Dr Robert J. Wallis to speak at Wellcome Institute on ‘Rituals in the 21st century: continuity or reinvention’

Wallis will be part of a panel of three anthropologists discussing ritual today in response to the exhibition of Alice Anderson’s work, ‘Memory Movement Memory Objects’, currently on show at the Wellcome Collection. Wallis’s contribution will introduce the anthropology of ritual and focus on the re-use of shamanism by Western practitioners and contemporary artists. Tickets are available for the event on Thursday 17 September, 19.00-20.30 at the Wellcome Collection, Euston.

Dr. Robert J. Wallis is Professor of Visual Culture, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Programmes and Convenor of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture at Richmond University. He is interested in the archaeology and anthropology of art and religion with a particular focus on prehistoric rock art, shamanism and animism, and the uses of shamanism in society today. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Wallis is the author or co-author of over 100 articles, chapters and other publications, and five books including A Permeability of Boundaries? New Approaches to the Archaeology of Art, Religion and Folklore (Oxford 2001), Shamans/neo-Shamans: Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans (Routledge 2003), Historical Dictionary of Shamanism (Scarecrow 2005), and Sacred Sites, Contested Rites/Rights: Pagan Engagements with Archaeological Monuments (Sussex 2007). He is currently working on a monograph critically examining the interface between shamanism and art, from prehistoric cave painting to the contemporary art gallery.