november, 2019

thu07nov4:15 pm5:15 pmPublic talk “Reflections on the Globalization of Ayahuasca Shamanism” by Dr. Evgenia Fotiou4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Luther College, Olin 102Age:Adult,All ages

Event Details

Thursday, November 7th 4:15 PM  ● Olin 102 Free and open to the public

Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic plant mixture used in a ceremonial context throughout Western Amazonia and its use has expanded globally in recent decades. This lecture will focus on some of the problematic aspects of Western engagement with indigenous spiritual traditions. This engagement is usually based on idealized and romanticized notions of indigenous shamanism and an inability to digest its less palatable aspects such as sorcery. Dr. Fotiou proposes a more holistic approach to ayahuasca shamanism and addresses the struggles and challenges of the recent commercialization of indigenous spirituality.

Dr. Evgenia Fotiou is an Assistant professor of Anthropology at Kent State University and a founding member of the International Society for the Academic Research on Shamanism. Her research focuses on ayahuasca use in the context of tourism.

This event is sponsored by Luther College Anthropology and Religion Programs, Anthropology Club, and LFA committee.


(Thursday) 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm


Luther College, Olin 102