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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | bologna.lab | Projects | Berlin Perspectives | Courses | Winter Semester 2014/15 | Exploring Key Aspects of Berlin's Museological Landscape

Exploring Key Aspects of Berlin's Museological Landscape


Taught by Victoria Bishop Kendzia

Monday, 14:00 - 18:00, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0323-26

Course taught in German and English

Language Requirements: English B2


Course description

This anthroplogically inflected course is interdisciplinary in nature. The aim of the course is to explore and critically analyse certain aspects of Berlin's museological landscape using anthropological methods. This will be realized during the various field trips to relevant sites. The focus is on two particularly visible and conflict-ridden aspects of this landscape, namely the Jewish narrative and the topic of migration.  Although this course is based in social/cultural anthropology it does indeed engage with other disciplines and might be of interest to students of history, theology, art history, not to mention the more theme-based programmes of Urban Studies, Ethics, and Museum Studies.



  • Y. Michal Bodemann (1996). Gedächtnistheater. Die jüdische Gemeinschaft und ihre deutsche Erfindung. Hamburg: Rotbusch.
  • Wolfgang Kaschuba (2006). Einführung in die Europäische Ethnologie. München: C.H. Beck. (Specific sections on methods: Wahrnehmungsspaziergang, Teilnehmende Beobachtung, Interviewmetodik)
  • Ostow, Robin. (2007). "From Displaying 'Jewish Art' to (Re)Building German-Jewish History: The Jewish Museum Berlin." In Vijay Agnew (ed.). Interrogating Race and Racism. University of Toronto Press. 289-319.
  • Young, James, E. (2000). "Chapter Six: Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum in Berlin: The Uncanny Arts of Memorial Architecture." In James E. Young.  At Memory's Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture. Yale University Press. New Haven. 152-182.
  • Purin, Bernhard. (200https://webmail.cms.hu-berlin.de/roundcubemail/program/js/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-cool.gif. "Building a Jewish Museum in Germany in the Twenty-First Century." In Robin Ostow (ed.). Revisualizing National History. University of Toronto Press. 139-155.
  • Gökce Yurdakul and Y. Michal Bodemann. (2010) Staatsbürgerschaft, Migration und Minderheiten. Inklusion und Ausgrenzungsstrategien im Vergleich. Wiesbaden: WS-Verlag.
  • Michael Rothberg and Yasemin Yildiz. (2011). "Memory Citizenship: Migrant Archives of Holocaust Remembrance in Contemporary Germany." Parallax (Special Issue on Transcultural Memory) 17.4, 32-48.
  • Wolfgang Benz (2011) Antisemitismus und "Islamkritik": Bilanz und Perpektive. Berlin: Metropol.
  • Matti Bunzl (2005) "Between Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Some Thoughts on the New Europe." American Ethnologist 32.4. 499-508.