Dr Luis Garcia Briceno

Dr Luis Garcia Briceno

Visiting Fellow

Department of Anthropology

English, Spanish
Key Expertise

About me

Luis specialises in the anthropologies of Amazonia and Christianity. For his PhD research, funded by the LSE, he conducted over eighteen months of fieldwork among the Ye’kwana, an indigenous group from the Upper Orinoco region, in the Venezuelan Amazon. Luis’ research explores how indigenous Amazonians use the theme of the tube/path to articulate their perceptual experiences and how these shape their experiences of Protestant Christianity and conversion to it, particularly among elder Ye’kwana. This research contributes to the growing presence of indigenous uses of the theme of the tube/path in recent Amazonianist scholarship by focusing on the role that rhythm and processes of entrainment have in indigenous epistemologies of direct perception. In particular, Luis’ research has argued that the Ye’kwana, particularly from older generations, conjure up in their notion of paths an idea of the world and social life as made of rhythmic flows that are perceived and experienced through the generation of entrainment. The transformations brought about by conversion to Christianity, including those centered on the body and sense of humanness, can be understood as taking place within this framework and being governed by ideas of how change happens within it.

Currently, as part of his visiting fellowship at the LSE’s Anthropology Department, Luis is working on publishing his PhD thesis as a book and journal articles. Simultaneously, he is developing a research project focused on a comparative ethnographic exploration of the theme of the path/tube in the indigenous Amazon. He is ultimately interested in how entrainment and rhythm are connected to processes of perception, the place of these in indigenous intellectualizations, and their influence in indigenous ideas of ontology, cosmology, and sociality more broadly.

Expertise Details

Amazonia; Christianity; perception

Selected publications

García Briceño, Luis. 2024. Walking with Jesus in indigenous Amazonia: for an anthropology of paths.London: London School of Economics and Political Science. PhD Thesis.

García Briceño, Luis. 2023. “Off the Baptist Path: Christian Becoming in Indigenous Amazonia.” In Indigenous Churches: Anthropology of Christianity in Lowland South America, edited by Élise Capredon, César Ceriani Cernadas, and Minna Opas. London: Palgrave.

García Briceño, Luis. 2022. Review of Christianisme et chamanisme en Amazonie. Recompositions religieuses chez les Baniwa du Brésil, by Élise Capredon. Journal de la Société des américanistes, 108-1 | 2022, pp. 233-237

Vargas-Robles D, Magris M, Morales N, de Koning M, Rodriguez I, Nieves T, Godoy-Vitorino F, Sánchez GI, Alcaraz, LD, Forney L, Pérez M, García-Briceño L, van Doorn, L-J, Domínguez-Bello MG. 2018. High Rate of Infection by Only Oncogenic Human Papillomavirus in Amerindians. mSphere3, no.3 (May/June). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29720524/