Juan Cajigas

Juan Cajigas


Position Title
Graduated 2019


Dissertation: Everyday ethics in the Anthropocene: An ethnography of the Tropical-Andean Cloud Forest in Colombia

Research Interests: Environmental philosophy, political ecology, decolonial theory, biopolitics, complexity theory, affect, embodiment and experience, non-western onto-epistemologies (capoeira angola, zen buddhhism, and shamanism)

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards:

  • Provost Dissertation Fellowship (2018-2019)
  • UC Davis Cultural Studies, Summer Dissertation Fellowship (2017)
  • Mellon Research Initiative in Digital Cultures Summer Fellowship (2014)
  • Mellon Research Initiative in Environments & Societies Summer Fellowship (2013)
  • Fulbright-Colciencias Colombia (2012-2017)
  • SEPHIS Program - Center for African-Eastern Studies, Brazil (2006)
  • Tropenboss Foundation, Colombia (2005)


B.A. Philosophy, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, 2000
M.A. Cultural Studies, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia, 2009


2016. Special Issue Editor. Antropology and Life. Dossier de Antropología, Universidad de Antioquia. Colombia.

2015. Una Etica no Dualista de la Presencia y del Cuidado del Bios. Cuadernos de Etica. Argentina.

2010. Cognitive spheres and ecosophical practices. Toward a biocentric criticism. In: Eschenhagen, Maria (Ed.) Open the social sciences to the environmental dimension. Instituto de Estudios Sociales Contemporaneos (IESCO). Universidad Central. Bogotá.

2008. Post-western wisdom: a perspective from Amazon peoples. In: Dupas Gilberto (Org.) Environment and economic growth. Instituto de Estudos Economicos e Internacionais. Editora Unesp. Sao Paulo. Brazil.

2008. Capoeira angola: flight between hummingbirds. Decolonization technology of subjectivity. In: Tabula Rasa. No.9. July-December. pp. 103-115. Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca.

2007. The Bio-coloniality of power. Epistemic mapping around abundance and shortage. In: Castro-Gómez Santiago; Grosfoguel Ramón. The decolonial turn. Siglo del Hombre Editores, Instituto de Estudios Sociales Contemporaneos IESCO. Universidad Central. Bogotá.

2003. Word, being and personal identity. Three semantic cases in Uitoto Language. In: Adolfo Chaparro, Christian Shumacher (ed.) Rationality and mythical discourse Universidad del Rosario, Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia (ICANH). Bogotá. Editor, ONTOLOGUE 2010, Publication Studio: Portland, Oregon. 2011