Dr Katrina Moore

M.A, Ph.D. Harvard University
School of Social Sciences


+61 (2) 9385 2833
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room 167, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social and Cultural Anthropology
Tags: Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage


Katrina is a Lecturer of Anthropology at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

She specialises in the study of ageing and gender in Japan. She has published articles on the Japanese performing arts, identity and self-actualisation in old age, and the transformation of marital relationships in later life.  Her book, Joy of Noh: Embodied Learning and Discipline in Urban Japan, explores the amateur practitioners of the Noh Theatre and the contributions they make to sustaining this performance art in the 21st century.Looking at daily experiences of training for and staging theatrical performances, Joy of Noh analyzes the way the body becomes the medium through which amateurs explore new states of self. 

Katrina supervises postgraduate and honours students and regularly reviews books and journal articles for anthropology and Japanese studies journals.

Research Areas

Theories of the self, life cycle, ageing and wellbeing, cultures of retirement, later life learning

Current Research Projects

Gender, Ageing, and the Performing Arts in Japan
A book on amateur practitioners of the Noh Theatre and the contributions they make to sustaining this performance art in the 21st century. It focuses on the elderly’s adoption of Noh as a medium of wellbeing creation and social participation in late life. 



Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Gender Dynamics, Ageing
Current Postgraduate Research Supervision
 Ham Shian Boo, Sociology, gender division of household labor in Malaysia

 NIcodemus Lim, Social Work, communities of care in Australia and Singapore

Katrina teaches courses on the life-course, living and dying, technology and culture, and contemporary Japanese society.

Teaching areas

Old Age and Ageing, Birth and Death, Life Cycle, Culture and Society

Current teaching

ARTS 2872 Living and Dying
ARTS 2877 Technology, Culture and Society
ARTS 3883 Exploring the Life-Course

Affiliation and Memberships

  • Japanese Studies Association of Australia
  • Association of Asian Studies
  • American Anthropological Association



    Book Chapters

    Journal articles

    • Moore K, 2017, 'A Spirit of Adventure in Retirement: Japanese Baby Boomers and the Ethos of Interdependence', Anthropology and ageing, http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/aa.2017.159
    • Moore KL, 2013, 'Transforming Identities through Dance: Amateur Noh Performers' Immersion in Leisure', Japanese Studies, vol. 33, pp. 263 - 277, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10371397.2013.831732
    • Moore KL, 2012, 'Singing in the workplace: Salarymen and amateur n? performance', Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 29, pp. 164 - 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/atj.2012.0011
    • Moore KL, 2010, 'Sexuality and sense of self in later life: Japanese men's and women's reflections on sex and aging', Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, vol. 25, pp. 149 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10823-010-9115-9
    • Moore K, 2008, 'The Pursuit of Healthy Longevity: Leisure, Gender, and Sociality in Aging Japan', Harvard Asia Quarterly, vol. 11, pp. 32 - 41

    Conference Papers

    • Moore K, 2011, 'Creating An Inclusive Classroom: Exploring Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching's Potential to Help Diverse Students Thrive in a Massifying University', in INTED 2011 Proceedings, IATED, Valencia Spain, presented at International Technology Education and Development Conference, Valencia Spain, 07 - 09 March 2011, http://library.iated.org/view/MOORE2011CRE


My teaching practice is informed by anthropology’s intellectual commitments, which are to explore diversity, understand the historical and cultural contingency of human reality, and move away from reductionism toward exploring the multiplicity of social worlds.These intellectual commitments inform both the content of my curriculum, and the social relations of my classroom. I aim to create an inclusive classroom that takes account of, and draws upon, student diversity and also exposes students to diverse experiences.

I currently teach the following anthropology courses at UNSW:

Exploring the Life-Course

Living and Dying, 

Technologies, Culture, Society