Katie Glaskin

Associate Professor, BA E.Cowan, GradDipA W.Aust., PhD ANU

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Katie Glaskin is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. She has served as an editor of the journal Anthropological Forum since 2011, has been a member of the Academic Consultative Commiteee since 2016, and has acted as Chair or co-Chair of the Berndt Research Foundation since 2016. Her research areas include the anthropology of Indigenous Australia, dreams, personhood, creativity, property, and more recently, extinction(s). Katie’s work is characterised by both its cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary engagements, with publications spanning psychological anthropology, neuroanthropology, legal anthropology, environmental anthropology and the anthropology of art. She has published on dreams, sleep, creativity, personhood, death, memory, emotion, human-robot interactions, perception and aesthetics, property contests and transformations, native title, and law as social process. In 2015, she won the Curl Essay Prize (The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland). Katie studied fine art as a minor in her undergraduate degree and also practices as a painter and printmaker. She has held three solo exhibitions (2018, 2019 and 2021) and participated in numerous group exhibitions. Much of her artistic output deals with the same themes that inform her current research on extinction.

Roles and responsibilities

Editor, Anthropological Forum (from 2011-->)

Co-Chair, Berndt Research Foundation (mid-2020 -->)
Chair, Berndt Research Foundation (from mid-2016-->mid 2020)
Member, Academic Consultative Committee (2016-->)
Member, Academic Board (2019-2021)

Future research

Currently I am supervising or co-supervising a number of PhD projects that span areas within the anthropology of Indigenous Australia, the anthropology of sport, museum studies and environmental anthropology. I am available to supervise students interested in undertaking research in any of my research areas.

Funding overview

ARC Linkage grant 2014 Murujuga Dreaming (with Jo McDonald, Peter Veth, Alistair Patterson, Jamie Hampson, Paul Bourke, Tom Whitley & Ken Mulvaney)
UWA Teaching Relief Grant 2012
Wenner-Gren Foundation conference grant: Gr. CONF-560 2011 with Rita Armstrong, Greg Acciaioli, Nicholas de Maria Harney, and Catie Gressier

Previous positions

Berndt Foundation inaugural Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UWA, 2002-2005

Current projects

My current research interests and projects are focussed 1) extinctions; 2) dreams; 3) anthropology and art

Industrial relevance

Katie has conducted applied anthropology in the area of native title since 1994, and has undertaken numerous consultancies in this area.

Teaching overview

Units I currently teach (2020-2021) are:

ANTH 3501 Mind Body Culture (formerly Psychological Anthropology)

ANTH 3601 Indigenous Australia

ANTH 2701 Culture, Ecologies, Extinction: Environment & Society in a Time of Crisis

ANTH 2902 Aboriginal Art and Society

Previous units taught:
ANTH 3401 Engaged Anthropology
ANTH 2402 Society, Law and Politics (formerly Legal Anthropology)
ANTH 3601 Global Indigeneities

Postgraduate units previously taught include:

ANTH 4104 Contemporary Issues (Hons Seminar)

ANTH 4101 Applied Honours and Professional Practice (Hons Seminar)

ANTH 8418 Native Title Anthropology (online)

ANTH 8416 Cultural Heritage Anthropology (online)


My current research is focussed on extinction. Additional research interests include dreams, sleep, creativity, personhood; anthropology of art; aesthetics; property, native title; customary land and marine tenure; applied anthropology.

Research expertise keywords

  • Legal anthropology
  • Applied anthropology
  • Dreams, anthropology of
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Aboriginal land and marine tenure
  • Native title
  • Personhood
  • Property
  • Sleep, anthropology of
  • extinctions


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