Anita Herle


Senior Curator, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

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).

For further information, please see Dr Herle's faculty website.