Notes from "Cultural and Political Perspectives on Psychedelic Science"

August 23, 2018

 (Image via Chacruna


Greetings Psychonauts and Friends,


My name is Elizabeth, and I am the social media manager for Psychedelic Seminars. Last weekend, I attended my first psychedelic conference: CIIS & Chacruna's “Cultural and Political Perspectives on Psychedelic Science” organized by Bia Labate, PhD.


The repressed academic in me thrived in this environment. I live-tweeted the event using the hashtag #PoliPsy18, and I took over 20 pages of extensive notes that I’m now pleased to share with you.


I could not have imagined a more positive introduction to the psychedelic community, filled with inclusive, collaborative, and inquisitive intellectuals. The conference addressed issues ranging from cultural appropriation, to the threat of capitalistic influence, to the shortcomings of current psychedelic research practices with regards to marginalized communities (among many other things). In some ways, the conference functioned as a meta-systemic critique on the psychedelic community. It was tense at times, but internal tension often precipitates external resolution. We did a lot of work this weekend so that we could share this internal tension with you.


I hope that these notes will be useful not only for the speakers and attendees of the conference, but also the general public. In the spirit of keeping information open-source within the public domain (one of the major themes from this weekend), we are making these notes available at no cost.


I’d like to thank our supporters on Patreon for making this possible. Your financial contributions directly enabled this coverage by paying for my conference ticket. If you appreciate and value our work, consider becoming a Patron to ensure that we can deliver more extensive coverage in the future. I want to quit my unfulfilling job and devote myself to this full-time. In addition to notes and live tweets, we would like to provide livestreams, interviews, and behind-the-scenes content of conferences around the world. Your contributions help us cover the costs of producing and covering events, and can unlock more time from our team. Help us deliver more content by becoming a Patron.



Check out our notes here.


See photos here.


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