Program of the Conference



The following is the full program of the workshop Religious Drugs. You can download the book of abstract HERE.

Friday, February 28: First day of the Workshop

08:30 – 09:30 Opening
08:30 – 09:15 Registration and refreshments
09:15 – 09:30 Opening speech
09:30 – 11:00 Keynote lecture
09:30 – 10:30 Wouter Hanegraaff The Reasonable Irrational: History of Religions and the Pathologization of Entheogenic Experience
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Entheogens in the historical narrative
11:00 – 11:30 Aleš Chalupa Entheogens in the Study of Ancient Greek Religion: A Case of the Eleusinian Mysteries and the Delphic Oracle
11:30 – 12:00 Luboš Bělka The Tibetan Book of the Dead, LSD and Czechoslovakia: What is the connection?
12:00 – 12:30 František Novotný Physical intoxication with demons in the medieval beliefs
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch break
13:45 – 15:15 Entheogens in art and culture
13:45 – 14:15 Miroslav Vrzal Satan, Drugs and Black Metal
14:15 – 14:45 Andrej Kapcár The Smoking Mirror: The visual aspect of entheogens in artistic expression
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 17:15 Entheogens in society
15:15 – 15:45 Adolph van der Walt Rising Smoke: The Spirtual Significance of Xhosa Pipe Smoking
15:45 – 16:15 Jan Kozák Entheogens and Communitas
16:15 – 16:45 Giuseppe Maiello An inquiry in “Prague’s good company” (researching in neo-pagan customs and attitudes)
16:45 – 17:15 Robert Dickins Reconfiguring Christian Experience with LSD
19:00 – ??:?? Dinner and social event

Saturday, February 29: Second day of the Workshop

09:00 – 09:30 Opening
09:30 – 11:00 Participation and experience
09:30 – 10:30 Michael Hokai Österle/Manfred Kakudo Hellrigl Experience with a psylocybin-study
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Sacred plants and rituals
11:00 – 11:30 Lucie Vinšová SINGING THE PATHS OF PLANTS: Drug Induced Perceptional Shifts in the Shapeshifting Shamanic Ritual Practices of the Selected South American Tribes: Language, Cosmological and Biological Aspects
11:30 – 12:00 Helle Kaasik Ayahuasca: substance, medicine, sacrament and a sacred being
12:00 – 12:30 Hans Gerald Hoedl Light your Spliff, Light your Chalice. The use of Marijuana in Rastafarian Ritual.
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch break
13:45 – 15:15 Entheogens in theory and praxis I.
13:45 – 14:15 Jana Nenadalová/Adam Karásek What does mean “mystical” in context of experience with psychedelics? Critique of perennialism in experimental psychology
14:15 – 14:45 Tancredi Marrone Ceremonial psychedelics: ecstatic powers
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 16:45 Entheogens in theory and praxis II.
15:15 – 15:45 Karl Baier Inebriation and Mysticism within Oriental and Occidental Cultures. A critical Appraisal of Rudolf Gelpke’s Comparative Approach.
15:45 – 16:15 Marleen Thaler Psychedelic kuṇḍalinī. The interrelation of kuṇḍalinī and DMT
16:15 – 16:45 Reanne Crane Myopic Metaphors in Mind