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Research at the Museum of European Cultures
In an increasingly globalized world, the Museum of European Cultures serves as a guide for people to reflect on the topic of 'identities'. This not only includes the society we live in, characterized as it is both by cultural contacts and cultural conflicts, but also other social groups within Europe - especially those groups currently living in Berlin for whom the city's museum landscape is yet to used as a place to get their voices heard. With this in mind, the Museum of European Cultures will also be addressing the subject of migration as a way to illustrate cultural links and cultural changes within Europe.
It was with this in mind then that the museum chose in 2000-2003 to participate in the EU project 'Migration, Work and Identity. A European History, Told in Museums', which involved several cultural-historical museums from six European countries. The aim of participating in the project was to develop a common, European perspective on the issue of migration and labour. Our museum went on to act as a partner in a further EU project entitled 'Entrepreneurial Cultures in European Cities' (2008-2010). The aim of our part of the project (called 'Doner Kebab, Services and Design') was to inform the museum-going public of the potential for entrepreneurial innovation by people from immigrant backgrounds in Berlin.
Further research projects include:
- Printers and publishers of popular decorative wall prints, taken from the various collections of the Museum of European Cultures
- The life and work of the painter and ethnographer Wilhelm Kiesewetter (1811-1865): annotated new edition of his work, based on his publications and paintings in the Museum of European Cultures
- Advent calendars in Europe
- The illustrations of the Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte as well as those belonging to the ethnographic and folklore museums now held in the Museum of European Cultures' own collection
- Multi-ethnic diversity in South-East Europe