Faculty Spotlight: ACMRS Affiliate R.A. Kashanipour

R.A. Kashanipour is a cultural historian and historical anthropologist of culture, knowledge, and power with particularly interests in indigenous peoples in the Spanish Atlantic world. His research explores the production of metaphysical knowledge and the epistemologies of experience of the early modern world and has published in the William & Mary Quarterly, Journal of Ecological Anthropology and Atlantic Studies. His current scholarly projects include two book-length projects. The first, which is in development with the Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press and titled Between Magic and Medicine: Colonial Yucatec Healing and the Spanish Atlantic World, explores networks of sickness and healing in colonial Yucatán and local production of medical knowledge in the Enlightenment-era Spanish Atlantic. The history of medicine, he suggests, has largely overlooked the experiential and cooperative foundations of the production of knowledge. The second monograph, tentatively titled The Morality of the Moon: Fable, Science, and Fiction in Enlightenment Mexico, examines how popular and, often, censored seventeenth- and eighteenth-century accounts of lunar travel reflected the tenuous emergence of modern metaphysics. His longstanding anthropological research involves the contemporary ethnobotany and lived medical practices of the Lacandón Maya of Chiapas, Mexico. Dr. Kashanipour’s research into the discourse of medicinal and botanical knowledge systems in colonial and contemporary indigenous communities has been funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Max Planck Institut-für Wissenschaftsgeschichte. He is currently an assistant professor of Latin American history at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.