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Appointment procedure for filling the W3 endowed professorship “Theory and Practice of Curation”

Invitation to the trial lectures as part of the appointment procedure for the W3- Endowed Professorship for “Theory and Practice of Curation”

The trial lectures are held via video conference for the university public and the members of the Stiftung Humboldt Forumand are each divided into a 30-minute presentation (self-selected thematic focus and presentation of an exhibition concept for the Humboldt Forum) and a 20-minute public discussion.
The professorship will be appointed at the Faculty of Cultural, Social and Educational Sciences and the Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik (double affiliation).

Thursday, October 08, 2020, video conference
08.30 a.m. Candidate 1
10.00 a.m. Candidate 2

Friday, 09 October 2020, video conference
08.30 a.m. Candidate 3 Cancelled!
10.00 a.m. Candidate 4
11.30 a.m. Candidate 5
14.00 p.m. Candidate 6

Funded by:


and Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien


New publication: Companion volume to the exhibition by Oliver Thie

On the occasion of the exhibition Oliver Thie: Die Wahrheit über den Ursprung der Welt a companion volume has been published.

For over two hundred years, a collection of inconspicuous gray basalt boulders has been stored in Berlin’s Museum für Naturkunde. They are evidence of a heated controversy in the 18th century about the origin of the earth, the so-called basalt controversy. Oliver Thie has artistically researched them in an interdisciplinary dialogue with scientists from the Humboldt University and the Museum of Natural History. By combining recording techniques of historical measuring instruments with shadow projections, Oliver Thie developed his very own pictorial method for fixing shadow images, a kind of “drawing excavation” in which the shadows of the stones are worked out of paper covered with soot. The contributions by Claudia Blümle, Angela Strauß, and Felix Sattler collected in this volume contextualize Oliver Thie’s work in terms of art history, the history of science, and museum studies. The illustrated book is published on the occasion of the exhibition Oliver Thie: The Truth about the Origin of the World at the Tieranatomisches Theater, October 1 – December 30, 2020.

Sattler, Felix and Oliver Thie (eds.): Oliver Thie: Die Wahrheit über den Ursprung der Welt
With contributions by Claudia Blüme, Angela Strauß and Felix Sattler
Publication date: October 1, 2020.
Berlin: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
44 pages, in full colour, Cover silkscreen printing with lampblack on glassine
1st edition 800 copies

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The Temporary Object Lab

In the course of a ‚material turn‘ the role of the scientific collection expands. The Temporary Object Lab was an interdisciplinary workspace that brought together individuals of from the worlds of science and art in order to jointly conduct research on collection objects.. This pilot project combined a public collection depot, an atelier and an exhibition. The participants engaged in workshops, participatory reconstructions and teaching events. This publication presents their workshop reports and manifestos.

Edited by Oliver Thie
With texts by Jochen Hennig, Felix Sattler, Sebastian Döring, Angela Strauß and Oliver Thie
CLOU – Cluster Letters of Understanding

„Digitales Netzwerk Sammlungen“ – a project of the Berlin University Alliance

The project is jointly managed by the Humboldt-Universität, Freie Universität and Charité, but refers to partners of the Berlin University Alliance. The aim is to evaluate IT systems and digital strategies, taking into account different perspectives of scientific use, networking and cataloguing of collections, as well as subject-specific needs. Case studies on collections, usage and digitization scenarios will be used to develop recommendations for action that will serve as the basis for a sustainable collection infrastructure for Berlin’s universities.

The Koordinierungsstelle für Universitätssammlungen in Deutschland (HU), with its nationwide and international expertise in this field, is accompanying this project as a partner.

In addition, the overarching and transdisciplinary approach and strategic orientation is supported by an expert advisory board.

„Digitales Netzwerk Sammlungen“ is a component of the „Sharing Resources“ workspace of the Berlin University Alliance. Access to excellent infrastructure is a decisive competitive factor in promoting research and recruiting outstanding scholars and scientists. The goal is to make the best possible use of existing resources and to be able to plan new projects jointly and thus more efficiently. Collections are seen as part of the complex research infrastructure, which should be transparent and accessible to the four partners.

More than 90 scientific, partly unique collections are known at Berlin’s universities. University collections were and are created in the context of scientific research or as a basis for teaching. In some subjects they form a central basis for research; in their diversity they are the basis for subject history, history of science and culture, object and collection research. The Berlin collections are mainly housed in the institutes, which favors close integration into teaching and research. The networking of the collections is still comparatively weak and poorly organized, which currently makes it difficult to use them.

A good, centralized record facilitates and enables provenance research, cooperation in teaching, scientific cooperation, exhibitions and citizen science projects. At the same time, such a system is a challenging task due to the large number of requirements and the interdisciplinary nature of the work. The aim of the study is to develop and evaluate a concept over a period of 19 months that will open up the collections as a scientific resource and at the same time support the needs of the Berlin collections.

Project management and contact

Dr. Yong-Mi Rauch (provisional Collection Officer, University Library of Humboldt-Universität)

Dr. Andreas Brandtner (Director of the university library of the Freie Universität Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schnalke (Director of the medical history museum of the Charité)


Supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the State of Berlin as part of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the States

Dr. Alia Mossallam is a guest researcher in the Sound Archive

The HZK welcomes Dr. Alia Mossallam as visiting scholar at the Sound Archive. She is a cultural historian. Her PhD dissertation explored a popular history of Nasserist Egypt through stories told and songs sung by people who contributed to milestone events of the 1952 revolution (the building of the Aswan High Dam, and the 1956 and 1967 wars). She has taught at the American University in Cairo (AUC), the Cairo Institute for Liberal Arts and Sciences (CILAS), Freie Universität Berlin (FU) and held the series of history workshops ‘Ihky ya Tarikh’ with students, activists and artists in governorates all over Egypt, as an experiment in history-telling. She has also explored playwriting with Laila Soliman and Hassan El-Geretly as attempts to bring stories (and songs) of struggle unto the stage.
Her publications include an article on youth activism in the volume Democratic Transition in the Middle East, a workers’ history of the Aswan High dam in the Journal of Water History, and an article on history workshops in Egypt in the History Workshop Journal. She has also written for Mada Masr, Jadaliyya and Ma’azif.
The guest professorship at the HZK is sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung.

TA T Tour 360° – Tieranatomisches Theater now Accessable in Virtual 360°

Termination of the election procedure for the full-time Women’s Representative and her deputies

Due to the restrictions in accordance with § 14 of the current Corona-Eindämmungsverordnung of the State of Berlin, the prerequisites for a proper conduct of the committee elections in the summer semester 2020 are missing. Therefore the already initiated election procedures will be discontinued. The Central Election Board will open new election procedures as early as possible in the winter semester 2020/21.