Kerstin Barndt studied German literature, philosophy, and linguistics. Her research and teaching focuses on the literary and visual cultures of the long twentieth century with a current emphasis on museum history and exhibition culture.
Sentiment and Sobriety. The New Woman Novel in the Weimar Republic, Barndt's first book, explores the intersections between gender, literary form, and an emerging "middle sphere" within Germany's literary public after WWI. The project's particular emphasis on gender theory and women's history has also opened doors to the museum world. At Dresden's Hygiene Museum (Museum of Hygiene), Barndt curated exhibits on the history of abortion, and the birth control pill.
Her current book manuscript, Non/Synchronicities. Exhibiting Time and History in Contemporary Germany undertakes a journey through Germany's post-unification landscape with its ever-expanding number of museums, memorial sites, and exhibitions. The cutting edge exhibition sites selected for this study work through the tensions between national representation and regional revival, globalization, deindustrialization, and migration. Barndt analyzes these projects with an eye on their specific representations of time and history.
Drawing on her curatorial experience from working with the Museum of Hygiene, Kerstin collaborated in 2010 with artist Sarah Berkeley and exhibited a multi-media installation, Hello. My Name is Tam, in the old public museum in Grand Rapids. http://www.sarahberkeley.com/categories/multi-media-installations/projects/hello-my-name-is-tam