Professor Emerita of Anthropology and African Studies, Emory University, USA
Corinne Kratz is Professor of Anthropology and African Studies Emerita at Emory University and Emory Director for the African Critical Inquiry Program. Her research and writing focus on culture and communication; the histories and politics of visual and verbal representation, particularly in museums, exhibitions, and photography; and performance and ritual. She began research in Kenya in the mid-1970s and has worked with colleagues in South Africa since 1999. Kratz’s books include Affecting Performance: Meaning, Movement and Experience in Okiek Women’s Initiation, and The Ones That Are Wanted: Communication and the Politics of Representation in a Photographic Exhibition, which won both the Collier Prize and honorable mention for the Rubin Outstanding Publication Award. She co-edited Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations, a special issue of Visual Anthropology, and has published numerous articles and curated museum exhibitions. Kratz has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fulbright, Social Science Research Council, National Science Foundation, Wenner Gren Foundation, and others. She has served on the Board of the African Studies Association and the Council for Museum Anthropology Board and currently holds the Cultural Seat on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association. She is working on a book about exhibit design called Rhetorics of Value: Exhibition, Design, Communication.