Event Date: 3 March 2017
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
Decolonising Witchcraft: Implications for Knowledge and Health
This Panel Discussion will open the Decolonising Witchcraft: Portraits of Traditional Healers in Bolivia exhibition being held in the Peltz Gallery at Birkbeck.
The speakers will discuss the significance of alternative forms of healthcare both in Bolivia and the UK. They will examine the colonial implications of the division between ‘traditional healing’ and ‘modern medicine’ and what this means for choice in healthcare, both in post-colonial countries like Bolivia, and here in the UK. The speakers will also consider the way that alternative medicine is viewed in the UK, and what this means for choice, diversity and access in the UK healthcare system.
Frank Somers of the Amesbury and Stonehenge Druids, who will present on his recent visit to work with Bolivian traditional healers in La Paz.
Peter Wilkin, PhD Environmental Anthropology, University of Kent, who will talk about the significance of medicinal plant knowledge and associated rituals to the well being of people and the environment in Bolivia
Jasmine Gideon, Senior Lecturer, Geography, Birkbeck, who will discuss her latest project on Latin Americans in London and their use of traditional medicines in healthcare and mental well-being.
The Panel Discussion will be followed by a reception in the Peltz Gallery, where people will be able to view the exhibition.
The Decolonising Witchcraft: Portraits of Traditional Healers in Bolivia exhibition portrays the women whose livelihoods involve the traditional rituals, artefacts and medicines that play a central role in culture and health in Bolivia. It will be open from 3 – 25 March 2017.
Introduction by Dr Kate Maclean (Birkbeck):
Dr Peter Wilkin (Kent):
Dr Jasmine Gideon (Birkbeck):