Dates: 12,13 14 September 2011

Place: Anfiteatro da Geografia, FFLCH, University of São Paulo, USP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Time: 08:30h – 18:30h


The Congress will discuss the diverse nuances of the ritual use of ayahuasca in the treatment of dependency from a multidisciplinary perspective. Representatives from various treatment centers throughout South America will join with academic researchers from the fields of anthropology, medicine, psychology, and law. Concepts such as “drug,” addiction,” “health,” and “dependency” will be discussed, along with the boundaries between therapeutic, ritual, and religious practices. The presenters will consider narratives on experiences with ayahuasca, and will also seek to evaluate the efficacy of different treatment programs. Finally, the legal restrictions and possibilities regarding the therapeutic use of ayahuasca will be examined from a comparative and transnational perspective, especially focusing on the Brazilian and Peruvian contexts.


Anthropology Department of the University of São Paulo, USP

Núcleo de Antropologia Urbana da Universidade de São Paulo – NAU

Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies – NEIP

Associação Brasileira de Estudos Sociais do Uso de Psicoativos – ABESUP

Scientific committee

Dr. Marcelo S. Mercante – Universidade de São Paulo

Dr. José Guilherme C. Magnani – Universidade de São Paulo

Dr. Edward MacRae – Universidade Federal da Bahia

Dr. Beatriz Caiuby Labate – Universidade de Heidelberg

1st Day – 12/09/2011

08:30 – 09:00 – Opening Ceremony

09:00 – 12:00 Opening panel: Ayahuasca and the Treatment of Dependency: possibilities and limits

Participants: José Guilherme C. Magnani, Marcelo Niel, Rosa Giove.

Moderation: Marcelo Mercante.

12:00 – 13:30: Lunch

13:30 – 17:30 – Panel I: Dependency: Treatment centers, their vision and approach to the problem

Participants: André Volpe, Fernando Dini, José Muniz, Jacques Mabit, Wilson Gonzaga, Walter de Lucca, Nestor Berlanda, Cesar Rabbat, Santos Victorino Osores.

Moderation: Walter Moure.

2nd Day – 13/09/2011

08:30 – 10:30 Panel II: Populations in vulnerable situations: different approaches

Participants: Bruno Ramos Gomes, Taniele Rui, Jardel Fischer Loeck.

Moderation: Liandro Lindner.

10:30-11:00: Coffe-Break

11:00 – 13:00 Panel III: Ayahuasca and the concept of “drugs”

Participants: Henrique Carneiro, Edward MacRae, Sandra Goulart, Maurício Fiore.

Moderation: Julio Simões.

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Panel IV: At the frontier between therapy, ritual, and religion

Participants: José Guilherme Magnani, Paula Montero, Francisco Lotufo Neto.

Moderation: Marcelo Mercante.

16:00-16:30: Coffe-Break

16:30 – 18:30 Panel V: The role of experience and the body in treatment with ayahuasca

Participants: Jacques Mabit, Marcelo Mercante, Walter Moure, Gabriela Ricciardi.

Moderation: Bruno Ramos Gomes.

3º Day – 14/09/2011

09:00 – 12:00 Panel VI: The legality of the use of ayahausca in treating dependency

Participants: Maurides Ribeiro, Luis Fernando Tófoli, Rosa Giove, Marcelo Niel.

Coordenation: Marcelo Mercante.

12:00 – 13:00 Closing ceremony

For more information contact: Marcelo Mercante  [email protected]