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Juan Castrillón

Scholar, performer, and media maker.

My intellectual agenda explores analytics of listening and world-making praxes among dervishes in Anatolia, and Tukanoan shamans in Colombia. My research methods include collaborative projects for producing photographs, texts, films, artifacts and installations. The experimental ethnography I developed is a performative response to contemporary debates in the humanities about object-oriented ontologies, sensory embodiments, and indigenous analytics on media.

Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania and board member of the Society of Anthropology of Lowland South America. I am also pursuing Arabic calligraphy and ney reed-flute training under Turkish instructors.

6 months ago


Breath, listening, talismans, ethnographic artifacts, filmmaking and museum exhibits.