Philosophy and Psychedelics Exeter Research Group
  • Philosophy and Psychedelics Exeter Research Group

    Research Colloquium

    Exeter Psychedelic Research Colloquium
    Talks and Reading discussions (onsite and online) on contemporary psychedelic research in philosophy and psychology formed by Prof. Christine Hauskeller (Philosophy) and Prof. Celia Morgan (Psychology), with Dr Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes, et al.

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    Every other Friday, usually in Washington Singer 105.

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    24 Sept 2021 – First meeting and introductions.

    1 Oct 2021
    Discussing Csaba Szummer et al.
    (2017) The hyperassociative mind: The psychedelic experience and Merleau-Ponty’s “wild being”, Journal of Psychedelic Studies @ DOI: 10.1556/2054.01.2017.006

    8 Oct 2021
    Merve Mollaahmetoglu
    , University of Exeter. “This Is Something That Changed My Life”: A Qualitative Study of Patients’ Experiences in a Clinical Trial of Ketamine Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders. In Mollaahmetoglu OM, et al. (2021) Front. Psychiatry 12. @ DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.695335

    22 Oct 2021
    Dr Ben Sessa
    , Psychedelic Clinic Bristol. MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Addiction: Psychedelic Medicine for the Future of Psychiatry (view recording here).

    29 Oct 2021 – HALFTERM Break

    5 Nov 2021
    Prof. Christine Hauskeller
    and Dr Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes, University of Exeter. Philosophical Perspectives on Psychedelics. Preparatory reading:  Introduction to Hauskeller and Sjöstedt-Hughes, (eds.) Philosophy and Psychedelics: Frameworks for Exceptional Experience (Bloomsbury), 2022, in press.

    12 Nov 2021
    Dr Chris Timmermann
    , Imperial College, London. Psychedelics alter metaphysical beliefs, Scientific Reports, 11:22166. (view recording here).

    19 Nov 2021
    Dr David Erritzøe
    , Imperial College, London. Plans and recent results related to psychedelics/5HT and Multimodal Imaging. 
    Dr Meg Spriggs, Imperial College, London. Electrophysiological Markers of Neuroplasticity: A Novel Approach for Psychedelics.
    (View recording here).

    26 Nov 2021
    Prof. Christine Hauskeller
    , University of Exeter. Introduction to Frankfurt School Critical Theory. Preparatory reading:  Vogel, S. (1996) Against Nature: The Concept of Nature in Critical Theory, (State University of New York Press)Chapter 3. (View recording here).

    3 December 2021
    Prof. Michiel van Elk
    , Leiden University. Putting Psychedelics in Perspective (View recording here(Abstract here)


    19 Jan 2022
    Prof. Celia Morgan, University of Exeter. Challenges and Opportunities in Clinical Trials of Psychedelics – a Ketamine Case Study (view recording here)

    2 Feb 2022
    Dr Andy Letcher, Schumacher College. From Mysticism to Ecology. A Study of Religions Approach to Psychedelics (view recording here)

    16 Feb 2022
    Johanna Sopanen, University of Exeter, Journey into the Unconscious (view recording here)

    2 Mar 2022
    Dr Leor Roseman, Imperial College, The Revelatory Event: Alain Badiou’s politicized philosophy as a framework to understand psychedelic insights. Case studies from Ayahuasca rituals of Palestinians and Israelis (Abstract here) (view recording here)

    30 March 2022
    Dr David Luke, University of Greenwich. DMT: Indigenous gateway to the soul and endogenous reality thermostat? (View recording here) (Abstract here)

    13 May 2022
    Prof. David Nutt, Imperial College London. Psychedelic neuroscience and its implications for psychiatry, psychology and philosophy
    (View recording here) (Abstract here)

    27 May 2022, 14:30 (Room 105)
    Dr Peter Sjöstedt-Hughes and Dr Rennie Joseph, University of Exeter. Modelling Psychedelic Metaphysics (View recording here) (Abstract here)

    10 June 2022, 14:30 (Room 105) –
    Dr Matthew Watkins. Faces in things? Psychedelic visuals, Pareidolia and AI (View recording here) (Abstract & bio here)

    8 July 2022, 5pm, (Room WS 105)
    Dr Luis Eduardo Luna The Wasiwaska Ethnobotanical Garden in Southern Brazil: A Chronicle. (bio here) (View recording here)


    21 October 2022, 6pm
    Dr Dennis McKenna – Psilocybin and the Origin of Consciousness – A re-examination of the ‘Stoned Ape’ Hypothesis (Abstract & Bio here) (view slides recording here)

    4 November 2022, 3:30–5:00 (in person)
    Dr Yogi Hendlin, Erasmus University Rotterdam – Taking the Tripping out of Psychedelic Medicine is a Mistake (Abstract and Bio here) (view recording here)

    18 November 2022, 10am–11:30 (speaking online)
    Prof. Em. Wayne Hall, University of Queensland – The 21st Century Revival of Therapeutic Research on Classic Psychedelic Drugs: Antecedents, Evidence and Potential Future Medical and other Uses (Abstract & Bio here)  (view recording here)

    2 December 2022, 3:30–5:00 (speaking online)
    Dr David YadenJohns Hopkins University, Understanding, Quantifying, and Addressing Belief Change in the Context of Psychedelic Treatments (Abstract & Bio here)

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    20 January 2023, 3.30–5pm (in person, WS Room 105)
    Alexander Beiner, Breaking Convention director, Strange Drugs for Strange Times: How psychedelics can change society (Abstract & bio here) (view recording here)

    3 February 2023, 3:30–5:00
    Prof. Peter Hendricks, University of Alabama at Birmingham (speaking online, hybrid, WS Room 105)
    Psilocybin in the Treatment of Cocaine Use Disorder (view recording here)

    24 February 2023, 3:30–5:00
    Dr Adrian Harris
    Ecopsychology and Psychedelics (Abstract & Bio here) (view recording here)

    3 March 2023
    Dr Marta Santuccio (Abstract & Bio here) (view recording here)
    Presenting Contemplative Embodiment

    17 March 2023
    Dr Rachael Summer & Dr Luis Eduardo Luna
    Sumner: Acute mood-elevating and pro-social properties of microdosed LSD in healthy volunteers: a home-administered randomised controlled trial.
    Luna: The Ayahuasca Visions of Peruvian Painter Pablo Amaringo and The Usko-Ayar Amazonian School of Painting. A chronicle (1985-1994).
    (Abstracts & Bios here) (view Luna recording here)

    31 March 2023

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