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‘Folklore and Anthropology in Conversation’
Seventh Folklore Society – Royal Anthropological Institute Joint Seminar

Date:  Thursday 26 October 2023
Time:  10.00am to 5.00pm
Location: 50 Fitzroy Street,  London W1T 5BT

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

‘Amazonia: Differing Research Perspectives
in Ethnography and Folklore’

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  



Welcome and Introduction to the Day10:00 – 10:15

James H. Grayson (University of Sheffield, UK)

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’.

Presentation 2   10:45 – 11:15

Angela Giattino (London School of Economics, UK)

‘Shamanic Experiments between Gains and Losses among Young Urban Amazonians’.


Presentation 3   11:15 -11:45

Lewis Daly (University College London, UK)

‘The Swordfish Tree Plant Poiesis in Makushi Panton’,

Presentation 4   11:45 – 12:15

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

‘Indigenous Sonorism and the World of Kanaimatón’.

Presentation 5   12:15 – 12:45

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’.

Lunch Break   12:45 – 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’.


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’.


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’.

Presentation 9   3:00 – 3:30

Harry Walker (London School of Economics, UK)

‘Dark Companions: Doubling and Duplicity in Amazonia’.

Tea / Coffee Break   3:30 – 3:45

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

Natalia Buitron (University of Cambridge, UK)

Plenary Discussion   4:15




There are no registration fees or charges for the day.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be served gratis