Department of Anthropology

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Ms Karen Boswall

Post:Research Associate (Anthropology)
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Karen  Boswall is a  filmmaker  and  visual  anthropologist.  She  lived  and  worked  in Mozambique as a journalist and documentary filmmaker between 1990 and 2007, focusing in particular  on  issues  of  conflict-driven  migration  and  internal  displacement  and  post-conflict reconciliation,  resettlement  and  reintegration.  Her  award-winning  films  and  BBC  radio documentaries   explore   the   spiritual,   cultural   and   environmental   worlds   of   individuals, families  and  communities  both  during  and  after  the  war  in  Mozambique.  Upon  returning  to the UK in 2007 she taught Visual Anthropology and Film  and Television at the University of Kent   (2008–2009)   Documentary Filmmaking at Canterbury   Christ   Church   University   (2010–2014) and Film practise and Sound Design at the Manchester School of Art - MMU (2015-16).   She   began investigating  the  impact  of  forced  migration  on  Syrian  refugees  inside  and  outside  camps  in Jordan  in  November  2013,  gathering  testimonials  from  the  women and  young  girls  living outside of the camps in the northern town of Irbid. She is a CHASE scholar, with research interest in participatory video and gender at the University of Sussex.


Doctoral Tutor in Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking (MFM) and Audio Visual Research Methods and Using media in Research (Global Studies)