Diana Espirito Santo

Doctor en Antropología Social, University College London

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Estudié psicología y filosofía en la London School of Economics antes de interesarme por la antropología, haciendo una maestría en la misma universidad. Como antropóloga he estado interesada en los fenómenos de posesión y mediación espiritual desde el inicio de mi carrera de investigadora. Escribí mi doctorado en la University College London (otorgado en 2009) sobre conceptos de sí-mismo (Self), conocimiento incorporado y desarrollo de la persona en el espiritismo criollo cubano, conocido como "espiritismo cruzado", así como el papel de los muertos en la religión afrocubana. Desde entonces, he ampliado mis intereses etnográficos para incluir imaginarios de la brujería, la experiencia de relaciones transgresoras de espíritu-persona, paranoia, sospecha y el desmontaje de la persona. Sigo volviendo a La Habana para dar seguimiento a estos temas a través de variados focos - sueños, la adivinación, biografías espirituales, y la política. Durante mi beca de investigación postdoctoral, en Lisboa (ICS-UL y CRIA-UNL), estudié la creatividad y transformación cosmológica en la práctica afrobrasileña de Umbanda, trabajando sobre todo en Río de Janeiro.
  • English Bio
    I studied psychology and philosophy at the London School of Economics before becoming interested in anthropology, after which I did an MSc, also at LSE. As an anthropologist I have been interested in spirit possession and mediation phenomena from the start of my research career. I wrote my PhD at University College London (awarded 2009) on concepts of selfhood, embodied knowledge and mediumship development in Cuban Creole spiritism, known as “espiritismo cruzado”, as well as the role of the dead in Afro-Cuban religion. Since then I have expanded my ethnographic interests to include imaginaries of witchcraft, the experience of transgressive spirit-person relations, paranoia, suspicion and disassembly. I keep returning to Havana to follow up these themes through varied foci – dreams, divination, spirit biographies, politics. During my postdoctoral research fellowship, in Lisbon (ICS-UL, and CRIA-UNL), I studied cosmological creativity and transformation in the Afro-Brazilian practice of Umbanda, working mostly in Rio de Janeiro.

Publicaciones Seleccionadas
  • 2017, “Consciousness of possession, religious individualism and subjectivity in Brazilian Umbanda”, Religion, 47 (2): 179-202 

  • 2016, “Clothes for spirits: opening and closing the cosmos in Brazilian Umbanda”, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 6 (3): 85-1062016, “Recusivity and the self-reflexive cosmos: tricksters in Cuban and Brazilian spirit mediumship practices”, Social Analysis 60 (1): 37-55

  • 2015, Developing the dead: mediumship and selfhood in Cuban espiritismo, Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida

  • 2015, “Turning Outside In: Infolded Selves in Cuban Creole espiritismo”, Ethos 43 (3): 267-285

  • 2015, “Liquid sight, thing-like words, and the precipitation of knowledge substances in Cuban espiritismo”, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 21 (3):579-596

  • 2014, The Social Life of Spirits, edited with Ruy Blanes, Chicago: University of Chicago Press

  • 2013, “Fluid divination: movement, chaos and the generation of ‘noise’ in Afro-Cuban spiritist oracular production”, Anthropology of Consciousness 24 (1): 32-56

  • 2012, “Imagination, sensation and the education of attention among Cuban spirit mediums”, Ethnos, 77 (2): 252-271

  • 2010, ‘‘Who else is in the drawer?’ Trauma, personhood and prophylaxis among Cuban scientific spiritists’, Anthropology & Medicine, 17 (3): 249-259

  • 2010, “Spiritist boundary-work and the morality of materiality in Afro-Cuban religion”, Journal of Material Culture, 15 (1): 64-822015 - Developing the dead: mediumship and selfhood in Cuban spiritism, Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida

Cursos Dictados
  • Introducción a la Etnografía

  • Cultura y Mente

  • Antropología Médica

  • Cosmologías Afro-Americanas