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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 SOLD OUT

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  


Tea/Coffee: 9:30

Zoom meeting opens: 9:30

Welcome and Introduction to the Day – 10:00 – 10:15

Prof. Raymond Apthorpe (The Royal Anthropological Institute)

Prof. James H. Grayson (University of Sheffield, UK)

Dr James Andrew Whitaker (Troy University, USA and the University of St Andrews, UK)

Presentation 1  10:15 – 10:45

Hugo Ciavatta  (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil)

‘Names, Conflicts and Shamanic Conceptions: The Mythical Relations of the Jamamadi of the Upper Purus’ (Online)

Presentation 2   10:45 – 11:15

Angela Giattino (London School of Economics, UK)

‘Shamanic Experiments between Gains and Losses among Young Urban Amazonians’ (In Person)

Presentation 3   11:15 -11:45

Lewis Daly (University College London, UK)

‘The Swordfish Tree Plant: Poiesis in Makushi Panton’ (In Person)

Break 11:45-11:55

Presentation 4   11:55 – 12:25

Matthias Lewy (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland)

‘Indigenous Sonorism and the World of Kanaimatón’ (Online)

Presentation 5   12:25 – 12:55

Niklas Hartmann (University of Oxford, UK)

‘The Peccary and the Macaw:  Toward an Integration of the Structural Study of Myth with Ontological Anthropology and Perspectivism’ (In Person)

Lunch Break   12:55 – 1:30

Presentation 6  1:30 – 2:00

Tarryl Janik  (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, USA)

Kanaima in Patamona Art, Pageantry, and Self-Defense:  A Multivalent Cultural Repertoire of Violence’ (Online)

Presentation 7   2:00 – 2:30

Ana Paula Motta (University of Western Australia, Australia)

‘Becoming Jaguar: An Ethno-Ethological Study of Jaguar Perceptions among Past and Present Indigenous People of South America’ (In Person)

Presentation 8   2:30 – 3:00

Filip Rogalski (University of Gdańsk, Poland)

‘Eating and Cooking in Times of Abandonment: Care through and for Nonhumans in Two Arabela Autobiographical Narratives in the Peruvian Amazon’ (In Person)

Presentation 9   3:00 – 3:30

Harry Walker (London School of Economics, UK)

‘Dark Companions: Doubling and Duplicity in Amazonia’ (In person)

Tea / Coffee Break   3:30 – 3:45

Conference Discussant’s Comments  3:45 – 4:15

Natalia Buitron (University of Cambridge, UK) (In person)

Plenary Discussion   4:15


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