Katie Glaskin

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

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

    6009 Crawley


  • 99 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
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Personal profile


Katie Glaskin is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, an editor of the journal Anthropological Forum, and Chair of the Berndt Research Foundation. Her research areas include the anthropology of Indigenous Australia, the anthropology of art, cognitive anthropology and legal anthropology. 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. An emerging area of research interest includes extinction(s). 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.

Roles and responsibilities

Editor, Anthropological Forum (from 2011-->)
Chair, Berndt Research Foundation (from mid-2016-->)
Member, Academic Consultative Committee
Member, Academic Board
Member, University Cultural Collections Committee

Future research

I am available to supervise students interested in working in a variety of areas, but especially in areas related to a) the anthropology of Indigenous Australia and b) cognitive anthropology, neuroanthropology.

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 on 1) dreams; 2) cosmology, person, place; 3) art and perception; 4) extinctions

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

-Mind Body Culture (formerly Psychological Anthropology)
-Engaged Anthropology
-Society, Law and Politics (formerly Legal Anthropology)
-Aboriginal Art and Society
-Environment, Landscape & Place

Contributing to Neuroscience in Society


Dreams, sleep, creativity, personhood; anthropology of art; aesthetics; property, native title; customary land and marine tenure; applied anthropology.


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

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Projects 2014 2016

Research Output 2003 2017

Crosscurrents: Law and Society in a Native Title Claim to Land and Sea

Glaskin, K. 1 Jul 2017 Crawley: UWA Publishing. 279 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

legal process
case law
right of ownership

Anthropology, Dreams and Creativity

Glaskin, K. 2015 The Ashgate Research Companion to Anthropology. Stewart, P. J. & Strathern, A. J. (eds.). UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, p. 71-83

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

2 Citations

Dreams, Perception, and Creative Realization

Glaskin, K. 2015 In : Topics in Cognitive Science. 7, 4, p. 664-676

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cultural Anthropology

Territoriality, Traditionality and Transformation in the Context of an Australian Native Title Claim

Glaskin, K. 2014 Negotiating Territoriality: Spatial Dialogues between State and Tradition. Dawson, A. C., Zanotti, L. & Vaccaro, I. (eds.). USA: Routledge, p. 129-141

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Anthropology on Trial: Australian Anthropology and Native Title Litigation

Glaskin, K. 2013 Anthropology and the Politics of Representation. Vargas-Cetina, G. (ed.). USA: University of Alabama Press, p. 212-229

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)