I am a doctoral candidate, research associate at the Laboratory: Anthropology of Environment | Human Relations and research associate at the Centre Marc Bloch Berlin, where I co-organize the research axe “Dynamics and experiences of Globalization”.

My research interests are Material Culture Studies, Visual anthropology, (Material) Memory Cultures, Cultures of Exchange, Networks (of things), Thingspaces and Human-Environment Relations.

As a visual anthropologist I have been involved in several artistic projects in recent years. My current work is focused on human-thing relations in urban contexts, human-thing-Umwelten, and Thingspaces, like e. g. Selfstorage Facilities.

Contact: petra.beck@cmb.hu-berlin.de

Find me also at: restopia.info | Centre Marc Bloch | Academia

Publications

2020

Petra Beck

The Ocean as Thingspace. From the Ocean as ‘Master of Disappearance’ to the ‘Friendly Floatees’ and a new ocean cosmology (Incollection)

Richard Ek, Nils Johannson (Ed.): Opening the Bin: Perspectives on Waste from the Social Sciences and the Humanities, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcawstle upon Tyne, 2020.

(Abstract)

Petra Beck, Patrick Bieler, Milena Bister, Adina Dymczyk, Janine Hauer, Anna Heitger, Dženeta Hodžić, Ruzana Liburkina, Stefan Reinsch, Tim Seitz, Christine Schmid, Krystin Unverzagt

Rezension zu: Groth, Stefan; Ritter, Christian (Hrsg.): Zusammen arbeiten. Praktiken der Koordination und Kooperation in kollaborativen Prozessen. Bielefeld 2019 (Journal Article)

H-Soz-Kult, 2020.

(Links)

2019

Petra Beck

Orte der Diskretion (Incollection)

Martina Nußbaumer, Peter Stuiber/Museum Wien (Ed.): Wo Dinge wohnen. Das Phänomen Selfstorage, Park Books, Zürich, 2019.

(Links)

Petra Beck

Capitalisme sentimental (Incollection)

Martina Nußbaumer, Peter Stuiber/Museum Wien (Ed.): Wo Dinge wohnen. Das Phänomen Selfstorage, Park Books, Zürich, 2019.

(Links)

2016

Petra Beck

Restopia – Self-Storage as Urban Practice. »Like a hotel – but for things« (Incollection)

Christiane Lewe, Tim Othold, Nicolas Oxen (Ed.): Müll. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf das Übrig-Gebliebene, Transcript, Bielefeld, 2016.

(Abstract | Links)

2013

Petra Beck

Häuser für Dinge (Journal Article)

Bauwelt. Das Architekturmagazin, 2013.

(Links)

2010

Petra Beck

Palastmusik. Einheit und Teilung im Stadtbild Berlins (Incollection)

Robert Grünbaum (Ed.): Deutsche Einheit. Ein Überblick 1945 bis heute, pp. 17-20, Metropolverlag, Berlin, 2010.