Reading club – How forests think

4 November 2022

Presentation of the book How Forests Think, by Eduardo Kohn, within the framework of the program of activities linked to the exhibition The World is a Forest. / Presentation of the book How the Forests Think, by Eduardo Kohn, within the framework of the Vencella activities program to the exhibition El mundo ye viesca.

Eduardo Kohn says that this book is an exercise in speculation, in the double sense of speculating: guessing and reflecting. He puts a mirror in front of us and the reflection that returns to us tells us a riddle. A wild, tropical, variegated, dense riddle. The question poses an enigma to us but above all it calls us to a certain way of listening, leaving aside the schemes with which we usually think and opening ourselves to the unexpected.

The spaces through which Eduardo Kohn takes us in these pages, like the forests, become intricate, they thicken by virtue of a continuity between the different human and non-human beings that inhabit them and the multiple dimensions of the experience that pass through them. The people who inhabit the Amazon are in that incessant dialogue with the environment and are capable of perceiving differentiating subtleties in that complex ecology of beings that constitutes the jungle – something that the wandering visitor who, when looking at the forest landscape, describes it as monotonous. Listening to the forests is learning to tune into a polyvalent and multifaceted present, where dogmatic or reductionist attitudes no longer serve, and that is why this book urgently challenges us all today.

Dynamized by Llorián García Flórez and Isabel Lafuente in collaboration with the reading group of the Association of Anthropology of Asturies (ASAPE).

Llorián García Flórez He is an ethnomusicologist, with a degree in Music History and Sciences and a Master’s degree in Music, Communication and Institutions in Contemporary Spain, from the University of Uviéu/Oviedo; as well as a gaiteru in the Asturian rock group Dixebra. As a researcher, his line of work focuses on the study of voice and listening as means that humans and other animals cultivate to establish links of belonging with the territories in which we live.

Isabel Lafuente Mazuecos She is an anthropologist, with a PhD in Scientific and Technological Policy from UNICAMP in São Paulo. Living in Brazil for eight years, she wrote her thesis on community projects and their forms of resistance and knowledge production from the theory of affects. She did field work in indigenous villages of Bahia and ribeirinha communities of Belém, Pará and Manaus. She currently resides and works in Madrid.

Data sheet


Editorial:Abya Yala

Binding:Soft cover



Dimensions:210 x 150mm

No. pages:347

Publication date:1 – 1- 2021