Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College
D.Phil, University of Munich, 1989; Habilitation, University of Munich, 1999
Stephan Palmié conducts ethnographic and historical research on Afro-Caribbean cultures, with an emphasis on Afro-Cuban religious formations and their relations to the history and cultures of a wider Atlantic world. His other interests include practices of historical representation and knowledge production, systems of slavery and unfree labor, constructions of race and ethnicity, conceptions of embodiment and moral personhood, medical anthropology, and the anthropology of food and cuisine.
Office: Haskell 212
Phone: (773) 834-1576
The Varieties of Historial Experience. (with Charles Stewart, eds.) Under contract with Routledge Press.
An Early Nineteenth Century Afro-Cuban Visionary Artist: José Antonio Aponte and his "libro de pinturas." (with Jorge Pavez Ojeda, Ada Ferrer, and Linda Rodriguez.) A critically annotated edition of the 1812 trial records. In preparation.
Molecular Biological Ambivalences. Somatosphere (Forthcoming).
(w/ Paul C. Johnson) Afro-Latin American Religions In George Reid Andrews and Alejandro de la Fuente, eds., Cambridge Handbook of Afro-Latin American Studies (Forthcoming).
Translator's Introduction. In G. Da Coll, ed., The Mythology in Our Own Language: Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough. University of Chicago Press (Forthcoming).
(w/ Charles Stewart) Towards an Anthropology of History. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 16(1): 207-36.
The Cuban Factors of Humanity/Los factores cubanos de la humanidad. Anthropological Theory 16:3-21
On Talking Past Each Other, Productively: Anthropology and the Black Atlantic, Twenty Years On. In I. Kummels, et al., eds., Transatlantic Caribbean: Dialogues of People, Practices, Ideas. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, pp. 57-75.
The Eyamba of North Fairmount Avenue, the Wizard of Menlo Park, and the Dialectics of Ensoniment: An Episode in the History of an Acoustic Mask. In P.C. Johnson, ed., Spirited Things: The Work of "Possession" in Black Atlantic Religion. University of Chicago Press, pp. 47-78, 288-93.
Historicist Knowledge and Its Conditions of Impossibility. In D. Espirito Santo and R.L. Blanes, eds., The Social Life of Spirits. University of Chicago Press, pp. 218-39, 258-63.
The Cooking of History: How Not to Study "Afro"-"Cuban" "Religion." Winner of the 2014 Clifford Geertz Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of Religion. University of Chicago Press.
Mixed Blessings and Sorrowful Mysteries: Second Thoughts about 'Hybridity." Current Anthropology. 54:1-20.
Signal and Noise: Digging up the Dead in Archaeology and Afro-Cuban Palo Monte. Archaeological Journal from Cambridge. Vol.28: 115-131.
Other Powers: Tylor’s Principle, Father Williams’ Temptations and the Power of Banality. In D. Paton & M. Forde, eds., Obeah and Other Powers: The Politics of Caribbean Religion and Healing. Duke University Press, 316-340.
(ed. w/ F. Scarano), The Caribbean: A History of the Region and Its Peoples. University of Chicago Press.
From Enchantment by Science to Socialist Sorcery: The Cuban Republic and its Savage Slot. In R. Sansi-Roca & L.N. Parés, eds., Sorcery in the Black Atlantic. University of Chicago Press, 121-144.
Biotechnological Cults of Affliction? Race, Rationality, and Enchantment in Personal Genomic Histories (PGH). In K. Schram, D. Skinner & R. Rottenburg, eds., Identity Politics After DNA. Oxford: Berghan Books, 193-211.
Ekpe/Abakuá in Middle Passage: Time, Space, and Units of Analysis in African American Historical Anthropology. In A. Apter & L. Derby (eds.) Activating the Past: Historical Memory in the Black Atlantic. London: Cambridge Scholars Press.
Slavery, Historicism, and the Poverty of Memorialization. In S. Radstone & B. Schwartz, eds., Memory: History, Theories, Debates. Fordham University Press.
Intangible Cultural Property, Semiotic Ideology, and the Vagaries of Ethnoculinary Recognition. African Arts. 42(4): 54-61.
The Cuban Republic and Its Wizards. In T. Kirsch & B. Turner, eds., Permutations of Order: Religion and Law as Contested Sovereignties. Ashgate, 67-84.
On Predications of Africanity. In S. Palmié, ed., Africas of the Americas: Beyond the Search for Origins in the Study of Afro-Atlantic Religions. Leiden: Brill, 1-37.
Ecué‘s Atlantic: An Essay in Method. Journal of Religion in Africa. 37(2): 207-315.
On the C-Word, Again: From Colonial to Postcolonial Semantics. In C. Stewart, ed., Creolization and Diaspora: Historical, Ethnographic, and Theoretical Perspectives. Walnut Creek: Left Shore Press, 66-83.
Is there a Model in the Muddle? ‘Creolization’ in African American History and Anthropology. In C. Stewart, ed., Creolization and Diaspora: Historical, Ethnogrpahic, and Theorietical Perspectives. Walnut Creek: Left Shore Press, 178-200.
Rejoinder: Genomic Moonliighting, Jewish Cyborgs, and Peircian Abduction. American Ethnologist. 34: 243-249.
Genomics, Divination, “Racecraft”. American Ethnologist. 34: 203-220.
Thinking with Ngangas: Reflections on Embodiment and the Limits of ‘Objectively Necessary Appearances’. Comparative Studies in Society and History. 48: 852-86.
The View from Itía Ororó Kande. Social Anthropology. 14: 99-118.
Creolizaton and its Discontents. Annual Reviews in Anthropology. 35: 433-56.
Ackee and Saltfish vs. Amalá con Quimbombó?: Sidney Mintz’ Contribution to the Historical Anthropology of African American Cultures. Journal de la Société des Américanistes 91(2): 89-122.
Santería Grand Slam: Afro-Cuban Religious Studies and the Study of Afro-Cuban Religion. New West Indian Guide. 79, 281-300.
The Cultural Work of Yoruba-Globalization. In T. Falola, ed., Christianity and Social Change in Africa: Essays in Honor of John Peel. Chapel Hill: Carolina Academic Press, 43-81.
Fascinans or Tremendum? Permutations of the State, the Body, and the Divine in Late-Twentieth Century Havana. New West Indian Guide 78:229-268.
The Color of the Gods: Notes on a Question Better Left Unasked. In B. Ostendorf, ed. Transnational America. Heidelberg: C. Winter, pp. 163-175.
Wizards and Scientists: Explorations in Afro-Cuban Modernity and Tradition. Duke University Press.
Of Pharisees and Snark Hunters: Afro-Cuban Religions as an Object of Knowledge. Culture and Religion. 2:3-19.
“Fernando Ortiz and the Cooking of History” Ibero-Amerikanisches Archiv 24, pp. 353-373.
Conventionalization, Distortion and Plagiarism in the Historiography of Afro-Caribbean Religion in New Orleans. In W. Binder, ed., Creoles and Cajuns. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp. 315-344.
Which Center, Whose Margin? Notes Towards an Archaeology of U.S. Supreme Court Case 91-948, 1993. In O. Harris, ed., Inside and Outside the Law. London: Routledge, pp. 184-209.
The Taste for Human Commodities: Experiencing the Atlantic System. In S. Palmié, ed., Slave Cultures and the Cultures of Slavery. Knoxville: U Tennessee Press, pp. 40-54.
Against Syncretism: Africanizing and Cubanizing Discourses in North American Òrìsà-Worship. In R. Fardon, ed., Counterworks: Managing Diverse Knowledge. London: Routledge, pp. 73-104.
Ethnogenetic Processes and Cultural Transfer in Caribbean Slave Populations. In W. Binder, ed., Slavery in the Americas. Würzburg: Königshauser & Neumann, pp. 337-364.
Conceptualizing Cultural Flow: Perspectives on Globalization. In R. Kroes, et al., eds. Cultural Transmissions and Receptions. Amsterdam: VU University Press, pp. 271-301.