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Abstract

My research analyzes the hegemonic power of museums through the use of Jean Baudrillard’s concept of simulacra and Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of cultural capital. I analyze museum objects and museum signage in Berlin’s temporary exhibit in the Humboldt Box and the permanent Ottoman collection on display in the Pergamon’s Museum of Islamic Art juxtaposed with anti-Turkish rhetoric as seen as early as the 16th century in Edward Schoen’s woodblock prints as well as political speeches that have taken place within the last five years in Germany.

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