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Jason Danely
Senior Lecturer of Anthropology Oxford Brookes University



Jason Danely is Senior Lecturer of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University. He studied psychological anthropology under Spiro, D’Andrade and Parish at the UC, San Diego, where he became interested in ritual and subjectivity in old age. His first book, Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan (2014, RUP), argues Japanese cultural narratives of loss provide symbolic structures for grieving against the backdrop of demographic change. Jason’s current research projects include compassion and family caregiving and post-carceral elderly care.

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James Davies

James Davies graduated from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a D.Phil in Social and Medical anthropology. He is a Reader in Social Anthropology and Mental Health at the University of Roehampton and a qualified psychotherapist. His books include The Making of Psychotherapists: an anthropological analysis, and the bestseller Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good. He edited Emotions in the Field: the psychology and anthropology of fieldwork experience and The Sedated Society: the causes and harms of our psychiatric drug epidemic. He is co-founder of the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, which is now secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence (

Along with Dr. Keir Martin and Dr. Thomas Stodulka, Dr. James Davies founded this network (ENPA) in January 2018.

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Victor de Munck
Professor Vilnius University – Institute of Asian and Transcultural StudiesAnthropology

Victor de Munck is a professor of anthropology at Vilnius University in the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies. He has conducted fieldwork in Sri Lanka, Macedonia, Lithuania, Russia, and the U.S.  He has used an ecological/cognitive approach in his research.  For the last twenty years, his focus has been on romantic love in cross-cultural and ethnographic perspectives and across a straight, gay, and polyamorous spectrum.  He is deeply interested in cultural model theory and methods.

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Leandro Durazzo
Anthropologist (PhD) – Postdoctoral Researcher Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)Graduate Program in Psychology

Leandro Durazzo holds a PhD in Anthropology (UFRN, Brazil) and researches Indigenous Ethnology, territoriality, ritual, language revitalization, education and traditional practices. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UFRN’s Program in Psychology, working on territorialities, traditional peoples and health policies. He is also a coordinator for obPALA (the Observatory for Latin American Environmental Psychology, UFRN). As a UNESCO consultant (2021-2022), he developed a diagnosis on Indigenous health in Rio Grande do Norte, a work envised to further design public policies.