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The (dis)empowerment of things in Amazonian cosmopolitics

An Anthropological Workshop

at the Sainsbury Research Unit
for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
29 – 30 May 2009

A workshop convened by Dr Aristóteles Barcelos Neto, of the Sainsbury Research Unit, with speakers from Oxford, Paris, Berlin, St Andrews and Rio de Janeiro.

Discussants: Prof Steven Hooper (SRU) and Dr George Lau (SRU).


Friday 29 May  
14:00 Registration and welcome  
14:20 Vanessa Elisa Grotti Contact expeditions, contagious influence and the politics of ordinary objects in northeastern Amazonia.
15:00 Cristiane Lasmar Western goods and new female subjectivities in the upper rio Negro
15:40 Marc Brightman Painted cosmos: the Wayana maluwana and embodiment of collectivity.
16:20 Coffee break  
16:40 Evelyn Schuler Appropriation in question: Waiwai meanderings
17:20 Debate Discussant: Professor Steven Hooper (Sainsbury Research Unit)
19:30 Dinner  



30 May  
09:00 Paolo Fortis What does General Douglas McArthur do among the Kuna of Panamá? Images and alterity in an Amerindian ontology.
09:40 Cesar Gordon The objects of the whites: commodities and consumerism among the Xikrin-Kayapo Indians of Amazonia
10:20 Coffee break  
10:40 Aristoteles Barcelos Neto The biographical temporality of Xinguano rituals and the (dis)empowerment of objects and chiefs
11:20 Dimitri Karadimas Why do flutes and trumpets generate? Yurupari instruments in North-west Amazon mythology and ritual.
12:00 Debate Discussant: Dr George Lau (Sainsbury Research Unit)

The Shaman and the Jaguar mask - Amazonia

The Shaman and the Jaguar mask - Amazonia

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