Background and activities

Background

I studied Socio-Cultural anthropology at the University of Buenos Aires (Lic, 1998) and Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester (MA, 1999; PhD, 2004). During 2004-2006 I took a postdoctoral position at University College Dublin. In 2006 I moved to Tallinn to build up the Baltic area´s Departmen of Sociocultural Anthropology and in 2007 was elected as the country’s first Chaired Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology. I came to NTNU in August 2009, where I have coordinated the PhD programme between 2010 and 2014. I am member of two research groups: "Culture, Innovation, and the Future", and "Migration Mobility and Settlement".

Current Research
Based on a full year's fieldwork in Argentina in 2014, I am  focusing on issues of mobility, subjectivity, integration and cultural transmission among Syrian and Lebanese immigrants (and their descendants). This is done as part of my engagement with two Norwegian Research Council projects the "Norwegian Network for the Anthropology of Mobilities", and "The Cultural Logic of Facts and Figures".

I am also involved in a project in Spain, on the social and cultural life (from conception to consumption) of the Iberian pig (pata negra) where we focus on the anthropology of the senses, food production, certification and standardization.

Old Colony Mennonites and the Anthropology of the Future (1996-2000)

I did three summers fieldwork in an Old Colony Mennonite settlement in the Province of La Pampa (Argentina) and whole year among various colonies in Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia). I dealt with a variety of issues from community making to intrareligious conflict, transnationalism and trans-statalism, kinship and marriage strategies, conversion, interface between religion and politics, nation and state building, and the imagination of the future.

Ireland-Northern Ireland, Borders and Identity (2004-2006)

Between 2004 and 2006, I held a postdoctoral position at the Geary Institute (at the time called Institute for the Study of Social Change), University College Dublin where I was research coordinator of the “Intergenerational transmission and ethno-national identity in the [Irish] border area”. As part of a multi institutional, cross-border and interdisciplinary team, I did fieldwork in several locations on both sides of the Irish border (mostly the Monahan-Armagh section but also Derry/Londonderry-Letterkenny), focusing on generations, identity, nationality and religion.

Estonia (2006-2009)

While in Estonia I was PI of "Imagining the Future nation and state-making in comparative perspective" (funded by the Estonian Scientific Agency), a senior researcher at the "Landscape Heritage and Practice", and  member of the EU funded, Center of Excellence in Cultural Theory. I have also done a short three months fieldwork during 2008 in a small inter-ethnic community of Anabaptist dissenters in Tarija (Bolivia).

Other Projects

While still a student in Buenos Aires (1994-1998) I participated as research assistant in two projects "The ecological dimension in industrial production and consumption" and "The ethnographic invention of Argentina".

Topics

Migration, mobility, settlement, Christianity, religion, global religions, political anthropology, interface between religion and politics, sovereignty, transnationalism, intrareligious conflict, anthropology of the future, statecraft, citizenship, nationalism, space and place, subjectivity,diaspora, food and nutrition.

Areas

Argentina, Bolivia, Ireland, Northern-Ireland, Estonia, Syrian and Lebanese diaspora, Spain.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Books

  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2013) Funktsioon ja Struktuur Briti Koolkonnas. Tallinn University Press. 2013. ISBN 978-9985-58-766-9.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2008) Old Colony Mennonites in Argentina and Bolivia: Nation making, Religious Conflict and Imagination of the Future. Brill Academic Publishers. 2008. ISBN 978-90-04-16095-8. Religion in the Americas Series (7).
  • Todd, Jennifer; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo; Rougier, Nathalie. (2008) Political Transformation and National Identity Change: Comparative Perspectives. Routledge. 2008. ISBN 978-0415440141.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2005) Christenvolk: Historia y etnografía de una colonia menonita. Antropofagia. 2005. ISBN 978-9872138769.
  • Garreta, Mariano; Bellelli, Cristina; Abramoff, Ernesto; Ondelj, Margarita; Bonaparte, Pablo Rafael; Scheinsohn, Vivian; Gómez, Hernán; Pegoraro, Andrea; Sanchez Antelo, María Gabriela; Garreta Leclerq, Mariano Raúl; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (1997) Antropología Cultural y Arqueología. Textos básicos. 1997. ISBN 9502903277.

Part of book/report

  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo; Plasil, Tanja. (2017) Den arabiske maten til levantiske innvandrere til Argentina: Autentisitet og standardisering av folk og mat. Trangen til å telle. Objektivering, måling og standardisering som samfunnspraksis.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2013) Briti moodsa sotsiaalantropoloogia sünd. Funktsioon ja Struktuur Briti Koolkonnas.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2010) Distorting mirrors: Mutual (mis)interpretations of Old Colony Mennonites and the Modern World. Metamorphoses of the world: Traces, Shadows, Reflections, Echoes, and Metaphors.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2009) Order and dissent among Old Colony Mennonites: a regime of embedded sovereignty. Permutations of order: religion and law as contested sovereignties.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo; Rougier, Nathalie. (2008) Generations on the Border: Changes in Ethno-national Identity in the Irish Border Area. Political Transformation and National Identity Change: Comparative Perspectives.
  • Todd, Jennifer; O´keefe, Theresa; Rougier, Nathalie; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2008) Fluid and Frozen: Choice and change in ethno-national identification in contemporary Northern Ireland. Political Transformation and National Identity Change: Comparative Perspectives.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (1999) Entre la tierra y el cielo. Procesos de conformación de la identidad étnica menonita. La Trama Cultural: Textos de antropología y arqueología.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (1997) Entre la tierra y el cielo. Procesos de conformación de la identidad étnica menonita. Antropología Cultural y Arqueología. Textos básicos.

Report/dissertation

  • Leinan, Ragna Svare; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2019) Where the Past is Preserved and the Future Protected: Minority Image and Tourist Gaze in the Era of China’s Green Turn. 2019.
  • Sperre, Henrik Fiskerstrand; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2018) Speaking Truth: Linguistic and Rhetorical Practices in Conversionary Processes Among Jehovah’s Witnesses in Norway. 2018.
  • Bruland, Stine; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo; Fuglerud, Øivind. (2015) Underneath the margosa tree. Re-creating meaning in a Tamil family after war and migration. 2015. ISBN 978-82-326-1234-5.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo; Sedlenieks, Klavs. (2013) "And Burn Today Whom Yesterday They Fed”: Citizens and State in Montenegro. Tallinn University Press. 2013. ISBN 978-9949-29-117-5.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo; Spriit, Risto. (2012) „He“s a Good Man in the Wrong Party“: an Ethnographic case-study of a Political Campaign in Estonia. 2012.
  • Frost, Per; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2012) “The Long March” On the Margins of Global Trade: Identity Construction, Cultural Change and the Vietnamese Katu´s March towards Modernity. 2012.
  • Pedersen, Vegard; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2012) Bananas and Bullets: Non-Governmental Governmentality in Sri Lanka. 2012.
  • van der Eynden, Andreas; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2012) Rubber and Soul: Moral Economy, Development and Resistance in the Bousraa villages, Mondulkiri, Cambodia. 2012.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo; Cubero, Carlo; Ermel, Marje. (2011) Seeking Krishna Through Corporeality: Constituting the Sacred in the Hare Krishna Movement. 2011.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo; Evensen, Julie. (2011) Dubai between the global and the local. 2011.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo; Tserkassova, Polina. (2011) The Never-Ending Story: A multi-sited approach to the process of integration of Russian-Speakers in Estonia. 2011.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo; Moreno Romero, Carlos Alberto. (2009) It really isn’t up to us”: Integration Narratives at a secondary school in Estonia. 2009.
  • Matulionis, Arvydas Virgiljus; Teters, Daina; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2009) Evaluation Report on Riga Stradins University’s BA Study Program: Sociology of Organizations and Management. 2009.
  • Matulionis, Arvydas Virgiljus; Teters, Daina; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2009) Evaluation Report on Riga Stradins University’s MA Study Program: Communications. 2009.
  • Matulionis, Arvydas Virgiljus; Teters, Daina; Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2009) Evaluation Report on Riga Stradins University’s MA Study Program: Social Anthropology. 2009.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2008) Self-assessment report: Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Accreditation of Curricula. 2008.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo; Allaste, Airi-Alina; Vihma, Peter. (2008) Different yet equal? Green ideology and gender roles: A case study. 2008.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (2003) Our Fatherland is Heaven: Struggles of Old Colony Mennonites in Bolivia and Argentina. 2003.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (1999) Some Aspects of Kinship in a Mennonite Colony. 1999.
  • Cañás Bottos, Lorenzo. (1998) Christenvolk: Historia y Etnografía de una Colonia Menonita. 1998.