CONICET researcher awarded by the Network of Iberoamerican Anthropology

Laura Panizo received the Best Iberoamerican Anthropology Article 2022 award.

Laura Maria Panizo. Photo: courtesy researcher.

The Network of Iberoamerican Anthropology (AIBR in Spanish) gave the prize for the Best Article of Iberoamerican Anthropology 2022 to Laura Marina Panizo, researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) of the Escuela Interdisciplinaria de Altos Estudios Sociales (IDAES, UNSAM) for her article “The ghosts of Chicureo: Living with the dead in the Colina neighborhood, Santiago de Chile.”

This is the tenth edition of this award, which is one of the most prestigious in Iberoamerican Anthropology. Every year, this institution recognizes an article, previously evaluated by a team of fifty reviewers, which is translated into English and represents AIBR in the international magazine Déjà Lu, published annually by the World Council of Anthropological Associations.

“This award is a very special recognition, not only because it comes from the prestigious Network of Iberoamerican Anthropology, but also because it is a text in which I reflect from my academic career on issues related to violent death, on a subject that is gaining a place both in the domestic and work spaces”, says the anthropologist Laura Panizo.

The award-winning article aims to expose the author’s first approaches to the subject, find spaces for dialogue with works that from the social sciences address beliefs about life and death and allow to focus attention on the agency of the dead.

“From a particular way in which “the field”, in ethnographic terms, made a place in my house and in my neighborhood, I try to foreground my experience and focus on emotions, to stress the way in which we approach otherness, we let ourselves be affected, and in this particular case we communicate with our dead. It is also a special article for me, because I wrote it in a  dynamic, poetic and sensitive way”, explains Panizo.

The AIBR is one of the most widespread anthropology scientific journals in the Spanish language, which is currently published in print and electronically. Its contents are not only focused on publishing articles and essays on anthropology (mainly social and cultural anthropology) but especially on offering an anthropological vision of current social events.