4S Annual Conference (Society for the Social Studies of Science)

Emilia Sanabria participates in the Diseased Landscapes: Health and Illness in Territories of Extraction IV – Resistance panel.

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Healing Encounters, ICARO & Ciência Psicodélica's 6th Encontros Psicodélicos


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Healing Encounters, ICARO & Ciência Psicodélica's 5th Encontros Psicodélicos


Piera Talin is discussant in the event “Psicodélicos no tratamento da dependência de substâncias” with psychologist Bruno Ramos Gomes and psychoanalyst Adriano de Camargo of the Encontros Psicodélicos organized by Healing Encounters, ICARO and Ciência Psicodélica.

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Healing Encounters, ICARO & Ciência Psicodélica's 4th Encontros Psicodélicos


Pietro Benedito is discussant in the event with Maria Betânia Albuquerque and Isabel de Rose, of the Encontros Psicodélicos organized by Healing Encounters, ICARO and Ciência Psicodélica.

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Pietro Benedito em aula na Associação Psicodélica do Brasil (APB)

On August 23rd, Pietro Benedito and Luis Felipe Valêncio lectured the class "Psicodelicos e diversidade sexual e de gênero" (Psychedelics and Sexual and Gender Diversity) within APB's monthly study group.



Pietro Benedito and Piera Talin teach on the “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ayahuasca” course (ICARO, UNICAMP)

Between August and December 2021, ICARO is organizing its “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ayahuasca” course online. Pietro will be presenting a Module on “Ayahuascas and their uses” on the 26th August and “Sexual and Gender Diversity” on 2nd December and Piera will present the Module “Reformulations of a sacred medicine in Brazil and Europe on the 18th November. 


The Making of Psychedelic Medicines : Material-Semiotic Transformations in the Medicalization of Psilocybin Mushrooms 

On 27th July 2021, Alberto Cantizani Lopez brilliantly defended his Masters dissertation titled “The Making of Psychedelic Medicines : Material-Semiotic Transformations in the Medicalization of Psilocybin Mushrooms” carried out in the Anthropology department of the University of Amsterdam, under the supervision of Emilia Sanabria. 

Silvia Mesturini at PSYCHED Conference 2021

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In July 2021, Silvia Mesturini, in collaboration with José Carlos Bouso and the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research and Service (ICEERS) organized and moderated the panel “Towards Common Evidence: Indigenous and scientific practices of knowledge” of the PSYCHED Conference 2021, with as guests Isabelle Stengers and Daiara Tukano.

Silvia Mesturini at SALSA

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In June 2021, Silvia Mesturini, in collaboration with Olivia Marcus (University of Connecticut) organized the workshop “From Ritual to Justice: Towards a Decolonial and Feminist Approach to Ayahuasca” within the XIII biannual conference of SALSA, Society of Anthropology of Low Land South America, hosted by the University of Virginia. Within this workshop, Silvia Mesturini presented the paper: “Of Rituals and Ruins. An Entangled Perspective on Ayahuasca”. Emilia Sanabria (PI of Healing Encounters) and Daniela Peluso (University of Kent) were the workshop chairs and discussants.

Healing Encounters, ICARO & Ciência Psicodélica's 3rd Encontros Psicodélicos 

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Open Source Body and Radical Care Conference 


Emilia Sanabria participates in the Open Source Body and Radical Care Conference panel on Anthropology, Feminism, Decoloniality and Radical Care (moderated by Natasa Petresin, with Paloma Ayala, Luiza Prado and Aniara Rodado). Her talk was titled: “Crafting Settings for Otherwise Health under Brazilian Settler Colonialism”


Conversation between art, anthropology and ritual 

On May 17th, 2021 and with the writer and performer Sandra Lessa, PieraTalinorganised the event “Conversa entre arte, antropologia e ritualidadesobre as encruzilhadas do povo da rua com ayahuasca” (Conversation between art, anthropology and ritual about the crossroads of the people of the street and ayahuasca) with the participation of the Healing Encounters team, the documentarist Tatiana Lohmann, artist and professor Cristiano Meirelles and psychologist Bruno Simões Gonsalves, around the paper "Pra Quem Rezava Maria Padilha?" by Tatiana Lohmann and Sandra Lessa, finalists in the Marielle Franco Award 2021.

Piera na aula "Introdução à ayahuasca e a difusão global de seus usos"

On May 10th, 2021, Piera Talin gives the lecture “Introduction to ayahuasca and the global diffusion of its uses” as Guest Lecturer in the Master Course of Medical Anthropology of the Amsterdam University College.

Pietro (Camis) Benedito & Emilia Sanabria participate in the Plantas Sagradas en las Americas II virtual summit 

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Healing Encounters, ICARO & Ciência Psicodélica's 2nd Encontros Psicodélicos 


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Healing Encounters, ICARO & Ciência Psicodélica launch "Psychedelic Encounters: Interdisciplinary talks on ayahuasca and other psychoactives" 


Healing Encounters, ICARO (Interdisciplinary Cooperation for Ayahuasca Research and Outreach) & Ciência Psicodélica are co-organizing a series of live discussions titled "Psychedelic Encounters: Interdisciplinary talks on ayahuasca and other psychoactives". These will occur every first Wednesday of the month, starting on the 7th April 2021 with a conversation between Luis F. Tofoli & Emilia Sanabria, hosted by Lucas Maia with commentaries from Camis Benedito. 

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Writing New Worlds Residency

HealingEncounters will spend a week in an immersive speculative writing residency hosted by UrsuLab, a biomedia lab that takes its inspiration from science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin. The residency builds on a first science fiction writing experience between Joe Dumit and Emilia Sanabria as part of an invitation from the journal American Ethnologist to speculate on futures post-Covid. It draws inspiration from afro-feminist expertise on engaging otherwise with futures and will take up practices offered by queer Afrofeminist trouble-maker Alexis Pauline Gumbs. We will be joined by Joe Dumit (UC Davis), Kris Peterson (UC Irvine) and Aniara Rodado (Ecole Polytechnique). 

Healing Encounters at ICPR2020

The Healing Encounters team participated in the online Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research organised by Open Foundation (24-27th Jan 2020). Emilia Sanabria was Moderator and Disscussant of a panel titled "Bringing the Lab to Ayahuasca" visible here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEaQ4Z7O6-Q&feature=youtu.be

Silvia Mesturini in lecture “Ruins, interdependencies and non-humans” at Sorbonne.

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In January 2021, Silvia Mesturini was an invited lecturer within the Master Program of the Institute of Social and Economic Development IEDES – Sorbonne, Paris. Her lecture title was: “Ruins, interdependencies and non-humans”.

Silvia Mesturini as guest in the seminar “Mental Health in Social Context”

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In October 2020, Silvia Mesturini gave a talk as invited guest in the seminar “Mental Health in Social Context”, in collaboration with the Prospective Anthropology Lab (LAAP) of University of Louvain and the Mental Health Service “Le Méridien” of Brussels. Her talk’s title was “Anthropology of Ruins and Practices of care” and addressed the pertinence of ethnographic methods and feminist science studies for research within social work and mental health treatment.

Healing Encounters at ICPR2020

The Healing Encounters team participated in the online Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Research organised by Open Foundation (24-27th Jan 2020). Emilia Sanabria was Moderator and Disscussant of a panel titled "Bringing the Lab to Ayahuasca" visible here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEaQ4Z7O6-Q&feature=youtu.be

(Psychedelics) Beyond the Neuro

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Emilia Sanabria contributes to the CulAnth HotSpots series "Psychedelic Revival" with a short essay on the somatic dimensions of ritual healing among Brazilian neoayahuasca ritual groups

Place Beyond Space? Rethinking “Setting” think-shop

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The rationale for this Encounters think-shop is to explore the concept of space as it pertains to the strong “entourage effect” of ayahuasca. Bringing together scholars and readings that engage space in a wide range of manners, we will explore the materialist underpinnings of conventional notions of space, the efficacy of spaces, idioms such as “holding space”, space as infrastructure, space and the body and examine the spatial dimensions of settler colonial projects (17th July 2020).

Multiscalar Lockdown Online Fiesta

Healing Encounters Multiscalar Lockdown Fiesta via Zoom with Kris Peterson (UC Irvine), Valerie Olson (UC Irvine) and the HealingEncounters team. Multiscalar research design as developed by Peteron and Olson invites us to move and think with our projects paying attention to the affective, embodied and intuitive dimensions of research. This workshop stemmed from the invitation to rework our individual project Concept Maps, placing COVID on them and rescaling the relations between the elements held together in light of this extraordinary event (25th May 2020).

Piera Talin Medical Anthropology Lecture

Piera Talin gives an online lecture titled Introduction to ayahuasca and global diffusion of its uses” Ashley Witcher's "Medical Anthropology” class, at the Amsterdam University College (11th May 2020).

Ayahuasca ritual use in contemporary urban Brazil

Healing Encounters workshop “Ayahuasca ritual use in contemporary urban Brazil: specificities, politics and practices of expertise” with Bruno Ramos Gomes (Psychologist, PhD Candidate at UNICAMP, University of Campinas, Brazil) who presented a talk titled “Contemporary ritual and clinical uses of ayahuasca and ibogaine for the treatment of addiction among homeless people in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.” (28-29th January 2020).

In Conversation with Isabelle Stengers

Silvia Mesturini is discussant of Isabelle Stengers’s latest book “Civiliser la modernité?” at the Anthropology department of the University of Louvain, Belgium (12th November 2019).

Ayahuasca: a Healing Ritual?

Silvia Mesturini gives a lecture at the Institute of Development Studies (IEDES) of Paris 1 - La Sorbonne, titled Ayahuasca: a Healing Ritual?” (20th November 2019).

Circulação de rituais de ayahuasca e saύde mental urbana

Piera Talin gives a lecture titled Circulação de rituais de ayahuasca e saύde mental urbana” in Prof. Rafaela Teixeira Zorzanelli’s seminar “History of the Concept of Medicalisation” at the Institute of Social Medicine, University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (19th November 2019).

Beyond Para-Ethnography: Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Design

Workshop organised by the Healing Encounters project at CERMES3 with Joe Dumit, Pablo Jensen and Aniara Rodado (7th Nov. 2019).    

The concept of para-ethnography was formulated to address the challenges of pursuing ethnography within new contexts of fieldwork in settings dominated by scientific knowledge and/or a technocratic ethos. This workshop provides a space to discuss and experiment with different modes of setting up alliances and collaborations with the scientists we are working with. It builds on the idea that as anthropologists and STS scholars we are doing histories of the present political, economic and ethical situations in which fact-making takes place. How can we ask better questions alongside our collaborators engaged in experimental work and fact-making in the lab? The workshop will explore the use of scientometric cartographies and future speculation games (such as science fiction research imaginaries) to envisage renewed ways of engaging conversations with scientists over the mapping of how science is changing and whether it could be done differently. 

Multiscalar Research Design workshop

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The Healing Encounters team, along with colleagues working on other projects at the intersections of anthropology and Science & Technology Studies (Claire Beaudevin, Charlotte Brives, Fanny Chabrol, Denis Chartier, Joe Dumit, Sophie Houdart, Mariana Rios) took part in a fantastic three-day residential workshop designed to help researchers elaborate and discuss the conceptualisation of their research projects through innovative forms of scaling. The workshop was organised by Emilia Sanabria and facilitated by Professors Kris Peterson and Valerie Olson, elaborating on the graduate course they teach at University California Irvine. The worshop was held in Montigny-Lencoup (11-14th September 2019).

Breaking Convention

Chris Elcock participates in the 2019 Breaking Convention conference on psychedelics held at Greenwich University, London (15-18th August 2019). 

Speaking Plants: decolonial perspectives on ayahuasca, animism and healing

Emilia Sanabria was invited speaker at the PACT Zollverein’s Bodies in Trouble conference, Essen Germany (12th July 2019). You can view talk called Speaking Plants: decolonial perspectives on ayahuasca, animism and healing here

She was also discussant of Kaushik Sunder Rajan’s talk On the Question of Value in Biomedicine.

Psychedelic Psychiatry in New York City

Chris Elcock presented a paper titled “Psychedelic Psychiatry in New York City, ca. 1960-1970” at the Alcohol and Drugs History Society Conference Shanghai University, 12 June 2019, in a Panel titled: Therapy, Counter-Culture, or Elitism? Revisiting Psychedelics. Link to the full conference program.

Ethics Training Workshop

The project’s mandatory Ethics Training Workshop was held at CERMES3, Paris. The workshop was led by  Prof. Anita Hardon and Ibã Isais Sales Huni Kuin – one of the project’s Indigenous Visiting Experts – who provided background on the stakes of conducting research with Indigenous people in an ethically-informed manner (4-5th June 2019). 

Healing Encounters at the World Ayahuasca Conference 2019 in Girona 

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The Healing Encounters team took part in the 3rd World Ayahuasca Conference, Girona. Emilia Sanabria chaired a panel with Ibã Dua Bake Huni Kuin and Dani Pinheiro Sales Kaxinawa titled Translating and transmitting the spirit of the forest: Lessons for survival in the Anthropocene from the Huni Kuin people and translated Ibã Dua Bake Huni Kuin’s conference Connecting technology and ancestral knowledge to reveal the invisible on the AYA Art Stage (31 May to 2 June 2019).

Emilia Sanabria’s HDR defence

Emilia Sanabria defended her Habilitation à diriger des recherches at Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon (29th mars 2019). The jury was composed of: Michèle Cros (Professeure d’anthropologie, Université de Lyon 2); João de Pina-Cabral (Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Kent) – Rapporteur; Sylvie Fainzang (Directrice de recherche, Inserm); Jean-Paul Gaudillière (Directeur de recherche, Inserm & Directeur d’études cumulant EHESS) – Rapporteur; Sophie Houdart (Directrice de recherche, CNRS) – Rapportrice; Frédéric Le Marcis (Professeur d’anthropologie, Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon) – Garant.

Emilia’s HDR is composed of three volumes: Vol. 1. Mémoire de synthèse : Récit d’une cueillette : anthropologie du corps, du médicament, de l'alimentation et des régimes de preuve en santé publique: Vol. 2. Recueil de publications; Vol. 3. Manuscrit inédit : Towards an anthropology of encounters: ayahuasca’s multiplicity and the politics of knowledge.

Plantas Sagradas en las Amaricas

Silvia MESTURINI participates in the International Conference “Plantas Sagradas en las Amaricas” in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. The title of her presentation: “How to preserve an entangled ayahuasca?” (Feb 2018).

Beyond Psychedelics Conference, Prague

Healing Encounters takes part in the Beyond Psychedelics Conference in Prague https://beyondpsychedelics.cz (21-24th June 2018).

Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Ayahuasca Winter School

Piera Talin takes part in the “Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Ayahuasca” Winter School 2018, University of Campinas, Brazil. School of Medical Sciences and ICARO – Interdisciplinary Cooperation for Ayahuasca research and Outreach, headed by Prof. Luís Fernando Tófoli.  Campinas (2-6th July 2018).


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