New materialisms, transformational politics; critical race and indigenous theories; queer theory; decolonial methodologies; social and environmental justice; climate justice; cosmopolitics; the Colonial Anthropocene and its critics; the more than human; shamanism; social and historical consciousness; environmental humanities; embodiment and phenomenology; the politics of power and authority; death and dying; self and personhood; genders and sexualities; historicity; social memory and indigenous histories; anthropology of religion; medical anthropology; environmental anthropology; the Global South; indigenous Latin America; Mapuche; Chile; northern Peru.
Through her work on the consciousness and transformational politics of more-than-humans (sentient landscapes, spirits, shamans, the undead), Professor Bacigalupo rethinks previously theorized epistemologies, politics, and forms of power to produce decolonial knowledge. She shows how more-than-human places challenge traditional ideas of personhood and drive collective ethics and social and environmental justice. Drawing from critical race and feminist theory, queer theory, new materialism and studies of indigeneity in the Colonial Anthropocene, Professor Bacigalupo analyzes the social, political, and cultural implications of more-than-human consciousness and queer shamanic politics, which challenge state histories, contemporary understandings of time, writing, and social and historical memory.
Professor Bacigalupo shows how shamanic discourses and practices (as they interact with more-than-humans) can be superb tools for transforming colonial and neocolonial structures of power—and for producing new logics and decolonizing epistemologies, methodologies, and theories in academia—because they challenge Western assumptions about the nature and organization of the world in myriad ways. Shamanic practice troubles the distinction between life and non-life; past, present, and future; human and more-than-human; nature and culture; history and myth; matter and spirit; and man and woman, as well as capitalist divisions of species, landscapes, and peoples that discredit Indigenous practices which collapse these categories. Professor Bacigalupo argues that because shamans mediate within and between worlds and temporalities, they offer a particularly productive place from which to question power and envision new realities and futures. She traces the many forms of social critique wielded by Indigenous shamans—from gender and landscape constructions to history, memory, and politics. Professor Bacigalupo also studies their roles as public intellectuals who offer alternative visions that inform Indigenous political mobilization and shape the larger politics of knowledge throughout Chile, Peru, and the world.
Professor Bacigalupo is the author of Thunder Shaman: Making History with Mapuche Spirits in Patagonia (University of Texas Press, 2016); Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, Power and Healing Among the Chilean Mapuche (University of Texas Press, 2007); The Voice of the Drum in Modernity: Tradition and Change in the Practice of Seven Mapuche Shamans (Universidad Católica de Chile press, 2001); Hybridity in Mapuche “Traditional” Healing Methods: The Practice of Contemporary Mapuche Shamans (PAESMI 1996). She also co-authored Modernization and Wisdom in Mapuche Land (San Pablo Press, 1995). Bacigalupo has also published over sixty peer reviewed articles and book chapters.
Professor Bacigalupo’s research has been supported by numerous external grants and fellowships from a prestigious Foundations including the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Max Planck Institute, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Rockefeller Foundation, the School of Advanced Research, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the American Association of University Women, Harvard Divinity School and the Center for World Religions at Harvard University.
At the University at Buffalo Professor Bacigalupo received the Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowship, the Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the UB 2020 award for Excellence in Cultural, Historical and Literary/Textual Studies, the Milton Plesur Teaching Award, the Meyerson Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring, the Civic Engagement Fellowship; the Community for Global Health Equity grant; the Research Grant from the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; the Faculty Internationalization Research Grant, the Gender Institute Faculty Research Award, and the OVPRED/HI Seed Money in the Arts and Humanities grant.
Professor Bacigalupo served as chair of the section of Religion and Spirituality of the Latin American Studies Association and Program Councilor for the Society for Latin American and the Caribbean Anthropology. She serves on the Board of the Anthropology of Religion section of the American Anthropological Association and on the board of the Indigenous Religions section of the American Academy of Religion among others. Bacigalupo is also the Anthropology Coordinator for the National Institute of Health, Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Grant in Peru through San Diego State University. She collaborates with Douglas Sharon (San Diego State University), Gail Willsky and Linda Kahn (UB School of Medicine), Rainer Bussman (Missouri Botanical gardens) and others on this project.
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