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Amazonia: Differing Research Perspectives in Ethnography and Folklore

  • 26/10/2023
  • 10:00-17:00
  • Online and at 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT

‘Amazonia:  Differing Research Perspectives in Ethnography and Folklore’

‘Folklore and Anthropology in Conversation’: The Seventh Joint Seminar of The Folklore Society and The Royal Anthropological Institute

Thursday 26 October, 2023, 10:00-17:00 BST

Online via Zoom and in person at The Royal Anthropological Institute and The Folklore Society at 50 Fitzroy Street, London on Thursday October 2023.

Tickets are free

To attend in person, please register here
To attend via Zoom, please register here

This seminar will explore subjects such as mythic narratives,  shamanism and urban society,  sorcery and healing, relationships to the non-human as kinship, and concepts such as doubles, twins, shadows, souls and guardian spirits.  

What implications do these studies from the Amazon have for folklorists and anthropologists in Europe ? 

How do our two fields conceptualize similar phenomena through different terminologies and discourses ?    

What can folklorists and anthropologists learn through this dialogue ?

This is the seventh in the series ‘Folklore and Anthropology in Conversation’ providing an opportunity for folklorists and anthropologists to explore and discuss common issues and subjects from differing perspectives  

Speakers and Presentations 

Hugo Ciavatta  (University of Campinas, Brasil) – ‘Names, Conflicts and Shamanic  Conceptions: The Mythical Relations of the Jamamadi of the Upper Purus’.   

Lewis Daly (UCL)  – ‘The Swordfish Tree Plant Poiesis in Makushi Panton’.  

Angela Giattino (LSE) – ‘Shamanic Experiments between Gains and Losses among Young Urban Amazonians’. 

Niklas Hartmann (Oxford) –  ‘The Peccary and the Macaw:  Toward an Integration of the Structural Study of Myth with Ontological Anthropology and Perspectivism’. 

Tarryl Janik  (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee) ‘Kanaima in Patamona Art, Pageantry, and Self-Defense:  A Multivalent Cultural Repertoire of Violence’. 

Matthias Lewy (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts) –  ‘Indigenous Sonorism and the World of Kanaimatón’. 

Ana Paula Motta (University of Western Australia) – ‘Becoming Jaguar: An ethno-ethological Study of Jaguar Perceptions among Past and Present Indigenous People of South America’. 

Filip Rogalski (University of Gdańsk) –Eating and Cooking in Times of Abandonment: Care through and for Nonhumans in Two Arabela  Autobiographical Narratives in the Peruvian Amazon’. 

Harry Walker (LSE) – ‘Dark Companions: Doubling and Duplicity in Amazonia’ . 


Natalia Buitron (Cambridge). 

Image credit: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis–Tapirape-Upe mask. via Wikimedia Commons