Carlos David Londoño Sulkin

PhD, University of St. Andrews

Office: CL 306.3
Phone: 306-585-5405

Current classes
Winter 2019 - ANTH 100-001

Research interests
The Anthropology of Morality, Performativity, Contingency, Indigenous Amazonia.

I am fascinated by people's moral and aesthetic evaluations: their talk and other expressions concerning what they esteem or despise in human subjectivity and action. 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 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 the moralities of an African American woman and of a Colombian science writer.

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, and The Anthropology of Contemporary Human Problems. 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.

From 2017 till 2020 I will be president of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America, and faculty representative to the University of Regina's Board of Governors.

Here is my current Curriculum Vitae

Links to open access articles by Londoño Sulkin:

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.

For more articles, see my profile.

People of Substance   

People of Substance by Carlos David Londoño Sulkin

Over the fifteen-year period that Carlos David Londoño Sulkin conducted ethnographic fieldwork among indigenous groups in the Colombian Amazon, known collectively as the People of the Centre, he noticed that they produced innumerable moral evaluations of themselves and of each other - what he calls 'moral portrayals.' The People of the Centre's understandings of themselves featured qualitative distinctions of worth between what they esteemed and what they despised about persons, relationships, and other aspects of their lives - all in the context of a perspectival cosmos, in which every being (human, animal, or plant) is understood to perceive itself as central in the imagined relationships between the categories of 'nature' and 'culture.'

In People of Substance, Londoño Sulkin makes the case that to comprehend the lives of individual persons, the social processes they participate in, and the groups they create, it is best to engage with them interpretatively, attempting to grasp what kinds of beings they understand themselves and each other to be, and how they conceive the cosmos within which their lives take place. This ambitious book contributes to the burgeoning anthropological scholarship focused on morality and related matters such as agency and freedom, while at the same time engages with diverse analytical approaches to indigenous Amazonian social life.

Reviews of People of Substance

Eller, Jack David's (2012) review of People of Substance