WORKSHOP Exploring methodologies: ethnography of culture- and memory-making in the city

Exploring methodologies: ethnography of culture- and memory-making in the city

24th of February, 2-4:30pm S0.13 Strand Building, Strand Campus King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

This is the second workshop out of three in a workshop series on methodologies and interdisciplinarity organized by the Cultural Memory Studies Reading Group of KCL’s Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI) and German Department. The event is funded by the KCL’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities through the Small Grant for Research in the Arts and Humanities scheme (Group Events Grant) and KISS DTC.

Professor Sharon Macdonald will start the workshop with an introductory talk about undertaking ethnographic research in museums and sites of heritage-making. This will include consideration of a multi-researcher collaborative ethnography in Berlin – a city in which there are numerous and often politically contentious museums and heritage developments taking place. This contains questions of whose memories become inscribed in the cityscape and for the future. In preparation for the talk and the following discussion, the participants will be asked to read two articles which will be distributed in advance.
In the second part of the workshop, PG students will have an opportunity to present their own research related to the broader topic of heritage, museums and collective memory. Presentations can take up to ten minutes, and they will be followed by a response from Professor Macdonald and a discussion involving all participants.There are still places available for those who would like to present. If you are interested in presenting during the workshop, please let us know by the 5th of February at
If you would like to participate in the workshop, email the Reading Group at to reserve a place. Number of places is limited, please register by the 20th of February the latest.
Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided during the workshop.

Evening lecture
The workshop will be followed by Professor’s Macdonald evening lecture at 5pm: “Colonial Legacies and Cosmo-optimal futures: dilemmas and potentials of ethnographic museums”. For more information check the previous post on the blog.

Professor Sharon Macdonald is Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Social Anthropology in the Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Anniversary Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of York. In Berlin, she directs CARMAH, the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage and the research programme Making Differences in Berlin: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century. She also directs the Contentious Collections work-package of the Horizon 2020 TRACES (Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritage with the Arts) project and directs the Profusion theme of the Heritage Futures Project (2015-2019) funded by AHRC. Her recent publications include Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today (2013) and the International Handbooks in Museum Studies (2015).


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