Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage

Between 2015 and 2023, CARMAH was host to a large number of projects and researchers. Some of these still continue, though the information on this website is no longer updated. Below is CARMAH’s agenda, which was realised through an immense amount of great work that you can find out about on these pages. You can also find links to the continuing projects and researchers who keep the agenda going in other ways.

CARMAH aims to deepen understanding of the dynamics and potentials of museums and heritage in the contemporary world. It looks globally to identify and analyze the significant social, cultural and political developments facing museums and heritage today. Its in-depth research tackles how these play out and are reconfigured in specific national and institutional contexts. In this way, CARMAH provides new insights into what is going on now and innovative ideas for good karma in the future.

Central themes of CARMAH’s research programme are how the following shape and are shaped through museums and heritage:

• Diversity and difference
• Citizenship and knowledge formation
• Media and material culture

These raise questions of social recognition, audience, collections, cultural property, power relations, communication and public culture.

We use established methods – especially ethnographic – and also develop innovative methodological approaches. Our perspective is anthropological in its insistence on addressing specific cases in-depth and attending to practice and process, at the same time as thinking comparatively and reflexively.

CARMAH is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Museum of Natural History Berlin and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. It is also host to research projects funded by other organisations.