Sharon Macdonald’s research explores a wide range of aspects of museums, heritage and identity. This includes questions of difficult and contentious pasts, cultural diversity and citizenship, and selectivity and overload. Currently, her main fieldwork site is Germany but she would love sometime to do fieldwork again in China and Scotland.


Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Social Anthropology in the Institute of European Ethnology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Sharon Macdonald is also founding Director of the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH). She is a Research Affiliate of the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, a member of the Academic Committee of the House of European History in Brussels and a member of the Executive Board of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.


Sharon Macdonald’s writing has been translated into many languages. As author, co-author or editor, her books include the following: Reimagining Culture: Histories, Identities and the Gaelic Renaissance; The Politics of Display; Behind the Scenes at the Science Museum; A Companion to Museum Studies; Difficult Heritage: Negotiating the Nazi Past in Nuremberg and Beyond; Memorylands: Heritage and Identity in Europe Today; and Heritage Futures: Comparative Approaches to Natural and Cultural Heritage Practices.


Professor Macdonald will be hosting a seminar with the Department of Anthropology on the 11th March. For more information, follow this link.