Events 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

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.

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Paper Presentations + Discussion

Wake Up Call for my Ancestors

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  

HZK / CARMAH Colloquium:

Toxische Überreste des Sammelns

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. 

Making Museums Matter/CARMAH:

Museums and Partnerships in Times of War in Ukraine

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. 

Reading Group:

Heritage and Infrastructure

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.  

HZK / CARMAH Colloquium:

The Museum as a Choir: Visitor Reactions to the Multivocality at the Humboldt Forum’s ‘Berlin Global’

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.’ 

Making Museums Matter/CARMAH:

Cultural institutions on the radar of right-wing politics: experiences, ways of dealing and scope for action

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). 

HZK / CARMAH Colloquium:

Digital Network Collections

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. 

2021

Paper presentation:

Curated textiles

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. 

Book presentation:

Across Anthropology (Grassi Museum)

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). 

Panel discussion:

Memorylands We Live In. Part of the 'At a Distance' Series at the International Cultural Centre in Krakow

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.  

2020

Conference:

Digital Truth-Making. Ethnographic Perspectives on Practices, Infrastructures and Affordances of Truth-Making in Digital Societies

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. 

Seminar:

A digital museum of restitution

‘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.  

2019

Panel discussion:

Decolonising Islam in Museums

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). 

Conference:

The Trouble with Art (EASA Meeting)

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. 

Workshop:

ODDKIN°labs

ODDKIN°labs are prototype workshops that explore the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin by questioning objects, spaces and narratives with a transdisciplinary approach.  

Symposium:

Museums, Religion, and the Work of Reconciliation and Remembrance

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. 

Workshop:

Islam and Heritage in Europe

Convened by Katarzyna Puzon, the workshop brought together international scholars to discuss Islam and heritage in different parts of Europe and across various scales. 

2018

Conference:

Mediated Pasts – Popular Pleasures

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. 

Symposium:

Anthropology, Art, and Alterity

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.  

CARMAH Research Encounter:

CARMAH Research Encounter #1

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 

Exhibition and Conference:

Dead Images. Facing the History, Ethics and Politics of European Skull Collections

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. 

Discussion:

On Common Grounds: Rethinking (Islamic) Heritage in Europe

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. 

Department seminar series:

Conjunctures and Creations: Anthropological Transformations / Transforming Anthropology

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. 

Public dialogue:

Gallery Reflection #4 Protesting Identities

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).  

Workshop:

Digital Memories

The workshop was a collaboration between CARMAH (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and the Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft der Universität Tübingen. 

Workshop:

Dealing with Islam in Berlin's Museum Context

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. 

2017

Workshop:

Heritage, Religion, Authenticity, and Difference

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. 

Workshop:

TRACES Midterm Meeting

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. 

Workshop:

Museums and Islam

One-day workshop at CARMAH, organised with the research team of the project "Museological Framings of Islam in Europe" (University of Gothenburg). 

2016