Aníbal Arregui, PhD


Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna
NIG, 4th floor


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Research Focus Areas

  • Research and teaching in environmental anthropology
  • Anthropology of the body
  • Amazonian anthropology
  • Ethnographic methods and theory
  • Multi-species ethnography
  • Regional focus: lower Amazon, Brazil (ribeirinhos and quilombolas), Spain ("urban" wild boars)

Short Biography

My work focuses on the corporeal interplays between humans and nonhumans as an ethnographic angle to study processes of ecologic transformation. Since 2006 I conduct fieldwork in lower-Amazonian ribeirinho and quilombola communities, and more recently also on peri-urban 'wild boars' of  Barcelona (since 2017). Most of my publications are situated at the intersection between environmental anthropology, the anthropology of the body and multi-species ethnography.

I have been postdoc researcher at the University of Rostock (Germany), Charles University/CEFRES (Prague), and since 2019 at the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Barcelona.

Selected Publications

Representative Publications

  • (accepted) Positional Wildness. Amazonian Ribeirinhos, Pink Dolphins and Interspecies Affections. Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology. (forthcoming in 2019)
  • (2018)  Embodying Equivocations: Ecopolitical Mimicries of Climate Science and Shamanism.  Anthropological Theory. Online first:
  • (2015)  Amazonian Quilombolas and the Technopolitics of Aluminum. Journal of Material Culture.20(3):149-172


  • 2018 (ed.) Decolonial Heritage: Natures, Cultures and the Asymmetries of Memory. Münster: Waxmann. (with Gesa Mackenthun and Stephanie Wodianka)
  • 2013 La Selva Tecnológica: Sistemas Sociotécnicos y Antropología Simétrica en Comunidades Ribereñas del Bajo Amazonas. Barcelona: Tesis Doctorals en Xarxa (TDX). 

Other peer reviewed chapters and papers:


  • 2019 This Mess is a ‘World’! Environmental Diplomats in the Mud of Anthropology. In: Indigenous Perceptions of the End of the World. Creating a Cosmopolitics of Change. Palgrave Studies in Anthropology of Sustainability. Rosalyn Bold (Ed). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • 2018 Ribeirinho Hunting Techno-Animism. On the Inexact Lines of Amazonian Modernity. In: South-American Indigenous Modernities. Ernst Halbmayer. (ed.) pp: 164-183. Herefordshire: Sean Kingston Publishing.
  • 2014 ‘Teoría’, ‘Inteligencia’ y ‘Ciencia’ como Índices Bajo Amazónicos del Conocimiento Incorporado. Amazônica - Revista de Antropologia. 6 (1): 90-108
  • 2011 Too ‘High’ Tech: Metonymical Fallacies and Fetishism in the Perception of Technology”. Journal of Contemporary Anthropology 2(1): 46-62. 
  • 2008 La Tecnología en el Cuerpo: Biomecánica de los Quilombolas en dos Selvas Brasileñas . (Con)textos: Revista d’Antropologia i Investigació Social 1: 23-40 

Not peer-reviewed publications

  • "Displaced Bodies, Imprinted worlds"Video-essay (10 min) for Displacements. The 2018 Biennial Conference of the Society of Cultural Anthropology, 19-21 April 2018. Available at:
  • 2018 Introduction. In: Decolonial Heritage: Natures, Cultures and the Asymmetries of Memory.pp: 7-28. Münster: Waxmann. (with Gesa Mackenthun and Stephanie Wodianka). 
  • 2018 Cultivating the Sky. In: Decolonial Heritage: Natures, Cultures and the Asymmetries of Memory. pp: 257-273. Münster: Waxmann.  
  • 2014   Nature-Culture-Ecologies: Heritage in Transcultural Contexts. In H/Soz/kult.      Kommunikation und Fachinformation für die Geschichtswissenschaften. Available at:      (with Andrea Nicolas)
  • 2014 Digging into the Smartness: A Short Technopolitical History of Vienna’s Urban Lakeside. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society. 21-23 May, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2012 Paz implícita y violencia imaginada en comunidades quilombolas del río Erepecurú. In: La paz dede abajo. Perspectivas antropológicas sobre la paz en contextos indígenas y afroamericanos. Canals, R; Celigueta, G; & Orobitg, G. (ed.). Pp. 39-43. Barcelona: Publicacions de la Universitat de Barcelona.
  • 2012 Book review: MARTÍNEZ MAURI, Mònica; LARREA KILLIGER, Cristina (2011) Antropología social, desarrollo y cooperación internacional. Introducción a los fundamentos básicos y debates actuales”. AIBR Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana 7 (2), p. 248-253
  • 2011 La Selva Parcelada: Reforma Agraria y Fragmentación Social en el Bajo Amazonas”. In: Horizontes do Brazil- Escenarios, Intercambios y Diversidad, Barcelona: Ediciones APEC, p. 389-403