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Charlotte Loris-Rodionoff

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Social and Cultural Anthropology

Research Topic/Provisional Dissertation Title

Shamanism and the social logic of suspicion among the Shors of Southern Siberia


Martin Holbraad
Allen Abramson


My project aims to develop an anthropology of enmity based on the study of the Shors of Southern Siberia, where a sorcery as well as spying accusations are rife. It attempts to demonstrate that, rather than an absence of relations [MOVED], enmity and suspicion constitute a social logic of their own, based on relations of disconnectedness. Providing a pioneering ethnographic picture of Shor contemporary life, this project seeks to theorise social relations based on enmity and suspicion, analysing them through the lens of Shor cosmology and kinship practices, exploring local conceptions of personhood, sameness and otherness, and the political imagination. By bringing to bear Anthropological literature on suspicion, shamanic cosmology, sorcery accusations, and kinship to Southern Siberia - a society undergoing rapid change, to which foreign anthropologists have only recently regained access – it is hoped that new insights will be gained for the anthropology of social relations at large.

Research interests

  • Siberian (indigenous) anthropology
  • Political anthropology / anthropology of the state
  • Anthropology of personhood, kinship and relatedness
  • French contemporary philosophy
  • Political Cosmology

Academic Background/Education

BA Philosophy (Paris 1 la Sorbonne, France)
BA Geography (Paris 1 la Sorbonne, France)
MA Philosophy (Toulouse 2 le Mirail, France – Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany)
MSc Social and Cultural Anthropology (UCL)


  • “Philosophie occidentale et Métaphysiques cannibales: définition d’une “anthropologie mineure” (Western Philosophy and Cannibal Metaphysics: definition of a ‘Minor Anthropology’), 2012, RAU (Revista Antropologia UFSCar), Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (Brazil).
  • “Cannibalisme contre Vampirisme: pour une décolonisation de l’anthropologie occidentale?” (Cannibalism vs. Vampirism: For a Decolonisation of Western Anthropology ?), 2012, Revue La Seiche, Paris (France).
  • “Revendications territoriales: un cas d’argumentation politique” (Territorial claims: a case of political argumentation), OFFRES (Francophone Organisation for the European Formation and Research in Humanities) summer university conference reports, 2011, University of Ohrid (Macedonia).
  • “Impérialisme linguistique, Impérialisme territorial. De la politique des langues à la politique territoriale en Israël” (Linguistic Imperialism, Territorial Imperialism. Languages’ Politics and Territorial Politics in Israel), 2011, Interpretationes (4), Université de Toulouse (France).
  • Faiblesse et pouvoir du langage en psychanalyse” (Power and Weakness of Language in Psychoanalysis), 2010, International Society of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis conference reports, Universidade de Sao Paulo/ Université Paris IV (Brazil/France). 

Conference Papers


  • “When ethnography goes wrong: a study of Shor sociality” as a part of a double panel on Material Failure in anthropology (AAA annual meeting, Chicago, US).
  • Discussant of Pierre Charbonnier’s paper on “From society to ontology: the new challenges of anthropology” in the Seminar “Practice and Ontology in Philosophy and Anthropology” (University Paris X, Nanterre, France).
  • “Politics of the Absurd and Minimalist Aesthetic: the Border in Question in Suleiman’s cinema”, conference “Filmer les Frontières” (University of Toulouse, France)
  • “Kafka and the political thought in modern anthropology and philosophy” in Kafka and the philosophers (École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France).


  • “Minor cinema and Ethnographic Films”, in a workshop on Ethnographic Films and Philosophy within the FIPS (International Forum of Political and Social Philosophy) at the University of Toulouse.
  • “Western Philosophy and Cannibal Metaphysics: definition of a ‘Minor Anthropology’” (conference on Philosophy and Anthropology at UFSCAR, Sao Carlos, Brazil)


  • "Marginalisation and penalisation of Madness: a Foucauldian Approach to the ‘Moindre Geste’”, at the IPTS (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory) of Belgrade, Serbia.

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