Margit Berner

Author Biography and Research Interests: 

1989 Dr. phil. (Ph.D) University of Vienna, Human Biology
2002 Charles C. Revson Foundation Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Sept. to Dec..

Professional activities
Since 1986: Employed at the Department of Anthropology, Museum of Natural History, Vienna
Duties: curator of cast collection of the department; research
Main fields of Research: Osteology, Paleopathology, History of Anthropology,

Teaching: 1995 -2002 teaching at the Institute of Physical Anthropology, University of Vienna
1999-2001 teaching the course ”Western Civilization in Europe” of the University of Chicago in Vienna
Projects: Cooperation in the project ”Anthropology in National Socialism — Projects of the Anthropologischen Abteilung (anthropological department) of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna 1938-1945" (FWF Project P-13779-HIS) Project leader Prof. Dr. M. Teschler-Nicola with Prof. Dr. K. Stuhlpfarrer, Univ. of Vienna and Klagenfurt together with Mag. Dr. Claudia Spring and Mag. Dr. Verena Pawlowsky (2001-2004); Cooperation in the projekt ”Untersuchungen zur Anatomischen Wissenschaft in Wien 1938-1945 – Studies in anatomical science in Vienna" (1997-1998). Project leader G. Spann and P. Malina, Univ. Vienna;
Member of the Working Group on the History of Race and Eugenics (HRE)
Member of the Working Group Platform Eugenik


Exhibiting Physical Anthropology in Vienna: About the complexity of science, collections and exhibitions

Margit Berner

Museums of Medicine in Past and Present: Innovating the use of medical collections as public and private academic resources,” 12-14. May 2010, Semmelweis Museum Budapest.

The Museum of Natural History in Vienna was founded in 1876, and opened its doors to the public in 1882. The exhibitions were set up according to the 19th century exhibition classification and as taxonomical, geographical and evolutionary classification. A permanent section on physical anthropology was opened in 1930, which has featured several temporal and permanent exhibitions since.

  • Stephan D. Lavine (1991) Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display Smithsonian Books
  • Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek: Zur Geschichte einer Ausstellung. Masken. Versuch über die Schoa. In: „Beseitigung des jüdischen Einflusses ...“. Antisemitische Forschung, Eliten und Karrieren im Nationalsozialismus (= Jahrbuch 1998/99 zur Geschichte und Wirkung des Holocaust). Frankfurt/Main 1999, S. 131-146.



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