Jonas Tinius, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (CARMAH)
Department of European Ethnology
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
I am a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage (CARMAH), co-funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and based at the Department of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.
My current ethnographic research explores how Berlin-based curators, artists, and contemporary art institutions negotiate ideas of otherness to reflect critically on European cultural heritage. For this research, I document and accompany the curatorial processes at SAVVY Contemporary, the Galerie Wedding's Unsustainable Privileges programme, and the ifa-Galerie Berlin's programme Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Societies.
Since 2017, I convene the newly established Anthropology and the Arts Network (ANTART) of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) with Prof Roger Sansi (Barcelona).
I am editor of Anthropology, Theatre, and Development: The Transformative Potential of Performance (Palgrave, 2015, with Alex Flynn) and ‘Micro-utopias: anthropological perspectives on art, creativity, and relationality’ (Journal of Art and Anthropology, 2016, with Ruy Blanes, Alex Flynn, and Maïté Maskens).
Before coming to Berlin, I studied Social and Cultural Anthropology as well as British and American Studies at the Universities of Cambridge (UK) and Münster (Germany) and completed a PhD in Social Anthropology at King's College, University of Cambridge (2012-2016). For my doctoral research, I conducted a long-term ethnographic study of a German public theatre and its artistic production processes, especially rehearsals, and examined its links to critical migrant and refugee projects in the postindustrial Ruhr Valley. I am currently working on a book manuscript based on this research, entitled State of the Arts: German Theatre and Political Self-Cultivation.
At the University of Cambridge, I lectured and taught courses on the anthropology of art and images, the anthropology of ethics and morality, and ethnographic methods. I also supervised undergraduate theses and was founding co-convenor of the Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network at the Centre for Research on the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) from 2013-2016. From 2013-2014, I was also a research fellow at the theatre studies collection of the Institute for Theatre and Media Culture, University of Cologne.
Since 2013, I have also been part of the refugee theatre and arts project RUHRORTER to develop new forms of collaborative ethnographic-artistic research. Together with Alex Flynn, I co-founded the Anthropologies of Art Network, which explores contemporary forms of anthropological research on art.