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Dr. C.R. (Cristobal) Bonelli

Associate Professor, Principal Investigator ERC Starting Grant "Worlds of Lithium"
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
Photographer: Mariana

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  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
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  • Profile


    I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology trained at the intersections of social anthropology, clinical psychology and science and technology studies (STS). Building upon my transdisciplinary background,  I am continuously experimenting with, and learning from, different genres and disciplines.

    I am driven by the urgent need to develop further a transdisciplinary  thinking concerned with both the environment and human thought and practice.

    I currently hold an ERC Starting Grant for the project ‘Worlds of Lithium: A multi-sited and transnational study of transitions towards post-fossil fuel societies’. The project is an anthropological study of the replacement of fossil fuel transport, with a new fleet of electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries.

    The project asks:

    How does lithium connect, and disruptively transform, the landscapes and societies where lithium is extracted (CHILE), turned into battery technology (CHINA), used and potentially recycled (NORWAY)?

    How do processes of lithium extraction, battery production, and battery recycling relate to each other and what might this mean for energy policy?

     Current teaching:

    Masters level:

    The Politics of Sustainability: Environments, Cultures, Materials

    Multispecies ecologies and Planetary Matter

    Bachelors level:

    Environments, Alterities and the Anthropological Imagination 

    Practicing Etnography  

    Ethnographies and academic writing

    I am also Supervisor at the Master on Cultural and Social Anthropology, at the  Research Master's in Social Sciences and the Master in Medical Anthropology and Sociology

  • Publications



    • Bonelli, C. (2022). On People, Sensorial Perception, and Potential Affinity in Southern Chile. In M. González Gálvez, P. Di Giminiani, & G. Bacchiddu (Eds.), Theorizing Relations in Indigenous South America (pp. 68-82). (Studies in Social Analysis; Vol. 13). Berghahn., [details]
    • Tironi, M., Campos-Knothe, K., Acuña, V., Isola, E., Bonelli, C., Gonzalez Galvez, M., Kelly, S., Juzam, L., Molina, F., Pereira Covarrubias, A., Rivas, R., Undurraga, B., & Valdivieso, S. (2022). Interruptions: imagining an analytical otherwise for disaster studies in Latin America. Disaster Prevention and Management, 31(3), 243-259. [details]



    • Bonelli, C., & Poirot, L. (2020). Secretos de luz: apuntes para una antropología expuesta. Antípoda : Revista de Antropología y Arqueología, 41(1), 175-201. [details]
    • Weinberg, M., González Gálvez, M., & Bonelli, C. (2020). Políticas de la evidencia: entre posverdad, objetividad y etnografía. Antípoda : Revista de Antropología y Arqueología, 41(1), 3-27. [details]
    • Weinberg, M., González Gálvez, M., & Bonelli, C. R. (Eds.) (2020). Políticas de la evidencia: Etnografía entre mundos unívocos y mundos múltiples. Antípoda : Revista de Antropología y Arqueología, 41.


    • Bonelli, C. (2019). On People, Sensorial Perception, and Potential Affinity in Southern Chile. Social Analysis, 63(2), 66-80. [details]
    • Bonelli, C. (2019). Spectral forces, time, and excess in Southern Chile. In K. Omura, G. J. Osuki, S. Satsuka, & A. Morita (Eds.), The World Multiple: The Quotidian Politics of Knowing and Generating Entangled Worlds (pp. 123-139). (Routledge Advances in Sociology). Routledge. Advance online publication. [details]





    • Bonelli Iglesias, C. (2015). Trastornos ontológicos: pesadillas, fármacos psicotrópicos y espíritus malignos en el Sur de Chile. In P. Di Giminiani, S. González Varela, M. Murray, & H. Risør (Eds.), Tecnologías en los márgenes: antropología, mundos materiales y téchnicas en América Latina (pp. 233-256). (Colección Heterotopías; No. 4). México: Bonilla Artigas. [details]
    • Bonelli, C. (2015). Eating one's worlds: on foods, metabolic writing and ethnographic humor. Subjectivity, 8(3), 181-200. [details]
    • Bonelli, C. (2015). To see that which cannot be seen: ontological differences and public health policies in Southern Chile. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 21(4), 872-891. Advance online publication. [details]







    • Bonelli, C. R. (2008). I frattali e le identità plurali. Rivista Italiana no profit. Communitas.


    • Bonelli, C. R. (2006). Per una epistemologia del mistero. Rivista Italiana no profit. Communitas.
    • Bonelli, C. R., & Notarbartolo, C. (2006). L’epistemologia enattiva come pratica etico-politica, Rivista di Consulenza e ricerca sui sistemi umani. Connessioni, 17.


    • Bonelli, C. R. (2004). I Timbri conflittuali dell’identità: Riflessioni sull’ethnoscape in camminata. Animazione Sociale, 8/9.

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