Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz
Dr. Christen received her Ph.D. from the history of consciousness department at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2004. Her academic work focuses on contemporary global articulations of indigeneity. She has worked since 1995 with the Warumungu Aboriginal community in Tennant Creek, a remote town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Her book Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town explores the complexities of Aboriginal modernities as they relate to a range of "business" ventures—including technological collaborations. Her academic research grows from this work and focuses on the intersection of digital technologies, intellectual property rights, archival process, and cultural heritage movements within indigenous communities and the global commons. More of Dr. Christen’s work, including publications and projects, can be found at her website, and you can follow her on Twitter @Mukurtu.
Dr. Christen's research interests include global issues such as sovereignty, land rights, cultural tourism, intellectual property rights and digital "remix" as they mutate and mingle with indigenous communities.
Most recently she has been exploring the link between indigenous cultural heritage movements, digital technologies and intellectual property rights.
Dr. Christen enjoys teaching a range of classes focusing on globalization, indigenous rights, cultural tourism, modernity and nationalism. Her classes stress critical thinking and getting up out of one's chair on a regular basis.
- Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town. School for Advanced Research Press, 2009.
- Christen, K. 2011. Opening Archives: Respectful Repatriation. American Archivist 74 (1): 185–210.
- Christen, K. 2009. Access and Accountability: The Ecology of Information Sharing in the Digital Age. "Visual Ethics," special issue, Anthropology News, 50 (4): 4–5.
- Christen, K. 2008. Anthropology In/Of Circulation: The Future of Open Access and Scholarly Societies. Cultural Anthropology 23 (3): 559-588.
- Christen, K., C. Kelty, A. Golub, J. Brown, J. Jackson, and M. Fischer. 2008. http://blog.culanth.org/incirculation/
- Christen, K. 2008. Archival Challenges and Digital Solutions in Aboriginal Australia. SAA Archaeological Record, 8 (2): 21–24.
- Christen, K. 2007. Following the Nyinkka: Relations of Respect and Obligations to Act in the Work of Aboriginal Culture Centers. Museum Anthropology 30 (2): 101–124.
- Christen, K. 2006. Tracking Properness: Repackaging Culture in a Remote Australian Town. Cultural Anthropology 21 (3): 416–446.
- Christen, K. 2005. Gone Digital: Aboriginal Remix in the Cultural Comments. International Journal of Cultural Property 12:315–344.
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