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Cultural Memory - Museums in Berlin

Every exhibit inside of a museum tells a different story. Join us in viewing cultural and historical collections in museums across the city and learn the process of how these memories are kept alive!

Course periodJan. 6, 2021 - Jan. 26, 2021
Category Cultural Studies & Religion
Course levelsBachelor
Class size

up to 15 participants

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points and a certificate if they attend classes regularly (at least 80% attendance) and participate actively. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-Universität.

Application deadline Nov. 15, 2020, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee680.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Museums are keepers of our culture memory. Collecting, preserving and exhibiting are the main tasks museums stand for. Museums focus different subjects and face historical and cultural differences in various ways. What is worth collecting, or how are objects labeled, in what way are they displayed? These are essential questions museums pose today.

The course wants to look at how different museums in Berlin answer these questions. Viewing historical and cultural heritage within the context of a collection brings up the issue of how objects are (re-)animated to tell a story within an exhibition. So, visits to collections and current exhibitions as for instance the me collectors room, the Humboldt Box, the Jewish Museum Berlin or the DDR Museum are planned. How are exhibitions made? What are significant tools curators use to amplify their thesis? What does hands on mean? How are objects animated, what stories do they tell and how do they respond to questions of gender or race?

Syllabus will be available soon
Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 45 hours (one lesson equals 45 minutes; 15 hours per week).
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions


Schedule (Track C):

Monday: 5.05 pm – 6.35 pm & 6.45 pm – 7.30 pm

Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.30 pm – 3 pm & 3.20 pm – 4.50 pm

Thursday: 9.00 am – 10.30 am & 11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Please note: The HUWISU Winter University kicks off on Wednesday, 6th January. The schedule for the first course week will be communicated to all participants before the course starts.


Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world. The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery , German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Ice Skating, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Undergraduate students of all subjects with a strong interest in cultural studies, history, memory culture, and museums.

This course is taught in English, including readings in English. For the understanding of the texts and the discussions in class a language level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is required.

Participating students need to be at least 18 years old.

Ms. Anna Katharina Neufeld, M.A.

Anna Katharina Neufeld studied English und German at Humboldt-Universiät zu Berlin. After working for the International Literature Festival Berlin, at the German Historical Museum Berlin, as well as in the Jewish Museum Berlin, she now works as a freelance curator, curating several smaller exhibitions.

As scholar of the Evangelische Studienwerk e.V. she is currently finishing her PhD at the department of cultural studies at Humboldt-Universiät zu Berlin on Dying narratives. In this context she has published articles, organized conferences and has worked as lecturer for different universities concentrating on altering aspects of her academic field.

Her focus on the present debate on death and dying, as well as her experiences in museology open her lectures for interdisciplinary approaches, which have accompanied her throughout her educational work. These are enriched by her interest in alternative forms of teaching and presentation.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Department
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin


This course can be combined with: