Kerstin P. Hofmann studied Archaeology at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel and at the University of Cologne. After completing her PhD in 2006 on Thanatoarchaeology and Bronze and Early Iron Age cremation burials in the Elbe-Weser-Triangle, Germany, she held a foreign exchange scholarship from the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Department Rome. From February 2009 to October 2012 she worked as coordinator of the Cross Sectional Group V “Space and Collective Identities” within the framework of the Excellence Cluster Topoi at the German Archaeological Institute, Berlin Head Office. Now she is junior research group leader of the key topic group “identities: space and knowledge related identification” within the research group B-4 “Space – Identity – Locality”.
In this context she is conducting research on ancient discourses of identity and their study and presentation within Archaeology. The research is carried out by means of case studies (including death rituals in southeast Sicily under the influence of Greek colonies; hogbacks, i.e. stone monuments in Great Britain dating from the Viking age, which are considered as testimonies of acculturated migrants; the Bronze Age tomb Anderlingenin Northern Germany as example for heritage management and identity discourses on a regional level). Her further interests lie in the fields of burial archaeology, material culture studies, cultural change and temporality.