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“What do we do with all this stuff?"

Interview with Sharon Macdonald

Sharon Macdonald is a social anthropologist. One of her questions concerning museums and homes in times of massproduction and massconsumption is: “What do we do with all this stuff!?” In the video she talks about bringing together professional declutters with museum staff and in which museum she almost had to spend the night.



Sharon Macdonald came to Berlin as an Alexander von Humboldt Professor and founded CARMAH in 2015. Based in the Institute of European Ethnology, she holds a permanent W3 Professorship in Social Anthropology, with emphasis on Museum and Heritage Studies. As well as directing CARMAH, she runs the multi-ethnographer research project Making Differences. Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century and the Contentious Collections Work Package of the Horizon 2020 TRACES (Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritage with the Arts) project. She also directs the Profusion theme of the AHRC-funded Heritage Futures project, based at the University of York, UK, where in 2012 she was awarded an Anniversary Professorship in Cultural Anthropology within the Department of Sociology, ranked first in the UK for research. She also has a research interest in China, where she has held a Visiting Professorship at the top-ranked Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Peking University.


Further Information


Making Differences. Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century


Heritage Futures


Prof. Dr. Sharon Macdonald
Institute for European Ethnology

Tel.: 030 2093-70860