Poison, Medicine, or Magic Potion?

Friday 22 September 2023, 12 am
Decolonizing Drug Studies from a Latin American Perspective

An increasing number of scientists claims that it is necessary to demythologize drugs and to revise their perception as a threat to society. Latin America plays a key role in this debate, as psychoactive substances are part of its natural resources and of Indigenous ancestral knowledge. In this symposium experts from different disciplines will discuss the relation between drugs and important societal issues, like legalization, cultural heritage, anthropological fieldwork, tourism and pharmacology. 



12.00 pm - 12.30 pm: Lunch (only after registration)

12.30 pm - 12.40 pm: Welcome and opening (Liedeke Plate (RICH, RU) & Brigitte Adriaensen)

12.40 pm - 1.10 pm:  Keynote: “Decolonizing Prohibition: Declassification of the Coca Leaf as a Narcotic Drug”, H.E. Roberto Calzadilla Sarmiento (Ambassador of Bolivia to the Netherlands). Respondent: Wil Pansters (Utrecht University). Moderator: Luis Miguel Rojas Berscia (RU)

1.10 pm - 1.40 pm: Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Psychoactive Plants – PART 1 - moderator: Andrea Pérez González (RU)

  • Topic 1: Cultural Heritage (Ana Camacho Puebla (RU) & Nidia Olvera Hernández (RU))
  • Topic 2: Tourism (Christian Tym (RU) & Tom Sintobin (RU))

1.40 pm - 2.00 pm: Coffee break

2 pm - 2.15 pm: Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Psychoactive Plants – PART 2 – moderator: Sofía Forchieri (RU)

  • Topic 3: Medicine (Paloma David Velásquez (RU) & Kim van Oorsouw, Maastricht University)
  • Q&A with the audience

2.15 pm – 2.45 pm: Keynote: “Anthropological and Pharmacological Considerations” (Hermann Herlinghaus, Universität Freiburg). Respondent: Pieter Lemmens (RU). Moderator: Sofía Forchieri (RU)

2.45 pm - 3 pm: Q&A with the audience. Moderator: Paloma David Velásquez (RU)

3.00 pm - 3.10 pm: Closure

3.45 pm - 4.30 pm:  Inaugural Discourse, Brigitte Adriaensen (Location: Aula)

Friday 22 September 2023, 12 am
, Grotius building, room Gr -1.075

Please note that it is no longer possible to sign up for this symposium.