Christina Verano Carter is currently a Dissertation Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Oneonta. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College, with a minor in Film Studies and a Concentration in Interpretation Theory. She is currently finishing up her Ph.D in Anthropology at Columbia University. She has done extensive fieldwork in Prague, Czech Republic tracking alchemical myths, largely embodied in Czech folk-puppet theater, and its reinterpretation into motifs of resistance and avant-garde aesthetics by the present day Czech-Slovak Surrealists. In addition, she has worked in a number of regions in the Philippine Islands. Her current project focuses on the Western Visayas region. In this document, she looks at, among other things – indigenous healing and sorcery; unsettling notions of inheritance and the narrative of the anthropologist that “goes home;” probes the question of the haunted present in context to a colonial past full of crypts and ghosts; and examines possible futures from the perspective of local healers and their clients, as the region is experiencing rapid and cataclysmic change to its climate concurrent to major infrastructural development projects. Her other interests include practicing and teaching ethnography as art, with special interest in short audio pieces, film, graphic novels, and puppet theater as storytelling.
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