At CARMAH we regularly interact with other researchers and museum professionals, as well as with the interested public, through talks, panels discussions and other formats of critical engagement. In this section, you can read further information on upcoming as well as past events at CARMAH.
In the Summer Semester 2023 the weekly event series WARP – Werkstatt für kulturelle Ausdrucksweisen und Recherche in der Praxis – takes place at the Central Institute Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik (HZK).
WARP– addresses the relations and linkages of knowledge in research on material culture, curation, technology, and art through lectures and workshops.
When: Wednesdays 4.00 – 5.30 p.m. (CET)
Where: Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Campus North – House 3, Philippstr. 13, 10115 Berlin and digital on
You can find the programme here.
Final workshop presentations of the seminar "Anthropologies of Technique, Techniques of Anthropology: Multimodal Ethnographies of Making" (Maxime Le Calve & Sharon Macdonald).
Adela Taleb (HU Berlin) – ‘Weaving Worlds: The Power of Tales. Decolonial Potentials of Storytelling’
Kwame Aidoo (artist, Ghana) – ‘Intersection of Weaving and Storytelling: A Marginalized Community Pushes the Margins with Kpaluhi’
In Moravia and many other places in Colombia, women have used weaving as a symbolic reparation strategy. Learning from these weaving practices we engaged in affective co-creation through situated methodologies to trace spatial practices that reveal territorial reclamations. We argue that living archives are artifacts for the defense of rights with the capacity to channel processes of weaving territory-body-earth as an act of healing.
In this workshop, Roxanne will engage with Fred Moten's "Grammar of Gathering," as a kind of network being woven into and through with regard to digital attunement. How do we weave our collective and individual body memory toward a digital attunement that asserts sovereignty?
Based on her research projects Zuzanna Hertzberg recovers and passes on the long history of Jewish women's militant resistance
We cordially invite you to the book launch of Terribly Close: The Holocaust in Polish Folk Art. The authors: Erica Lehrer, Roma Sendyka, Wojciech Wilczyk and Magdalena Zych will all be present at CARMAH to talk about the English-language edition of their newest book, which appeared in Polish this year. Please join us for their […]
Emma Tarlo (Goldsmith) will talk the particularities and challenges of working with hair as a material and of working across different media which include academic and non-fiction writing, public exhibition making, animation and craft.
We cordially invite you to the book launch with the author, Dr. Magdalena Waligórska and the commentators: Dr. Karolina Wigura (Freie Universität Berlin) and Prof. Felix Ackermann (FernUniversität Hagen), followed by a small reception in the library room.
Gabriel Schimmeroth (MARKK Hamburg) will talk about Zwischenraum - a museum project encouraging visitor participation in curation.
Through framing traditional natural dyeing practices of south Indian dyers in terms of epistemology, this talk explores how concepts of knowledge and its ownership are negotiated in their tensions between the regimes of text-science-law and material-culture-order in colour making in contemporary India.
We cordially invite to a zoom book launch of: Cross Purposes: Catholicism and the Political Imagination in Poland by Magdalena Waligórska (Cambridge University Press, 2023) with the author and invited commentators: Prof. Brian Porter-Szücs (University of Michigan) and Prof. Agnieszka Graff (University of Warsaw). The discussion will be moderated by Prof. Alexander Bevilacqua (Williams College).
In this talk, the artist explores the three-year-long artistic research project with the "Girls from the Castle", female inmates of the Warsaw Grochów Detention Centre. "Castle" is a colloquial term for a maximum security prison. Exploring the notion of childhood as a cell, and culture as a prison, she has been working with a group of prisoners for over three years.
Dr Mokwena's talk will look at a corporation's construction of a custodial identity in contemporary South Africa. She will do this by sketching the visual strategies of The Good Hope Textile Corporation (which trades as Da Gama) to assert custodial responsibility over the isishweshwe textile it manufacture. Mokwena shows how these seductive visual constructions are not merely evidence of Da Gama's manufacture of the authentic textile. Crucially, these discourses stamp the corporation's cultural legitimacy in post-apartheid South Africa, enabling it to propagate a brand of post-apartheid corporate Africanity all the while eliding difficult histories of racial-capitalist exploitation at the nexus of empire and settler-colonialism.
How would it feel to wear clothes that correspond to the flow of the cosmos? This talk invites you to try on hanbok and fabulate with the sallimly worlding that it represents.
How do we trace the relationship between time and collections? What are the ethical challenges of researching collections within museums and earth archives?
In this three-day workshop, organised by the COST Action “Trace as a Research Agenda for Climate Change, Technology Studies, and Social Justice” (TRACTS), we aim to critically explore the ethics of collections in museums and geological archives through the lens of temporality. The event seeks to initiate interdisciplinary exchange between the disparate fields of inquiry in the critical studies of different forms of collections and archives by considering the ethics of acquisition, preservation and use.
The event series of WARP addresses the relations and linkages of knowledge in research on material culture, curation, technology, and art through lectures and workshops.
Das Phyletische Museum in Jena wurde 1907 gegründet von Ernst Haeckel, der Charles Darwins Theorien in Deutschland bekannt machte. Hauptthema des Museums ist entsprechend die Evolution. Im Museum werden lebende und tote Tiere mit Menschen der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart in Beziehung gesetzt. Das Filmprojekt begleitete die Arbeit der Museumspädagogin und zeigt ihre Praktiken im Umgang […]
We are happy to invite you to the book launch of Doing Diversity in Museum and Heritage. A Berlin Ethnography, which is also available as a free open-access download. BOOK LAUNCH on Monday 23 January 2023 6 pm at CARMAH, room 408 & online Institute of European Ethnology Anton-Wilhelm-Amo-Str. 40/41 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin The book […]
Essentialist assumptions about human beings persist in scientific practice, despite their erroneous logic. In this talk, Dr. Jonatan Kurzwelly (University of Göttingen) will examine essentialism related to research on, and handling of, academic collections of human remains. Further, the presentation will consider the effectiveness of such a politics of "strategic essentialism" in addressing the diverse injustices related to collections of human remains.
with Rikke Gram, Eva Günkler and Zoe Schoofs, moderated by Larissa Förster and Jan Hüsgen of the Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste.
After the screening of Berlin Conversations on Mental Health, the film's makers and members of its Advisory Board will discuss the
process of this visual research project on mental health in Berlin.
How do museum objects shape the publics within the museum?
The roundtable, co-organised with Hansjörg Dilger as part of DFG Public Anthropology workshop, explores the conditions under which publics (and counterpublics) emerge around museum artefacts. The participants, from curators to educators to decolonial activists, reflect on the imaginaries and practices of engaging and relating collections with a range of publics. This allows us to explore the potential of objects for shaping public debates and the role of diverse, emergent publics, and transforming the collection itself.
Wie lässt sich Wissenschaft kuratieren? Im Mittelpunkt des Vortrags von Daniela Döring (Universität Göttingen) stehen drei jüngst entstandene Wissenschaftsausstellungen und -museen: das FORUM FOR SCIENCE, ART AND DOUBT des Genter Universitätsmuseums (eröffnet seit 2020), die erste Schau „Nach der Natur“ des HUMBOLDT LABORS im Berliner Humboldt-Forum (2021) und die Basisausstellung des Göttinger FORUM WISSEN (2022).
The present workshop aims to reconsider the boundaries of the accepted Holocaust archive by exploring sources that occupy its fuzzy frontiers, and to further re-evaluate what we accept as a legitimate historical document or Holocaust representation.
A roundtable discussion with contributors of the book Islam and Heritage in Europe: Pasts, Presents and Future Possibilities.
Die Präsentation von Flavia Caviezel gibt Einblick in den Prozess einer künstlerischen Forschung, die sich anhand asbestbelasteter Objekte einer Stiftungssammlung und deren Handling mit toxischen Überresten befasst.
Presentation by Sarah Etz & Séverine Marguin about the ongoing research project 'Museum Space Knowledge' taking place in collaboration with the Humboldt Labor.
In this session of the Making Museums Matter event series, colleagues from Ukraine, Poland, Germany and Switzerland, among others, will report on their needs, forms of resistance, strategies of networking and possibilities of preservation. We want to talk about traps and gaps in the current wave of solidarity with Ukraine, contribute to the visibility of the work of Ukrainian colleagues, and promote global and local networking of museums and their partners in times of war.
Katharina Greis & Sarah Ullrich will give insights into the empirical studies and research results of the research project Curating Digital Images.
This informal reading group, organized by Jenny Chio, will explore some key concerns of the “infrastructural turn” in
anthropology and how they might inform and challenge understandings of heritage. The sessions will mostly take place online.
Magda Buchczyk is a panelist at the conference Unsettling the Hegemonic Gaze: Translation and Transfer of Knowledge about Southeastern Europe.
This talk by Irene Hilden & Andrei Zavadski will provide insights into the research project ‘Realizations and Reception in the Humboldt Forum,’ based at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. With ethnographic audience research at its root, the project explored how visitors engaged with the Humboldt Forum and its exhibitions during the first weeks of the institution’s operation. The talk will focus on some of the findings related to audience experiences of multivocality as employed in the exhibition ‘Berlin Global.’
This event deals with concrete actions against right-wing populist practices in cultural institutions. It is intended as a contribution to a whole series of initiatives in the cultural sector that are currently actively confronting this phenomenon.
The first of two events in the series Making Museums Matter deals with concrete actions against right-wing populist practices in cultural institutions. It is intended as a contribution to a whole series of initiatives in the cultural sector that are currently actively confronting this phenomenon. Panelists of the first session are Nicole Broder (Anne Frank Education Centre), Benjamin Kryl (Stadtmuseum Parchim), and Hatice Ince ( Neue Deutsche Medienmacher:innen).
Tal Adler (artist), Marion Hulverscheidt (historian of science), and Andreas Winkelmann (anatomist) will discuss different approaches to provenance research.
Magdalena Waligorska and Roma Sendyka will present and discuss their ongoing research on carvings and paintings of Holocaust scenes created in the postwar decades by Polish folk artists, offering new perspectives on postwar memory processes.
The event is dedicated to changing forms of curatorial practice, in which invited curators present their projects: Birgit Johler (Volkskundemuseum Graz); Edith Hessenberger (Ötztaler Museum), Nina Szogs (Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg).
Presentation of the recently launched digital open-access portal "Repertorium of the Actors of the French Art Market during the German Occupation, 1940-1945".
Presentation of the project "Digital Network Collections", which deals with a conceptual planning of a digital network of Berlin's university collections, in order to create a common interdisciplinary basis that enables the research and digital evidence of objects. The lecture will be held in German.
Isabella Bozsa will give a lecture on "Missionary Collecting in Cameroon during the German Colonial Era: Acquisition Contexts, Missionary Propaganda, and Spaces of Action."
A three day online conference organized by Hannes Hacke (HU Berlin, DE), Rebecca Fasman (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA), Melissa Blundell Osorio (WEAM, Miami, USA) about how museums and exhibition spaces around the world are using artwork, objects, and other materials to talk about sexuality in new ways.
Mindscapes. Insights into a project between politics, research and cultural production.
Museums making social policy! A conversation between Prof. Dr. Mario Moutinho with Moana Souto and students of Würzburg, exploring how to engage in the development of public policies, activism, and protest in the field of museums.
Magda Buchczyk will present her research on the social and political transformations of Polish weaving in the context of Nazi-era curating, state socialist craft revival in Poland, and current global, commercial afterlives of this art.
Three days online conference, organized by the German Lost Art Foundation, in cooperation with the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and the Research Center for Material Culture of the National Museum of World Cultures, the Netherlands.
Sarah Wagner will present her dissertation, recently submitted to the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, in which she investigated the Kunst- und Wunderkammer in museum exhibition practice.
Online discussion on the topic of Museums & Digitalization, organized by the Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft Tübingen, in cooperation with CARMAH.
Book presentation of 'Across Anthropology. Troubling Colonial Legacies, Museums, and the Curatorial' by Jonas Tinius and Margareta von Oswald, in an online talk, together with Leontine Meijer-van Mensch (Director of the Ethnological Museums in Leipzig, Dresden, Herrnhut).
Presentation of the project 'Digital Benin' (https://digital-benin.org/) by Dr. Anne Luther and Osaisonor Godfrey Ekhator-Obogie. For registration, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Sharon Macdonald (founder and director of CARMAH) and Maria Kobielska (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland) on October 7, 2021, at 7 p.m., for a discussion of the memorylands we live in. The discussion will focus on Prof. Macdonald's acclaimed book 'Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today' (2013), which has been translated into Polish by Robert Kusek and published the International Cultural Centre in Krakow.
Christopher Li (Lautarchiv, HU Berlin) will talk about legal and cultural-ethical aspects of the public use of records.
The workshop has the goal of presenting the first, preliminary results of the new cutting-edge research on lost shtetls after 1945, as well as addressing some overarching methodological questions about the challenges of investigating the Jewish absence (and presence) in the post-Holocaust and post-Soviet rural setting.
Focusing on contemporary cases of violent dispossession, appropriation and extraction as well as struggles for the commons, the workshop poses the question anew as to the relation between capital and sovereignty in the contemporary moment.
Over the last two decades, the ubiquity of digital infrastructures has brought about numerous drastic changes to a globalized world. One of the most pressing socio-political questions on a global scale is how digitization has changed the ways in which particular truths are enacted and established in everyday life. Following these and further examples, the 7th conference of the dgv-working group “Digitization in Everyday Life” at the Humboldt University of Berlin will examine concrete practices of digital truth-making.
A virtual book launch with Jonas Tinius, Margareta von Oswald, Sharon Macdonald, Erica Lehrer, and Annette Bhaghwati.
The conference 'Now, to the Future. Transformations in Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century' is POSTPONED and will include inputs from James Clifford, Haidy Geismar, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Henrietta Lidchi, Wayne Modest, Irene Stengs and others TBC. The exact date is yet unknown and will be determined according to any risks posed by the COVID-19 crisis.
‘A digital museum of restitution’. Conversation with artist Emeka Ogboh. Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/Germany. 22 January 2020.
A discussion on decolonising Islam in museums with Mirjam Shatanawi (Reinwardt Academie, Amsterdam), Stefan Weber (Museum für Islamische Kunst (SMB/SPK), and Katarzyna Puzon (CARMAH).
Open discussion on challenges and potentials of collaborative production in museum contexts.
On 21-22 September, Roger Sansi (Barcelona) and CARMAH research fellow Jonas Tinius organised the 2019 interim meeting of the Anthropology and the Arts (ANTART) Network, which they convened within the the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). CARMAH was delighted to host the event, which was open to the public.
An International Conference on LGBTIQ+ Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections. What does ‘queering memory’ mean under the political, social and cultural conditions of the present? How can the diversity of queer histories be made visible in these digitized times? ALMS 2019 Berlin will explore the potential of generating audiences for queer archives, libraries, museums and special collections, with a special focus on the arts and artistic interventions.
ODDKIN°labs are prototype workshops that explore the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin by questioning objects, spaces and narratives with a transdisciplinary approach.
In their collections and their buildings, museums often carry traces of religion, past and present, which they curate and narrate for diverse audiences. Increasingly, museums are called on to represent and acknowledge the politics embedded in these collections, whether by repatriating spiritually-charged objects acquired through colonial networks or by telling more complex stories of national histories of racism, antisemitism, and violence.
Convened by Katarzyna Puzon, the workshop brought together international scholars to discuss Islam and heritage in different parts of Europe and across various scales.
Screening of 'A început ploaia/It started raining: Fighting for the right to housing in Bucharest', the documentary directed by Dr Michele Lancione, Senior Research Fellow at the Urban Institute, University of Sheffield.
Organized by Christoph Bareither and Ingrid Tomkowiak, the 5th conference of the dgv working group „Kulturen populärer Unterhaltung und Vergnügung” (www.kpuv.de) in cooperation with the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH) raises critical questions at the intersection of popular culture and memory/heritage studies.
The workshop “On Common Grounds?” aims to bring together people from different parts of the world whose research critically reflects on the processes and impacts of various approaches towards museums and heritage sites.
Convened with Prof Georgina Born, Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA), University of Oxford, UK
Panel: ‘Time and Tradition: the temporalities in and of cultural production’ (convened with Prof Georgina Born), Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth (ASA), University of Oxford, UK. 18-21 September 2018.
Alterity describes the state of bring other or different. A concept entangling postcolonial critique with key debates around ontology, phenomenology, and anthropology. This symposium opens up discussions around alterity from the field between art and anthropology.
Conference/Humboldt Kolleg: “Anthropology and Performance Studies”, convened with Prof Tracy C. Davis (Northwestern) and Prof Lye Tuck-Po (Universiti Sains Malaysia). Funded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Wenner Gren Foundation. Penang/Malaysia, 6-10 August 2018.
The research encounter features presentations on the three key areas of: Media, Affordances, and the Digital, Participation, Engagement, Activism & Collections, Colonialism, and the Curatorial. The event takes place at Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin
On 28 June, the “Dead Images” exhibition opens with a conversation, facilitated by Sam Alberti (National Museums Scotland), between Tal Adler (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Charlotte Roberts (University of Durham). This will be followed by a one-day international conference on 29 June that brings together individuals concerned with collections of human skulls, including artists, archaeologists, historians, and anthropologists.
Peter McIsaac gives a talk about musealization, the history of medical collections, gender, and popular anatomy exhibition in Germany.
For this encounter, Alya Sebti (director, ifa-Gallery Berlin) and Jonas Tinius speak about the institutionalisation and destabilisation of curatorial and anthropological practices.
This event uses the motto of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 – Sharing Heritage – to critically explore the role of “Islam” in discourses about Europe’s heritage. Discussions will involve the motivations and practices that shape and are shaped by these discourses.
This upcoming semester, CARMAH is hosting the department seminar series jointly with the Institute of European Ethnology. The series is organised by Jonas Tinius, Tahani Nadim, Sharon Macdonald and features a set of international speakers as well as roundtables, panels, masterclasses, and evening lectures on transformations of anthropology and anthropological transformations. Feel free to join on Tuesdays, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.
The e-book on the conference of the same name, held on April 7th & 8th of 2017 will be presented and discussed with a panel of guests and Larissa Förster.
Jonas Tinius, public discussion series "Gallery Reflections", #4 Protesting Identities with Dr Azadeh Sharifi (theatre scholar, LMU Munich), Natasha Ginwala (curator, Berlin), N.N. (tbc), and Dr Jonas Tinius (CARMAH, HU Berlin).
The workshop was a collaboration between CARMAH (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and the Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft der Universität Tübingen.
Organised by Katarzyna Puzon and Christine Gerbich, the workshop brought together researchers and practitioners to discuss and reflect upon the ways in which Islam is represented in different museum contexts.
Organized by Duane Jethro (CARMAH) and Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO), the workshop brought into conversation scholars working in different disciplines and a number of projects engaged with questions of material culture, religion, heritage and difference.
Jonas Tinius in conversation with Federica Bueti (writer and editor, SAVVY Contemporary), Alanna Lockward (author, filmmaker, BE.BOP curator), and Kathy-Ann Tan (academic, American Studies, Berlin) for gallery reflections series moderated by Tinius.
The meeting brought together all eleven TRACES partners to think through the concepts of “Contentious Heritage” and “Reflexive Europeanisation” as well as discuss the progress of each Creative Co-production and work package.
Jonas Tinius in conversation with artist Nora Al-Badri (Berlin), anthropologist Silvy Chakkalakal (Berlin), and art historian Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (Birmingham) at ifa-gallery Berlin as part of "Gallery Reflections" series
Closed two-day symposium at CARMAH on how we can think and do museums and heritage differently with academic and museum experts from Berlin as well as abroad.
Public Lecture given by Haidy Geismar (University College London) on 26 July 2017 at the Tieranatomisches Theater.
The medial roundtable was organised and moderated by Christoph Bareither. Participants: Beate Binder, Sharon Macdonald, Monique Scheer, Klaus Schönberger, Christoph Bareither and students of the Institute for European Ethnology.
One-day workshop at CARMAH, organised with the research team of the project "Museological Framings of Islam in Europe" (University of Gothenburg).
Jonas Tinius in conversation with Dr Noa Ha (Center for Metropolitan Studies, TU Berlin; Board member of "Migrationsrat Berlin-Brandenburg"), Trang Tran Thu (Berlin Asian Film Network/Anthropologist), Hyunsin Kim (Choreographer and Performer) at ifa-gallery Berlin as part of curated series "Gallery Reflections"
Tony Bennett from Western Sydney University gives a public lecture at CARMAH at 6pm.
The Colloquium for the Summer Semester 2017 at the Department of European Ethnology is organised by Martina Klausner (IfEE) and Jonas Tinius (CARMAH).
For the World Café section of its 2017 Conference, CARMAH invites early-stage researchers to submit proposals by 15th February 2017.
Sharon Macdonald and Jennie Morgan from the University of York present at the IfEE Museumslabor at 6pm, IfEE, Room 107a.
A Talk by Arjun Appadurai, followed by a conversation with CARMAH Researcher Jonas Tinius and curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.
Organised by the IfEE's Museumslabor & CARMAH researchers Christine Gerbich, Jonas Tinius and Margareta von Oswald
A lecture by Prof. Laurajane Smith, followed by talks and a panel discussion with Berlin museum professionals.
Talk by Wayne Modest, Head of the Research Center for Material Culture in Leiden and former Head of the Curatorial Department at the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, followed by a panel discussion.
A presentation of the Labor Migration together with CARMAH researcher Jonas Tinius.
Two talks by CARMAH researchers Larissa Förster (together with Holger Stoecker), Tal Adler and Anna Szöke on the topics of provenance and contentious cultural heritage.
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett from POLIN shares her experiences in curating at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.
Nick Thomas introduced his new book, followed by a lively panel discussion with Berlin museum professionals.
Colloquium for the summer semester 2016 at IfEE organised by CARMAH members Sharon Macdonald and Rikke Gram, together with Regina Römhild and Leonore Scholze-Irrlitz.
A joint collaboration of CARMAH and the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK, exploring the topics of difference and diversities with international scholars.