This talk explores Dr. Camilla Morelli's work on ethnographic animation, i.e. films that blend people’s lived experiences with fictional storytelling and imaginative scenarios. Camilla has coproduced these animations with children and young people around the world, from urban Bristol to the Amazon rainforest, to explore how they imagine the future amidst radical challenges they face in the present, and to amplify young voices that remain unheard.

Camilla Morelli is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at The University of Bristol. She has been conducting ethnographic research with forest-dwelling children and young people for over 15 years, exploring how their imagination and desires for the futures drive large-scale processes of socioeconomic change and shape the future of their societies and natural environments. Her book, Children of the Rainforest, is published by Rutgers University Press and was awarded the ACYIG – American Anthropological Association 2024 Book Prize.

Join us online on YouTube Live, or in the building on Friday 26th April 2024 at 1pm for the talk and to take part in the Q and A discussion afterwards. 

The Pervasive Media Studio is a partnership between the Watershed, University of the West of England and University of Bristol. The lunchtime talks are partly supported by MyWorld, a project led by the University of Bristol to support creative industries in the region. Watershed is supported by Arts Council England.

Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

The Lunchtime talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio Event Space. To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar. Walk across the cafe bar, turn right and walk towards the double doors. Go through into the corridor and walk all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.

The Studio is wheelchair accessible, and the events space has a hearing loop. The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. 

For more information on accessing the studio take a look here.

*Please note this is a hybrid event and will be live streamed so please be aware you will be in the live broadcast and recording when watching in the Studio.