David Abram


David Abram

David Abram, cultural ecologist and geophilosopher, is the award-winning author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. His essays on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous magazines and scholarly journals; he lectures and teaches widely around the world.

When younger, David earned his way as an itinerant sleight-of-hand magician, including a long stint as ‘house magician’ at Alice’s Restaurant (a storied establishment in the Berkshires of Massachusetts), as well as extended periods living with and learning from traditional, indigenous magic practitioners in southeast Asia and North America. More recently, David co-founded the Alliance for Wild Ethics (AWE), an organisation exploring the manner in which sensory perception, poetics, and wonder inform our relation with the rest of the animate earth. A lover of herons and rivers, and an avid storyteller, David is dedicated to the replenishment of oral culture as an ecological imperative. He lives with his family in the foothills of the southern Rockies.

David’s 2010 video conversation with Dougald Hine can be seen here. An  interview with David for the Canadian public radio programme  ‘How to Think About Science’ can be found here.