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Department of Linguistics

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 300
fax: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 333

e-mail: cissewski@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Regina Knapp

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

tel.: +49 (341) 3550 - 761
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 333
e-mail: gina_knapp@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de


Regina Knapp is an anthropologist and filmmaker with extensive personal and fieldwork experience in Papua New Guinea. She was born in the country and intensified her knowledge about local cultures in various anthropological research projects, mainly in the Eastern Highlands Province.

Regina Knapp studied anthropology, journalism  and documentary film at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2001 she graduated with her MA-thesis on the social role of women in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Her research  further resulted in the compilation of an award winning documentary film on a female candidate’s struggle in the 1997 National Elections (‘Big Mama Daisy’). 

In her doctoral research she investigated questions of culture change and forms of syncretism and anti-syncretism in Bena. In 2011 she received the PhD degree in anthropology at the Australian National University. 

Since her time of studying in Berlin, Regina Knapp cooperates with the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin. She has been working as free-lance lecturer in the Academy of the National Museums Berlin, as tour-guide in the South-Seas-Exhibition of the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin and as tutor in the field of cultural education.

As an independent filmmaker, she is involved in the production and editing of ethnographic films.

Research Projects

Regina Knapp is currently engaged in a DoBeS research project on the documentation of Bena language, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and hosted by the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Linguistics. One focus of her recent research is the audiovisual documentation of material culture and related language.

Her main research interest in this project is the investigation of the relation between spoken language, gestures and cultural conceptualisations. In her upcoming research period in Bena she will focus especially on the topic of reciprocity and link her anthropological analysis with the linguistic work of her colleague Carola Emkow.

Main research interests

  • Visual anthropology
  • Culture change
  • Gender
  • Cultural concepts of time