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Masters in Anthropology (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium), Doctorate in Social Anthropology (Oxford University).

Research interests

Anthropological perspectives on the question of life; the interface between the animate and the artificial, between what is alive and what is dead; animism; astrobiology; the usage of microscopes, telescopes, and other means of interacting with the very small, the very large, and the very far.

Research projects

CNRS postdoctoral fellowship (Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale, Paris), ESRC research fellowship (Oxford University), Wenner-Gren Hunt postdoctoral fellowship (Cambridge University), Rachel Carson research fellowship (Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich).


Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (1st year Undergraduate Course), Theory: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (2nd year Undergraduate Course), the Anthropology of Life and Death (3rd year Undergraduate Course). I also contribute to 'Being Human' and 'Special Topics', two 1st year Undergraduate Courses combining perspectives from social and biological anthropology.

Research Output

Les hommes ont evolué conjointement avec les animaux et la viande

Praet, I. & Leroy, F., 2018, In : Viandes & Produits Carnés.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Whirlpools, Glitter and Ferocious Intruders: The Palpability of Death in Chachi Animism

Praet, I., Jun 2018, A Companion to the Anthropology of Death. Wiley-Blackwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Animal Killing and Postdomestic Meat Production

Leroy, F. & Praet, I., 9 Feb 2017, In : JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS. 30, 1, p. 67-86

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Astrobiology and the Ultraviolet World

Praet, I., 1 Nov 2017, In : Environmental Humanities.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Participation in conference

The Worldwide Absence of Aliens. An Anthropological Perspective

Istvan Praet (Speaker)

13 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Anthropology Off Earth

Istvan Praet (Keynote/plenary speaker)

4 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Ecumenical Plasticity. Between Astrobiology and Anthropology

Istvan Praet (Speaker)

31 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


A Dialogue with Nature: Sacrificial Offerings in Candomblé Religion

Author: Capponi , G., 13 Mar 2018

Supervisor: Marvin, G. (Supervisor) & Praet, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Of casteadores, gallos y galleras: : the cockfight world in the Canary Islands

Author: Ontillera Sánchez, R., 11 Feb 2020

Supervisor: Marvin, G. (Supervisor) & Praet, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The Gentleman, the Vagabonds and the Stranger: Cultural Representations of Large Carnivores in Albania and their Implications for Conservation

Author: Trajce, A., 30 May 2017

Supervisor: Marvin, G. (Supervisor), Ross, C. (Supervisor) & Praet, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis