Public Engagement 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.





Silencing Islam? The Museum as a Secular Space

Katarzyna Puzon, Workshop 'Religious? Secular? Re-thinking Islam and Space in Europe', University of Cambridge 


Kulturelles Erbe teilen - Partizipation, Cultural Citizenship und die Ethik der Möglichkeiten

Christine Gerbich, Input to the Archaeological Heritage Network's annual meeting 

Talk and discussion:

A reading-retelling from sci-fi literature

A reading-retelling from sci-fi literature A collective reading-retelling from feminist sci-fi literature with sociologist of science Tahani Nadim and artists Gitte Villesen and Emma Haugh. Continuing their engagement with sci-fi, they will read and discuss excerpts from, among others, Octavia Butler, Ursula Le Guin, Suzette Haden Elgin and Samuel Delany. 


The Readymade Century

Margareta von Oswald, participant in symposium session 'Readymade Transcultural' , chaired by Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, with contributions by Kader Attia and Annette Bhagwati at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.  


Future Memories: Erinnerungskultur(en) der Migrationsgesellschaft, Werkstatt, Jüdisches Museum Berlin

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). 'Future Memories: Erinnerungskultur(en) der Migrationsgesellschaft', Werkstatt in cooperation with the Centre for Metropolitan Studies (Technical University Berlin), W.M. Blumenthal Academy, Jewish Museum Berlin. 26-28 September 2017. 

Panel Discussion (Video)

Future Memories. Migration und Diversität in europäischen Museen

Jonas Tinius, introduction and chair of opening keynote and panel discussion for three-day workshop in cooperation with the Centre for Metropolitan Studies (Technical University Berlin) at the W.M. Blumenthal Academy, Jewish Museum Berlin. With Dr Christina Johansson (Malmö University, Sweden), Natalie Bayer (Stadtmuseum München), and Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński (Vienna Academy of Fine Arts), 26 September 2017. (More Info:  


Collective (In)competence

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



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


'Die Phänomenologie und das Politische’, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Phänomenologischen Forschung (DGPF)

Jonas Tinius, ‘Kunst und Alterität: Perspektiven auf und aus der Anthropologie’, Sektion VIII: Kunst-Medien-Politik, geleitet von Prof Christian Grüny, ‘Die Phänomenologie und das Politische’, Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Phänomenologischen Forschung, Institut für Philosophie, FernUniversität in Hagen/Deutschland. 13-16. September 2017.  


The School of Everything at the documenta14 (Kassel)

Jonas Tinius: ‘Anthropology as/and the Study of Everything? Paradoxes, Potentials, and Pitfalls’, The School of Everything at the documenta14. Part of the aneducation public programme of documenta 14. Nachrichtenmeisterei KMMN, Kulturbahnhof of Kunsthochschule Kassel. Kassel/Germany. 11-13 June 2017.  

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