Dr. Katja Müller

Position: academic coordinator, researcher
Phone: ++49 345 / 552 41 73
Fax: ++49 345 / 552 76 00
Website: www.katjamueller.org

Main fields of interest

Visual Anthropology, Photography, Museum Anthropology, South Asia; Coal Mining and Resistance


Current research project


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2015 Researcher and academic coordinator at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, ZIRS
Since 2014 Research Associate at the University of Technology, Sydney
2013 - 2015 Lecturer at Leipzig University, Institute of Anthropology
Lecturer at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences
2011 - 2014 PhD Candidate at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Thesis title: "Die Eickstedt-Sammlung aus Südindien. Differenzierte Wahrnehmungen kolonialer Fotografien und Objekte ")
2009 - 2011 Scientific research assistant at GrassiMuseum für Völkerkunde, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
2008 Artium, Leipzig University (Cultural Studies / Indian Studies / Philosophy)


  • accepted. Online Documents of India’s Past: Digital Archives and Memory Production, in: Museum Worlds.
  • accepted. Writing into the Archive: Digitizing ethnographic collections, in: Noack, Karoline und Ihde, Beatrix (Hg.): Potentials of Museum-Ethnology: Aparai-Wayana and other indigenous groups of the Guyanas as reflected in museum collections, Shaker.
  • 2017. Reframing the Aura: Digital Photography in Ancestral Worship, in: Museum Anthropology, 40(1): 65-78.
  • 2017. Between Lived and Archived Memory: How Digital Archives Can Tell History, in: Digithum, 19: 11-18.
  • 2017. Picturing Culture: The Photography of Muttappan teyyam between 1920 and Today, in: Visual Anthropology, 30(2): 147-165.
  • 2016. mit Morton, Tom: Lusatia and the Coal Conundrum: The Lived Experience of the German Energiewende, Energy Policy 99: 277-287.
  • 2015. Die Eickstedt-Sammlung aus Südindien. Differenzierte Wahrnehmungen kolonialer Fotografien und Objekte, Europäische Hochschulschriften, Band 84. Peter Lang, Frankfurt et al. (Ph.D. thesis)
  • 2015. review. The Coal Nation. Histories, Ecologies and Politics of Coal in India, by Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt (ed.), South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 38: 3, 541-542.
  • 2015. review. Colour, Art and Empire. Visual Culture and the Nomadism of Representation, by Natasha Eaton, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 38: 1, 132-134.
  • 2014. with Rycroft, Daniel: The Future of Anthropology’s Archival Knowledge: an International Reassessment (FAAKIR), in: Jahrbuch der Staatlichen Ethnographischen Sammlungen Sachsen Bd. 46, pp. 221-226.
  • 2014. Eickstedt in Südindien, in: Jahrbuch der Staatlichen Ethnographischen Sammlungen Sachsen Bd. 46, pp. 227-236.
  • 2013. Koloniale Fotografien im Dialog. Rückführung und Erschließung des Eickstedt-Archivs, in: Rundbrief Fotografie 20, pp. 5-10.
  • 2011. Schädelträger und das zornige Opfer der fünf Sinne – zur Verwendung von Schädeln im Hinduismus und Buddhismus, in: Schädelkult. Kopf und Schädel in der Kulturgeschichte des Menschen, Regensburg, pp. 125-131.
  • 2010. Kulturelle Veränderungen in Malabar – Forschungsbericht Indien 2009/2010, in: Jahrbuch der Staatlichen Ethnographischen Sammlungen Sachsen Bd. 45, Berlin, pp. 359-363.
  • 2009. with Krebs, Carola: Ins Innere Indiens – Die Expedition des Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt 1926–1929, in: Auf der Suche nach Vielfalt, Leipzig, pp. 321-328.
  • 2009. with Wagenknecht, Reinhard/ Krebs, Carola: „Vom Reiten und Jagen, Fischen und Fangen“ Über die Museumspädagogik am Leipziger Völkerkundemuseum, in: Auf der Suche nach Vielfalt, Leipzig, pp. 495-500.


  • 2014 - 2015. with Leipzig University / GrassiMuseum für Völkerkunde. Vom Wesen der Dinge. Ethnologische Konstellationen.
  • 2012. with Museum of Voice / University of East Anglia / Museum of Archeology and Anthropology Cambridge. Purvajo-ni Aankh.

Third-party grants

  • 2011/12. DAAD research grant for fieldwork in India
  • 2011. Grant by the VW-Foundation for International Workshop on Anthropological Archives (FAAKIR)
  • 2009/10. Research grant by the FAZIT-Foundation for fieldwork in India

Presented/Accepted Papers

  • 2017. Digital Future of Anthropological Archives? Memory Making on the Indian Past, Seminar Series Material, Visual and Digital Culture Research, University College London.
  • 2017. with Boris Wille. Materiality and Mobility. Comparative notes on heritagisation in the Indian Ocean World, Conference Travelling Pasts: The Politics of Cultural Heritage in the Indian Ocean World, Max Planck Institute, Halle.
  • 2016. Digitale Objekte. Subjektive Materie, Zwischentagung AG Materielle Kultur der DGV, Frankfurt/M.
  • 2016. with Tom Morton. At the coalface. A case study between anthropologist and journalist, Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Sydney.
  • 2016. Waiting for the pre-cut conveyor belt. How time shapes mining protest forms, Australian Anthropological Society Conference, Sydney.
  • 2016. The (post)digital future of anthropological archives: Memory-making and heritage in cyberspace, 17th AoIR Annual Conference, Berlin.
  • 2016. Linking museum- and community-based archives in a postdigital world, 14th EASA Biennial Conference, Milano.
  • 2016. Opening archives. Digital photographs between India and Europe, India International Centre, New Delhi.
  • 2016. Erinnern online. Museum- und Community-basierte Fotoarchive in Indiens postdigitaler Welt, Ringvorlesung Museum 4.0, Halle.
  • 2016. Von 0 und 1 zum Koraj Hill. Digitalisiertes Erbe in Ahnenverehrung und Erinnerung, Mitteldeutscher Südasientag, Leipzig.
  • 2015. Dialogue through Digitisation. Herrenhäuser-Symposium „Positioning Ethnological Museums in the 21st Century“, Hannover.
  • 2014. Indifference and fetishizing. Modes of visual appropriation without reciprocal value, Conference „Anthropology and Photography”, Royal Anthropological Institute, London.
  • 2012. Vom möglichen Umgang mit ethnologischen/anthropologischen Archiven. Perspektiven des Eickstedt Archivs, Symposium „Koloniale Portraitfotografie“, Museum of Photography, Berlin.
  • 2011. The Egon von Eickstedt Collection, Conference “Objects and Words: Writing on, around and about things”, Museums Ethnographers Group, Oxford.

Courses Taught/Organised

At Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

  • WiSe 2016/17
    Digital Anthropology: Cyberspace, digitale Medien und postdigitale Beziehungen
  • SoSe 2016
    Lecture Series “museum 4.0. challenges for cultural heritage in the digital world”
  • WiSe 2015/16
    Visual Anthropology – Photography and Image

At Leipzig University

  • WiSe 2013/14 and 2014/15
    Economic Anthropology
  • SoSe 2014 and 2015
    South Asia

At Anhalt University

  • WiSe 2013/14 - SoSe 2015
    German as a Second Language, DSH-level


  • Deutscher Museumsbund
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde
  • EASA European Association of Social Anthropologists
  • AoIR Association of Internet Researchers