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  • Sabra Thorner

Included in a Australian Research Council (Australia) Grant via agreement with the University of Melbourne for the project "Indigenous Storytelling and the Living Archive of Aboriginal Knowledge." The project is for 3 years. (2020)


Received a mini-grant and residency award in the area of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to redesign undergraduate course – Peoples and Cultures of Indigenous Australia (Anthropology 216 at Mount Holyoke College). The project is for nine months.


Thorner, S. 2022. "Being Called to Action: Contemporary Museum Ethnographies." Materiality, Belonging, and the Activation of Difference [Special Issue]. Museum Anthropology 45(1). Online/Early view. DOI: 10.1111/muan.12243.


Edmonds, F., Khan, R., Thorner, S., and Maree Clarke. 2020. "The Living Archive of Aboriginal Art: Expressions of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Through Collaborative Art-Making." REG/AC: Revista de Estudios Globales & Arte Contemporáneo // Journal of Global Studies and Contemporary Art, 7(1), 267-311.  


Thorner, S., Rive, L., Dallwitz, J., and Inyika, J. (2019). Never Giving Up: Negotiating, Culture-Making, and the Infinity of the Archive. In Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 18. Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond, edited by Linda Barwick, Jennifer Green, and Petronella Vaarzon-Morel, 263-284.  Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.


Thorner, S., F. Edmonds, M. Clarke, K. Thorpe, R. Khan, and S. Huebner (2019). The Living Archive of Aboriginal Art: Maree Clarke and the Circulation of Photographs as Culture-Making. Mapping Meaning, the Journal, 3, 38-63. Retrieved from http://www.mappingmeaning.org/the-journal-issues.


Was named the editor of the special issue of Museum Anthropology, 45(1): Materiality, Belonging, and the Activation of Difference.


Ombretta Frau and Sabra Thorner led a gallery talk in the Mount Holyoke Art Museum on “The Afterlives of Objects” on November 7, 2019.