Dr. Robert J. Wallis delivered a keynote lecture at the University of Helsinki on 21 August 2016. He was invited to speak at the ‘Thinking Through Animals’ International workshop at the Tvärminne Zoological Station, 19-21 August 2016. Dr. Wallis spoke on ‘Art and Shamanism: From Cave Painting to the White Cube’, the eponymous title of his forthcoming monograph. The participants at the international workshop gathered to consider issues surrounding ‘taking animals seriously’ in the archaeological record and the group are now working on a funding proposal for a collaborative research project. Dr. Wallis is Professor of Visual Culture, Associate Dean, and Convenor of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture in the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences at Richmond. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. His recent publications include:
* Historical Dictionary of Shamanism. Rowman and Littlefield (second edition 2016).
* Paganism, archaeology and folklore in twenty-first century Britain: the case of ‘The Stonehenge Ancestors’. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion: Special Issue: Religion, Archaeology and Folklore 28(2): 129-157 (2015).
* Re-examining prehistoric stone ‘wrist-guards’ as evidence for falconry in later prehistoric Britain. Antiquity 88(340): 411-424 (2014).