Public Engagement 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015

CARMAH not only invited persons to speak with us in Berlin, but also actively contributed 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 between 2015 and 2023.


Launch Roundtable:

Weaving Europe, Crafting the Museum (with Aimee Joyce and Magdalena Zych)



Comment render le musée utile? Un exemple autour de la santé mentale à Berlin

Aix-Marseille Université, Journée d'études "Récits minoritaires au musée" 


Le musée comme terrain : questionner l'anthropologie et ses héritages à travers ses collections muséales

Laboratoire d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative/Département d’anthropologie, l’université Paris Nanterre, “Anthropologie à Nanterre“ 


Conversation with Johanna Sentef in the art installation "Recording_1989" by Marysia Lewandowska

Kunsthalle Baden-Baden 


Troubling heritage. On awkwardness and norms in Berlin museums and collections

International Summer School "Le patrimoine en circulation/Kulturerbe im Transit", Bibracte 


Ethnography & epistemic hierarchies

Julia Leser is co-organizing the workshop "Ethnography & epistemic hierarchies" in Erfurt. This workshop is an invitation to reflect on the ambivalent roles that ethnography plays in the context of powerful epistemologies and ethnography's complicity in the conception and maintenance of the colonial project. This workshop, on the one hand, creates a space for introspective engagement with our own knowledge production and its relationship to power. On the other, we want to probe ethnography as a vector for change and explore its potential contribution to the dismantlement of knowledge barriers and boundaries. 

Book presentation:

Absent Presences in the Colonial Archive. Dealing with the Berlin Sound Archive's Acoustic Legacies

Irene Hilden will present her book "Absent Presences in the Colonial Archive" (Leuven University Press 2022) at the Workshop "Sound and Memory" at Aarhus University.  

Paper presentation:

Variety of Voices, Lack of Opinions? Visitor Reactions to the Multivocality at the Humboldt Forum's 'Berlin Global'

Irene Hilden will give a talk at the Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology of the Thammasat University in Bangkok.  


Information – Vernetzung – Empowerment: Workshop des Netzwerks Halt!ung

Julia Leser is co-organizing a workshop to bring together museum professionals and practitioners to further establish the network and documentation initiative "Netzwerk Halt!ung". The initiative aims at raising awareness of political attacks on museums and establish itself as a contact point for those affected and those seeking advice. 


Paper presentation:

>Das ist viel Arbeit, viel Zeit, viel Arbeit.< Friktionen und Spannungen in der partizipativen Museumspraxis.

Irene Hilden and Andrei Zavadski will participate in the panel "Instituierende Praktiken und Gegen-Geschichten. Friktionen als Hegemoniekritik" at the conference "Friktionen. Für eine politische Wissensgeschichte des Ausstellens" of the doctoral research group "Exhibiting Knowledge | Knowledge in Exhibitions" at Georg August University Göttingen.  

Paper presentation:

Museum participation as labor: An ethnographic inquiry

Irene Hilden and Andrei Zavadski will present at the online conference "When publics co-produce history in museums: skills, methodologies and impact of participation" organized by the "Public History as new Citizen Science of the Past" (PHACS) project at the University of Luxembourg’s Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH). 


Ethnography with, alongside and despite exhibition practice

As part of a DGSKA AG Visual Anthropology Workshop, Magdalena Buchczyk gives a talk on 'Ethnography with, alongside and despite exhibition practice'. 

Panel discussion:

Multimodal anthropology and co-producing the publics through Decolonial Flânerie (with Adela Taleb, Melanye Garland and Jorge Vega)

The panel discussion will take place within the framework of the workshop 'Re/Making and navigating publics' by the DFG Public Anthropology Network, and will be moderated by Magda Buchczyk. 

Panel discussion:

(Re)imagining Publics through Ethnographic Collections

As part of the Workshop 'Re/Making and navigating publics' Magdalena Buchczyk moderates the roundtable on the topic of Ethnographic Collections. Guests are Paola Ivanov, Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, Benjamina Efua Dadzie, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology University of Cambridge, and Sofia Botvinnik, Museum Europäischer Kulturen. 


Queering museum education

Hannes Hacke, together with Andrea Alan Günther, gave a workshop on different queer strategies in education and learning in museums work at the connference „Vom kritischen Vermitteln und Verlernen im Museum“ of the Bundesverbands Museumspädagogik (Federal Association of Museum Education) at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg 


Critical Ethnography

Julia Leser is co-organizing a workshop dedicated to the critical potential of political ethnography at Marburg University. 

Panel discussion:

Wake Up Call for my Ancestors

5 pm - 7 pm, Fourth Floor, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Møhrenstraße 40/41 10117 Berlin. Keynote by Dr. P Sanal Mohan “Irrepressible images of History.” Other presentations by Dr. Vinil Paul (Lives, Ecology, and Visual Representation of Dalits in Colonial Southwest India), Antony George Koothanady (Jetztzeit Memory and Colonial Photography: Unarchiving Kerala), Habiba Insaf (Collecting India for Berlin Museums). Moderated by Gajendran Ayyathurai.  

Panel Discussion:

Along the Objects? Wissensproduktion zwischen Museum und Universität

Within the framework of the exhibition "UnBinding Bodies", experts from museums and universities discuss the potentials and challenges of cooperation - a look behind the scenes of exhibition making. With: Paul Basu (Universität Bonn), Sharon Macdonald and Felix Sattler (HZK/HU), and Barbara Plankensteiner (MARKK). Moderation: Gabriel Schimmeroth (MARKK) 


Struggles for Memories in Berlin

As part of the Global Research Academy 'Sustainable Cities' jointly organised by Freie Universität Berlin, King's College London, and University of São Paulo, Irene Hilden will give a talk on Struggles for Memories in Berlin.  

Panel discussion:

‘Dialogic Memories of the 1970-90s “Transitions” across the World: Current Practices and Possible Solidarities’ (Part I and II)

Against this background of direct instrumentalisation of memories about the 1970-90s transitions, we would like to shift the analytical lens to aspects of dialogism in practices of looking back at these periods and making sense of this time as formative for one’s individual and collective selves. How do diverging perspectives on this past interact, and what are the ‘sites’ of convergence within and between different memories? This focus on existing and emerging mnemonic convergence is underpinned not just by the necessity of overcoming polarisation that manifests itself in the ‘fractured’ or ‘pillarised’ regimes of remembering transitions in Eastern Europe (Bernhard and Kubik 2014). We propose to explore the contradictions and connections within the practices of remembering transitions – vernacular and mediated, local or transnational – as a ground for potential social and political solidarities. Organised by Ksenia Robbe (University of Groningen), Andrei Zavadski (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), and Agnieszka Mrozik (Polish Academy of Sciences). Part of Memory Studies Association (MSA) Week of Virtual Events.  

Book discussion:

The wolves are coming back: The politics of fear in Eastern Germany (Rebecca Pates & Julia Leser) & Wolves at the door: Migration, dehumanization, rewilding the world (Peter Arnds)

Book launch of the two books 'The wolves are coming back: The politics of fear in Eastern Germany' (Rebecca Pates & Julia Leser, Manchester University Press, 2021) and 'Wolves at the door: Migration, dehumanization, rewilding the world' (Peter Arnds, Bloomsbury, 2021) at the 28th International Conference of Europeanists at Lisbon, Portugal – with panelists Rebecca Pates, Christoffer Kølvraa, Peter Arnds and Julia Leser. 


The Politics of/in Ethnographic Writing

Julia Leser is co-organizing the workshop “The Politics of/in Ethnographic Writing” in Frankfurt (Main). The workshop starts on Monday, June 20, 2022, at 6 pm, with a keynote address by Anna Leander (Geneva Graduate Institute) on “Destabilizing Definitions: The Challenge of Doing Ethnographic Concept Work in International Relations”. On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the workshop will offer a rich program that builds on the keynote and our ongoing engagement with ethnographic writing. We will discuss the promise of ethnographic writing, but also address practical problems of writing up and publishing. We will work collectively on strategies from observation to publication, and we will discuss the changing publishing landscape for ethnographers in political science. 

Panel discussion:

Traces of Sisterhood Workshop (TRACTS COST Action)

Magdalena Buchczyk is co-organizing the workshop 'Traces of Sisterhood', a three-day meeting initating a long-term project on sisterhood as a form of social organisation.It will explore the meanings of the concept, the ways in which it mainfests itself, and how it can generate new forms of practice in the local communities and globally. Therefor, the workshop will bring together perspectives from the fields of science, art, culture and activism.  

Panel Discussion:

An Image of India. India's Stone Wonders (film screening & discussion)

Film Screening of "Indiens steierne Wunder" (1934, OmE) and discussion with Habiba Insaf. What image of India was produced and what kind of knowledge was to be conveyed to the newsreel audience? In what ways does the film draw a connection between the reality of life in India and Germany? Does the image that was formed of India within the framework of such formats reveal anything about the German self-image or its claim to power on a global political level during the 1930s? How do we deal with difficult heritage today? 


Animals as Objects?

Public launch event (virtual) with Tahani Nadim, Ina Heumann, Flio Bertoni, Mareike Vennen, Clemens Maier-Wolthausen and Johannes Vogel 


Of Smoke & Ash

Duane Jethro co-curated the exhibition 'Of Smoke & Ash' at the Michaelis galleries (UCT) which will memorialise the destruction of the historic, iconic Jagger Library building and the loss of its irreplaceable collections of published materials, artworks and archival collections. It will honour and commemorate the unwavering energy and dedication of UCT librarians and archivists within Special Collections and the many hundreds of volunteers from within and beyond the UCT community who assisted with the salvage operations. It is a celebration of the triumph of the UCT community spirit at a time of incredible tragedy. 


Anthropocenic objects: Collecting practices for the age of humans

Workshop organized by Elisabeth Heyne and Ulrike Sturm at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin with Frédérique Chlous, Anna-Lisa Dieter, Rebecca Kahn, Nicolas Kramar, Katharina Loske-Schmidt, Tahani Nadim, Richard Pell, Henning Scholz, Colin Sterling, Helmuth Trischler 


Nature after Europe. Provincializing collections and their institutions

Keynote by Tahani Nadim, within the workshop series Anthropocenic Objects. Collecting practices for the age of humans. 



A workshop on dealing with haunting pasts today with Christine Gerbich and Margareta von Oswald, as part of the exhibition 'Whose Expression?' at the Brücke-Museum Berlin.  

Panel discussion:

‘Amnesia, Silencing, Obscolescence'

Within the framework of the conference “The Presence and Absence of the Past”, organized by the Max-Planck Research Group 'Empires of Memory,' Alice von Bieberstein will take part in a panel discussion on ‘Amnesia, Silencing, Obscolescence'.  


The genome as informed matter

In this presentation Tahani Nadim examines the genome as a biocultural artefact, a historical and material formation connecting the biological and the cultural. She argues that genomes might thus be best understood as “informed matter”, that is, as “constituted in their relations to complex informational and material environments.” (Andrew Barry) In doing so, she is interested in reconstructing how the “human” might be enfolded and implicated in the archives of natural history.  


Situating the African Genome

Workshop organised by Dr. Henri Michel Yéré, Dr. Mavis Machirori, Prof. Dr. Katharina Schramm, and Dr. Lauren Paremoer 


Sensitive Collections and Human Remains

Is it acceptable to exhibit the skull of a dead person without knowing whether they would have consented to it? How does one treat scientific collections with objects from unknown or sensitive contexts? Questions like these will be explored on a tour with the artist and researcher Tal Adler, curator of the video installation ‚Who is ID 8470?‘ in the exhibition ‚After Nature‘. 



Access to Waxes

Irene Hilden will give a presentation as part of the workshop on the Arab collections of the Phonogramm-Archiv, organised by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the Berlin Ethnological Museum (EM). 

Panel discussion:

Knowledge creation in museums

Museums are often considered as instruments of dissemination of knowledge created elsewhere, but museums have a deep history as institutions of knowledge creation behind the scenes of their public exhibitions. Tahani Nadim joins Johannes Vogel (MfN) and Ken Arnold (Wellcome Trust; Medical Museion) to discuss the following questions: How is the definition of museum-based research shifting in the 21st century? How can museums facilitate knowledge creation with and by the public? How can exhibitions become experiments? How is collection-based research changing in the face of movements to decolonize museums? How can museum-based research assist in tackling “wicked problems”, from climate change to the biodiversity crash? This interdisciplinary panel will explore the future of knowledge creation in museums. 



Tahani Nadim presents together with Hagit Keysar as part of the Political Imaginations workshop at the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University. 


Golden Record Studios

More than 40 years ago, a handful of US-Americans decided what would travel through space on the Golden Records for the next 500 million years. In the Golden Record Studios of the performance art collective matthaei & konsorten, a new archive is being created - with inputs from experts in the fields of anthropology, community building, body practices and logics of collecting. In her contribution, Irene Hilden looks back into the past, reflecting on early sound projects and their practices and imaginations. 

Participatory Event:

GOLDEN RECORD STUDIOS - Assembly I // Tierheim Berlin

"Vorm verdunkelten Hintergrund des permanenten Rauschens von Krisendiskursen, ängstlichem Stolz auf die Verwerfungen des Anthropozäns & am Ende des ersten Jahrs der Pandemie fällt es offensichtlicher schwerer, den pop-technologischen Optimismus der westlichen 70er noch zu teilen. Doch welche Lust & Hybris steckt auch in der Angst vorm Verschwinden der eigenen Spezies? & was ist denn so wertvoll am bisher Erreichten, daß wir das Projekt „Menschheit“ unbedingt fortsetzen sollten?" 

Panel discussion:

Vulnerabilities and Repair

As part of Ámà: 4 Days on Caring, Repairing and Healing at Gropius Bau, this conversation between Ulrike Kluge, Kader Attia and Injonge Karangwa explored how the concept of repair can be applied to different fields and practices, translating it across various disciplines, moderated by Margareta von Oswald.  


textîles – threading speculative archipelagoes

The digital project textîles – threading speculative archipelagoes makes landfall at FRACTO 2021 as a performative space where facts and fictions about textile artefacts and practices can be reclaimed from an archipelago of alternate worlds, and spun anew. This is an invitation to navigate fragments of their-stories in multiple timescapes, by collectively pulling narrative threads and following their imprints on the fabrics of the possible. 

Panel discussion:

Arts of Memory: A Series of Discussions on the Past in Art Practices

The public program for the exhibition 'Mirror Without Memory' by Thomas Demand at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (9 September 2021 – 31 January 2022), includes a series of discussions on the construction of public memory in the arts. Contemporary artists, researchers, writers, musicians, and filmmakers will discuss the role that various arts play in the thinking and rethinking of the past. Programme by Aleksandra Evtushenko and Andrei Zavadski.  

Panel discussion:

Mapping Cohabitation

There are always underlying socio-political contexts, as the sociologist of science Tahani Nadim addresses in the project Data Natures that examines data practices in natural history. The project presentations as well as a panel discussion moderated by Alexandra Nehmer (ARCH+) are intended to critically discuss the conditions of mapping and inventorying, asking about possibilities of linking data sets to new narratives of cohabitation. 

Book discussion:

The Memorylands we live in

The discussion with Professor Sharon Macdonald focused on her acclaimed book Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today (2013), now translated by Robert Kusek and published in Polish by International Cultural Centre. 

Panel discussion:

The Roots of Populism

Julia Leser in discussion with Chiara Bonachhi, Matthew Kerry, and Elisabeth Niklasson. Part of the History, Heritage and Politics Divisional Research Seminar series. 

Panel discussion:

Poletayev Readings X: Future(s) of Theories: Public History in the Digital Age

The modern world is defined by the 'expansion of the past.' The past is often at the center of various social conflicts and public debate. Moreover, the communicative infrastructure of historical culture is undergoing significant changes. Digital technologies create new types of audiences and forms of representation of the past, which calls for taking into account the hybrid nature of contemporary historical culture. Against this background, the academic status of public history is as high as ever. Yet, the practical issues related to the actualization of the past in modern culture turn out to be inextricably linked to theoretical challenges. There are numerous discussions concerning the implementation of the principles of publicity, the temporal framework of modernity, effects of digital technologies, criteria of authenticity in relation to various artifacts of the past and forms of its appropriation. Theoretical ideas and concepts require reexamination and testing with regard to new social and technological contexts. This round table proposes to discuss the state of this area of knowledge and the prospects for its further development. Participants: Serge Noiret (European University Institute), Mykola Makhortykh (IKMB), Andrei Zavadski (Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). Chair: Daria Khlevnyuk (Poletayev Institute).  


Codifying Desire: Documenting and Exhibiting Collections of Sexuality

Hannes Hacke, talk in the Spirals Virtual Seminar Series, Centre for Curating the Archive, University of Cape Town 

Panel discussion:

Ethische Herausforderungen der ethnographischen Forschung

Julia Leser is discussant on the panel "Ethische Herausforderungen der ethnographischen Forschung", with presentations by Timothy Williams, Ulrike Krause, Sezer Idil Gogus, and Alena Sander; Chair: Samantha Ruppel. Part of the DVPW Congress 2021 “Wir haben die Wahl! Politik in Zeiten von Unsicherheit und Autokratisierung”. 


Weaving a learning city

Magdalena Buchczyk gives a talk within the workshop 'Anthropology beyond text? Experiments, devices and platforms of multimodal ethnographic practice' by the Stadtlabor for Multimodal Anthropology, HU Berlin. 


Fremde im eigenen Land? Die Funktionen nationaler Identität

Lecture by Julia Leser. Part of the Ringvorlesung 'Nationalism' at Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg. 


Who is ID8470? Making an 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 


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.  


Queering Collections

Hannes Hacke, talk given at the workshop "Das queere Museum. Interventionen ins kollektive Gedächtnis" organized by the Museumsakademie Joanneum (Graz) 

Panel discussion:

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 


Experimental plantings

Experimental Workshop held with Sybille Neumeyer at "Experimental Humanities", Nov 2019. Through their method of ‘experimental planting’, Nadim and Neumeyer are introducing other living and non-living records into archival tectonics. In doing so, they seek to examine questions of narratives found in and produced by agricultural practices and archives. 


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 


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