Mark Harris

Professor Mark Harris

Head of School

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

My research centres on the Amazon and what makes it a place of global historical and anthropological significance.

I explore several conceptual and methodological themes that emerge from this interdisciplinary effort. The first considers the role of fieldwork in reconstructing the past. Here identity, imagination and knowledge are key terms. The second examines the role of rivers and seasonality in the shaping of human societies.. The third is social history, addressing colonialism and peasant rebellion..

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2023 Harris, M. (2023). Amazonian Kichwa of the Curaray River: Kinship and History in the Western Amazon. Hispanic American Historical Review, 103(2), 378-380.
    2021 Delta Life (2021).
    2019 Espelt-Bombin, S., & Harris, M. (2019). Changing Narratives of Race and Environment in the Nineteenth-Century and Early-Twentieth-Century Brazilian Amazon. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 38(2), 150-163.
    2018 Harris, M., & Espelt-Bombin, S. (2018). Rethinking Amerindian spaces in Brazilian history. Ethnohistory, 65(4), 537-547.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2018 Harris, M. (2018). The making of regional systems: The Tapajós/Madeira and Trombetas/ Nhamundá Regions in the Lower Brazilian amazon, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Ethnohistory, 65(4), 621-645.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS3
    2017 Harris, M. (2017). Revisiting first contacts on the Amazon 1500-1562. Tempo (Brazil), 23(3), 509-527.
    2016 De Pina-Cabral, J. (2016). Brazilian serialities: Personhood and radical embodied cognition. Current Anthropology, 57(3), 247-260.
    DOI Scopus6
    2015 Harris, M. (2015). Regional systems, interethnic relations and territorial movements – the tapajó and beyond in amerindian history. Revista de Antropologia, 58(1), 33-68.
    DOI Scopus3
    2015 Harris, M. (2015). The Scramble for the Amazon and the Lost Paradise of Euclides da Cunha. IMAGO MUNDI-THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL FOR THE HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY, 67(1), 114-115.
    2014 Harris, M. (2014). In Search of the Amazon: Brazil, the United States, and the Nature of a Region.. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, 119(5), 1750.
    2008 Harris, M. (2008). A story in names: The nickname, the first name and the surname in Pará, northern Brazil. Etnografica, 12(1), 215-235.
    DOI Scopus1
    2005 Harris, M. (2005). Riding a wave: Embodied skills and colonial history on the Amazon floodplain. Ethnos, 70(2), 197-219.
    DOI Scopus43 WoS36
    1998 Harris, M. (1998). ‘What it Means to be Caboclo’:Some critical notes on the construction of Amazonian caboclo society as an anthropological object. Critique of Anthropology, 18(1), 83-95.
    DOI Scopus30
    1998 Harris, M. (1998). The rhythm of life on the amazon floodplain: Seasonality and sociality in a riverine village. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 4(1), 65-82.
    DOI Scopus51
    1993 Wanless, S., Corfield, T., Harris, M. P., Buckland, S. T., & Morris, J. A. (1993). Diving behaviour of the shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis (Aves: Pelecaniformes) in relation to water depth and prey size. Journal of Zoology, 231(1), 11-25.
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    - Harris, M. (n.d.). The Cabanagem in Pará, 1835–1840.
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2021 Krause, F., & Harris, M. (Eds.) (2021). Delta life: Exploring dynamic environments where rivers meet the sea.
    2016 Rapport, N., & Harris, M. (2016). Reflections on imagination: Human capacity and ethnographic method. M. Harris, & N. Rapport (Eds.), Routledge.
    DOI Scopus7
    2016 Rapport, N., & Harris, M. (2016). Preface.
    2011 Pinedo-Vasquez, M., Ruffino, M. L., Padoch, C., & Brondízio, E. S. (Eds.) (2011). The Amazon Várzea. Springer Netherlands.
    2009 Adams, C., Murrieta, R., Neves, W., & Harris, M. (2009). Amazon peasant societies in a changing environment: Political ecology, invisibility and modernity in the rainforest. C. Adams, R. Murrieta, W. Neves, & M. Harris (Eds.), Springer Netherlands.
    DOI Scopus45
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2021 Harris, M. (2021). Rivers. In Doing Spatial History (pp. 154-170). Routledge.
    2021 Krause, F., & Harris, M. (2021). Conclusion: Confluences and distributaries in Delta life. In Delta Life: Exploring Dynamic Environments where Rivers Meet the Sea (pp. 222-230).
    2021 Krause, F., & Harris, M. (2021). Introduction: Life at water's edge. In F. Krause, & M. Harris (Eds.), Delta Life: Exploring Dynamic Environments where Rivers Meet the Sea (pp. 1-24). New York, US: Berghahn Books.
    DOI Scopus3
    2016 Harris, M. (2016). Finding connections along the river in the Lower Amazon, Brazil. In Knowledge in Motion: Constellations of Learning Across Time and Place (pp. 155-178).
    2016 Harris, M. (2016). From the river: Making local histories of the imagination. In Reflections on Imagination: Human Capacity and Ethnographic Method (pp. 23-40).
    2012 Harris, M. (2012). Peasants. In A Handbook of Economic Anthropology, Second Edition (pp. 433-450). Edward Elgar Publishing.
    DOI Scopus1
    2011 Harris, M. (2011). The floodplain of the Lower Amazon as a historical place. In The Amazon Várzea: The Decade Past and the Decade Ahead (pp. 37-51). Springer Netherlands.
    DOI Scopus3
    2009 Harris, M. (2009). 'Sempre ajeitando' (Always Adjusting): An Amazonian way of being in time. In Amazon Peasant Societies in a Changing Environment: Political Ecology, Invisibility and Modernity in the Rainforest (pp. 69-91). Springer Netherlands.
    DOI Scopus9
    2005 Harris, M. (2005). Peasants. In A Handbook of Economic Anthropology (pp. 423-438).
  • Position: Head of School
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor Seventh Floor
  • Room: 721
  • Org Unit: School of Humanities

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