Museum in transformation. A case study at the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin (C-3-1-1)


Museums are one of the key sites for engaging with material cultures of the past. The last decades, however, have witnessed heated debates about the social and political role of museums. This Ph.D. project aims to contribute to the debate on the “futureability” of museum practices, that is, the competency to adapt to continuing change and the challenges of pluralistic societies.

Ctesiphon (C-3-1)

Research project

Within the Excellence Cluster Topoi, the researchers in this project developed an exhibition on Ctesiphon to show that the existing culture did not “simply come to an end” and that the new culture emerged from nothing. Cooperating partners were the Museum für Islamische Kunst – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the German Archaeology Institute (DAI), the University of Applied Sciences (HTW), the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) and the Institute for Museum Research – Staatliche Museen.