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Cynthia Browne

Gastwissenschaftlerin am Center for Metropolitan Studies

  • Aktuelle Forschungsprojekte
  • Arbeitsbereiche
  • Publications
  • Lehrtätigkeiten
  • Konferenzen
  • CV

Aktuelle Forschungsprojekte

·         Cultural Politics and Urban Space in Berlin in the Wake of the Refugee Crisis
·         Art, Landscape, and Post-industrial Urban Change in Germany, 1990-2015


·         Material Culture
·         Contemporary Art (from the 1960s onwards)
·         Post-industrialism
·         Exhibition culture
·         Migration and Urban Space
·         Media Anthropology
·         Phenomenology


2016 Browne, Cynthia. “Friches industrielles. Réenchanter les ruines de la Ruhr "postindustrielle" allemande. “ Techniques & Culture n°65-66, “Réparer le monde: Excès, reste, innovation,” 422-433.

2014 Browne, Cynthia. “Sartorial Productions: Visiting the Isle of the VEST Modelabel” Archipel Invest, exh. cat., Berlin: ZK/U Press, 141-152.

2007 Browne, Cynthia. “Contextualizing the “Poetics of Openness in the Works of Jasper Johns and Ji Lee. International Journal of the Arts in Society, 2 (1): 241-246.

2007 Browne, Cynthia. “An Analysis of the Promises and Pitfalls of Participatory Processes in Health Policy: The Need for Empowerment Education Within Marginalized Communities.” James A. Baker III Institute of Public Policy Working Paper Publication. http://bakerinstitute.org/media/files/Research/4eebd1f4/Participatory_Processes.pdf [1].


Junior Tutorial advisor for Social Anthropology, Harvard University

Junior Tutorial and Senior Thesis advisor for Social Anthropology, Harvard University

Woman in the Body. Teaching assistant to Susan Greenhalgh, Harvard University

Globalization & Popular Culture. Teaching assistant to Edward Hubbard, Harvard University

Silent Cinema. Teaching assistant to Rebecca Sheehan, Harvard University

Forensic Anthropology. Teaching assistant to Sarah Ralph, Harvard University


“Games of Chance in the Production of the Urban Commons.” Panel Presenter. 116th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Washington D.C. Nov 29- Dec 2.
“Provocations of European Ethnology Twenty Years Later.” Co-Chair (with Armanc Yildiz and Naor Ben-Yehoyada). 116th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.     Washington D.C. Nov 29- Dec 2.

 “Performing Prometeo as a post-industrial future.” Utopian Listening: Technologies, Aesthetics Politics. Tufts University, MA, USA. March 25.

 “A Republic of Players: Imagining Urban Change in the “new” Ruhr Metropole.” Oxford Future of Cities Conference. Oxford, England, February 19.

“Sartorial Productions: Stitching Narratives of Migration.” Invisibility and Difference Visual Methods Conference. Bard College, Berlin, Germany. Dec 5.

“Nostalgic Remains, Hopeful Beginnings: Industriekultur and the Narrativization of the “new” Ruhr.” Invited Panel. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, Nov 19.
“Land for Free, Land for What? Schrumpfende Städte (Shrinking Cities) and the Story of a Fugitive Idea.” Biannual Finnish Anthropological Society Conference. Helsinki, Oct 21.

“Persuasive Vistas, Political Visions: Art and the Remaking of the Ruhr.” 22nd Council for European Studies International Conference, Paris, France. July 10.

“An Ethnography of "Non-Places" in the Ruhr: Investment Zones, Situation Rooms, and Utopic Stock Exchanges.” International Society for Ethnography and Folklore 12th     Congress, Croatia, June 22.

“Art, Memory, and Monument in the Re-making of the Ruhr.” In Claims and Contestations in Urban Cultural Heritage: European Perspectives. L'école nationale supérieure d'architecture de Paris-Val de Seine , Paris, France, December 12.

“Material Matters: The Politics and Poetics of Industry’s Remains in the Reinvention of Germany’s Ruhr.” Excess, Leftover, and Innovation conference, Musee des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Mediterranee, Marseilles, France, November 21.

“Utopic Wastelands: Art and Modes of Belonging in the post-industrial urban space of Gelsenkirchen, Germany.” 13th European Association for Social Anthropologists     Biennial     Conference, Tallinn, Estonia, August 2.

“The Task of Translating Poetic Text into Musical Language: Pierre Boulez’s Le Marteau Sans Maitre.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, April 1.

“Building Publics in Skulptur Projekte Münster.” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, Dec 2.

“J.M. Coetzee and the Scenes of Writing: The Promises and Perils of Crossing-Over” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Harvard University, March 29.

“Circulating Visual Imagery and Resistance in Indonesia’s New Order.” In Solidarities Through History Conference. Center for International History, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 20.


Since 2012
PhD Candidate at Harvard University

Gastwissenschaftlerin am Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität, Berlin

Gastwissenschaftlerin an der Innovationsgesellschaft heute Graduiertenkolleg, Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany

Gastdoktorandin an der Geisteswissenschaftlichen Fakultät (i..e ARUS program) der Universität Duisburg Essen

Master’s Degree in Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

B.A (Bachelor of Arts) Degree in Anthropology, Rice University, Houston, TX

Stipendien (ausgewählt):

Fellow, Studienstiftung des Abgeordnetenhaus vom Berlin

GSAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University

Cora Du Bois Foundation Fellowship

Mellon CMP (Critical Media Practice) Grant

Dan David Prize Scholarship, Memory and History

Innovation in Society Today Fellowship, Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany

Deutsche Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Research Grant

Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies Dissertation Research Fellowship

Graduate Student Council Summer Grant; Harvard University

Jens Aubrey Westengard Stipendium, Harvard University

2007 – 2010
Graduate Research Program Fellowship, National Science Foundation

NSEP David L. Boren Stipendium, Institute of International Education

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