sensory, material, & digital anthropology


Alejandra Blohm: Alejandra’s lifelong interest in travel evolved into a fascination with anthropology, culture, and most significantly, art. Interning at The Met and The New Yorker during her time at Columbia led her to want to pursue an MSc degree at Oxford University. She wrote her dissertation on the contemporary art market, focusing on photography. Alejandra has since returned to New York, thriving on the city’s energy and pursuing work in the arts.

Catherine (Brinky) Brinkworth: Brinky studied anthropology for four years and is particularly interested in the anthropology of sound and music. She writes on all kinds of things and produces audio features and podcasts for Sensible Culture. You should definitely give them a listen. Follow her on Twitter here: @cjbrinkworth

Lorna Cruickshanks: Lorna’s interests include the multiple histories and identities tied up with objects, the representation of cultures within museums, and the role of museums in society. Lorna is particularly interested in what objects can do for people, including the different avatars of objects borne out of the rise of digital technology. Professionally, Lorna is engaged in making museums more accessible to, and collaborative with, different audiences in order to maximise the potential of objects. She is currently managing the Talking Objects programme at the British Museum.

Maria Cury: Maria focuses on new interdisciplinary applications of anthropology and ethnography, creative projects combining anthropology and art, and sensory ethnography. Her topics of anthropological interest include art, photography, craft, technology, science, museums, media, and materiality. She has conducted ethnographies in the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, and Thailand. While at Princeton University, Maria researched media and materiality among Steampunks. For her MSc dissertation at Oxford she used science-and-technology studies and creative ethnography to study art practices. Maria currently conducts ethnographic research as a consultant for ReD, an innovation consultancy.

Natalie Hill: Natalie is particularly interested in the anthropology of art, with much of her research based on the representation of human-animal relationships in art.  Her most recent work focuses on questions surrounding the display of artefacts and art in museum and art gallery exhibitions. This extends to investigation into, and experimentation with visitor and source community engagement with museum spaces and artefacts. She is currently learning about the medicinal and cosmetic properties of plants, doing some experimental archaeology, and taking part (as a visitor or volunteer) in as many museum events as she can find!

Amy King: Amy is a fugitive art historian thriving on all things visual and material. Her most recent research has focused on the politicization of cultural heritage through social media production by Indigenous peoples in Canada, and the relationship between early British anthropology and the work of the Baptist Missionary Society in the DR Congo. She continues to develop ideas around visual media production, issues of identity and approaches to online ethnography.

Edward Moon-Little: Edward Moon Little is a material anthropologist with a regional focus on South Asia. With a background in Art History and History, Edward focuses heavily on visual culture, with a special interest in Indian ethnographic art. After years of working in restaurant kitchens, food is another one of his core interest, both the cultural significance, and the processes of making. Beyond food and academia, Edward loves animation, playing guitar and ukulele.

Eliana Ritts: Eliana is drawn to anything visual and digital, but is also fascinated by sensory anthropology and material culture. She has studied documentary and ethnographic film, conducted her own filming on Jewish Communities in China while at the University of Pennsylvania, and wrote her Masters dissertation about online film festivals. Passionate about storytelling, Eliana is also interested in exploring the uses of transmedia storytelling in ethnographic methods and presentations. Today she combines her mixed backgrounds in business and anthropology as a Research Executive at Flamingo, a cultural insight and brand consultancy.

Alice Young: Alice’s area of interest is in immersive and multisensory experiences in museum galleries. She is particularly captivated by the use of sound in museum galleries, and is currently researching for her MPhil thesis on the curation of museum sound collections, and the life-histories and materiality of digital sound objects. In her spare time, Alice enjoys photography, music, and theatre.


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