Katie Glaskin

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

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

    6009 Perth


  • 127 Citations

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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, 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.

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 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

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


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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Research Output

Australia, Aboriginal rights in

Glaskin, K., 2018, The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Callan, H. (ed.). 1st ed. United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons, p. 1-8 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  • Environment, ontology and visual perception: A saltwater case

    Glaskin, K., 2018, Rethinking relations and animism: Personhood and materiality. Astor-Aguilera, M. & Harvey, G. (eds.). London and New York: Routledge, p. 156-172 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

    Other-than-humans and the remaking of the social

    Glaskin, K., Jun 2018, In : Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 24, 2, p. 313-329 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    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

  • 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/Conference paperChapter

    1 Citation (Scopus)



    Curl Essay prize

    Glaskin, Katie (Recipient), 2015


  • Activities

    • 4 Public lecture, debate or seminar
    • 3 Visiting an external academic institution
    • 2 Membership of professional association
    • 1 Editorial activity

    École des hautes études en sciences sociales

    Katie Glaskin (Visiting researcher)

    1 May 202030 May 2020

    Activity: External visitsVisiting an external academic institution

    World Science Festival, Brisbane

    Katie Glaskin (Speaker)

    28 Mar 2020

    Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar

    Berndt Research Foundation (External organisation)

    Katie Glaskin (Chair)


    Activity: MembershipsMembership of professional association

    2014 Manning Clark House Day of Ideas

    Katie Glaskin (Speaker)

    17 Oct 2014

    Activity: Service and engagementPublic lecture, debate or seminar

    Centre de Recherche et de Documentation sur l’Océanie

    Katie Glaskin (Visiting researcher)

    11 Dec 201412 Dec 2014

    Activity: External visitsVisiting an external academic institution

    Press / Media

    We all grieve in our own way

    Katie Glaskin


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media


    Impact of 'Crosscurrents: Law and Society in a Native Title Claim to Land and Sea' book

    Katie Glaskin (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impacts, Understanding and Awareness Impact, Public policy Impacts