Katrina Talei Igglesden
Katrina Talei Igglesden is of Fijian ancestry and interested in collaborative anthropology, reconnecting diasporic communities with their cultural heritage housed in museum collections, and facilitating reciprocal relationships between cultural heritage institutions and communities. Her PhD (University of East Anglia) focused on the social biography of masi (Fijian barkcloth) and its adaptation when encountered in contemporary urban contexts, in particular masi motifs and the ways they relate to cultural identity when extended into non-traditional pathways. She has contributed to several research projects and worked on various cultural initiatives, such as those with the Fiji High Commission London, the Fijian COP23 Presidency Secretariat and several museums around the world. Katrina will start as postdoctoral researcher in the core team in July 2022.