Meet Philippe Erikson, specialist in Amazonian Amerindian societies (Université Paris Nanterre)

10 January 2024
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"Portraits de chercheurs(e)s en études aréales" (PEA) takes a look at the academic career and research and teaching work of researchers and teachers specializing in a given cultural area. Each month, discover a video and podcast interview with one of these specialists.
Philippe Erikson
Philippe Erikson - Portraits de chercheurs en études aréales (PEA) © Dimitri Galitzine‎
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The "Portraits of Researchers in Area Studies" (PEA) collection is a series of large-format interviews produced by Inalco as part of the Digital Paris Research School of Area Studies (D-PaRSAS) institutional project. Deposited on the MediHal open archive, this series of portraits joins a set of collections on the Language and Cultural Area Studies (LaCAS) platform. These collections aim to build up a living, freely accessible scientific heritage of research on the world's languages, societies and cultures.

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Video: Amerindian societies of Amazonia. An interview with Philippe Erikson (Université Paris Nanterre)
An interview conducted by Bastien Sepúlveda, in charge of Digital Humanities (DIRVED, Inalco), directed by Dimitri Galitzine, produced by Inalco. (16/11/2023, 100 mn)


Philippe Erikson
Philippe Erikson - Portraits de chercheurs en études aréales (PEA) © Dimitri Galitzine‎

Philippe Erikson is Professor in the Department of Ethnology at the University of Paris Nanterre. Attached to the EREA (Enseignement et Recherche en Ethnologie Amérindienne) center of the LESC (Laboratoire d'Ethnologie et de Sociologie Comparative, UMR 7186), he co-directs the ANR research project "Amaz". Since 2019, he has also been editor-in-chief of the Journal de la Société des américanistes.

In this interview, he talks about his work and research themes on Amazonian Amerindian societies, among the Matis in Brazil and the Chácobo in Bolivia.


He is the author of Living Ruins: Native Engagements with Past Materialities in Contemporary Mesoamerica, Amazonia, and the Andes (with Valentina Vapnarsky, Boulder, University Press of Colorado, 2022); La griffe des aïeux : marquage du corps et démarquages ethniques chez les Matis d'Amazonie (Éditions Peeters, 1998) and El sello de los antepasados: Marcado del cuerpo y demarcación étnica entre los Matis de la Amazonía (Lima, Institut français d'études andines, 2014) [IFEA works].