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Magnus Course
Name
Dr Magnus Course
Title
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
Address
5.23 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Telephone
+44 (0)131 651 3893
Email
Research Interests
Britain, ethnography, Mythology and folklore, Memory, Language and Identity, Gaelic Scotland, crofting, Environment, fishing, the sea
URL
http://www.san.ed.ac.uk/people/faculty/course_magnus

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Fridays, 9.30-11

Research Interests:

  • kinship, personhood, and ritual in comparative perspective
  • Gaelic Scotland
  • the role of language in anthropological representations
  • semiotic ideologies
  • sea, land and belonging

PhD Supervision:

I would be interested in supervising projects relating to:

  • Language and social life
  • Scotland
  • Native American ontologies and cosmologies
  • Kinship and personhood
  • Symbolic and semiotic approaches to human life

Biographical Statement:

Magnus Course's research is concerned with the relations between kinship, personhood, power, language and land. He completed his PhD on kinship and personhood among the Mapuche of southern Chile at the London School of Economics in 2005, and the ensuing monograph was published by University of Illinois Press in 2011 as Becoming Mapuche: Person and Ritual in Indigenous Chile. He is the author of many academic articles on a variety of topics, as well as two edited collections, one (with Suzanne Oakdale) on indigenous autobiographies in lowland South America, the other (with Maya Mayblin) on new anthropological approaches to sacrifice. He is currently in the early stages of new research on the intersections between fishing and Gaelic culture in the Outer Hebrides.

Some of the publications listed below can be found at my Academia.edu page:  https://edinburgh.academia.edu/MagnusCourse

Selected Publications:

Books & Special Issues: 

 2014. Fluent Selves: Autobiography, Person, and History in Lowland South America. (with Suzanne Oakdale). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

2013. The Other Side of Sacrifice: New Anthropological Approaches. Special Issue of Ethnos (with Maya Mayblin).

2011. Becoming Mapuche: Person and Ritual in Indigenous Chile. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Articles:

2014. The End of Me: Mapuche narratives of destiny. in Fluent Selves: Autobiography, Person, and History in Lowland South America. Eds. Oakdale & Course. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

2013. The Clown Within: becoming white and Mapuche ritual clowns. Comparative Studies in Society and History. Vol. 55, No.4: 771-799.

2013. Speaking the Devil's Language: ontological challenges to Mapuche intersubjectivity. Language and Communication.Vol. 33, No.3: 307-316.

2013. The Other Side of Sacrifice. Ethnos. Vol.78, No.3: 1-12. (with Maya Mayblin). 

2013. The Apple is Grown, The Grape is Given: Two Modes of Mapuche Exchange. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Vol. 18, No.1: 1-13.

2013. The Fifth of Five Worlds. Anthropology of This Century. 

2012. The Birth of the Word: Language, Force, and Mapuche Ritual Authority. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, Vol.2, No.1: 1-26.

(http://www.haujournal.org/index.php/hau/article/view/hau2.1.002/275)

2012. Comment on "On the Importance of Visions among the Amazonian Shuar" by Steven Rubenstein. Current Anthropology, Vol.53, No.1: 39-79. 

2011. O Nascimento da Palavra: Linguagem, Força e Autoridade Ritual Mapuche. Revista de Antropologia (Sao Paulo) Vol.54, No.2. 

2010. Of Words and Fog: Linguistic Relativity and Amerindian Ontology. Anthropological Theory, Vol.10, No.3: 247-263.

2010. Making Friends, Making Oneself: Friendship and the Mapuche Person. In The Social Uses of Friendship: An Anthropological Exploration (eds) A. Desai & E. Killick. London: Berghahn Press.

2010. Los Generos Sobre el Pasado en la Vida Mapuche Rural. Revista Chilena de Antropologia, Vol.21: 39-58.

2009. Why Mapuche Sing. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol. 15, No.2: 295-313

2008.  Estruturas de diferenca no palin, esporte Mapuche. Mana: Estudos de Antropologia Social  Vol.14, No.2: 299-328.

2007. Death, Biography, and the Mapuche Person. Ethnos, Vol. 72, No.1: 77-101.

2005. Borges, the Mapuche, and the Mother's Brother's Son. Cambridge Anthropology, Vol. 25, No.1: 11-30.

Topics interested in supervising

I would be interested in supervising projects relating to: Language and social life; Native American ontologies and cosmologies; Kinship and personhood; Scotland; the sea

If you are interested in being supervised by Magnus Course, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Social Anthropology; MSc (R) Social Anthropology