Honorary Research Fellow



Cristián Simonetti is an Assistant Professor at the Programa de Antropología, Instituto de Sociología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen. He has conducted fieldwork with land and underwater archaeologists in Chile and Scotland and with glaciologists in Greenland. His research concentrates on how scientists studying the past understand time and space. He is currently involved in the development of collaborative inquiries, across the sciences, arts and humanities, with the properties of inorganic materials, such as ice and concrete.


Research Interests

My research focuses on perception and communication, the role of corporeal movement in processes of enskilment and the use of technology. It concentrates especially on the relationship between ecology  and conceptualization, particularly on how understandings of time in science are shaped by the movements and bodily gestures scientists perform as they carry out their practices in environments imbued with forces.

Further Info

Selected publications

Simonetti, C. (2015) Feeling forward into the past. Depths and surfaces in archaeology. Time & Mind 8(1): 69-89.

Simonetti, C. (2014) With the past under your feet. On the development of time concepts in archaeology. Anuario Antropológico 39(2): 283-313.

Simonetti, C. (2013) Between the vertical and the horizontal. Time and space in archaeology. History of the Human Sciences, 26(1): 90-110.

Simonetti, C. (2013) En presencia de lo ausente. Rastreando materiales en movimiento. Papeles de Trabajo, 11(1): 40-61.

Simonetti, C. (2009) Significado y mundo compartido. Hacia una aproximación presentacional sentida al problema del otro. Il Quattrocento, 3: 13-24.

Awards and recognitions

2013   North theme, University of Aberdeen. Two year funding for organizing an Interdisciplinary Seminar on the Circumpolar North (with Marionne Cronin, Lisa Collinson, Jan-Henrik Fallgren, James Cusack).

2011   Arthur Maurice Hocart Essay Prize, Royal Anthropological Institute, for the essay ‘With the past under your feet. On the development of temporal concepts in archaeology’.

2009   Principal's Small Grant, University of Aberdeen (to conduct fieldwork in Chile).

2008   College of Arts and Social Science Open Funding, University of Aberdeen (complementary subsistence funding for 3 years).

2008   ‘Beca Presidente de la República’, Chilean Government (Doctoral scholarship for 4 years).

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