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Dr Karen Boswall

Research Fellow and WP5
Areas of expertise
Audio-visual Research Methodologies, Collaborative and Participatory Research, Decolonial Methodologies, Creative Research Outputs, Music in Development, Media in Development, Mozambique, Southern Africa, Lusophone Culture
University of Sussex

Karen Boswall is a filmmaker, ethnomusicologist and visual anthropologist.

She lived and worked in Mozambique as a musician, journalist and documentary filmmaker between 1990 and 2007. Her award-winning films and radio documentaries explore the spiritual, cultural and environmental worlds of individuals and communities through their music and dance practices. Her films include individually authored and collaborative productions from Nicaragua (1984), UK (1986), Iraq (1993), Cuba (1995), Mozambique (1997-2018), Jordan (2014), Nepal (2016) and Brazil (2019).

She has taught Visual Anthropology and Film and Television at the University of Kent (2008–2009), Canterbury Christ Church University (2010–2014), Manchester Metropolitan University (2015-2016) and the University of Sussex (2017 – 2019).

She conducted her doctoral research in collaborative music research and film production in Mozambique and continues to use collaborative and decolonial audio-visual methodologies internationally and in the UK, to support those working on improving their access to basic human rights, especially women and girls.