Marzia Varutti

Associate Professor - Cultural History and Museology
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Phone +47 22856992
Room 426 PAM
Visiting address IKOS P. A. Munchs hus 3 Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1010 Blindern 0315 OSLO

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Academic Interests

  • critical museum and heritage studies
  • museum anthropology and collaborative museology
  • emotions in museums
  • relations between museums and Indigenous Peoples
  • cross-cultural perspectives on heritage and museums
  • multiculturalism and cultural diversity in museums
  • material culture and object biographies
  • cultural heritage and collective memory
  • national narratives in museums

Regional expertise: Taiwan; Norway; limited field research in British Columbia (Canada) and Belize.


As part of the Master in Museology and Cultural Heritage, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.

  • Critical Museum Studies: history and theory (MUSKUL4200)
  • Research Methods in Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies (MUSKUL4110/4210)
  • Master thesis writing seminars (MUSKUL4590)

As part of the BA in Cultural History, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.

  • Museums: a Cultural History (KULH2008)
  • Material culture in a Globalized World (KULH2081)

2012-15 Lecturer, Master in Museum Studies, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (UK).

PhD supervision

  • Liisa-Rávná Finbog, The making of indigenous identity through the use of material culture within a museological framework
  • Eva Johansen, The restitution of Sámi cultural heritage: what happens locally? (co-supervision with Prof. Stein Roar Mathisen, UiT)
  • Laura Osorio Iregui, Weaving heritage in a globalized world. A case study of Wayuu and Wounan Colombian indigenous crafts.

Completed: Sofia Bollo, Chinese cultures on display, URPP Asia & Europe, University of Zürich/CH (co-supervision).

Higher education and employment history

  • Since 2016: Associate Professor in Museology and Cultural History, IKOS
  • 2012-15: NFR-FRIHUM Postdoctoral Fellow, IKOS
  • 2009-12: Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (UK)
  • 2008 PhD, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), University of Geneva, Switzerland. PhD thesis: 'Which museum for what China? Museums, objects and the politics of representation in the post-Maoist transition'.
  • Between 2005 and 2008 (total of 12 months), Collections assistant, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • 2003 Master in International and Development Studies, IHEID, University of Geneva.
  • 1999 Master in Diplomatic Studies, Institute of International Sociology (Gorizia, Italy) / Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

International affiliations and cooperation

  • Visiting Research Fellow, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester (UK)
  • Visiting Researcher, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (June-July 2014)
  • Visiting Researcher, College of Indigenous Studies, Donghwa University, Taiwan, R.O.C. (Feb-Aug 2013)
  • Visiting Researcher, Graduate School of Museum Studies, Taipei National University of the Arts, R.O.C. (Feb-Aug 2010; Sept-Dec 2011)
Tags: Museums and Museology, Cultural History, Indigenous Peoples, Material culture, Taiwan, Norway, Canada (British Columbia), Belize.
Published July 5, 2012 2:26 PM - Last modified June 7, 2021 11:53 AM