Shapeshifting as History: Atlantic Crosscurrents of People, Nature and Gender

Participants: Martha Few (University of Arizona), Marcy Norton (George Washington University), David Pratten (University of Oxford)

Friday, April 25, 2014
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bunche Hall 6275


David Pratten | University of Oxford
“The Man-Leopard Murder Mysteries”
Allen Roberts | UCLA
“Strong Misreadings: Shapeshifting Among Tabwa, Anthropologists, and Other Ne’er-Do-Wells”


Martha Few | University of Arizona
“Human-Animal Shape Shifting in Enlightenment Central America”
Debora Silverman | UCLA
“Doubling: Werewolves and Leopard Men in Belgian Folklore and Imperial Imaginaries 1850-2012”
Marcy Norton | George Washington University
“Nagualism and Shamanism: Shapeshifting and Subjectivities in Europe, South America, and Mesoamerica”

Refreshments will be provided.


Martha Few is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona.  Her research and teaching focus on Guatemala and Mexico, Mesoamerican ethnohistory, the history of medicine, and human-animal studies.
Marcy Norton is an Associate Professor of History at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. She writes on the cultural history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe and its American colonies.
David Pratten is a University Lecturer in the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. His research is based on a long-term engagement with Annang villagers in south-eastern Nigeria and focuses on themes of history, violence and the state.


Cost: Free and open to the public

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Download File: 04-25-14Shapeshiftingconf-qp-wqd.pdf

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Department of History, UCLA History Department's Atlantic History Cluster, UCLA African Studies Center, and UCLA Latin American Institute Working Group on Transatlantic Cultures in the Atlantic World.