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Dr. C.R. (Cristobal) Bonelli

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
Fotograaf: Mariana Bonelli

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    I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology trained at the intersections of social anthropology, clinical psychology and science and technology studies (STS). However, I am continuously experimenting with, and learning from, different genres and disciplines, which makes me feel uncomfortable within disciplinary identities, and sometimes, even within academia itself. That’s why I am always trying to practice academia in a way that makes sense beyond its own (self-referent) boundaries and (self-referent) debates.

    I am always exploring how to develop further a clinical thinking concerned with both the environment and human thought. I think there is a continuity between them, and that a ‘relational mind’ is more capable to take care of surrounding ecologies than an individualistic mindset. This is certainly a daily life challenge for someone who works within academic settings deeply affected by logics of growth and productivity. But… I do not give up.

    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.

    A lot of public attention goes to the promise of electric vehicles, meaning less oil will be needed for road transport. What remains hidden, however, are the disruptive transformations of the landscapes and societies through which lithium travels. It is these transformations that the project brings into public view. For I am convinced that through empirical assessment of the side effects of this planetary strategy to respond to global warming, we can avoid implementing climate solutions that end up worsening our current social and environmental problems.

     Current teaching:

    Masters level:

    The Politics of Sustainability: Environments, Cultures, Materials


    Bachelors level:

    Environments, Alterities and the Anthropological Imagination (third year)


    Practicing Etnography  

    Ethnographies and academic writing

    I am also Supervisor at the Master on Cultural and Social Anthropology and Medical Anthropology

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    • 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. https://doi.org/10.3167/9781800733299, https://doi.org/10.1515/9781800733312-005 [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. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-03-2021-0102 [details]



    • Bonelli, C., & Poirot, L. (2020). Secretos de luz: apuntes para una antropología expuesta. Antípoda : Revista de Antropología y Arqueología, 41(1), 175-201. https://doi.org/10.7440/antipoda41.2020.08 [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. https://doi.org/10.7440/antipoda41.2020.01 [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. https://doi.org/10.3167/sa.2019.630204 [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). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429456725-8 [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. https://doi.org/10.1057/sub.2015.7 [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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9655.12292 [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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