Chloe Nahum-Claudel


Trebilcock-Newton Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Following a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge, I proceeded to an MPhil (2007) and PhD (2012) funded by the ESRC. Between 2006 and 2013 I conducted fieldwork with the Enawene-nawe, an Arawakan-speaking people in the Brazilian Amazon. The major fruit of this work is my book, Feasting with Killers: Vital Diplomacy in Amazonia, which is under contract with Berghahn Books. In 2015 I began new fieldwork in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, in rural Sinasina-Yonggomugl District, Simbu Province. This gives continuation of my long term interest in exploring the limits and potentials of comparison between indigenous life worlds in two regions of the world: the Amazon basin and Papua New Guinea and its surrounding islands. 

Research interests: Lowland South America and Melanesia; agriculture, fishing and the cosmology and mythology of livelihood; eschatology and relations with non-humans; the anthropology of cookery, food and eating; theoretical approaches to exchange, ritual, work and labour; expanding the horizons of political thought through the anthropology of non-state or anti-state societies. More general theoretical interests in kinship; methodologies of comparison; the twentieth century history of fieldwork practice and anthropological epistemology.

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