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Reviewer meets Reviewed: Vital diplomacy: the ritual everyday on a dammed river in Amazonia
Thursday 17 June 2021, 04:00pm - 06:00pm
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REVIEWER MEETS REVIEWED

A VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

Vital diplomacy: the ritual everyday on a dammed river in Amazonia

Thursday 17 June 2021 at 4.00-6.00pm (BST)

This webinar will be held on Zoom. Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2kSOAYoQQZOYHL1uxPtMdg  

The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’, a discussion between author Dr Chloe Nahum-Claudel (LSE) and Dr Olivier Allard (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)).

In Brazil, where forest meets savanna, new towns, agribusiness and hydroelectricity plants form a patchwork with the indigenous territories. Here, agricultural work, fishing, songs, feasts and exchanges occupy the Enawenê-nawê  for eight months of each year, during a season called Yankwa. Vital Diplomacy focuses on this major ceremonial cycle to shed new light on classic Amazonian themes such as kinship, gender, manioc cultivation and cuisine, relations with non-humans and foreigners, and the interplay of myth and practice, exploring how ritual contains and diverts the threat of violence by reconciling antagonistic spirits, coordinating social and gender divides, and channelling foreign relations and resources.