UCL Urban Laboratory


Raffaella Fryer-Moreira

In 2012 I was awarded a BSc in Anthropology from UCL, and in 2016 I completed a Masters degree in Social Anthropology at the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro. I am currently a PhD candidate at UCL, conducting research among the Guarani Kaiowá of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

My research draws on theoretical lineages from both material culture studies and the ontological turn, and has examined knowledge practices, techniques, and experiences of ontological rupture. My recent work has incorporated multimedia components in ethnographic research and presentation in an attempt to explore new modes of anthropological practice.

Cosmologies of Crisis: an ethnography among the Guarani Kaiowá

Supervisors: Dr Allen Abramson (first), Dr Jerome Lewis (second) Prof Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (honorary)

This research examines indigenous experiences of land dispossession and local theorisations of climate change among the Guaraní Kaiowá of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. My fieldwork is divided between the city of Dourados, home to an indigenous reserve  of 30,000 people, experiencing severe overcrowding and social challenges as a result of forced urban settlement, and the surrounding rural area where this indigenous population engages in bitter struggles for land rights. I examine how local cosmologies make sense of these social and environmental transformations, and aim to articulate an ethnographically informed amerindian critique of the anthropocene.

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