Dr. Christina Verano Sornito

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. 2015 Columbia University
M.A. 2005 Columbia University
B.A. 2000 Swarthmore College

Office Address: 349C Anne Belk Hall
Email: sornitocv@appstate.edu
Phone: 828-262-6429
Fax: 828-262-2982

Areas of Research/Interest
Visual anthropology, ethnographic film, video/audio documentary, voice theory and anthropology of sound, healing and sorcery, magic and religion, anthropology of nature and the Anthropocene, indigenous studies, nationalism, transnational labor, psychoanalysis, Central European avant-gardes; The Philippines, Southeast Asia

Anthropology of Film, Understanding Culture 

Dr. Sornito is an anthropologist broadly trained in cultural anthropology with a focus on media theory, religion, and Southeast Asia. Her dissertation, “Haunted Legacies: Healing and Sorcery in a Visayan Community”, examines the convergence of global capitalism, colonial history, and the indigenous spirit world in the central Philippines. In her research, the main themes she addresses are 1) apocalypse, 2) shamanism (broadly known in the Philippines as baybaylanism), and 3) haunted landscapes of modernity and postcolonial legacies. 

Representative Publications
(2011) "Notes from the Field on the Via Crucis in Pangasinan, Cutud, Philippines." On Flesh. Trigger 93, Issue 03.

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Anthropology Speaker Series
Anthropology Loucks Fund
Anthropology Weller Fund 
Anthropology Keefe Fund
Anthropology Foundation 

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Physical Location

The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.

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