Raffles, Hugh


Hugh Raffles
PhD in Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
Chair of Anthropology, Professor of Anthropology; The New School for Social Research

Areas of Expertise:
Insects; politics, aesthetics, ontologies and histories of human/nonhuman relations in Amazonia, East Asia, North America, Western Europe.
Hugh Raffles is a cultural anthropologist interested in historical and contemporary questions related to nature, the environment, and human-animal relations. He has carried out research on these issues in Amazonia, China, Japan, Niger, and western Europe. His prize-winning first book, In Amazonia: A Natural History, was named a Choice/American Library Association notable academic title. His new book, The Insectopedia, is forthcoming from Pantheon in December 2009. A recent piece, “Cricket Fighting,” appeared in the 2008 Best American Essays.
Courses Taught:
Cultural Politics of NatureHumans, Quasi-Humans, and Non-HumansPosthuman/EthnographicUnexpected Lives of Insects: Dancing Bees, Hunting Wasps, & Radioactive Leaf Bugs
Recent Publications:
“Cricket Fighting,” Granta (2007); reprinted in The Best American Essays 2008, ed. Adam Gopnik“Jews, Lice, and History,” Public Culture (2007)“The Language of the Bees: An Interview with Hugh Raffles,” Cabinet (2007)In Amazonia, A Natural History (Princeton University Press, 2002)

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