RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION
E-mail: camilo.gomez [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Research Interests: Anthropology of religion, governmentality, power and counterpower, critical theory, indigenous and social movements, resistance
Master's Project Title: THE PROCESSION OF EL SEÑOR DE LOS MILAGROS: A BAROQUE MOURNING PLAY IN CONTEMPORARY LIMA
Geographic Focus: Latin America
Project Description: This thesis examines the procession of “El Señor de los Milagros” (Lord of Miracles), one of the largest Catholic ceremonies in the world and one of the most important national celebrations in Peru for the last four centuries. In this work I use my own Ethnographic material, and I also rely on historic, written, oral and virtual sources, to analyze how the performance of the procession of Señor de los Milagros unfolds through space and time, and particularly how specific meaningful places/sites are used by both the Peruvian State and the institutional (national and global) Church as points for self-legitimation.
Keywords: Ritual, power, religion, politics, colonialism, and territory.
Supervisor: Kristin Norget
PhD's project: The Value of the Sacred: Extraction of Natural Resources in Indigenous Territories. Culture, Spirituality, and Conflict in the Colombian Amazon
Project Description: My investigation seeks to challenge assumptions about the separation of material from sacred aspects of indigenous territory in the Colombian Amazon, as resource extractive corporations and the State conceive it. In order to examine human and other-than-human associations in the Amazonian rain forest, my study combines Cybernetic Studies with theories of Communicative Action, Social Construction of Knowledge, Political Ontology and the indigenous premise of Buen Vivir (Living Well).
Supervisor: Colin Scott
Previous Education: BA Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia