Robert J. Wallis, Associate Professor of Visual Culture and Director of the M.A. in Art History at Richmond, the American International University in London, and a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Southampton, has published widely on shamanism and related topics. Recent projects include the role of gender and sexuality in North European heathery, past and present, and the use of queer theory to negotiate non-normative perspectives on the past. His books include Shamans/Neo-Shamans: Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans, Sacred Sites, Contested Rites/Rights: Pagan Engagements with Archaeological Monuments (with Jenny Blain), and the Historical Dictionary of Shamanism (with Graham Harvey).
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Shamanism describes various people in indigenous ("tribal") communities who might also be termed "medicine men," "witch doctors," "healers," and "sorcerers": people who engage with spirits for certain socially sanctioned tasks.