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Reviewer Meets Reviewed: Under a Watchful Eye
Thursday 19 March 2015, 09:30am
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REVIEWER MEETS REVIEWED

SEMINAR SERIES AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM'S ANTHROPOLOGY LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTRE

Under a watchful eye: self, power and intimacy in Amazonia

Thursday 19 March at 10.00 am (tea & coffee served from 9.30 am)

Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present the fifth seminar in the 2014-15 series of ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’, a discussion between Dr Harry Walker, author of ‘Under a watchful eye: self, power and intimacy in Amazonia’, and Dr Paolo Fortis, who reviewed the book for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

What does it mean to be accompanied? How can autonomy and a sense of self emerge through one’s involvement with others? This book examines the formation of self among the Urarina, an Amazonian people of lowland Peru. Based on detailed ethnography, the analysis highlights the role of intimate but asymmetrical attachments and dependencies which begin in the womb, but can extend beyond human society to include a variety of animals, plants, spirits and material objects. It thereby raises fundamental questions about what it means to be alive, to be an experiencing subject, and to be human. From the highly personalized relationships that develop between babies and their hammocks, to the demonstrations of love and respect between spouses and the power asymmetries that structure encounters between shamans and spirits, hunters and game animals, or owners and pets, what emerges is a strong sense that the lived experience of togetherness lies at the heart of the human condition.

Bookings/enquiries: Ted Goodliffe ( TGoodliffe@britishmuseum.org)

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