Short CV/Education and training

  • 1981
    M.A. (with First Class Honours), Anthropology, Free University of Berlin, Germany. Thesis: ”Soziale und Rituelle Aspekte des Malangan Festes in Neuirland, Papua Neuguinea"

  • 1985
    Ph.D., Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Sciences

  • 1985 – 1986
    New Blood Lectureship in the History of Non-western Art, School of Art History and Music, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

  • 1986 – 1990
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Art History, Director of Graduate Program in History of Art and Anthropology at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

  • 1990 – 1994
    Part-Time Lecturer in Anthropology UCL, Career Break (2 children)

  • 1994 – 1999
    Full-Time Lecturer in Anthropology, UCL

  • 1999 – 2002
    Senior Lecturer, UCL

  • 2002 – 2006
    Reader, UCL

  • Since 2006
    Professor in Anthropology, University College London

Selected publications

  • Küchler, S.: Malanggan: Art, Memory and Sacrifice. Oxford: Berg. 2002. (Short-listed for the Folklore Prize of the Warburg Institute 2003)

  • Küchler, S.: Pacific Pattern. London: Thames&Hudson; with Graeme Were and Photographer Glenn Jowitt. 2005.

  • Küchler, S.: Tivaivai: The Social Fabric of the Cook Islands London: British Museum Press. 2009; with Andrea Eimke.

  • Küchler, S.: “Why knot? Towards a Theory of Art and Mathematics.” In: Beyond Aesthetics: Essays in Memory of Alfred Gell. Eds. C. Pinney and N. Thomas. Oxford: Berg. 57-71. 2001.

  • Küchler, S.: “Was Dinge Tun: Eine anthropologische Kritik medialer Dingtheorie.” in Ferus,K., Ruebel,D. (ed.) Die Tuecke des Objektes. Schriftenreihe der Isa Lohmann-Siems Stiftung series. Series edited by Wolf-Dieter Hauenschild, Thomas Hengartner, Bruno Reudenbach. Berlin: Reimer Verlag GMBH, 230-249, 2009.

  • Küchler, S.: “Materials and Design”. In Alison Clarke (ed) The Anthropology of Design. Vienna: Springer: 130-145. 2010.

  • Küchler, S.: “Der Theoretische Anspruch von Malanggan”. In Marcus Schindlebeck ed. Malanggan in Forschung und Museum. Berlin, 2011.

  • Küchler, S.: “Threads of Thought”. In: Liana Chua ed. Ten years after Art and Agency. Forthcoming with Berghan (in press – February 2013).

  • Küchler, S.: “Imaging the Body Politic: the Knot in Pacific Imagination” L’Homme 2002. Vol 165, 205-233.

  • Küchler, S.: “Technological Materiality: Beyond the Dualist Paradigm”. Theory, Culture and Society. Vol 25(1):101-120. 2008.

  • Küchler, S.: “Ten Years after Art and Agency: What are the important questions today” – Kritische Berichte Vol 39 (3): 75-87. 2011.

  • Küchler, S.: “Memory in the Knowledge Age”. International Social Science Journal. Article 1793, Vol 203-205: 57-66. 2012.


Selected projects

Recent research activities:

  • Materials&Society: Trade fairs and Networks of Relations in the Vicinity of the Materials Industry, 2009 – 2012

  • ESRC Research Seminar on New Materials& New Technologies: Society, Innovation and Futures, 2008 – 2009

  • SUS.DIV (Sustainable Development in a Diverse World) funded by the Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 7 (Contract no 513438). Responsible for Research theme 4.2: Cultural dialogue through art: diversity in the cultural arena, 2005 – 2011

  • Invited Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin: Preparation of manuscript on The Material Mind, 2005 – 2006

  • ESRC funded Project on “Clothing the Pacific: The Study of the Nature of Innovation.” (ROOO 23 91 98) (Research funding for 3 staff and 2 post-doctoral researchers). Director of collaborative research programme, UCL, Goldsmiths College, and The British Museum, 2001 – 2004

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Professional affiliations:

  • Royal Anthropological Institute; Pacific Arts Association; Museum Ethnographers Group; Material Culture Research Group, Leiden; European Society for Oceanists; American Anthropological Association; Association of American Oceanists, European Anthropological Association

Additional qualifications

  • Teaching experience

  • Experience as tutor and examiner

  • Co-editor of Journal of Material Culture (since 1996) and Art in Translation (2008 – 2012)


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • two children


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