This Seminar provides an introduction to museums by focusing on questions of the worlds that they help articulate and how. As part of this and at the same time, the Seminar will address the question of the diversity of museum and museum-like formats (such as indigenous museums), and what and who is missing in various contemporary European museums. These questions lead inevitably to consideration of the politics, workings and consequences of museums, as well as to their potential forrenewal or re-worlding. Drawing especially on insights and literature from social and cultural anthropology, the Seminar will introduce a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. It will consider a range of examples from around the world, as well as looking at specific cases in Berlin.
Seminar participants will be encouraged to engage in deeper investigation of perspectives and examples of their own choice.
The Seminar does not require prior knowledge of the subject, though prior knowledge and experience are welcome. It will run on weekly basis of a 1.5 hour session with some possible slight variations (such as for museum visits). You will be expected to read and prepare summaries of reading for all sessions, as well as sometimes undertaking limited amounts of research (e.g. viamuseum websites) or other preparation for each meeting, and to present to the class at some point. The seminar language will be primarily English but input in German is also welcome.