Carlos David Londoño Sulkin

PhD (University of St. Andrews), Título de Antropólogo (Universidad de Antioquia)

Office: CL 306.3
Phone: 306-585-5405

Current classes
Fall 2023 - ANTH 100-001, ANTH 239-001

Research interests

  • Anthropology of Morality and Ethics
  • Pragmatism
  • Relativism
  • Indigenous Amazonia
  • Semiotics and Language
  • Female Genital Surgeries
  • Anthropology of Science

I am fascinated by people's moral and aesthetic evaluations: their talk and other expressions concerning what they esteem or despise. In my research and writing I address how social life shapes individuals' moralities and understandings of themselves, and in turn how individuals interacting with each other create social life and historically reproduce and transform these moralities and understandings. I have carried out ethnographic fieldwork among People of the Center (Colombian Amazon) since 1993, mainly with Muinane-speaking clans. In recent years I've broadened my ethnographic interests to address moral understandings in and around Female Genital Surgeries and the commitment to a natural scientific outlook.

I teach the following courses in the Department of Anthropology's undergraduate program: Introduction to Anthropology, The Anthropology of Language, The Anthropology of Personhood, Ethnographic Fieldwork Methods, The Ethnography of Amazonia, The Anthropology of Contemporary Human Problems, and The Anthropology of Morality and Ethics. At the graduate level, I've taught advanced courses on key debates in the anthropological study of indigenous Amazonian peoples, and courses on selfhood and morality.

I recently finished a long stint as President-Elect and then President of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA). I currently serve as the elected faculty member on the University of Regina's Board of Governors (2017-2020, and 2020-2023), and as member of the Boards of Directors of SALSA and of the Society for Ethnographic Theory (SET).

Here is my current Curriculum Vitae


2012. People of Substance: an Ethnography of Morality in the Colombian Amazon. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (ISBN 978-1-4426-1373-7)

2004. Muinane: un proyecto moral a perpetuidad. Medellin: Editorial Universidad de Antioquia. (ISBN 958-655-736-7)

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters
Forthcoming 2022. Love and Anger in Amazonia and in Academia – a disciple's account of Joanna Overing's oeuvre and teachings. Journal de la Société des Américanistes.

Forthcoming 2022: The Import of Uncertainty in the Tragedy of an Amazonian Mensch, in Lowland South American World, eds. Casey High and Luiz Costa. London: Routledge.

Forthcoming 2022: The inimical gaze: morality and the reproduction of sociality in Amazonia, in Cambridge Handbook of the Anthropology of Ethics and Morality, ed. James Laidlaw. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

2021.On dropping one’s trousers and reclaiming relativism: a reply to “The prosecution of Dawoodi Bohra women” by Richard Shweder, Global Discourse, vol 12 no 1, 1–13, DOI: 10.1332/204378921X16255844555932


2017. Moral Sources and the Reproduction of the Amazonian Package. Current Anthropology 58(4):477-501. August 2017. ( DOI: 10.1086/692783

2016. Fuambai’s Strength. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6 (3): 107–133. (

2015. Antonio Vélez: A Champion of Big History. In From Big Bang to Galactic Civilizations: A Big History Anthology, Vol. 1. Eds. Barry Rodrigue, Leonid Grinin and Andrey Korotayev. Delhi: Primus Books. Pp. 163-182

2013. Believing in the Gift: a Case of Successful Relationships of Exchange in the Colombian Amazon. Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America, vol. 11(2), pp. 1-12.

2010. La circuncisión femenina, la antropología, y el liberalismo. Revista Colombiana de Antropología 46 (2) julio-diciembre de 2010. Pp. 531-545

2010. El desafortunado hermano del tigre. Socialidad, moralidad y perspectivismo cosmológico entre gente de centro. In Perspectivas Antropológicas sobre la Amazonia Contemporánea, editors Margarita Chaves and Carlos del Cairo. Bogotá: Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia-Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Pp. 595-618 (ISBN: 978-958-8181-62-2)

2010. “People of no substance: imposture and the contingency of morality in the Colombian Amazon.” In Ordinary Ethics: Anthropology, Language and Action, editor Michael Lambek, 273-291. New York: Fordham University Press (ISBN: 978-082-3233-17-5)

2009. Anthropology, liberalism, and female circumcision. Anthropology Today, vol. 25:6 (December 2009): 17-19 (ISSN 0268-540X)

2007. ”Falas” instrumentais, moralidade e agência masculina entre os Muinane (Amazônia Colombiana)’. (Fernando Fedola L. B. Vianna, translator). Revista de Antropología, Sao Paulo, USP, 2006, Vol. 46 No. 1, pp. 319-356 (ISSN 0034-7701)

2006. Instrumental Speeches, morality and masculine agency among Muinane people (Colombian Amazon). Tipití, 4(1&2):199-222. (ISSN 1545-4703)

2005. Inhuman beings: morality and perspectivism among Muinane people (Colombian Amazon). Ethnos, vol. 70:1 (2005): 7-30. (ISSN 0014-1844)

2004. Hombres enraizados y la creación de escuelas entre los muinane del Amazonas colombiano. Revista Educaciòn y Pedagogía, Medellìn, Universidad de Antioquia, Facultad de Educación, vol. XVI, núm. 39, (may.-ago.), 2004, pp. 67-86. (ISSN 0121-7593)

2003. Paths of Speech: symbols, sociality and subjectivity among the Muinane of the Colombian Amazon. Ethnologies 25 (2), 2003, Language and Culture / Langue et culture. pp. 173-195. (ISSN 1481-5974)

2000. “Though it comes as evil I embrace it as good”: social sensibilities and the transformation of malignant agency among the Muinane’. In The Anthropology of Love and Anger: emotions, embodiments and the aesthetics of conviviality in native South America. Joanna Overing and Alan Passes (eds.). London: Routledge. pp. 170-186.(ISBN 0-415-22418-7).

1998. ‘Escolarizar a los muinane: discursos sobre la convergencia de conocimientos.’ Revista Colombiana de Antropología. Vol. 34, enero-diciembre de 1998. Bogotá: Instituto Colombiano de Antropología, p. 8-37 (ISSN 0486-65-25)

Other articles and book chapters
2020. Is Celebrity Attention Helping or Hurting Amazonian Peoples? Sapiens, June3, 2020.

2016. ‘On Engagement with the Works of Peers.’ In Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America. Vol. 14, Issue 1, pp. 147-151.

2007. ‘Una defensa de las ciencias sociales y humanas contra el fundamentalismo cientifico’. [A defense of the social sciences and humanities against scientifistic fundamentalism.] In Artes La Revista, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, No. 13, Vol. 7, enero-junio de 2007. pp. 25-29 (ISSN 1657-3242)

2001. ‘El yo y la responsabilidad entre los muinane de la amazonía colombiana.’ [The I and responsibility among the Muinane of the Colombian Amazon]. In Revista Nova et Vetera 43, Boletín del Instituto de Investigaciones – Grupo de Derechos Humanos de la ESAP. Bogotá D.C., abril-junio de 2001. pp. 72-85 (ISSN 0123-2614)

1993. ‘El modelo de la selección natural como respuesta a la crítica a la inducción de Hume’. [The model of natural selection as an answer to Hume’s critique of induction]. Revista Pa’ciencia, Estudiantes Ciencias Biológicas de la Universidad de los Andes, Enero – Junio de 1993

Conference proceedings
2002. ‘The Narrative Framing of the Self among the Muinane.’ In Travelling Concepts II: Meaning, Frame and Metaphor. Joyce Goggin and Michael Burke (eds.). Amsterdam: ASCA Press. Pp 234-248. (ISBN 90-76123-07-1)

Book reviews, commentaries, and reports
2016. Review of: Walker, Harry 2013. ‘Under a Watchful Eye: Self, Power, and Intimacy in Amazonia.’ Berkeley:University of California Press. Ethos 44(3): e12‐e14.

2014. Review of: Laidlaw, James 2014. ‘The Subject of Virtue: An Anthropology of Ethics and Freedom.’ Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In American Ethnologist 41(4): 786-787.

2009. Invited commentary on ‘Hybrid Bodyscapes: A Visual History of Yanesha Patterns of Cultural Change’ by Fernando Santos-Granero. In Current Anthropology, Vol. 50:4, 2009, pp. 499-500 (ISSN 00113204)

2007. Review of: Rubenstein, Steven 2002. ‘Alejandro Tsakimp: a Shuar healer in the margins of history.’ Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. In Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Vol 12:2 November 2007, pp. 519-521 (ISSN 1935-4932)

2007. Review of: Oakdale, Suzanne 2006. ‘I Foresee My Life: The Ritual Performance of Autobiography in an Amazonian Community.’ Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. In: American Anthropologist, Vol. 109:2, June 2007, pp. 405, 406 (ISSN 0002-7294)

2004. Review of: Gregor, Thomas A and Donald Tuzin (eds.) 2001. ‘Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia: An Exploration of the Comparative Method.’ Berkeley: University of California Press. In: Ethnos, Vol. 69:1 2004, pp. 131, 132. (ISSN 0014-1844)

2003. Review of: Gow, Peter 2001. ‘An Amazonian Myth and its History.’ Oxford: Oxford University Press. In: Journal of Latin American Anthropology, Vol. 8. No. 3, Fall 2003 . pp. 191-193. (ISSN 1085-7052)

2003. ‘Powwow Diversified’. Conference report on ‘Powwow: Performance and nationhood in Native North America’, 21-23 February 2003, British Museum, in Anthropology Today, Vol. 19 No. 3, June 2003. (ISSN 0268-540X)

1992. ‘Evolución Cultural, Ecología Humana e Investigación Empírica’. Actualidades Arqueológicas No. 1 Año 1 – 1992. Medellín: Asociación de Antropólogos Egresados de la Universidad de Antioquia.

2019. “WHO undermines religious freedom and gender equality?” Focus Washington, January 10, 2019.

Dictionary entry
2004. ‘Joanna Overing’ In Routledge Biographical Dictionary of Anthropology. Vered Amit (ed.). London: Routledge. (ISBN 0-415-22379-2)

1994. López, Carlos and Reyes, Margarita 1994. ‘The role of archaeology in marginalized areas of social conflict: research in the Magdalena region, Colombia.’ In The Presented Past – Heritage, museums and education. Peter G. Stone and Bial L. Molyneaux (eds.). London: Routledge.

2012. (Signatory) The Public Policy Advisory Network on Female Genital Surgeries in Africa, “Seven Things to Know about Female Genital Surgeries in Africa,” Hastings Center Report 42(6): 19-27.

2009. Believing in the Gift: an example of successful relations of exchange in the Colombian Amazon. Rassegna del cine antropologico: “Contro-sguardi: Permanenze Trasmutazioni Incontri”, in Perugia, Italy, December 12-19th, 2009

(For invited papers and other presentations, see my CV.)

Links to open access pieces:
Londoño Sulkin, Carlos David 2020. Is Celebrity Attention Helping or Hurting Amazonian Peoples? Sapiens, June3, 2020.

Londoño Sulkin, Carlos David 2016. Fuambai’s Strength. HAU Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6(3): 107-133.

Londoño Sulkin, Carlos David 2016. On Engagement with the Works of Peers. Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 14(1): 147-151.

Londoño Sulkin, Carlos David 2013. Believing in the Gift: a Case of Successful Relationships of Exchange in the Colombian Amazon. Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 11(2):1-12.

Londoño Sulkin, Carlos David 2006. Instrumental Speeches, morality and masculine agency among Muinane people (Colombian Amazon). Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 4(1&2):199-222.