Anita Herle (BA, M.Phil, PhD, FRAI) is Senior Curator for World Anthropology, with particular responsibility for the Pacific and the Americas. She has regional interests in Torres Strait, Vanuatu, Fiji and Canada. Her research topics include museum anthropology, the early history of British anthropology, art and aesthetics, and visual histories. She coordinates the MPhil in Social Anthropology and Museums and teaches in museology, the anthropology of art and visual media.
Her research is concerned with a range of ethnographic and disciplinary contexts for MAA’s collections and their many contemporary resonances. Within the history of British anthropology, she has explored the intersection between different knowledge systems, the complex relations that develop in the anthropological field and the potency of objects and photographs in relational encounters. Her research has resulted in the production of collaborative exhibitions at MAA and elsewhere. She was lead curator (with Mark Elliott and Rebecca Empson) for ‘Assembling Bodies: Art, Science and Imagination’, part of the Leverhulme funded project on Changing Beliefs of the Human Body (2005-2009) and is currently a co-investigator on the AHRC funded Fijian Art research project (2011 -2014).
A. Herle (2013) Exhibitions as Research: Displaying the Technologies that Make Bodies Visible. In S. Dudley and K. Message (eds.) Museum Worlds: Advances in Research. (Berghahn, Vol. 1, pp. 113 – 135)
A. Herle and Lucie Carreau (2013) Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji. (MAA)
A. Herle (2012) Creating the Anthropological Field in the Pacific. In Kate Fullagar (ed.) The Atlantic World in the Antipodes: Effects and Transformation since the eighteenth century. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing pp. 185-218)
A. Herle and H. Geismar (2010) Moving Images: John Layard, Fieldwork and Photography in Malakula Since 1914 (Crawford House Press/University of Hawaii Press)
A. Herle (2009) John Layard long Malakula 1914–1915: the Potency of Field Photography. In Christopher Morton and Elizabeth Edwards (eds.). Photography, Anthropology and History: Expanding the Frame. (Ashgate)
A. Herle, M. Elliott and R. Empson (2009) Assembling Bodies: Art Science and Imagination. (MAA)
A. Herle (2008) Relational Objects: Connecting People and Things through Pasifika Styles. International Journal of Cultural Property. (Vol. 15 (2): 159-179.)
A. Herle, J. Philp, and L. Bin Juda (2007) The Journey of the Stars: Gab Titui a Cultural Centre for the Torres Strait. In N. Stanley (ed.). The Future of Indigenous Museums (Berg pp. 93-116).
A. Herle (2006) Transforming Things: art and politics on the Northwest Coast. In Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel (eds.) Making Things Public (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie)
A. Herle and A. Moutu (2004) Paired Brothers: Concealment and Revelation. Iatmul Ritual Art from the Sepik, Papua New Guinea
(MAA)A. Herle (2004) Objects, Agency and Museums: Continuing dialogues between the Torres Strait and Cambridge. In Laura Peers and Alison Brown (eds.) Museums and Source Communities. (Routledge pp. 194-207)
A. Herle and J. Philp (1998)
Torres Strait Islanders: an Exhibition Marking the Centenary of the 1898 Cambridge Anthropological Expedition
A. Herle and S. Rouse (1998) Cambridge and the Torres Strait: Centenary Essays on the 1898 Anthropological Expedition. (Cambridge University Press).