Director

Sharon Macdonald

Tal Adler

I came to Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt Professor and founded CARMAH in 2015. Based in the Institute of European Ethnology, I hold a permanent W3 Professorship in Social Anthropology, with emphasis on Museum and Heritage Studies. As well as directing CARMAH, I run the multi-ethnographer research project Making Differences in Berlin. Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century. I also direct the Profusion theme of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures project, based at the University of York, UK, and the Contentious Collections Work Package of the Horizon 2020 TRACES (Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritage with the Arts) project.

Being in Berlin where so much is happening in the museum and heritage world is tremendously exciting. The opportunity to work with so many excellent colleagues and partner organizations makes it even better.

 

Academic Biography

I studied Human Sciences – a mix of natural and social sciences – at the University of Oxford as an undergraduate, something that I credit for my enjoyment of working across disciplinary boundaries. I then trained in more depth in Social Anthropology as a postgraduate, also at Oxford, doing anthropological fieldwork on the Isle of Skye for my DPhil. Supervised by the late Edwin Ardener, whose own work had primarily been on West Africa, I looked at the revival of Gaelic language and culture, probing reflexively into questions such as how the very notion of culture is formed.  Looking at the Gaelic revival took me into questions of identity, nationalism and ethnonationalism.  It also prompted me to look at other parts of Europe and at how Europe itself is variously imagined and experienced. These are themes that have stayed with me throughout my career, and that I have explored through various projects and in many publications.

Museums are thoroughly implicated in these themes. My direct introduction into this area came from a different direction, however, This was a post-doc project in the Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology, at Brunel University, which entailed conducting ethnographic fieldwork in the Science Museum, London. It got me hooked on museums and since then I have gone on to look at various kinds of museums in a range of contexts, and to try to develop the methodological and theoretical approaches to museums through a series of publishing projects.

My major publications often alternate between in-depth monographs based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork and wider synthetic, usually edited, works that seek to set out a broader analysis. In real life I am usually trying to juggle doing both of these at once. The ethnographic monographs are all also works of theorising, with implications far wider than their specific topics. Mostly they work in terms of trying to examine at a detailed level what I see as some broad cultural change, in order to throw new light on its dynamics and how it is experienced and remade in practice. Broad changes the I have looked at in this way include the revival of traditional culture and minority languages, the consumerisation of public culture, the turn to publicly showing a country’s own history of perpetration, and the ‘memory boom’. The close-up view not only shows complexity but also reveals assumptions that are rarely perceived by participants but also often overlooked by theory too. The work thus illuminates other ways of seeing that can change the usual academic as well as popular understandings.

I have worked as a full-time lecturer from fairly early in my career, and so have also amassed many years of teaching experience and have had the privilege to work with many great colleagues and to supervise some excellent PhDs. My first full-time, non-temporary post was in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Keele, where I learned a great deal from other colleagues, especially in the fields of culture, museums and science studies. After six years there, I then spent ten years in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield, an experience that honed my thinking about identities, nations and material culture further, as well as making me more aware of the critical politics of difference; and from where I began research in Nuremberg, Germany. Supported by an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, this work was eventually published in book length as Difficult Heritage: Negotiating the Nazi Past in Nuremberg and Beyond. At Sheffield, I was awarded a Personal Chair.

Then, in 2005 I was offered a Professorship in one of the world’s most prestigious departments of Social Anthropology – at Manchester University. I remained there, and learned an enormous amount from my brilliant colleagues, until 2012, when I was awarded an Anniversary Professorship at the University of York, where I joined the Department of Sociology – the top sociology department in the last two of the UK’s Research Excellence Framework competitions. That interstice between social anthropology and sociology is one of my favourite intellectual places, and York also has some top heritage researchers in other departments . I still retain a fractional appointment at York, primarily to work on the AHRC Heritage Futures Project that is held there.

 

Publications

Selected Books

Sharon Macdonald and Helen Rees Leahy (eds) 2015 International Handbooks of Museum Studies, New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Sharon Macdonald 2013 Memorylands. Heritage and Identity in Europe Today, London: Routledge. Excerpts from Memorylands:  Feeling the Past; Selling the Past.

Sharon Macdonald 2009 Difficult Heritage. Negotiating the Nazi Past in Nuremberg and Beyond, London: Routledge. Excerpts from Difficult Heritage.

Sharon Macdonald and Paul Basu (eds) 2007 Exhibition Experiments, New York: Wiley-Blackwell. Introduction: Experiments in Exhibition, Ethnography, Art and Science.

Sharon Macdonald (ed.) 2006 Companion to Museum Studies, New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Sharon Macdonald 2002 Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum, Oxford: Bloomsbury. ‘Taster’ to Behind the Scenes.

Sharon Macdonald 1997 Reimagining Culture: Histories, Identities and the Gaelic Renaissance, Oxford: Bloomsbury.

 

Publications in Press and 2017

Jan-Jonathan Bock and Sharon Macdonald (under review) eds. Refugees Welcome? Difference and Diversity in a Changing Germany, Oxford: Berghahn.

Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan (forthcoming) ‘What not to collect? Post-coinnoisseurial dystopia and the profusion of things’, in P.Schorch and C.McCarthy (eds) Curatopia. Museums and the Future of Curatorship, Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan (in press) How can we know the future? Uncertainty, transformation, and magical techniques of significance assessment in museum collecting. Assessment of Significance. Berlin: Deutsches Historisches Museum.

Sharon Macdonald (in press) ‘Heritage’, in H.Callan (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Anthropology, Wiley-Blackwell.

Sharon Macdonald (in press) ‘Endorsement effects and warning potentials. Architecture from Totalitarian eras as heritage’, Suecoroma.

Henrietta Lidchi, Sharon Macdonald and Margareta von Oswald (eds) (2017) Engaging Anthropological Legacies, special section of Museum Worlds: Advances in Research 5.

Sharon Macdonald, Henrietta Lidchi and Margareta von Oswald (2017) ‘Introduction. Engaging anthropological legacies toward cosmo-optimistic futures?‘, in Museum Worlds: Advances in Research 5: 97-109.

Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan 2017 ‘Perspectives on disposal: decluttering‘, Collections Trust website.

Sharon Macdonald 2017 ‘Was ist eine Ausstellung und warum besuchen wir sie? Der kuratorische Blick von Studierenden’. In F.Stuhl, H.Bredekamp und W.Schäffner (Hg.) +ultra gestaltung schafft wissen. Dokumentation der Ausstellung und ihrer partizipationen Vermittlungsformate, S. 67-70. Berlin: Waxman.

Sharon Macdonald 2017 ‘Embedded ethics and research integrity: a response to “The quest for generic ethics principles in social science research” by David Carpenter’, in Finding Common Ground. Consensus in Research Ethics across the Social Sciences. Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity, 1: 29-36.

 

Publications 2016

Sharon Macdonald 2016 ‘Is difficult heritage still difficult? Why public acknowledgement of past perpetration may no longer be so unsettling to collective identities’, in Museum International 67 (1-4): 6-22.

Sharon Macdonald 2016 ‘New constellations of difference in Europe’s 21st Century Museumscape’, Museum Anthropology, 39(1): 4-19.

Sharon Macdonald 2016 ‘Exhibiting contentious and difficult histories. Ethics, emotions and reflexivity’, in Bernice L.Murphy (ed.) Museums, Ethics and Cultural Heritage, London: Routledge (ICOM publication), pp.267-77.

Sharon Macdonald 2016 ‘Revolutions, turns and developments in museum education: some anthropological and museological reflections’, in B.Commandeur, H.Kunz-Ott and K.Schad (eds) Handbuch Museumspädagogik. Kulturelle Bildung in Museen, Munich: Kopaed, pp.95-105.

Sharon Macdonald 2016 ‘La médiation du patrimoine: les guides touristiques de l’ancien site des congrès du parti à Nuremberg‘, in Poli-Politique de l’Image, No.12, May 2016, pp. 50-59

Sharon Macdonald 2016 Review of Haidy Geismar Treasured Possessions: Indigenous Interventions into Cultural and Intellectual Property, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22: 237-8.

Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan 2016 ‘Meaningful objects: stories and videos from the curating domestic profusion workshop‘, Heritage Futures website.

Sharon Macdonald 2016 ‘Museum storerooms‘, Heritage Futures website.

Sharon Macdonald 2016 ‘The profusion of things to do – on feeling busier than ever’, Heritage Futures website.

Rodney Harrison, Nadia Bartolinia, Caitlin de Silvey, Cornelius Holtorf, Sharon Macdonald, Sarah May, Jennie Morgan, Sefryn Penrose 2016 ‘Heritage Futures’Archaeology International 19: 68-72.

Regina Römhild and Sharon Macdonald 2016 ‘Reflexive Europeanisation and contentious cultural heritage’, Traces Vol.1: 10-12.

 

Publications 2015

Sharon Macdonald and Helen Rees Leahy 2015 (general editors) International Handbooks in Museum Studies, four volumes. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Sharon Macdonald 2015 ‘How things matter: stories from Nuremberg’, in Braun, Karl / Dieterich, Claus-Marco / Treiber, Angela (Hg.) Materialisierung von Kultur: Diskurse, Dinge, PraktikenWürzburg. Königshausen & Neumann.

Sharon Macdonald 2015 ‘The Trouble with the Ethnological, in The Laboratory Concept. Museum Experiments in the Humboldt Lab Dahlem/  ‘Probleme mit der Ethnologie’, in Prinzip Labor. Museumsexperimente im Humboldt Lab Dahlem. Berlin: Nicolai, pp.211-228.

Sharon Macdonald 2015 ‘Moving between anthropologies in and on Europe’, invited contribution to Forum ‘Rethinking Euro-Anthropology’, Social Anthropology 23:4.

Sharon Macdonald 2015 Review of Marzia Varutti, Museums in China: the Politics of Representation after Mao (Boydell and Brewer), JRAI, 21: 485-6.

Sharon Macdonald 2015 ‘Pearls’, Heritage Futures website.

 

Selected Publications Pre-2015

Sharon Macdonald 2014 ‘Migrating heritage, networks and networking: Europe and Islamic heritage’, in P.Innocenti (ed.) Migrating Heritage: Experiences of Cultural Networks and Dialogues in Europe, Farnham: Ashgate, pp.53-64.

Paul Basu and Sharon Macdonald 2014 ‘Experimente in Ausstellung, Ethnographie, Kunst und Wissenschaft’, in S.Kamel and C.Gerbich (eds) Experimentierfeld Museologie, Transcript, pp. 71-95.

Sharon Macdonald 2014 ‘СЪЗДАВАНЕ НА РАЗЛИЧИЯ И СЪЗДАВАНЕ НА ГРАЖДАНИ В ЕТНОГРАФСКИТЕ МУЗЕИ’, (‘Making differences and making citizens in ethnographic museums’), in Българска етнология/ Bulgarian ethnology, 4: 484-500.

Sharon Macdonald, 2012, ‘Presencing Europe’s pasts’, in Ulrich Kockel, Mairead NicCraith and Jonas Frykman, (eds), Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of Europe, Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 233-52.

Sharon Macdonald, 2011, ‘The Shop: multiple economies of things in museums’, in Friedrich von Bose, Kerstin Poehls, Franka Schneider and Annett Schulze (eds), MuseumX. Zur Neuvermessung eines mehrdimensionalen Raumes, Berliner Blätter/Panama, pp. 37-48.

Sharon Macdonald, 2011,‘Museumsbesuch und Ausstellungsdesign’, in D. Harrasser et al., (eds), Wissen Spielen, Bielefeld: Transcript, 2011, pp. 237–59.

Sharon Macdonald, 2010, ‘Museen erforschen. Für eine Museumswissenschaft in der Erweiterung’, in Joachim Baur, (ed.) Museumsanalyse, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, pp. 49–69.

Sharon Macdonald, 2009, ‘Unsettling memories: intervention and controversy over difficult public heritage’, in Marta Anico and Elsa Peralta, (eds), Heritage and Identity. Engagement and Demission in the Contemporary World, London: Routledge, pp. 93–104. Translated into Chinese in Research on Marxist Aesthetics, 2008, pp. 195–206.

Sharon Macdonald, 2009, ‘Reassembling Nuremberg, reassembling heritage’, Journal of Cultural Economy, 2, nos. 1-2, pp. 117–34.

Sharon Macdonald, 2008, ‘Museum Europe: Negotiating heritage’, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 17, pp. 47–65.

Sharon Macdonald, 2007, ‘Interconnecting: museum visiting and exhibition design’, CoDesign, 3, no. 1, pp. 149–62.

Sharon Macdonald, 2007, ‘Changing cultures, changing rooms: fashioning identities and anthropological research’, in D. Bryceson, J. Okely and J. Webber, (eds), Fashioning Identities and Weaving Networks: Gender and Ethnicity in a Cross-Cultural Context, Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 21–37.

Petri Hautaniemi, Helena Jerman and Sharon Macdonald, 2006, (eds), Anthropological Perspectives on Social Memory, special issue of Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 2006.

Sharon Macdonald, 2006, (ed.), Materializing Sheffield: Place, Culture, Identity, Sheffield: Humanities Research Institute, with editorial assistance from James Symonds, online: www.hrionline.ac.uk/matshef.

Sharon Macdonald, 2005, ‘Commemorating the Holocaust: the ethics of national identity in the twenty-first century’, in J. Littler and R. Naidoo, (eds), The Politics of Heritage: The Legacies of Race, London: Routledge, pp. 49–68.

Eric Hirsch and Sharon Macdonald, 2005, (eds), Creativity or Temporality?, special issue of Cambridge Anthropology, 25, no. 2, 116 pp.

Jeanette Edwards, Sharon Macdonald and Mike Savage, 2005, (eds), Community, continuity and change in the study of Britain: A Festschrift for Ronnie Frankenberg, special issue of The Sociological Review, 53, no. 4

Ina Maria Greverus, Regina Römhild, Sharon Macdonald, Gisela Welz and Helena Wulff, 2002, (eds), Shifting Grounds: Experiments in Doing Ethnography, special issue of Anthropological Journal on European Cultures, 2002, 218 pp.

Sharon Macdonald, 2000, (ed.), Approaches to European Historical Consciousness: Reflections and Provocations, Hamburg: Körber, 175 pp.

Sharon Macdonald, 1998, (ed.), The Politics of Display: Museums, Science, Culture, London and New York: Routledge, 242 + xii pp.; reprinted 1999.

Sharon Macdonald and Gordon Fyfe, 1996, (eds), Theorizing Museums: Identity and Diversity in a Changing World, Oxford and New York: Blackwell, 236 pp.; reprinted 1997, 1999, 2001.

Sharon Macdonald, 1995, (ed.), Science on Display, guest editor special issue of Science as Culture, 1995, 157 pp.

Sharon Macdonald, 1993, (ed.), Inside European Identities: Ethnography in Western Europe, Oxford and Providence: Berg, 247 + viii pp.; reprinted 1997.

Sharon Macdonald, Pat Holden and Shirley Ardener, 1987, (eds), Images of Women in Peace and War: cross-cultural and historical perspectives, Basingstoke: Macmillan/Wisconsin: Wisconsin University Press, 240 + xx pp.

 

Academic and Public Engagement

„Brexit? Ich bin erleichtert, in Berlin zu forschen“‘, interview in Der Tagesspiegel, November 2017.

Sharon Macdonald ‘The future of international collaboration and researcher mobility in the UK and Germany’ Panel Discussant at the British Embassy, Berlin, October 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Engaging the post/colonial archive: collections, museums, and the politics of access and display’, panel discussant at the German Anthropological Association Conference, Freie Universität Berlin, October 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Objects Otherwise’ introduction to public lecture by Haidy Geismar, Berlin, 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Otherwise – Rethinking Museums and Heritage’, Symposium, CARMAH, Berlin, July 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Heritage Traces, Differences and Futures’, invited keynote lecture,  4th Heritage Forum of Central Europe: Heritage and Society, Krakow, June 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘How Can We Know the Future? Magical Techniques for Dealing with Uncertainty in Museums’, invited keynote lecture (in honour of Prof. Dr. Beier-de Haan), May 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Colloquium: Modes of Relating: An Introduction’ IfEE, Berlin, April 2017

Sharon Macdonald ’Art and Human Remains: A Discussion of the Ethics of Artistic Work with Historic Collections of Human Remains’, roundtable discussion, University of Edinburgh, April 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Re-enchantment, Ritualisation, Heritage-making: Processes of Tradition Reconfiguration in Europe’, panel discussion, SIEF, Göttingen, March 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Bridging Human Clashes: Global Questions, Local Answers’, panel discussion, Berlin, March 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Archival Afflictions and Contested Memories in the Remaking of Berlin’s Historic Centre’, invited keynote lecture, University of York, March 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Making Differences in Berlin’, invited keynote lecture, Humboldt Colloquium, Washington, March 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Colonial Legacies and Cosmo-optimal Futures: Dilemmas and Potentials of Ethnographic Museums’, public lecture, KCL Memory Group, London, February 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Authenticity-Angst – Commodifying and Remediating the Past’, Ringvorlesung, Leibniz Research Alliance, Berlin, February 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘Curating profusion – from connoisseurship to mediation?’, talk at IfEE, Berlin, January 2017

Sharon Macdonald ‘What Not to Collect: Materials, Objects, Stories’, lecture at Museum der Dinge, Berlin, January 2017

 

2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘Heritage and the Politics of Recognition’, introduction to talks by Laurajane Smith, Gareth Millington and David Huyssen followed by a panel discussion, CARMAH, Berlin, December 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘Co-criticality and Creative Engagement – The Future for Museum Studies’, Opening keynote, Reinwardt Academy, Amsterdam, November 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘Curating Between Hope and Despair: Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews’, introducing talk by Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, IfEE, Berlin, November 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘THING’, panel discussion as part of HKW’s Dictionary of Now, Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, October 2016 

Sharon Macdonald ‘The Anthropologist As Curator: A Roundtable’, Panel discussion at14th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, University of Milano-Bicoccia, July 2016

Sharon Macdonald et al., ‘Re-visioning material anthropological legacies for cosmo-optimal futures‘, Panel at the 14th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, University of Milano-Bicoccia, 20-23 July 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘Sensory Dimensions of Making Differences and Diversity in Museums’, talk at Ethnologisches Kolloquium, Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Hamburg, July 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘Curating Museum Profusion: Looking to Ethnography of Domestic Excess for New Collecting Futures’, Presentation at ASA2016, University of Durham, July 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘What are Museums Good for in the 21st Century?’ Book Presentation and Panel Discussion, CARMAH, Berlin, July 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘In Museen entscheiden wir, wie wir unsere Gegenwart vermessen‘, interview with Sharon Macdonald, taz, June 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘Tracing and Redrawing the Lines of Difficult and Contentious Heritage’, Keynote public lecture at Traces Kick off Meeting, Klagenfurt, May 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘Islamische Kunst – Out of the Box’, Panel discussion, Pergamon Museum, Berlin, April 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘Institute’s Colloquium: European Heritage and Memory Politics’, IfEE, Berlin

Sharon Macdonald,  Experiencing Differences and Diversities in Contemporary Germany, Joint Conference, CARMAH, Berlin, April 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘Holding Onto the Past’, interview with Sharon Macdonald, University of York, April 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘Making Differences in Berlin: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century’, European Centre for Cultural Exploration, University of York, March 2016

Sharon Macdonald ‘Future Perspectives’ Panel discussant at Listening to the Archive. Histories of Sound Data in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, February 2016

2015

Sharon Macdonald ‘What will our future memories be? Interview with Sharon Macdonald’, by Ramon Sanguesa for CCCBLAB: Research and Innovation in the Public Sphere, December 2015

Sharon Macdonald ‘Breaking the Wall of the Museum. How Anthropology investigates the Heritage of the Future’, Falling Walls. The International Conference on the Future Breakthroughs in Science and Societyinvited keynote lecture, Berlin, November 2015.

Sharon Macdonald ‘Institute Colloquium: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century: Making Differences in Berlin’, Institute for European Ethnology, Berlin, November 2015

Sharon Macdonald ‘Museums and Public Engagement’, invited talk at workshop Where is the Pergamon Altar? Visitor Orientation and Managing Expectations in the Pergamon Museum, New York University, Berlin, November 2015

Sharon Macdonald ‘Names in the Ivy Leauge’, The New Yorker, citation of Sharon Macdonald’s work, November 2015

Sharon Macdonald ‘Making differences and citizens through city heritage’, Keynote lecture, Berlin, Oktober 2015

Sharon Macdonald ‘What Museums (Can) Do’, invited public lecture in the series Wissensort Museum. Traditionen, Perspektiven, Positionen [Museums as Places of Knowledge. Traditions, Perspectives, Positions], University of Göttingen, Germany, October 2015. YouTube Video

Sharon Macdonald ‘Too much stuff: What should we keep to show future generations?‘, Opinion/Interview with Sharon Macdonald, by Sean O’Neill, New Scientist, Issue 3044; October 2015

Sharon Macdonald ’„Ich bin eine Art Historikerin der Gegenwart“ – Sharon Macdonald tritt Alexander von Humboldt-Professur an’, Humboldt-University Berlin news (also published in insert “Humboldt-Universität” in Tagesspiegel), October 2015

Sharon Macdonald ‚Innovativen Formen Musealer Praxis und neue Umgangsformen mit kulturellem (und naturellen) Erbe’ [Innovative forms of museum practice and new forms of dealing with cultural (and natural) heritage], invited lecture to the Auswärtiges Amt [the German Foreign Office], Berlin, October 2015

Sharon Macdonald ‘Divers-City: Making Differences and Citizens through City Heritage’, invited keynote lecture, Urban Heritage and Urban Images: Imagineering Urban Heritage, Georg-Simmel Centre for Metropolitan Research, Berlin, October 2015

Sharon Macdonald “Ein Teil der Geschichte: Der Umgang mit dem Reichsparteitagsgelände seit 1945″ [‘A Piece of History: Negotiating the Nazi Party rally Grounds since 1945’], invited public lecture to open the exhibition Das Gelände: Dokumentation, Perspektiven, Diskussion[The Grounds: Documentation, Perspectives, Discussion] and accompanying conference “Erhalten! Wozu? Perspektiven für Zeppelintribüne, Zeppelinfeld und das ehemalige Reichsparteitagsgelände“ [Preserve! For what? Perspectives on the Zeppelin Building, Zeppelin Field and former Nazi Party Rally Grounds], Nuremberg, October 2015

Sharon Macdonald ‘The transcultural potential of museums’, invited talk, Transkulturellen Kunstgeschichten im Museum (DFG funded), Free University Berlin, Germany, September 2015

Sharon Macdonald ‘Immer Krise? Always in Crisis?’, invited opening keynote lecture at Für Immer Krise? Fragen der Repräsentation in Museen für Nicht-Europäische Kunst und Kulturen/ Always in Crisis? Questions of Representation in Museums of Non-European Art and Culture, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin, September 2015

Sharon Macdonald ‘Islam as European Heritage’, seminar talk, Världkulturmuseet, Gothenburg, Sweden, September 2015

Sharon Macdonald ‘Concluding comments’, invited commentary at Positioning Ethnological Museums in the 21st Century, (Volkswagen Stiftung funded), Hanover, Germany, June 2015

Sharon Macdonald Press coverage: Verleihung der Humboldt-Professuren: Neue Museumskonzepte zur Völkerverständigung

Sharon Macdonald ‘Neuer Wind für Berlins Museen: Eine Britin kümmert sich um das Preußenerbe’ Der Tagesspiegel, May 2015

Memberships (Current)

Fellowships and Learned Society Memberships

Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHS)

Association for Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS)

Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Volkskunde (dgv)

Deutsch Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV)

European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

International Council of Museums (ICOM)

International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF)

 

Advisory Boards (current)

Member of the Board of the Memory Studies Association

Scientific Committee Member for Association of Critical Heritage Studies 2018 Conference Heritage Across Borders

Member of the Advisory Board of the Berlin exhibition in the Humboldt Forum

Member of the Koordinationskreis [Coordination Circle] of the Museum of Natural History, Berlin

Member of the Advisory Board of the Coordination of University research collections in Germany (Beirat der Koordinationsstelle für wissenschaftliche Universitätssammlungen in Deutschland)

Working Group member of the Social Platform on Cultural Heritage and European Identities, a Cultural Base Research and Innovation Project of Horizon 2020

Member of the Advisory Board of Museological framings of Islam, Swedish Research Council

 

Journal Editorial Boards

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

Anthropology in Action

International Journal of Heritage Studies

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

Memory Studies

Museum and Society

Science Museum Journal

THEMA: La Revue dee Musées de la Civilisation

Tourism and Cultural Change