Michael Kraus

Michael Kraus

Michael Kraus is the curator of the Ethnographical Collection at Georg-August-University Göttingen.
He studied ethnology, comparative religious studies and sociology at the universities of Tübingen, Guadalajara and Marburg. Subsequently, he worked at the Philipps-Universität in Marburg, the Deutsches Historisches Museum, the Humboldt-Universität and the Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin and at the Department for the Anthropology of the Americas at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität of Bonn.
He has conducted fieldwork with indigenous groups in Bolivia and Colombia and curated exhibitions for various museums. Together with indigenous partners from Mitú (Colombia) and German colleagues from Berlin and Marburg, he developed the cooperative research project „Objects as witnesses of cultural contact – intercultural perspectives on the history and the present times of the indigenous populations of the upper Negro River (Brazil/ Colombia)“.
His research focuses on the history of anthropology, material culture studies, museum studies and curatorial practices, visual anthropology and the indigenous cultures of Amazonia. Together with Elfriede Hermann, he heads the PAESE subproject “Colonialism as it was taught – the teachings of colonialism” at the University of Göttingen.


Publikationen (selection)

  • Audiovisuelle Sammlungen: Zum Umgang mit Bild und Ton (co-edited with Matthias Lewy). In: Edenheiser, Iris und Larissa Förster (Hg.). Museumsethnologie. Eine Einführung. Theorien. Debatten. Praktiken. Berlin: Reimer, 186-203.
  • „The Perspective from Germany: Steps towards a Dialogue on Objects“ (co-edited with Ernst Halbmayer and Ingrid Kummels, 2018) (https://www.iai.spk-berlin.de/fileadmin/dokumentenbibliothek/Estudios_Indiana/EI_11_introcuction_EN.pdf).
  • “Quo vadis, Völkerkundemuseum? Aktuelle Debatten zu ethnologischen Sammlungen in Museen und Universitäten” (co-edited with Karoline Noack, 2015). Bielefeld: transcript.


Dr. Michael Kraus

Curator of the Ethnographical Collection, Georg-August-University Göttingen

Head of the Subproject: Collecting and Teaching