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Francesca Mezzenzana

Dr. Francesca Mezzenzana

Freigeist Fellow


Francesca Mezzenzana is an anthropologist working in the Ecuadorian Amazon. She has a PhD in anthropology from the London School of Economics and is currently a Marie-Curie fellow at the University of Kent. Francesca is particularly interested in human-nonhuman relationships, child socialization, cognition, emotions, and morality. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Ethos and American Anthropologist, and her research was awarded funding by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the National Geographic Society. She is currently writing her first book based on research on human-nonhuman relationships among the Runa of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

RCC Research Project: "The Natural World" and the Shaping of Subjectivity

Selected Publications:

  • "Between Intention and Thought: Individualism and Responsibility in Amazonian Child-rearing." American Anthropologist (forthcoming, 2020)
  • "Encountering Supai: An Ecology of Spiritual Perception in the Ecuadorian Amazon." Ethos 46, no. 2 (2018): 275–295.
  • "Moving alike: Movement and Human–Nonhuman Relationships among the Runa (Ecuadorian Amazon)." Social Anthropology 26, no. 2 (2018): 238–252.
  • "Difference Revised: Gender and Transformation among the Amazonian Runa." Ethnos 83, no. 1 (2017): 1–20.
  • "'Doing it like Real Runa Women and Men' A Runa Ceremonial Festival." Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 12, no. 1 (2014): 61–79.