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Sara Kim Hjortborg is an ethnographer and sports and cognitive scientist whose work spans across the areas of cognitive anthropology, sports and martial arts studies, and the philosophy of mind and skilled performance.

Sara is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow on the John Templeton Funded Project: ‘Concepts in Dynamic Assemblages: Cultural evolution and the human way of being’ for which she is looking into the foundational mechanisms and effects of skill acquisition and bodily training from an integrative cognitive ecological perspective. With other members of the Microethnography Lab she is developing a novel methodology and toolkit for a qualitative-systematic examination of skill learning, coaching activity and instruction.

Sara received her PhD in Cognitive Science from Macquarie University in 2023. Her PhD work, which combined philosophy of mind and action with an ethnographic and cognitive ecological study of martial arts and combat sport, was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Commendations for Academic Excellence.


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