Eduardo Kohn (USA)

Anthropologist and author


He is best known for his book How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human (2013), which is based on several years of research in the Ecuadorian Amazon and focuses on how the inhabitants of one of the world’s most complex ecosystems relate to the forest’s myriad beings.


Eduardo is Associate Professor of Anthropology at McGill University and directs its Anthropology for the Ecozoic initiative. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has held post-doctoral fellowships at UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan, and has taught, as a Faculty Member, at Cornell University, and as a Visiting Professor, at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
How Forests Think won the 2014 Gregory Bateson Award and has been translated into several languages. It has inspired the planetary-ecological imagination in creative work ranging from an eponymous ensemble composition by Liza Lim to museum exhibits in Geneva, Paris and Montreal.
Eduardo is currently writing a book titled Forest for the Trees, which focuses on how to find guidance from the living world that holds us, the world Amazonians call “forest,” in the context of the ecological crisis. It grows out of his ongoing collaboration with Amazonian indigenous leaders, environmental activists, human rights lawyers, architects, as well as performance and conceptual artists.