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Dr Amy E PenfieldPhD, BSc

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Amy Penfield

Dr Amy E PenfieldPhD, BSc

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

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Research interests

My research explores economic subjectivities in lowland South America, specifically how broader economic forms interweave with personhood, morality, sociality and religion in daily life.

My doctoral research looked at how the Sanema of Venezuelan Amazonia understood subject formation and ethical personhood within complex patchworks of overlapping economies, including an oil economy, a socialist revolution, an informal gold mine, and the animist cosmos. 

Since completing my PhD, I have continued to explore different forms of economic livelihoods in Amazonia – both indigenous and non-indigenous – through a Marie Curie post-doctoral project entitled ‘Wildcat Economics’ which explores small-scale gold mining in forested regions of Peru. The project investigates how capitalism is shaped at the global margins, bringing these broader themes into dialogue with studies of materiality, morality, kinship and cosmology.

I received my PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2015. Since then I have held a postdoc at the Institute of Latin America Studies (ILAS), a teaching post at the University of Manchester and a Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Copenhagen. I joined the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol in 2019. 

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Postal address:
43 Woodland Road
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom