Dr. Sabra Thorner

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Sabra is a cultural anthropologist who has worked with Indigenous Australians for over 15 years, focusing on photography, digital media, and archiving as forms of culture-making.  Her research explores the interfaces between Indigenous knowledge(s) and new/digital technologies; the relationships between material objects, photographic representations, and performance/re-enactment; and the social lives of photographs and archives, and their uptake in contemporary productions of Indigeneity.  Beyond these topics, she’s broadly interested in (and teaches on): visual/media anthropology; digital cultures; anthropology in/of museums; Australia, Indigenous Australia, and fourth world peoples; intellectual/cultural property and cultural heritage regimes; alternative/knowledge economies; materiality, objects, artworlds, and collections.  She’s held fellowships from Fulbright, Wenner-Gren, the Ruth Landes Memorial Foundation, and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; and published her work in Anthropological Quarterly, Visual Anthropology Review, and American Anthropologist.  She completed her Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology at New York University (2013), which included filmmaker training and an advanced certificate in Culture & Media (2007).