Anna-Carolin Augustin

Research Fellow
German Historical Institute
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Washington DC 20009
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Biographical Summary

Anna-Carolin Augustin joined the GHI as a research fellow in April 2019. Her main fields of interest are modern German-Jewish History and Culture with emphasis on Women's and Gender History as well as Jewish Material Culture. From 2011-2014 she was a fellow at the Walther Rathenau Graduiertenkolleg at the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies (MMZ). She received her PhD in modern history from the Universität Potsdam in 2016. At the same time, she completed a two-year academic trainee ("Wissenschaftliches Volontariat") at the Jewish Museum Berlin and worked on several exhibitions. Since 2017 she has devoted herself to provenance research in the field of Judaica. Her first monograph, Berliner Kunstmatronage. Sammlerinnen und Förderinnen bildender Kunst um 1900 was published in 2018 (Wallstein Publishing House). In her current research project, she examines the entangled object biographies and migration paths of Jewish ceremonial objects (Judaica) as well as their changing attributions of meaning and functions after 1945 in a transnational, cultural-historical study.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Modern German-Jewish History and Culture
  • Women's and Gender History
  • Jewish Material Culture
  • Nazi Art Looting and Post-War Restitution/Provenance Research
  • History of Collecting, Art Market, Consumer Culture & Taste

GHI Research Project

  • "'Remnants rescued from the fire.' A Transnational Cultural History of Jewish Ceremonial Objects (Judaica) after 1945" Read on

Professional Positions

since 2019Research Fellow, German Historical Institute Washington DC
2017 - 2019 Research Fellow at the Jewish Museum Berlin
2016Curatorial Assistant, Akademie der Künste, Berlin/Technische Universität, Darmstadt, Exhibition & Catalogue project: “Otto Bartning. Architekt einer sozialen Moderne“
2016 Curatorial Assistant, Jewish Museum Berlin
2014 - 2016 Academic trainee (Wissenschaftliches Volontariat) at the Jewish Museum Berlin, Judaica Department and Temporary Exhibitions
2012 - 2016Research Assistant at the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European Jewish Studies (MMZ) in Potsdam