Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

Challenging Populist Truth-Making in Europe (CHAPTER)

The Role of Museums in a Digital 'Post-Truth' European Society. Projektzeitraum: 2020 - 2026 | Förderinstitution: Volkswagen-Stiftung


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Challenging Populist Truth-Making in Europe: The Role of Museums in a Digital ‘Post-Truth’ European Society (CHAPTER) is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Through ethnographic research and digital innovation, it develops approaches and best practice examples to support museums in challenging the growing influence of populist truth-making in Europe. The project is based at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Ludwig Uhland Institute for Historical and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tübingen, the Jagiellonian University (JU) in Krakow and University College London (UCL). It cooperates with museums and board members from different European countries, as well as with software developer Fluxguide in Vienna. A key goal of the project is to work with young visitors from the UK, Poland and Germany to co-design a museum app that inspires critical reflection on the power of populist truth-making. The project brings together a broad range of anthropological fields, including digital anthropology, museum anthropology, political anthropology and the anthropology of emotions/affects to develop a European perspective on how museums can challenge the power of populist truth-making in contemporary digital societies.




Prof. Dr. Christoph Bareither

Prof. Dr. Sharon Macdonald

Prof. Dr. Haidy Geismar

Prof. Dr. Roma Sendyka 



Dr. Julia Leser



Helena Kieß

Pia Schramm

Alice Millar

Marlena Nikody