Student Assistants

Harriet Merrow

© Tal Adler

I am a student assistant at CARMAH as well as a Master’s student at the Institute of European Ethnology. At CARMAH, and formerly within the TRACES project ‘Dead Images’, I support the team in organisational matters like maintaining the website, assisting during symposia and conferences as well as procuring literature for course syllabi. I assist the team in tasks related to research fellows’ projects, such as the preparation, (in some cases) the co-conducting and finally the transcription and often translation of interviews. I also help curate the Media Review on Museums, wherein the media discourse on current transformations in ethnological museums and their collections is compiled, with a focus on how their colonial pasts are handled.

In my studies, I am focused mostly on decolonization, curatorial practices and different forms of knowledge transferal in museums, specifically concerning how difficult heritage is addressed and represented/re-produced. My background in art history as well as my work at a small Berlin-based theatre have offered me insight into cultural institutions and our socially contingent, evolving viewing practices and habits.