Gastón GordilloInstitute Acting Director and Professor, UBC Department of Anthropology
Dr. Gastón Gordillo
Gastón Gordillo is Acting Director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, he graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (1990) and conducted his PhD at the University of Toronto (1999). He has conducted ethnographic research on space, ruination, history, violence, memory, subjectivity, and indigeneity in several areas of northern Argentina since 1987. A Guggenheim Scholar, he was also a visiting scholar at Harvard and Yale and a visiting professor at Cornell. His most recent book is Rubble: The Afterlife of Destruction (2014, Duke University Press). Based on fieldwork carried out in the region where the Argentine Andes give way to the Gran Chaco lowlands, the book proposes a theory of ruins as rubble by analyzing the everyday experience of people living in the vicinity of palimpsests of debris from multiple eras. His book Landscapes of Devils: Tensions of Place and Memory in the Argentinean Chaco (2004, Duke University Press) won the American Ethnological Society Sharon Stephens Book Prize. He is also the author of En el Gran Chaco: Antropologías e historias (2006, Prometeo) and Nosotros vamos a estar acá para siempre: Historias Tobas (2005, Biblos). He blogs at Space and Politics.