- Dr Casey High
- Senior Lecturer
- 5.21 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- Research Interests
- Violence History and memory Language Indigenous rights and development Cosmology and social change Collaborative anthropology Amazonia, Latin America and Ecuador, violence, history, memory, gender, Cosmology and social change, Indigenous rights and development, Environment, collaborative anthropology, Amazonia, Latin America, and Ecuador, language
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Mondays 2:00 - 4:00
History and memory
Indigenous rights and development
Cosmology and social change
Amazonia, Latin America and Ecuador
I welcome enquiries from prospective students interested in any of my research fields
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 The 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.
2015. Victims and Warriors: Violence, History, and Memory in Amazonia. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
2012. The 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 Special Issues
2020. Conserving and Extracting Nature: Environmental Politics and Livelihoods in the New “Middle Grounds” of Amazonia (co-edited with R. Elliott Oakley). Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 25(2).
2020. “Our Land is Not For Sale!” Contesting Oil and Translating Environmental Politics in Amazonian Ecuador. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 25(2): 301-323.
2020. Conserving and Extracting Nature: Environmental Politics and Livelihoods in the New “Middle Grounds” of Amazonia (co-authored with R. Elliott Oakley). Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 25(2): 236-247.
2018. Bodies That Speak: Languages of Differentiation and Becoming in Amazonia. Language and Communication 63: 65-75.
2016. "A Little Bit Christian": Memories of conversion and community in post-Christian Amazonia. American Anthropologist 118(2): 270-283.
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.
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.
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.
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