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. Approaching Berlin as an urban laboratory, my ethnographic research primarily looks at the practices of local initiatives and neighbourhood-based projects, and explores multifarious manifestations of heritage-making across time and space in different parts of the metropolis. I probe the questions of diversity, difference and translocality by drawing on a number of theoretical and methodological approaches, in particular postcolonial theory, intersectionality, and anthropology of the future.

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 belonging
  • Memory
  • Middle East – Lebanon
  • Europe – Germany


WS 2017/18 Heritage and the City