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Casey High

Casey High
Name
Dr Casey High
Title
Senior Lecturer
Address
5.21 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Telephone
01316515180
Email
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/social_anthropology/casey_high

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Mondays 2:00 - 4:00

Research Interests

  • Violence
  • History and memory
  • Language
  • Indigenous rights and development
  • Cosmology and social change
  • Collaborative anthropology
  • Amazonia, Latin America and Ecuador

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective students interested in any of my research fields

Biographical Statement

Casey High’s research focuses on violence, history and indigenous political movements in Latin America. His ongoing fieldwork in the Ecuadorian Amazon combines ethnographic and historical perspectives on violence and the transformation of inter-ethnic relations in Waorani communities. His research interests also include language, indigenous rights and the interface between Amazonian cosmology and development. His recent book, Victims and Warriors: Violence, History and Memory in Amazonia (2015) relates indigenous Amazonian forms of memory to representations of Amazonian violence in colonial history, missionary texts and contemporary cinema. He is co-editor of two books on contemporary anthropological theory and practice, including How Do We Know? Evidence, ethnography, and the making of anthropological knowledge (2008) and Anthropology of Ignorance: Ethnographic Perspectives (2012). Before joining Edinburgh he was a postdoctoral researcher at the CNRS in Paris, and a lecturer in anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently involved in a collaborative project to document the Waorani language.

Selected Publications

Books

2015. Victims and Warriors: Violence, history and memory in Amazonia. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 

2012. Anthropology of Ignorance: An Ethnographic Approach. With J. Mair and A. Kelly, eds. Palgrave Macmillan (Culture, Mind and Society Series).

2008. How Do We Know? Evidence, Ethnography and the Making of Anthropological Knowledge. With L. Chua and T. Lau, eds. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journal Articles

2016. "A Little Bit Christian": Memories of conversion and community in post-Christian Amazonia. American Anthropologist.

2015. Keep on Changing: Recent Trends in Amazonian Anthropology. Reviews in Anthropology. 44(2): 1-24.

2013. Lost and Found: Contesting isolation and cultivating contact in Amazonian Ecuador. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 3(3): 195-221. 

2012. Between Friends and Enemies: The Dynamics of Inter-Ethnic Relations in Amazonian Ecuador. With E. Reeve. Ethnohistory. 59(1): 141-162.

2010. Warriors, Hunters, and Bruce Lee: Gendered Agency and the Transformation of Amazonian Masculinity. American Ethnologist. 37(4): 753-770.

2009. Remembering the ‘Auca’: Violence and Generational Memory in Amazonian Ecuador. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.  15: 719-736.

2009. Victims and Martyrs: Converging Histories of Violence in Amazonian Anthropology and U.S. Cinema. Anthropology and Humanism. 34(1): 41-50.

2007. Indigenous Organizations, Oil Development, and the Politics of Egalitarianism. Cambridge Anthropology. 26(2): 34-46.

Book Chapters

2016. Warriors, Hunters, and Bruce Lee: Gendered Agency and the Transformation of Amazonian Masculinity. In D. Hodgson, ed. The Gender, Culture, and Power Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 253-263.

2015. Ignorant Bodies and the Dangers of Shamanism in Amazonia. In T. Kirsch and R. Dilley, eds. Regimes of Ignorance: Anthropological perspectives on the reproduction of non-knowledge. Oxford: Berghahn. Pp. 91-114.

2014. Dayuma's Story: Personal biography and intercultural relations in urban Amazonia. In S. Oakdale and M. Course, eds. Fluent Selves: Autobiography and personhood in Lowland South America. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Pp. 35-68.

2012. Shamans, Animals, and Enemies: Locating the Human and Non-Human in an Amazonian Cosmos of Alterity. In Personhood in the Shamanic Ecologies of Contemporary Amazonia and Siberia. M. Brightman, V. Grotti and O. Ulturgasheva , eds. Oxford: Berghahn. Pp. 130-135.

2012. Between Knowing and Being: Ignorance in Anthropology and Amazonian Shamanism. In Anthropology of Ignorance: An Ethnographic Approach. J. Mair, C. High and A. Kelly, eds. Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 119-136.

2012. Making Ignorance an Ethnographic Object. With J. Mair and A. Kelly. In Anthropology of Ignorance: An Ethnographic Approach. Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 1-32.

2008. Introduction: Questions of Evidence. With L. Chua and T. Lau. In How Do We Know? Evidence, Ethnography and the Making of Anthropological Knowledge. Pp. 1-19.

2008. End of the Spear: Re-imagining Amazonian History and Ethnography through Film. In How Do We Know? Evidence, Ethnography and the Making of Anthropological Knowledge. Pp. 76-96.

Review Articles

2010. Agency and Anthropology. Review article in Ateliers du laboratoire d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative (LESC). No. 34.

Topics interested in supervising

I welcome enquiries form prospective students interested in any of my research fields.

If you are interested in being supervised by Casey High, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Anthropology