Forest Mathematics: Unstable Sets in Indigenous Amazonia

Thu, Feb 6, 2020, 4:30 pm

A Brazil LAB event with Aparecida Vilaça and Fernando Codá Marques.

Aparecida Vilaça is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Vilaça studies socio-cultural changes among indigenous peoples in Brazil, with an emphasis on conversion to Christianity and schooling.  She has carried out ethnographic research among the Wari’ people in Southwestern Amazonia for over three decades. She is the author of Strange Enemies: Indigenous Agency and Scenes of Encounters in Amazonia; Praying and Preying: Christianity in Indigenous Amazonia; Comendo como Gente: Formas do Canibalismo Wari’; and co-editor of Native Christians: Modes and Effects of Christianity among Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. Her most recent book, Paletó e Eu, is a literary reflection on the life and passing of her Wari’ father. Vilaça’s current research focuses on science learning by Wari’ children and young people, exploring the ambiguities produced in the encounter between different ontologies, especially regarding the idea of nature. She is also co-editing (with Geoffrey Lloyd) the book Science in the Forest, Science in the Past.

Fernando Codá Marques is Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. Codá Marques is interested in mathematical problems in the interface between geometry and analysis. A winner of the Oswald Veblen Prize, he is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Organized by PIIRS’ Brazil LAB and the Department of Anthropology. Co-sponsored by the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Program in Latin American Studies, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

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