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Kathleen Bryson




PhD Candidate, Evolutionary Anthropology - University College London, UK (2010 - present)

MA Independent Film & Video - University of the Arts London, UK (1998)

BA Anthropology - University of Washington, Seattle, USA (1992)

BA Swedish - University of Washington, Seattle, USA (1992)

Additional Qualifications:

Teaching in Higher Education/PGCE (2011)

Postgraduate Acting Certificate - London Academy of Performing Arts, UK (1995)

Archaeology Undergraduate First-Year Basic Course - Stockholms Universitet, Stockholm, Sweden (Distinction) (1991)

Swedish National Language Proficiency Exam - Rikstestet, Stockholm, Sweden (1990)


The cognitive and adaptative roots of prejudice and discrimination in humans and other apes.

Primary Supervisor: Professor Volker Sommer
Secondary Supervisor:
Dr Christophe Soligo

Professional Organisations:

Primate Society of Great Britain

Related Employment:

Tutorial Assistant/Navigator (2013, 2014), UCL Global Citizen Programme Summer School "People and the Sea" (Anthropology)

Lecture, "An Introduction to Biological Anthropology" (2014), for third-form students at UCL Academy (London)

Second Supervisor for UCL Human Sciences student Céline Murer's dissertation, entitled "Disorders of Sex Development: Causes, Conditions and Management" (ANTH3040) (2012)

Tutorial Assistant for UCL anthropology course BIOANTH1014, "Introduction to Biological Anthropology" (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Evaluation Committee for UCL Human Sciences third-year students' dissertation presentations (2011)

UCL Anthropology Department Graduate Student Representative for "Anthropology Day at the British Museum" (2011)

Co-facilitator (along with Prof. Volker Sommer) of UCL Reading Group "Beyond the Binary: Primate Sexualities" (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)


Primate Society of Great Britain, Spring Meeting, Oxford, UK - "Ambiguity and evolutionary theory: Towards a new gradualist paradigm?", poster presentation (Spring 2014)

London Evolutionary Research Network (LERN) Annual Conference, London, UK - "Liminality and evolutionary theory: Towards a new gradualist paradigm?", podium presentation (November 2013)

Wurzburg Summer School for Cultural and Literary Animal Studies, Wurzburg, Germany - 7-day seminar series, full scholarship recipient (September 2013)

Minding Animals: Building Bridges Between Science, the Humanities and Ethics, Utrecht, the Netherlands - "Categorising Evolution: Natural, Cultural and Political Perspectives", presentation (July 2012)

UCL-Max Planck Society Conference, South Cloisters, UCL - "Categorising Evolution: Are We Already Living on the Planet of the Apes?", poster (June 2012)

American Association of Physical Anthropologists 81st Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA - "Categorising Evolution: Are We Already Living on the Planet of the Apes?", poster (April 2012)

5th Biological Anthropology Graduate Student Conference: Current Research in Biological Anthropology, UCL - "Categorising Evolution: Moving Beyond the Binary", presentation (December 2010)

Research Interests:

  • Categorisation in primates
  • Neuroscience of in-group/out-group distinctions
  • Essentialism
  • Speciesism
  • Infrahumanisation
  • Gender & sexuality in primates
  • Great Apes & human rights
  • Hybridism theory
  • Cyborgs
  • Alterity
  • Nominalism
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Sociobiology


"(In) Tolerable Structures: The Mutable Category, Fluidity & the Internet", MA Dissertation - University of the Arts London (1997)

"Sucked Inside: Subjective Realism as a Mode of Spectator Identification", MA Dissertation - University of the Arts London (1996)

Publications (fiction):

  • Girl on a Stick (novel), Suspect Thoughts Press (2008)
  • Mush (novel), Diva Books (2001)
  • Short stories and poems: over forty short stories and poems published (1998-2014)

Publications (non-fiction):

  • "Alaska for Real Women", Curve magazine (2009)
  • "Confessions of a Monogamous Bisexual", Diva magazine (2003)
  • "Growing Up in Moominland", Diva magazine (2003)
  • "Festival of Inverts: The Case for Minority Representation", Filmwaves magazine (1997)


Translation from the Swedish for the poem "Love" by Edith Södergran, Chroma magazine (2008)

Edited anthologies:

Suspect Thoughts: A Journal of Subversive Writing #15, Guest-edited, Suspect Thoughts Press (2005)


  • Baked Alaska, Lead Actress & Screenwriter (feature, in production, dir. Kimmo Moykky, 2014)
  • Stud Life, Actress (feature, dir. Campbell X, 2012)
  • The Viva Voce Virus, Co-Director & Screenwriter (feature, 2008)
  • I Want to Be a Secretary, Lead Actress (short, Winner - Best Film - London Short Film Festival, dir. Sarah Wood, 2007)
  • I Am Diana Dors, Lead Actress (short, dir. Ali Smith, 2005)
  • Additional short films (9 as director, 24 as actress) screened between 1994 and 2014.

Solo Exhibitions:

The Wolves of Candyland - BookBox, London UK (2009)
Lucky Charms - Interzone, Corvallis, Oregon, USA (2005)
Wilderness - Prowler King's Cross, London UK (2003)
Strange - Trafik, London UK (2002)
The Hyperbled Heart - Oval House, London UK (1997)
Monsters & Monsters - First Out, London UK (1997)
Heaven - Pink Zone, Seattle, Washington USA (1994)
Doing Time as a Marionette - NW Actors' Studio, Seattle, Washington (1994)
The Bumblebee Standard/Wronged - Pink Zone, Seattle, Washington (1994)

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes:

UCL Student Writing Prize, shortlisted nominee for the short story "The Boys I Mean Are Not Refined" (2014)

UCL Poster Grand Prize Winner for the poster "Categorising evolution: Are we already living on the Planet of the Apes?" (2013)

ATP Gallery Film Selection, London UK (2012, 2013)

Grand Prize Winner: Monsters of Folk "Dear God" Pop Promo Competition, Los Angeles USA (Producing) (2010)

Hackney Wicked Film Festival, Selection, London UK (2010)

Berlinale Talent Campus, Berlin International Film Festival, Germany (Directing/Screenwriting) (2009)

Cine25 Film Festival, Centrepiece Screening for "The Viva Voce Virus", York UK (2009)

Siren Nation Film Festival, Screening for "The Viva Voce Virus", Portland, Oregon USA (2008)

Art Institute of Portland "My Pretty Portland" Competition, Finalist, Portland, Oregon USA (2008)

Flixation Film Series at the Horse Hospital, Selection, London UK (2007, 2008)

Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Selection, Seattle, Washington USA (2005)

Ladyfest Olympia Film Festival, Selection, Olympia, Washington USA (2005)

Lambda Literary Award for Best Independent Press (Publisher), Chicago, Illinois USA (2004)

Spectrum Award for Best Short Story: Shortlisted Nominee, Washington DC, USA (2004)

Fable Magazine Community Grant for Screenwriting, Winner, London UK (2001)

University of Washington Peterson Scholarship for Outstanding Swedish Student (1992)

Additional interests:

  • Film directing/acting
  • Screenplay & fiction writing
  • Painting

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