Amazon Humanities Lab

Summer 2021 -

The Amazon Humanities Lab will engage in a set of projects that foreground the region’s remarkable heterogeneity. Creating a new paradigm for the study of the Amazon within the interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities, incorporating a number of humanistic and scientific disciplines as well as indigenous modes of knowledge, the lab will develop a workshop and film series and an interdisciplinary Amazon seminar at Duke University, as well as a Virtual Amazon Network across the United States, South America, and the Amazon region. Its co-directors are: Gustavo Furtado, Associate Professor of Romance Studies; Christine Folch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology; Paul Baker, Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences; and affiliate Michael Heckenberger, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, who has worked extensively with the Kuikuro people of the Mato Grosso region.

The Office of Global Affairs will fund the Amazon Humanities Lab from the Hanscom Endowment.

*Due to restrictions related to COVID-19 that would impede its planned activities for the 2020-2021 academic year, the Amazon Lab plans to officially launch in June 2021.

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