Eduardo Kohn and Pola Oloixarac in conversation with Elisabeth Heyne
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As home to multiple indigenous populations as well as more than 40,000 plant species, 2.5 million insect species and 2,000 mammals, the Amazon comprises the larges rainforest in the world. Increasingly under threat from encroaching development and human activity, its destruction threatens to unbalance the global eco system and decimate the rainforest’s indigenous communities.
Join anthropologist Dr Eduardo Kohn, writer Pola Oloixarac and curator Dr Elisabeth Heyne as they draw from their research to reflect on the potential for engaging with, learning from and protecting the Amazon world.
Pola Oloxiarac is a writer and translator who was awarded the 2021 Eccles Centre Hay Writer’s Award for her proposal for Atlas Lierario del Amazonas, a creative non-fiction project the reveals the secret history of the Amazon region. Pola’s first novel was Savage Theories (2008) and her most recent novel, Mona (2021), explored the world of USA academia through the experience of a Peruvian woman writer of colour. Pola has a philosophy degree from the University of Buenos Aires and has written on culture and technology for various magazines.
Elisabeth Heyne is leading the project ‘Lost objects, regained nature – Towards the collection of the Anthropocene’ at the Natural History Museum Berlin in cooperation with the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle Paris. Her research focuses on the interface of biology, ethnology and literature, history of science, on concepts of nature and culture in the Anthropocene and the imaginary of the Amazon as well as vulnerability and illness in contemporary literature.
Eduardo Kohn is a Professor of Anthropology at McGill University, Montreal. His work, based on decades of anthropological research with Amazonian indigenous people living in one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth, is dedicated to imagining better ways to live with the living world. His prize-winning and critically acclaimed 2013 book, How Forests Think, argues for radical new ways of understanding our relationship to the larger living world.
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