Emilia Sanabria: Speaking Plants – decolonial perspectives on ayahuasca, animism and healing
Blue Skies - Bodies in Trouble


With: Emilia Sanabria Moderation: Mary Shnayien

Plants come with their worlds. Accord­ing to indigenous epistemologies, plants can be sentient beings, impart wisdom, have agency and intention. Various forms of care are extended to plants. They form part of kinship structures, and their genealogies may be entan­gled with those of the humans who domesticate and propagate them. Plant medicines like the psychoactive herbal brew Ayahuasca, used in collective rituals, remind us that encounters with others are essential to healing: encounters between patients and healers, encounters between humans and plants and colonial encounters. In her lecture, anthropologist Emilia Sanabria takes a look at the current global rise in Ayahuasca consumption and reflects on the importance of decolonizing our understandings of healing and of what (or who) plants are and do.

In the framework of: Blue Skies – Bodies in Trouble (10. – 14.07.2019) 
The growing impact of technology on life as we know it brings changes to our bodies, our communities and the environment—what can we do? How can we understand and shape these changes collectively? ›Blue Skies‹ is a festival series conceived to run over several years that invites us to think together. The first edition took place at PACT from July 10 to July 14 under the title ›Bodies in Trouble‹ encompassing performances and contemporary art works, panels, discussions and workshops.

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