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Research areas

Sarah is an interdisciplinary researcher and artist working across the fields of anthropology, phenomenology, performing arts, dance and cognition in skilled performance. 

Research interests

Phenomenology of the body

Dance and Performance

Illness experience

Ethnographic and Auto-ethnographic Methods

Cognitive Ecology



Education/Academic qualification

Cognitive Science, PhD, Macquarie University

Nov 2013Nov 2019

Award Date: 16. Apr 2020

Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Master of Arts, University of Bologna

Oct 2010Nov 2012

Award Date: 20. Nov 2012

Visual Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Sep 2008Oct 2009

Award Date: 2. Nov 2009

Research areas

  • Anthropological Methods
  • Ethnography
  • Auto-ethnography
  • Participant Observation
  • Social Constructivism
  • Cultural Forms of Expression
  • Dance
  • Movement Practices
  • Phenomenology
  • Phenomenology of the Body
  • Phenomenology of Illness
  • Philosophy and Cognition
  • Cognitive Ethnography
  • Cognitive Ecology
  • Performance
  • Performing Arts

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Research Output

ABISSO: Artist Interview: ​Sarah Pini

Melissa Ramos, 1. Jun 2019, Dance Cinema.

Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

Open Access
  • Becoming a chimaera and rethinking hybridity: An auto-ethnographic journey

    Pini, S., 2019, p. 66-67.

    Research output: Contribution to conference without publisher/journalConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

  • HASS Your Say - Visual autoethnography, dance and illness: Diving into processes of health and resistance

    Pini, S., 28. Nov 2019, The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS).

    Research output: Other contributionCommunication

    Open Access
  • Moving Perspectives: Biology is Technology

    Pini, S. & George, J., 16. Jun 2019, In : ANTHROPOSPHERE the Oxford Climate Review. IV

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearch

    Open Access
  • Resisting the ‘Patient’ Body: A Phenomenological Account

    Pini, S. & Pini, R., 29. May 2019, In : Journal of Embodied Research. 2, 2

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Prizes

  • Winner 2018 Visual and Creative Ethnography Competition (ANSA)

    Pini, Sarah (Recipient), 13. Sep 2018

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF)

    Pini, Sarah (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  • Best Poster Award - Australasian Skill Acquisition Network (ASAN) 2017

    Pini, Sarah (Recipient), 25. Nov 2017

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions


    Teaching & Supervision

    FF3: Dance and Performance

    Sarah Pini

    09/11/2020 → …

    Course: Teaching

    BL8: Dance and movement communication

    Sarah Pini

    25/01/2021 → …

    Course: Teaching