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Falk Parra Witte (2011)

Falk Parra Witte (2011)

Research Title: The Reality behind Ecology: Kogi Ontological Knowledge

Supervisor: Dr Françoise Barbira-Freedman


I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, but am also of German origin. My undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology was completed at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and my Master’s here at Cambridge University.

Research Interests

My research is based on nearly two years of ethnographic fieldwork and on continuing collaboration with the Kogi or Kaggaba, an Amerindian society native to northern Colombia. It seeks to elucidate current Kogi environmental discourse and political engagement regarding the stability of their mountain and the whole planet, as the expression of an underlying system of knowledge that is of ontological significance. This way of perceiving and relating to the world interconnects human behaviour with a complex natural, spiritual, and cosmological order.

Further research interests include the integration of psychological and anthropological research, history and folklore in Iceland, the relevance of anthropological knowledge for society, and states of consciousness.