Principal Investigators

Tahani Nadim

I am a Junior Professor of Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the Department for European Ethnology in a joint appointment between the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Museum für Naturkunde (Museum for Natural History) Berlin. My research is concerned with the structures and infrastructures of data collections and attendant practices, experiences and orderings. It is also concerned with establishing and maintaining productive conversations across disciplines, institutions and ways of knowing. I have carried out ethnographic research at genetic sequence databases and worked on institutional Open Access strategies. During my time as an International Museum Fellow at the Museum für Naturkunde I produced the exhibition Tote Wespen fliegen länger/Dead wasps fly further (March 2015) together with the visual artist Åsa Sonjasdotter and founded the slightly clandestine Bureau for troubles (ongoing). As part of my research programme (“Data natures”) at CARMAH I am setting up multi-sited ethnographic inquiries into the data practices in natural history museums. These include, but are not limited, to various digitisation efforts as well as data-centred citizen science activities. Through this research I intend to problematise the contestational nature of data and how they participate in making certain versions of nature, of nation and of governance viable and doable.