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Meet The Kokojagoti Team

Laura Zanotti

Project Coordinator | lzanotti@purdue.edu

Laura Zanotti received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 2008 and joined the faculty at Purdue in 2009. She is appointed in the Anthropology Department and has affiliations with the Center for the Environment, American Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and the Human Rights Program. Zanotti is an environmental anthropologist and interdisciplinary social scientist whose research program focuses on partnering with communities to better understand how local, mostly rural, livelihoods and well-being can be sustained for future generations.In addition to environmental anthropology, she finds kinship with decolonizing approaches to research inquiry alongside insights from cultural geography, Indigenous studies, and Latin American studies. She has partnered with the Kayapó, an Indigenous community in Brazil, for over ten years and is currently working on projects around the United States and in Latin America on "media sovereignty" and digital landscapes, environmental justice and valuing nature, and community resilience and healing. 


Pamela Carralero

Research Assistant | pcarrale@purdue.edu

Carralero is a PhD candidate in Theory and Cultural Studies at Purdue University whose research interests include Indigenous Studies, sustainable energy, poststructuralist and climate philosophy, and human-nonhuman relations in the era of climate change. Her research projects currently include exploring representations of climate change as the 'unknowable' in climate science and poststructuralist inquiry, and theorizing the possibilities for the emergence of an ecologically-embedded social organization using case studies of rubber tappers in the Brazilian Amazon.

Diego Soares da Silveira

Project Coordinator | soares2br@yahoo.com.br

PhD in Social Anthropology (University of Brasília, 2011). Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences of the Federal University of Uberlândia and Research Associate at the Center for Research in Social Sciences (NUPECS-UFU), the Laboratory of Anthropology of Science and Technology (LACT / UNB) and the Center for Anthropology and Citizenship (NACI / UFRGS). Diego has experience in Science Studies and Ethnology (Traditional Environmental Knowledge), acting on the following topics: Symmetrical Anthropology; Actor-Network Theory, Biopolitics and Governmentality; Ethnobiology, Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge; Brazilian Amazon. In the last five years, Diego have been working as an adviser in issues of human rights and traditional knowledge in many Brazilian government institutions, as the Genetic Heritage Management Council (CGEN) and the Special Secretariat for Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic. He has also conducted ethnography and field research with South American Indians, peasants, riverside communities and biologists that work in the area of biodiversity and traditional knowledge.


Ingrid Ramón Parra

Research Assistant | iramonpa@purdue.edu

Ramón Parra's research interests are in the anthropological study of indigenous media and broader theoretical questions regarding how media alters understandings of politics and representation. She is interested in how new technology serves as a tool for the promotion of land rights, cultural preservation, communication within indigenous groups, and artistic expression. Her geographic area of interest is the transnational Amazon region.


Palmer Douglas Durr

Photographer: palmerdouglasmedia@gmail.com

The photos on this website are the work of cinematographer, Palmer Douglas Durr. Durr has worked as a documentary filmmaker in the Amazon Rain Forest over the course of three years with the Kayapó of A'Ukre. He has additionally produced branded content for ESPN, Sports Illustrated Kids, Goldfish, Honda, KillCliff, Cotopaxi, and more. For further information on Durr's projects, films, and equipment, visit http://palmerdouglas.com/.


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