Aníbal G. Arregui



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Anibal Arregui  holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona (2013). He has been postdoc researcher at the University of Rostock (2013-2015), lecturer at the University of Vienna (since 2016) and postdoc fellow at CEFRES-Charles University (2018). Since 2019 Anibal works as “Beatriu de Pinos” postdoc researcher at the Department of Social Antrhopology of the University of Barcelona.

His work focuses on the corporeal interplays between humans and nonhumans as an ethnographic angle to study processes of ecologic transformation. Since 2006 Aníbal conducts fieldwork in lower-Amazonian ribeirinho and quilombola communities, and more recently on peri-urban ‘wild boars’ of Barcelona (since 2017). Most of his publications are situated at the intersection between environmental anthropology, the anthropology of the body and multi-species ethnography.



Editorial Boar: Animal Amendments on Barcelona Peri-Urban Relationality

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In this project I first follow, on an institutional and media level, the unfolding ecopolitical controversies  around urban wild boars proliferation in the periphery Barcelona (with clear resonances in other big European cities). In parallel, I conduct an ethnography of human- wild boars direct interactions, looking at how nonhumans not only share environments with humans but also smartly use human-made infrastructures (water reservoirs, trash cans, parks, etc.). While the macro level is revealing the ethical and ecopolitical complexities of ‘controling’ this recalcitrant part of ‘nature’, the  ethnographic perspective is showing that wild boars themselves, as editors with their own and inevitable prospects, suggest some ‘amendements’ to usual forms of relating in and to the peri-urban environment. The question remains of whether urban wild-boars ‘editorial remarks’ could help to likewise rephrase urban relationality, in general, by highlighting the need of a different management of Barcelona limited urban space and natural resources.



Representative publications

2019 Positional Wildness. Amazonian Ribeirinhos, Pink Dolphins and Interspecies Affections. Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology. Online first:

2018 Embodying Equivocations: Ecopolitical Mimicries of Climate Science and Shamanism.  Anthropological Theory. Online first:

2015 Amazonian Quilombolas and the Technopolitics of Aluminum. Journal of Material Culture. 20(3):149-172


2018 (ed.) Decolonial Heritage: Natures, Cultures and the Asymmetries of Memory. Münster: Waxmann. (with Gesa Mackenthun and Stephanie Wodianka)

2013 La Selva Tecnológica: Sistemas Sociotécnicos y Antropología Simétrica en Comunidades Ribereñas del Bajo Amazonas. Barcelona: Tesis Doctorals en Xarxa (TDX).

Other peer-reviewed chapters and papers:

2019 This Mess is a ‘World’! Environmental Diplomats in the Mud of Anthropology. In: Indigenous Perceptions of the End of the World. Creating a Cosmopolitics of Change. Palgrave Studies in Anthropology of Sustainability. Rosalyn Bold (Ed). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2018 Ribeirinho Hunting Techno-Animism. On the Inexact Lines of Amazonian Modernity. In: South-American Indigenous Modernities. Ernst Halbmayer. (ed.) pp: 164-183. Herefordshire: Sean Kingston Publishing.

2014 ‘Teoría’, ‘Inteligencia’ y ‘Ciencia’ como Índices Bajo Amazónicos del Conocimiento Incorporado. Amazônica – Revista de Antropologia. 6 (1): 90-108

2011 Too ‘High’ Tech: Metonymical Fallacies and Fetishism in the Perception of Technology”. Journal of Contemporary Anthropology 2(1): 46-62.

2008 La Tecnología en el Cuerpo: Biomecánica de los Quilombolas en dos Selvas Brasileñas . (Con)textos: Revista d’Antropologia i Investigació Social 1: 23-40.

Not peer-reviewed publications

2018 “Displaced Bodies, Imprinted worlds”. Video-essay (10 min) for Displacements. The 2018 Biennial Conference of the Society of Cultural Anthropology, 19-21 April 2018. Available at:

2018 Introduction. In: Decolonial Heritage: Natures, Cultures and the Asymmetries of Memory.pp: 7-28. Münster: Waxmann. (with Gesa Mackenthun and Stephanie Wodianka).

2018 Cultivating the Sky. In: Decolonial Heritage: Natures, Cultures and the Asymmetries of Memory. pp: 257-273. Münster: Waxmann.

2014 Nature-Culture-Ecologies: Heritage in Transcultural Contexts. In H/Soz/kult. Kommunikation und Fachinformation für die Geschichtswissenschaften. Available at: (with Andrea Nicolas)

2014 Digging into the Smartness: A Short Technopolitical History of Vienna’s Urban Lakeside. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society. 21-23 May, Vienna, Austria.

2012 Paz implícita y violencia imaginada en comunidades quilombolas del río Erepecurú. In: La paz dede abajo. Perspectivas antropológicas sobre la paz en contextos indígenas y afroamericanos. Canals, R; Celigueta, G; & Orobitg, G. (ed.). Pp. 39-43. Barcelona: Publicacions de la Universitat de Barcelona.

2012 Book review: MARTÍNEZ MAURI, Mònica; LARREA KILLIGER, Cristina (2011) Antropología social, desarrollo y cooperación internacional. Introducción a los fundamentos básicos y debates actuales”. AIBR Revista de Antropología Iberoamericana 7 (2), p. 248-253

2011 La Selva Parcelada: Reforma Agraria y Fragmentación Social en el Bajo Amazonas”. In: Horizontes do Brazil- Escenarios, Intercambios y Diversidad, Barcelona: Ediciones APEC, p. 389-403