November 21 and 22, 2018 at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) in Mexico City is organizing in conjunction with the collective Drugs, Politics and Culture (DPC) the Sacred Plants Forum: Uses and Norms, November 21 and 22, 2018 at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) in Mexico City. Due to the success of our most recent Congress of Sacred Plants of the Americas, we seek to provide continuity to these discussions. The objective of the event is to inform and make visible the current debates related to plants and psychoactive substances, with a multidisciplinary perspective provided by the experts presenting at the forum. It also seeks to contribute new reflections in the intersectional discussions on drugs, that are also related to the traditional, contemporary, urban, therapeutic and personal uses of psychoactive plants. The forum will be attended by diverse specialists, including anthropologists, historians, political scientists, physicians, biologists and other experts on plants and psychoactive substances. You can find more details here.
Presentations November 21, 2018
Presentations November 22, 2018
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The forum is free.


November 21st

Román Piña Chan Auditorium

09:30 am to 10:00 am – Opening
1. Julieta Valle
2. Bia Labate
3. Aldo Contró
10:00 am to 11:30 am – Table 1: Sacred plants: history and traditional uses
Moderator: Nidia Olvera
1. Peyote: cults and restriction
Fernando Olvera

2. Reflections on the expansion and legality of the peyote fields in Mexico
Mauricio Guzmán and Bia Labate

. Entheogens and shamanism
Antonella Fagetti
11:30 am to 12:00 pm – Coffee break
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Table 2: The historical perspective of psychoactive substances
Moderator: Aldo Contró
1. Increased legal and social rejection: The case of opium in northwest Mexico at the turn of the century
Zinnia Capó

2. Why was marijuana banned in Mexico? A historical approach to the criminalization of cannabis use during the first half of the 20th century.
Domingo Schievenini

3. The Zihuatanejo Project: Timothy Leary’s psychedelic clinic in Mexico
Nidia Olvera

4. “Nefarious herb or innocent shrub” Polemics around marijuana during the 1930s: Doctors, the media and popular hot spots
Ricardo Pérez Montfort
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Table 3: The peyote case: legality and territory
Moderator: Bia Labate
1. A targeted territory: sacredness, objectification and resistance in Wirikuta
Diana Negrín

2. Ecological Analysis of the Peyote Populations in the Southern Center of the Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico
Pedro Nájera

3. Is the hikuri over? Wixáritaari perspectives on the status of peyote
Lisbeth Bonilla

4. Aukwe García Mijárez
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Lunch

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Table 4: Ethnography of mushrooms and psychoactive plants

Moderator: Mauricio Guzmán
1. The story of María Sabina told through the R.G.D file
Inti García

2. Neo-chamanic tourism: economic and social relations around the small one that springs up. The case of Huautla de Jiménez, Oax.
Sarai Piña

3. The forms of vegetable spirits
Elizabeth Mateos

4. The songs that heal: Oneiric-ritual use of the sacred plant called Santa Rosa among the Otomies of the Sierra Norte in Puebla.
Jorgelina Reinoso
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Table 5: Psychoactives and HIV: from harm reduction to psychedelic therapy
Moderator: Nicole Finkelstein
1. Towards a 21st Century Harm Reduction: The Taxonomy of the Strategy
Rubén Diazconti

2. Relationships between HIV and the use of psychoactive substances
Hugo González

3. Psilocybin-assisted group therapy for demoralization in long-term HIV / AIDS survivors
Hannah R. Tierney and Jordie Ryan Martin

November 22nd

Javier Romero Auditorium

10:00 am to 11:30 am – Table 1: Therapeutic uses of plants and psychoactive substances
Moderator: Hector Vargas Perez
1. Psychedelics in addictions treatment: from traditional medicine to the resurgence of new clinical research
Anya Loizaga

2. The importance of “set and setting” in the context of psychedelic therapies
Joyce Vázquez

3. Retrospective on the use of synthetic and natural psychoactive substances
Ivonne Roquet

4. Modern clinical studies for mental disorders with psychedelic substances
Rodrigo Pérez Esparza
11:30 am to 12:00 pm – Coffee break
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Table 2: Psychoactives in contemporary contexts
Moderator: Zara Snapp
1. Traditional psychoactive plants in the Mexican context
Natalia Rebollo

2. The salvia divinorum market in Mexico City
Carlos Zamudio

3. Cultural convergence. Uses and appropriations of sacred plants in the network society?
Hector Joel Anaya

4. Contemporary initiations with psychedelics
Karina Malpica
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Table 3: Marijuana, coca and poppy: regulation under discussion
Moderator: Héctor Joel Anaya
1. Politics and cannabis activism in Mexico: a history of two pioneering processes
Aldo Contró

2. Regulation of the cocaine market in 2034: a myth or a reality
Zara Snapp

3. Poppy, opium and heroin: chronicle of an anticipated tragedy
Jorge Hernández Tinajero

4. Is it necessary to regulate the ritual use of cannabis?
Leopoldo Rivera
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Lunch
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Table 4: Controversies around Bufo alvarius
Moderator: Anya Loyzaga
1. Toad Medicine: A cultural co-production
Ali Cortina

2. An antagonistic dichotomy between the uncertain and the concrete: Dilemmas about the historical footprint of Bufo Alvarius
Juan Carrillo

3. Bufo Alvarius or “The Dawn of the Toad”: ancestral medicine spirituality or the delirium of modernity
Jesus Ogarrio

4. O.T. A.C. Foundation: History, proposals and challenges.
Claudia Odily Fuentes

5. Applications of Entheogenic Education around Bufo alvarius: A glance at the art
Luis Roberto Ogarrio
Román Piña Chan Auditorium
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Keynote Conference: The Difficult Problem of Peyote Conservation, and the Way to Reach a Solution
Martin Terry


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