Elisabeth Tietmeyer

Short Description

Prof Dr Elisabeth Tietmeyer is Director of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK). Having studied Social Anthropology, European Ethnology and Sociology she had been Head of the European Department and of the Collection Department at the Ethnologisches Museum – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. From 2000 to 2012, she acted as Vice-Director and Senior Curator of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen. From 2010 – 2016, she has served as Deputy Chairwoman of the ICOM International committee for collection (COMCOL). Since 2015 she is board member of ICOM Germany and a member of the expert committee of the German UNESCO commission on Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Areas of Research

  • Diversity
  • Culture Contacts
  • Migration
  • Self/Other
  • Gender
  • Material Culture

Selected Publications

Tietmeyer E. (2017): Material Culture and Identity. On the history and ethnography of the Crimean Tatars in the Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. In: Crimean Historical Review. 2017, No. 1. P. 169-191.

Tietmeyer, E. (2016): Participation in museums and the question of sustainability – a contradiction? In: Das Museum für alle – Imperativ oder Illusion? Internationales Bodensee-Symposium 18. Juni – 20. Juni 2015: ICOM Schweiz, ICOM Deutschland, ICOM Österreich. 2016, P. 50-60.

Tietmeyer, Elisabeth (Ed.) (2016): Glances into Fugitive Lives. Berlin: Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Publication Series of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen), vol. 19.

Meijer-van Mensch, L.; Tietmeyer, E. (Eds.) (2013): Participative Strategies in Collecting the Present. In: Berliner Blätter. Ethnografische und ethnologische Beiträge, issue 63. Berlin.

Tietmeyer, E. (2013): The Challenge of “Displaying Europe”. Experiences of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. In: Whitehead, C.; Eckersley, S.; Mason, R. (Eds.): Placing Europe in the Museum.Milano: MELA Books, P. 61-73.

Tietmeyer, E.; Ziehe, I. (Eds.) (2010): Cultural Contacts – Living in Europe. In: Series of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen, vol. 10, Leipzig. 


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