Loughborough University), National Museum of Australia, Canberra 


Panel discussion:


Sharon Macdonald, Tony Bennett & Arjun Appadurai, HKW Series 'Dictionary of Now #4', Ethnological Museum, Berlin (video included) 

Panel discussion:

Beobachter unter sich: ethnografisches Forschen in der Kunst

Jonas Tinius, Workshop Cobratheater.cobra Netzwerktreffen, Uferstudios für zeitgenössischen Tanz, Berlin 

Panel discussion:

The Anthropologist As Curator: A Roundtable

Sharon Macdonald, 14th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, University of Milano-Bicoccia 


Sensory Dimensions of Making Differences and Diversity in Museums

Sharon Macdonald, Ethnological Colloquium, University of Hamburg 


Appropriating Universal Centrality: Containing the World in Berlin’s New Humboldt-Forum

Jonas Tinius & Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Conference 'THE CENTRE CANNOT HOLD? New Monumentality, Neo-Modernism and Other Zombie Urban Utopias', University College London 

World café table:

Museum Ethics

Margareta von Oswald, 'Fellow Me!' Academy of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Leipzig and Halle an der Salle 


November 2015

Invited talk at workshop:

Museums and Public Engagement

Sharon Macdonald, Where is the Pergamon Altar? Visitor Orientation and Managing Expectations in the Pergamon Museum, New York University, Berlin 

October 2015

Invited Lecture to the Auswärtiges Amt (German Foreign Office):

Innovativen Formen Musealer Praxis und neue Umgangsformen mit kulturellem (und naturellen) Erbe

Sharon Macdonald, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin 


Art is/as transcultural? The transcultural potential of the museum

Sharon Macdonald, Transkulturelle Kunstgeschichten in Museen, Berlin 

May 2015

Press coverage:

Verleihung der Humboldt-Professuren: Neue Museumskonzepte zur Völkerverständigung

WDR 5, interview with Sharon Macdonald (audio), May 2015