Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Christopher Berk

Christopher Berk

Contact

7045 Haley Center
cdb0066@auburn.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Michigan
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Michigan
  • Graduate Certificate, Museum Studies, University of Michigan
  • B.A., Union College 

Office Hours

  • By appointment

About Christopher Berk
Lecturer of Anthropology

At Auburn Dr. Berk has taught Introduction to Anthropology, Ethnographic Methods, Global Studies, and Applied Anthropology. He has also taught two courses that looked at fiction from an anthropological perspective. In the past he has taught three courses in indigenous studies.

Dr. Berk has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Tasmania, Australia since 2004. His research focuses on the ways in which the Tasmanian Aboriginal people, a community historically believed to be culturally and racially extinct, have revived many aspects of their purportedly “lost” culture and achieved broader recognition from both state and national bodies. These aspects of revived culture include fiber work, such as basketry and canoe making, and language. His interests in indigeneity, cultural revitalization, and material culture has shaped his research, during which he has worked closely with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community on projects involving archival research, museum exhibitions, language preservation, oral history, and other forms of cultural display and revival.

Representative Publications

  • Berk, Christopher. 2017. "Palawa Kani and the Value of Language in Aboriginal Tasmania." Oceania 87 (1): 2-20.
  • Berk, Christopher. 2015. "This Exhibition is About Now: Tasmanian Aboriginality at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery." Museum Anthropology 38 (2): 149-162.

Last Updated: September 13, 2019