Vortragsreihe Freie Kunst - César E. Giraldo Herrera
César E. Giraldo Herrera - Microbes and Other Shamanic Beings
Vortragsreihe Freie Kunst / 13.06.2018
Klasse Natascha Sadr Haghighian und Seminar The Whole Earth (Mona Schieren) laden ein:
Shamanism is commonly understood through reference to spirits and souls. However, these terms were introduced by Christian missionaries as part of the colonial effort of conversion. So, rather than trying to comprehend shamanism through medieval European concepts, we will examine it through ideas that started developing in the West after encountering Amerindian shamans. In Microbes and Other Shamanic Beings we develop three major arguments: First, since their earliest accounts, Amerindian shamanic notions have had more in common with current microbial ecology than with Christian religious beliefs. Second, the human senses allow the unaided perception of the microbial world; for example, entoptic vision allows one to see microscopic objects flowing through the retina and shamans employ techniques that enhance precisely these kinds of perception. Lastly, the theory that some diseases are produced by living agents acquired through contagion was proposed right after Contact in relation to syphilis, an important subject of pre-Contact Amerindian medicine and mythology, which was treasured and translated by European physicians. Despite these early translations, the West took four centuries to rediscover germs and bring microbiology into mainstream science. It is necessary to reclaim and to devolve this knowledge, laying the fundaments for an ethnomicrobiology.
13.06.2018, 18 Uhr
Auditorium, Speicher XI, Bremen
César E. Giraldo Herrera, biologist and social anthropologist, is the Victoria Maltby Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College and an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Science Innovation and Society (InSIS), School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME), University of Oxford, UK. He has worked extensively on the modes of perception and embodied cognition involved in the skills and crafts associated with seafaring and fishing on the Pacific Coast of Colombia, and on the North Sea.
Image Credits: Navegacion Interna, 2009, oil on canvas, by Carlos Jacanamijoy