The Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage – CARMAH – aims to deepen understanding of the dynamics and potentials of museums and heritage in the contemporary world. Through in-depth research, it looks globally to identify and analyze the significant social, cultural and political developments facing museums and heritage today. In doing so, it poses new methodological and epistemological questions, and develops tools to promote effective, reflexive exhibitionary practice.
Central themes of CARMAH’s research programme are diversities and difference, citizenship and knowledge formation/exchange, media and material culture. These include questions of social recognition, audience, collections, cultural property, power relations, communication and public culture.
CARMAH was established in 2015 by Sharon Macdonald as part of her Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. It is host to many researchers and research projects, funded by various organizations.
Further information about CARMAH’s public events and teaching, can be found on the CARMAH website. This also includes information about publications, current and past dissertations in the museums and heritage area, as well as associated projects and members.