ONLINE COURSE: Cultural Memory - Museums in Berlin

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

Course periodJuly 19, 2021 - Aug. 13, 2021 Session II
Category Cultural Studies & Religion
Course levelsBachelor
Class size

max. 15 participants in class

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points after successful completion of the online course. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the online course a Transcript of Records will be issued by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Application deadline May 15, 2021, or when participant quota is reached
Course fee650.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)

Online Course Fee


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. 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?


Preliminary Syllabus (PDF)

Course structure

The course content is equivalent to an on-site course offering 45 contact hours.

The study time includes:

  • virtual class room lessons with the lecturer and the fellow students (50%)
  • group exercises (25%)
  • assignments and self-study (25%)


Track B

Weekly schedule of virtual class room sessions:

  • Course days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Time: 12.30 pm - 2.45 pm (Berlin time, UTC+2)
    6.30 pm – 8.45 pm (Beijing time, UTC+8)
    8.30 pm – 10.45 pm (Sydney time, UTC+10)
    5.30 am – 7.45 am (Chicago time, UTC-5)
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.

Dr. des. Anna Katharina Neufeld

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: