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CARMAH not only invites persons to speak with us in Berlin, but also actively contributes to debates and dialogues at other institutions all over the world, as well as in the press. Below you can read about some of our research activities outside of CARMAH and our engagement with the wider academic and museum community.



Who is ID8470? Making and artistic difference in the Humboldt Forum, Berlin.

Tal Adler and Sharon Macdonald, talk at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. Presenting Adler's Who is ID 8470? the talk also the talk also discusses the wider context of its making and reception, as well as developments and possibilities within the relationships between anthropology and art. How far might such a work make a difference to public understanding and to curatorial practices more widely?  


Animals As Objects

Tahani Nadim, lecture "Reproducing Species in and with Data" at the Ringvorlesung Animals As Objects at the Humbolt-Universität zu Berlin 



Archival Ethics and Possibilities of Representation

Tal Adler, in conversation with George Mahashe, virtual seminar 'Spirals – Art, Archives and the Curatorial', organised by Duane Jethro at the Centre for Curating the Archive at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town 


The Shape of Practice: Archiving

Tahani Nadim, together with Ego Sowinski Ahaiwe. Seminar at The Shape of a Practice, Anthropocene Curriculum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. 


Keynote Roundtable

Sharon Macdonald and other Keynote lecturers, 5th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (online), UCL London 

Virtual conference:

Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) - 5th Biennial Conference

26-30 August 2020: CARMAH members join the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) with a variety of paper presentations and moderated sessions. The conference’s theme – Futures – aims to engage seriously and critically with the often stated aims of heritage to address the concerns of future generations, whilst also asking participants to think expansively and creatively about the future of critical heritage studies as an emergent field of focus across a range of academic disciplines.  


Whole Earths Cataloguing

Tahani Nadim, together with Sybille Neumeyer, presentation and panel discussion at the symposium "Biodiversity and the Cultural Landscape", Universität Wien, Österreich. 

Public lecture:

Relating Global Histories

Duane Jethro, alongside Sergio Costa and Bernd Scherer, department seminar series ‘Mauern/überschreiten’, Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin 



Data Natures: Problematising Digitisations of Natural History and its Collections

Tahani Nadim, workshop 'Politics of Collecting and Knowledge Production', organised by Volkswagen Stiftung, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin 


Muslim Heritage on Stage in Berlin

Katarzyna Puzon, workshop 'Home, Mobility and Translocality: Muslim Identities between the Post-Soviet Space, Europe and Turkey', HSE University, Moscow 


Manoeuvring through the City of Beirut

Katarzyna Puzon, biennial conference of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (DGSKA) 'Das Ende der Aushandlungen?', University of Konstanz 

Anthropocene river journey:

Data Flows

Tahani Nadim, research participation in the Anthropocene River Journey, organised by Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 


Reflections and Final Discussion

Sharon Macdonald, conference of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen (MEK) 'What's Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe', Dahlem Museums, Berlin 

Seminar session:

Est-ce qu’il y a un patrimoine postcolonial?

Margareta von Oswald (organizer & moderator), seminar 'Réécrire le passé colonial: enjeux contemporains des collections de musée' (EHESS), in collaboration with the doctoral students of the atelier doctoral 'Le musée comme terrain: stratifications des héritages coloniaux' (EHESS) at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris 


Ghosts, Silences, Hidden Things—Taxidermic Cinema Workshop

Debbie Onuoha, workshop lead, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin 

World Café session:

Museums in their Neighbourhoods

Katarzyna Puzon, WeberWorldCafé 'Changing Neighbourhoods', organised by the Max Weber Stiftung, the Forum Transregionale Studien, the Orient Institut Beirut, and the Zentrum Moderner Orient. Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin 

Film presentation and talk:

Ghosts, Silences, Hidden Things: Filming in Museums, Archives, and Heritage Spaces

Debbie Onuoha, Media and Digital Anthropology Lab, Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt-University of Berlin 



The 'Restitution Report' - What's at stake?

Larissa Förster and Margareta von Oswald, conference 'Sensitive Heritage - Ethnographic Museums and Material/Immaterial Restitutions', GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde zu Leipzig 

Panel discussion:

Curating Colonial Legacies

Larissa Förster (chair), panel with German and Namibian academics and heritage practitioners at the symposium 'Deferred Heritage: Colonialism's Past and Present', organised by Goethe-Institut and Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz; Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin 


Filming the Museum/Film in the Museum

Debbie Onuoha, 'Kolloquium INTERVENTION M21: AM HUMBOLDTSTROM: Sammeln in 19.Jh. // Einführung ins Humboldt Forum', Kunst im Kontext, Universität der Künste, Berlin 


Materializations of Mobility in Berlin

Katarzyna Puzon, the 'Moving Subjects/Making Cities' session at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), San José, California 


Politiken des Auswählens in Gedächtnisinstitutionen

Tahani Nadim, workshop 'Fachspezifische Strategien und Kriterien für die Archivierung von Forschungsdaten aus ethnografischer Forschung', organised by the Fachinformationsdienst Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Universitätsbibliothek, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 

Initiating presentation:

Sensible Objekte und Provenienz

Larissa Förster, intersessional meeting 'Museum und Universität: Perspektiven der Kooperation', organised by the AG Museum of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie (DGSKA), in cooperation with the museums commission of the Schweizerische Ethnologische Gesellschaft (SEG), Völkerkundemuseum, University of Zurich 


Understanding Memorylands and Heritage in a Digitalized and Mobile World

Sharon Macdonald, lecture was held for the Advanced Study Group 'Heritage and Memory beyond Place' at the University of Lund, Sweden 

Panel talk:

Lebanon - Conceptual Histories of 'Heritage'

Katarzyna Puzon, 4th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China 

Panel organisation:

Exploring Islam and Heritage across Borders

Katarzyna Puzon and Klas Grinell, 4th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China 


Family Memory, the 1884 Grave Robbery in the Lower Kuiseb and Human Remains in Berlin

Larissa Förster, conference 'Past, Present and Future of Namibian Heritage' (organised by the University of Namibia, Museums Association of Namibia and University of Basel), University of Namibia, Windhoek 


Where do 'Ethnographic' Collections from Namibia Have a Future?

Larissa Förster, conference 'Past, Present and Future of Namibian Heritage' (organised by the University of Namibia, Museums Association of Namibia and University of Basel), University of Namibia, Windhoek  


Farming data - collaborations on site

Tahani Nadim, discussant at the conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) 2018: 'Meetings - Making Science, Technology and Society together', Lancaster, United Kingdom 


Meeting (in) data

Tahani Nadim, panel co-organisation with Antonia Walford (UCL) for the conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) 2018: 'Meetings - Making Science, Technology and Society together', Lancaster, United Kingdom 


Friends with Books

Tahani Nadim, conference 'Radical Open Access II - The Ethics of Care', Coventry University, United Kingdom 

Workshop presentation:

Transforming the Ethnographic: Anthropology, Museums, and Colonialism

Margareta von Oswald and Larissa Förster, conference 'Exchanging Perspectives: Anthropologies, Museum Collections, and Colonial Legacies between Paris and Berlin', CARMAH & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 


Die Empfehlungen des Deutschen Museumsbundes zum Umgang mit menschlichen Überresten (2013): Kritik aus der Perspektive der Rückfordernden

Larissa Förster, talk at the workshop 'Umgang. Menschliche Überreste in Museen und Universitätssammlungen', Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Dresden 


ETHOSlab - Speculative Instruments X Ethnographic data

Tahani Nadim, roundtable discussion with Jörg Niewöhner, Christoph Bareither, Ingmar Lippert and Rachel Douglas-Jones, Humboldt-Universität Berlin 


Knowing fish

Tahani Nadim, workshop organisation and participation, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin  

Guided tour and workshop:

Schools of Tomorrow

Tahani Nadim, school project guided by artist Isabell Spengler for the programme 'Schools of Tomorrow', Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 


Public dialogue:

VI Dialogue - Decolonise Our Reflections

Jonas Tinius, dialogue held within the collaboration between the Cité Internationale des arts and l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 'Concrete Mirror - the interstice of anthropology and visual art', La Colonie, Paris 


Diversitätsentwicklung in Kulturinstitutionen

Jonas Tinius, lecture and moderation of two world café tables with Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (programme director Jüdisches Museum Berlin) and Paul Spies (director Stadtmuseum Berlin), annual conference of the Landesverband der Museen zu Berlin e.V., Berlin (in German) 


The Readymade Century

Margareta von Oswald, participant in symposium session 'Readymade Transcultural' , Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 

Panel discussion:

Future Memories: Erinnerungskultur(en) der Migrationsgesellschaft

Jonas Tinius, Chair and discussant of opening keynote speech and panel with Dr. Christina Johansson (Malmö University, Sweden), Léontine Meijer-van Mensch (Jewish Museum Berlin), and Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński (Vienna Academy of Fine Arts). Workshop in cooperation with the Centre for Metropolitan Studies (Technical University Berlin), W.M. Blumenthal Academy, Jewish Museum Berlin (in German) 


Gehört Provenienzforschung zur DNA des Humboldt Forums?

Paneldiscussion with Larissa Förster (CARMAH), Johannes Vogel (Natural History Museum, Berlin), Christina Haak (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Viola König (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Hermann Parzinger (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz), Museen Dahlem, Berlin (in German) 


Collective (In)competence

Katarzyna Puzon, with MMTW, Jornadas Filosóficas de Barcelona, Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona 



Margareta von Oswald and Vivian Ziherl, discussion as part of the exhibition 'Odarodle - An imaginary their_story of naturepeoples, 1535-2017', Schwules Museum, Berlin 

Artist talk and book launch:

Bare Lives

Jonas Tinius, with Solvej Ovesen, Mario Rizzi, Charlotte Bank, Ramy Al Asheq, chaired moderation, artist talk, and book presentation for Mario Rizzi’s 'Bare Lives' exhibition. Part of the annual programme 'Unsustainable Privileges' at the Galerie Wedding, Berlin 

Talk organization and introduction:

After Death: Event, Narrative, Feeling

Michael Lambek (University of Toronto/Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin) gives a talk as part of the departmental lecture series Modes of Relating: Methodologies in/for a Contemporary Anthropology, Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt University 

Roundtable discussion:

Art and Human Remains: A Discussion of the Ethics of Artistic Work with Historic Collections of Human Remains

Sharon Macdonald, roundtable discussion linked to CCP4 of the TRACES project at the Edinburgh College of Art 


Bilateral Workshop to Initiate a German-Australian Research Network on Human Remains / Sensitive Objects in Colonial Collections and their Repatriation

Larissa Förster, workshop organised by Prof. Dr. Winkelmann (Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg Theodor Fontane), co-organised by Prof. em. Michael Pickering (Loughborough University), National Museum of Australia, Canberra 


Panel discussion:


Sharon Macdonald, Tony Bennett & Arjun Appadurai, HKW Series 'Dictionary of Now #4', Ethnological Museum, Berlin (video included) 

Panel discussion:

Beobachter unter sich: ethnografisches Forschen in der Kunst

Jonas Tinius, Workshop Cobratheater.cobra Netzwerktreffen, Uferstudios für zeitgenössischen Tanz, Berlin 

Panel discussion:

The Anthropologist As Curator: A Roundtable

Sharon Macdonald, 14th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, University of Milano-Bicoccia 


Sensory Dimensions of Making Differences and Diversity in Museums

Sharon Macdonald, Ethnological Colloquium, University of Hamburg 


Appropriating Universal Centrality: Containing the World in Berlin’s New Humboldt-Forum

Jonas Tinius & Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Conference 'THE CENTRE CANNOT HOLD? New Monumentality, Neo-Modernism and Other Zombie Urban Utopias', University College London 

World café table:

Museum Ethics

Margareta von Oswald, 'Fellow Me!' Academy of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Leipzig and Halle an der Salle 


November 2015

Invited talk at workshop:

Museums and Public Engagement

Sharon Macdonald, Where is the Pergamon Altar? Visitor Orientation and Managing Expectations in the Pergamon Museum, New York University, Berlin 

October 2015

Invited Lecture to the Auswärtiges Amt (German Foreign Office):

Innovativen Formen Musealer Praxis und neue Umgangsformen mit kulturellem (und naturellen) Erbe

Sharon Macdonald, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin 


Art is/as transcultural? The transcultural potential of the museum

Sharon Macdonald, Transkulturelle Kunstgeschichten in Museen, Berlin 

May 2015

Press coverage:

Verleihung der Humboldt-Professuren: Neue Museumskonzepte zur Völkerverständigung

WDR 5, interview with Sharon Macdonald (audio), May 2015