Katarzyna Puzon

I am an anthropologist and my main research interests lie at the intersection of heritage, memory, mobility, and cities, as well as in anthropology as storytelling and its multimodality. My current research focuses on Berlin, where I examine the politics and poetics of representation and recognition, primarily in relation to Islam and heritage-making, as part of the project Making Differences in Berlin: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century.

My postdoctoral project is concerned with the ways in which Islam is constructed through Berlin’s heritage developments, with special emphasis on spatio-temporal transformations, the dynamics of absence and presence, as well as the participatory and relational nature of museum work, heritage- and city-making. Drawing on a number of theoretical and methodological approaches, in particular postcolonial theory, intersectionality and anthropology of the future, I probe into the questions of diversity and difference by engaging critically with the questions of representation and recognition. Approaching the city of Berlin as an urban research laboratory, my ethnographic research primarily looks at the practices of local initiatives and neighbourhood-based projects and explores multifarious manifestations of heritage-making processes across time and space in different parts of the city.

As an anthropologist, I have received education in Edinburgh, Warsaw, and London. Also, I have held fellowships at the Free University of Berlin, the American University of Beirut, and the Orient Institut Beirut. My doctoral project, entitled (Re)constructing Beirut: Heritage, Memory, and a Post-war Metropolis, examined how multiple discourses and practices of Beirut’s urban heritage were mobilised and framed by ongoing changes in the city and engaged in future-making.


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Heritage, museums, and material culture
  • Cities
  • Mobility, migration, and the politics of belonging
  • Memory
  • Middle East – Lebanon
  • Europe – Germany


WS 2017/18 Heritage and the City


  • European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
  • Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS)
  • Moving Matters Travelling Workshop (MMTW)
  • Urban Research Group, Georg Simmel Centre for Metropolitan Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin (2012-2013) (URG)