Social Anthropology Seminar - 11th of April 2016 - Professor Peter Gow (University of St Andrews)
|Dates:||11 April 2016|
|Times:||16:00 - 18:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Speaker:||Professor Peter Gow|
Social Anthropology Seminar
Monday, 11th April 2016
Professor Peter Gow – University of St Andrews
“The Ghosts of Neighbouring Peoples : On the Freudian concept of the uncanny”
The paper explore the emergence and subsequent career of a specific spirit among the Piro (Yine) people of the Bajo Urubamba river in southern Peruvian Amazonia in the late nineteenth century.
This spirit, “Ghost (of nobody in particular)”, was briefly the privileged interlocutor of Piro shamans, and spread to their immediate neighbours, both in its Piro name, and in the name, “Demon”.
This spirit seems to have been a brief stage in the importation of shamanry based on the hallucinogen ayahuasca, “vine of the ghost”, from northern Peruvian Amazonia.
The case shows how Freud’s theorization of the “uncanny” elucidates the role of diffusion in Lévi-Strauss’s work.
Second Floor Boardroom, Arthur Lewis Building
4.15 – 6pm
(Tea and coffee available outside the room from 4pm)
Professor Peter Gow
Organisation: University of St Andrews
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2nd floor Boardroom
Arthur Lewis Building