Raffles, Hugh


Hugh Raffles
DFES 1999, Yale University
Professor of Anthropology and Liberal Studies

Concentrations: Posthumanist ethnography; taxonomy; scale; senses; writing.
Recent Publications:

Insectopedia  (2010)
[A New York Times Notable Book for 2010, Winner of the 2012 Ludwik Fleck Prize of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Winner of the 2011 Orion Book Award, Winner of a Special Prize for Extending Ethnographic Understanding from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, shortlisted for the 2012 de Groene Waterman Prize.] 

In Amazonia, A Natural History (2002)
[Co-Winner, 2003 Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology; Honorable Mention, 2004 Sharon Stephens First Book Prize of the American Ethnological Society; a Choice/American Library Association 2003 Outstanding Academic Title.]

"Twenty-five Years is a Long Time,"(pdf) Cultural Anthropology (2012); "A Conjoined Fate,"(pdf) Orion (2010); "Jews, Lice, and History,"(pdf) Public Culture (2007); "Cricket Fighting,"(pdf) Granta (2007); "The Language of the Bees: An Interview with Hugh Raffles by Sina Najafi," Cabinet (2007); "Fluvial Intimacies," in Waterscapes: The Cultural Politics of a Natural Resource, ed. Amita Baviskar (2005); "Towards a Critical Natural History,"(pdf) Antipode (2005); "Jungle" in Patterned Ground: Ecologies of Nature and Culture, ed. Stephan Harrison, Steve Pile, and Nigel Thrift (2004); "Further Reflections on Amazonian Environmental History: Transformations of Rivers and Streams,"(pdf) (with Antoinette WinklerPrins), Latin American Research Review (2003); "Intimate Knowledge," International Social Science Journal (2002); "The Uses of Butterflies," American Ethnologist (2001); "Landscape Change in Tidal Floodplains Near the Mouth of the Amazon River,"(pdf) (with D.J. Zarin, V.F.G. Pereira, M. Pinedo-Vásquez, F.G. Rabelo, and R.G. Congalton), Forest Ecology and Management (2001); "Social Memory and the Politics of Place-making in Northeastern Amazonia," UC Berkeley Working Papers in Environmental Politics (2000); "The Amazon: A Natural Landscape?" Seminar (2000); "Local Theory: Nature and the Making of an Amazonian Place," Cultural Anthropology (1999) [Co-Winner, 2003 Junior Scholar Award of the Anthropology & Environment Section, American Anthropological Association]; "Exploring the Anthropogenic Amazon: Estuarine Landscape Transformations in Amapá, Brazil," in Várzea: Diversity, Development and Conservation of Amazonia's Whitewater Floodplain, Christine Padoch, J. Márcio Ayres, Miguel Pinedo-Vásquez, and Anthony Henderson, eds. (1999); "Engineers of Amazonia," Natural History (1997).

Office Location:
6 East 16th Street, Room 924
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5757, ext. 3025


Research Interests:
Politics, aesthetics, ontologies, and histories of human/nonhuman relations in Amazonia, East Asia, North America, Western Europe.

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