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MA Ü. Ethnographische Repräsentation und Forschungsethik: Memory, History, and the Archive: Methods of Historical Anthropology

Dozent:innen: Dr. Grit Wesser
Kurzname: Ü Ethnogr.Repräs
Kurs-Nr.: 05.174.615
Kurstyp: Übung mit Exkursion

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Bitte beachten Sie, dass dieser Kurs eng mit dem BA/MA-Seminar "Made in the GDR?" verknüpft ist und Studierende, die diese Übung belegen möchten im besten Fall auch das Seminar belegen.
Im Rahmen dieser Übung wird eine Exkursion nach Berlin unternommen sowie ein begleitender Podcast erstellt. Sie finden eine Übersicht der geplanten Treffen nachfolgenden sowie weitere Termindetails unten.
WICHTIG: Eine Teilnahme an der Exkursion muss bis 22. April sicher zu- oder abgesagt werden. Alle Rückfragen beantwortet Sandra Lamneck: studienmanagement-ftmk@uni-mainz.de

16. Mai 2024
Introduction: Researching the Past & Excursion Practicalities

23. Mai 
Workshop and Induction for equipment (ZAP Medienwerkstatt)

Exkursion 27-30. Mai

06. Juni
Group work - Data analysis and drafting podcast script in research group

13. Juni
Group work - Data analysis and drafting podcast script in research group

20. Juni 
Group work - Re-editing of podcast script draft in research group

27. Juni
Workshop and Recording of Podcast [Aufnahme] (ZAP Medienwerkstatt)

4. Juli
Recording of Podcast [Aufnahme] (ZAP Medienwerkstatt)

11. Juli
Workshop on Editing Podcast and start editing [Schnitt] (ZAP Medienwerkstatt)

18. Juli
Editing Podcast [Schnitt] (ZAP Medienwerkstatt)

Empfohlene Literatur

Selected Course Readings:

  1. Edwards, Elizabeth. 2002. Raw Histories: Photographs, Anthropology and Museums. Abingdon: Routledge.
  2. Radstone, Susannah (ed.). 2000. Memory and Methodology. Oxford & New York: Berg.
  3. Stoler, Ann Laura. 2008. Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  4. Trundle, Catherine, and Chris Kaplonski. 2011. "Tracing the Political Lives of Archival Documents." History and Anthropology 22 (4): 407–414.
  5. Zeitlyn, David. 2012. "Anthropology in and of the Archives: Possible Futures and Contingent Pasts. Archives as Anthropological Surrogates." Annual Review of Anthropology 41 (1): 461–480.


Is the past a foreign country? Is the archive only a valuable source for the historian? What pasts do museums represent? In this course we explore these questions methodologically: how the past is understood, experienced, remembered and represented and how we can research its social construction in the present. We pay special attention to the archive; the benefits and challenges of using the archive and its link to ethnography. This course includes a three-day excursion to Berlin to visit the Stasi-Museum, the Stasi-Archive in the Federal Archive, and the GDR-Museum in Berlin to explore first hand issues of representing and researching the past. Students will create a podcast on the methodological and epistemological challenges of using diverse representations and narratives of the past in anthropological research.

Zusätzliche Informationen

Grit Wesser (she/her) is a social anthropologist working on the relationship between kinship and ‘the state’. She has explored this connection through ethnographic and historical fieldwork on a life cycle ritual (her PhD research in eastern Germany) and on people’s knowledge attainment about the practices of the state security apparatus in the former GDR/East Germany (interdisciplinary research project ‘Knowing the Secret Police’).

Grit earned her MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology and Politics (2011) and her PhD in Social Anthropology (2016) from the University of Edinburgh. She held teaching and research positions at the University of Edinburgh, Newcastle University, and the International College of Dundee. Her research interests include kinship and gender, memory and history, ritual and personhood, the anthropology of surveillance, and the anthropology of food with a regional focus on (East) Germany.


Datum (Wochentag) Zeit Ort
16.05.2024 (Donnerstag) 14:15 - 15:45 00 121 (K5) Übungsraum
9139 - Am Kisselberg
23.05.2024 (Donnerstag) 14:15 - 15:45 ZAP Medienwerkstatt
27.05.2024 (Montag) 08:15 - 22:45 Exkursion
28.05.2024 (Dienstag) 08:15 - 22:45 Exkursion
29.05.2024 (Mittwoch) 08:15 - 22:45 Exkursion
30.05.2024 (Donnerstag) 08:15 - 22:45 Exkursion
06.06.2024 (Donnerstag) 14:15 - 15:45 00 121 (K5) Übungsraum
9139 - Am Kisselberg
13.06.2024 (Donnerstag) 14:15 - 15:45 00 121 (K5) Übungsraum
9139 - Am Kisselberg
20.06.2024 (Donnerstag) 14:15 - 15:45 00 121 (K5) Übungsraum
9139 - Am Kisselberg
27.06.2024 (Donnerstag) 14:15 - 15:45 ZAP Medienwerkstatt
04.07.2024 (Donnerstag) 14:15 - 15:45 ZAP Medienwerkstatt
11.07.2024 (Donnerstag) 14:15 - 15:45 ZAP Medienwerkstatt
18.07.2024 (Donnerstag) 14:15 - 15:45 ZAP Medienwerkstatt