Dr Chloe Nahum-Claudel is a Social Anthropologist (BA, MA and PhD in Cambridge). She teaches in the Cambridge Department of Social Anthropology and convenes a module on Race and Indigeneity in the Centre for Latin American Studies. She is a Fellow of Pembroke College.
Between 2006 and 2013 Chloe Nahum-Claudel conducted fieldwork with an indigenous group called the Enawene-nawe, who live in Brazil’s Southern Amazon rainforest. She has published several articles based on this research and is preparing a book, Feasting with Killers: vital diplomacy in Amazonia. Her work has concentrated on anthropological staples like the relationships between ritual and economic life, and kinship and politics; as well as squarely Amazonian themes of agriculture, fishing and the cosmology of livelihood; and the links between cooking, curing practices and relationships with the spirit world. Since the margins of government control and the fringes of capitalism are places of ideological conflict and resource capture, another aspect of her work focuses on conflicts over hydroelectric resources and the way indigenous people’s diplomatic struggles. In 2015 she began fieldwork in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. This new departure is a continuation of a long term interest in exploring the potentials of comparison between indigenous life worlds in Amazonia and Melanesia. She believes that such comparisons provide a way to answer fundamental questions about how humans live in the world and relate to one another such as: what does it take to create and sustain a peaceful society? Why do people dance and sing? Do men and women need to marry?