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Personal profile

Research interests

My research explores economic subjectivities in lowland South America, specifically how broader economic forms interweave with personhood, morality, sociality and religion in daily life.

My doctoral research looked at how the Sanema of Venezuelan Amazonia understood subject formation and ethical personhood within complex patchworks of overlapping economies, including an oil economy, a socialist revolution, an informal gold mine, and the animist cosmos. 

Since completing my PhD, I have continued to explore different forms of economic livelihoods in Amazonia – both indigenous and non-indigenous – through a Marie Curie post-doctoral project entitled ‘Wildcat Economics’ which explores small-scale gold mining in forested regions of Peru. The project investigates how capitalism is shaped at the global margins, bringing these broader themes into dialogue with studies of materiality, morality, kinship and cosmology. Since arriving at Bristol, I have also been awarded a British Academy Knowledge Frontiers grant for a project on energy resilience in the Amazon.

I received my PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2015. Since then I have held a postdoc at the Institute of Latin America Studies (ILAS), a teaching post at the University of Manchester and a Marie Curie fellowship at the University of Copenhagen. I joined the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at Bristol in 2019. 

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Projects

Research Output

  • 5 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 3 Book/Film/Article review (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Chapter in a book

Introduction: Resource Engagements: Experiencing Extraction in Latin America.

Penfield, A. & Montoya, A., 2020, In : Bulletin of Latin American Research. 39, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Fuel of fear and force: gasoline's energetic power and its entanglement in composite ethics

Penfield, A., 8 Apr 2019, In : Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 25, S1, p. 140-159 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Prizes

    Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PGCert qualification)

    Penfield, Amy E (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    ESRC 1+3 Award

    Penfield, Amy E (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    LSE Postgraduate Scholarship

    Penfield, Amy E (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Activities

    • 7 Invited talk
    • 7 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 5 Participation in conference

    Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America Conference

    Amy E Penfield (Participant)

    27 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Workshop on Morality and Becoming

    Amy E Penfield (Participant)

    2 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    RGS/IBG Annual Conference

    Amy E Penfield (Participant)

    1 Sep 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference