Institute of Historical and Cultural Anthropology

Prof. Dr. Thomas Thiemeyer

Externally Funded Project

Kulturerbe – Nationalismus – Identität

Gefördert von DFG, Teilprojekt C07 des SFB 1070 RessourcenKulturen
in Kooperation mit Ethnologie Tübingen, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Alex, Prof. Dr. Karin Polit
Teilprojektleiter Prof. Dr. Thomas Thiemeyer
Projektlaufzeit 07/2021-06/2025

Ziel des Teilprojektes C07 Kulturerbe – Nationalismus - Identität ist es, Inwertsetzungsprozesse von Kulturerbe im Kontext des neuen Nationalismus zu untersuchen. Gefragt wird nach dem  Zusammenhang von Kulturerbe und aktuellen Identitätspolitiken bzw. Rechtspopulismen. [mehr]

Cross-Linking Cultural Knowledge: Cooperative Structures in Cultural Anthropology Research, Teaching and Knowledge Transfer 

Funding institution Volkswagen-Stiftung, Initiative „World Knowledge – Structural Support for Rare Subjects“

in cooperation with

the Landesmuseum Württemberg, the Badisches Landesmuseum, the Landesstelle für Volkskunde in Stuttgart und Staufen, the Zentrum für populäre Kultur und Musik (Freiburg)

PIs Thomas Thiemeyer (Tübingen) und Markus Tauschek (Freiburg)
Coordinators Karin Bürkert (Tübingen) und Matthias Möller (Freiburg)
Funding period 07/2021-06/2028
The collaborative endeavor Cross-linking Cultural Knowledge aims to create a sustainably effective, coherent knowledge landscape of Cultural Anthropology beyond institutional boundaries. [see more]

Authenticity as a Resource

Funded by the DFG, Subproject C07 of SFB 1070 ResourceCultures
in cooperation with the Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum Mainz and the Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity
Head Prof. Dr. Thomas Thiemeyer
Scientific Assistant Aikaterini Filippidou
Project term  07/2017-06/2021
The project Authenticity as a Resource focusses on processes of valorisation in museums. How are artefacts made valuable by museums? Which restoration and exposition techniques and strategies are implemented? And lastly, what role does authenticity play? [see more]

Networked Learning, Researching, and Teaching: Working in Collections

A collaboration between ethnological collecting institutions and universities 
Financed by the Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst [Ministry for Science and Art] in Baden Württemberg under the state initiative “Kleine Fächer” [Small Disciplines]
Project Management Karin Bürkert (LUI), Thomas Thiemeyer (LUI), Cornelia Ewigleben (Württemberg State Museum Stuttgart), Michael Fischer (Center for Popular Culture and Music, University of Freiburg), Eckart Köhne (Baden State Museum Karlsruhe), Markus Tauschek (Uni Freiburg) (09/2017-08/2019)
The collaboration develops and supports work with cultural-historical collections according to the principle of networked learning, researching, and teaching. The newly founded “Forum für Alltagskultur in Baden-Württemberg” [Forum for Everyday Culture in Baden-Württemberg] brings the state’s anthropological teaching, research and collecting institutions in contact with each other in order to make the cultural heritage of everyday life accessible for university-level teaching and to the public. [see more]

Scenographic Museum Exhibitions – History, (Pre) Judgments, and Potential

Funding institution German Research Foundation
PI Prof. Dr. Thomas Thiemeyer
Researcher Alexander Renz, M.A.
Funding period 07/2016 - 03/2020

The 21st-century museum is in the midst of an identity crisis: tight budgets, pressure to meet quotas, and competition with television, internet, and the multimedia spectacles put on by science centers and amusement parks are forcing museums to redefine themselves as public spaces and to try out alternative approaches to exhibitions in order to maintain relevance in today’s society. The new pressures coming to bear on museums raise the questions: What role could the European cultural institution of the museum in its traditional form play in the 21st century? How must we change our understanding of the museum in order to guarantee its place in the future?

It is in response to these questions that the project Scenographic Museum Exhibitions came to be. The project aims to bring the prominent new method of multimedia and scenographic exhibitions into sharper focus and to understand what the shift away from real objects towards multimedia experiences means for the institution of the museum. [see more]

Discomforting Heritage: Practices and discourses of dealing with objects from colonial contexts in anthropological museums

Funded by Exploration Fund University Tübingen (Plattform 4)
PI's Prof. Dr. Gabriele Alex (Ethnologie), Prof. Dr. Ines de Catsro (Linden-Museum), Prof. Dr. Thomas Thiemeyer
Funding period 2016 - 2018
Anthropological museums find themselves in a state of crisis – for the last few years, they are faced with numerous urging challenges: On the one hand they see themselves confronted with an increasing number of claims for restitution of specific objects as well as with the need to clarify provenance of specific objects and their entire collections. On the other hand the poetics and politics of the representation of the „cultural other“ and its aesthetic practices become a target of multifaceted criticism. [see more]

Shoah Remembrance in an Immigrant Society. German-Israeli Collaborative Project

Support Baden-Württemberg Stiftung
Management Prof. Dr. Thomas Thiemeyer, Prof. Dr. Jackie Feldman (University of the Negev/Israel)
Timeframe 2015-2018

The Baden-Württemberg Stiftung-funded project “Shoah Remembrance in an Immigrant Society” is a collaboration between the Ludwig-Uhland Institute for Historical and Cultural Anthropology (LUI) at the Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen (Prof. Thomas Thiemeyer) and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology’s Rabb Centre for Holocaust Studies at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev/Israel (Dr. Jackie Feldman). The project is based on the thesis that the old narratives about the Shoah today function only conditionally, because the societies that should commemorate it have grown more diverse. Central to the project is the question of how practices of the appropriation and mediation of cultural heritage – in this case, remembrance of the Shoah – change in a diverse society. How must today’s museums, universities, and city guides narrate the Shoah and the Nazi Era in order to continue to pass on and make plausible their relevance and meaning? How, through this narration, do the stories and meanings of Shoah remembrance in an immigrant society change? [see more]

Trailer "Working through memory"

Kooperationsprojekt „Design ausstellen“ mit der HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd

Gefördert von Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg
Projektleitung Dagmar Rinker (HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd), Thomas Thiemeyer (Kooperationspartner)
Laufzeit 2015 - 2018
Das Projekt „Design ausstellen“, das an der HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd angesiedelt und an dem das LUI beteiligt ist, will eine spezifische anwendungsorientierte Systematik für das Ausstellen von Design erarbeiten. Im Zentrum des vom Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg finanzierte Vorhaben steht die räumliche Gestaltung von Ausstellungen und die Präsentation der Exponate.
Die Disziplin Ausstellungsgestaltung stützt ihre praktische Arbeit im Wesentlichen auf Erfahrungswerte und Erprobungen. Angewandte Forschung wird kaum betrieben, sodass wenige allgemeine Empfehlungen und Standards existieren. Hier will das Projekt ansetzen. Es stützt sich insbesondere auf Theorien zur Produktsemantik (Klaus Krippendorff Beschreibungsmodelle für Designobjekte) museumsanalytische Verfahren und Methoden sowie kulturwissenschaftliche Ansätze zur Dingforschung und ihre qualitativen Erhebungsmethoden. Kern der Untersuchung ist die Analyse bestehender Design-Ausstellungen mit Blick auf Gestaltungsparameter sowie eine Besucherforschung basierend auf User-experience-Methoden.