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Completed research project

Title / Titel The „Ethnologisches Museum Berlin“ on the way into the „Humboldt-Forum Berlin“
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Summary / Zusammenfassung What is an ethnographic museum and what ought it to be – today, tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow? Though inspiring and stimulating the research, this question will be not be addressed directly in the dissertation. For this latter is not a philosophical treatise, but it is an anthropological investigation – with a focus on some discourses concerning the transfer of the „Ethnologisches Museum Berlin“ to the „Humboldt-Forum Berlin“, which is due to open in 2018.

In addition to this analysis of discourses, a number of loose chapters whose organizing principle is rather associative and rhythmic than logical will situate these discourses in a wider context. This is to say that the transfer of the „Ethnologisches Museum Berlin“ and its accompanying discourses are seen as phenomena of the contemporary, and the dissertation explicitly claims to make a contribution to an „anthropology of the contemporary“ (Paul Rabinow’s phrase; or see Marc Augé’s „anthropologie de la sur-modernité“). Therefore, theoretical considerations regarding the appropriate sociology as well as poetological reflexions about how to write about a fragmented present are crucial to the dissertation. It will be written in a deliberately postmodern style.
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
lic. phil Urs Andreas Wickli (Project Leader)  
Prof. Dr. Mareile Flitsch
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
No project-specific funding
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Oct 2012 to Oct 2017