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Regina Knapp

PhD in Anthropology
Australian National University, Canberra

Regina Knapp received her MA from the Freie Universität Berlin where she studied anthropology and media studies. In 2011 she earned her PhD in anthropology at the Australian National University, Canberra. Her regional focus lies in the South-Pacific, particularly in Papua New Guinea. Her methodological approach grounds on her interest in visual anthropology and in the audiovisual documentation of cultural heritage and cultural change. She has extensive research experience and has worked on topics such as cultural conceptualisations of gender, time and temporality, person, exchange and culture change. Between 2012 and 2015 she was employed at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig and conducted an ethno-linguistic research project on the documentation of Bena Bena language in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Currently she works as visual anthropologist on a project hosted by the University of Regina, Canada, on the value of shell-money and gift-exchange in the island region of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. She has produced a number of ethnographic films and compiled short film sequences. Her recent book on culture change and exchange, published by Berghahn press (2017), is a rich contribution to current anthropological debates and an outstanding ethnographic work on a Papua New Guinea Highland culture.

Dr. Regina Knapp
Email: r.knapp[at]berlin.bard.edu