Martin Holbraad is Professor of Social Anthropology at University College London (UCL). His main field research is in Cuba, where he focuses on Afro-Cuban religions and revolutionary politics. He is the author of Truth in Motion: The Recursive Anthropology of Cuban Divination (Chicago, 2012) and co-editor of Thinking Through Things: Theorising Artefacts Ethnographically (Routledge, 2007), as well as of Framing Cosmologies: The Anthropology of Worlds (Manchester, 2014), a volume on the contemporary relevance of the anthropological study of cosmology. Having conducted research with theatre groups in the UK, in 2015 he edited Theatre Of Exile (Routledge, 2015) in which Argentinian-Italian theatre-maker Horacio Czertok presents his theatrical methodology. Most recently, together with Morten Axel Pedersen, he has written The Ontological Turn: An Anthropological Exposition (Cambridge, 2016). The book seeks to elucidate the recent emergence of the so-called ‘ontological turn’ as a distinctive anthropological orientation, articulating its core tenets and methodological implications, and exploring its influence in contemporary anthropological research. Holbraad also directs Making Selves, Making Revolutions: Comparative Anthropologies of Revolutionary Politics (CARP), a 5-year ERC-funded project devoted to the comparative study of revolutionary personhood.
Ideas of Savage Reason: Glass Bead in Conversation with Martin Holbraad and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
Anthropologists Martin Holbraad and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro discussed with us the implications of the recent "ontological turn" of anthropology in the articulation of universality and diversity.
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Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris