Psychedelic Humanities Research

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Neşe Devenot  TACOMA, WA

Since 2010, I’ve been working to grow the field of psychedelic studies in academia by connecting scholars across disciplines, publishing research in the psychedelic humanities, and teaching college courses about psychedelics and literature.

My work has gotten a lot of positive attention and support in recent years, including a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Puget Sound and research fellowships with the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study and the New York Public Library’s Timothy Leary papers.

I have some exciting invitations to participate in the development of psychedelic studies with scholars around the world, and I would love your help to bring these opportunities to life! As a single mom with $100,000 in student loans, every dollar means a lot.

I have three upcoming opportunities that I’m particularly excited about:

#1) I was invited to present my research at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelics Research in Amsterdam this June. This trip has already been mostly funded by a €1,000 scholarship from the OPEN Foundation.

#2) I was selected to participate in an invite-only workshop for scholars of esotericism that will be held in a medieval castle in the south of France the week after my birthday. I was invited by Wouter Hanegraaff, one of my favorite scholars and the author of “Esotericism and the Academy” from Cambridge University Press. This research meeting is intended to bring together a group of younger scholars who have been identified as representing an emerging “next generation” of academic researchers in esotericism and related fields. I have a scholarship for full room and board during the week, so I just need to raise funds for transportation.

#3) I was selected by Zoe Helene of Cosmic Sister to participate in an ayahuasca retreat in Peru. This final trip is already fully funded by a generous “Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance” grant.

If you’re excited about my work and the direction of psychedelic studies as a field, I would appreciate your support as I gather together the remaining funds! Check out the website for perks, if you’re interested. Thank you!

Read more about my research at chemicalpoetics.com and www.ups.academia.edu/ndevenot

Watch the Psychedemia conference documentary at www.tinyurl.com/psychedemia

Follow me at @NeseLSD

Perk info!:

Tie-Dye Level: Psychedelic poetry written on a topic of your choosing! Check out the psychedelic poetry journal from the Psychedemia conference here

Lysergic Level: Here is the art from the Psychedemia blotter paper! The actual blotter art doesn't have the extra watermark over it.


Fractal Level Fractal Level 2Here is a picture of a pair of Mandelbrot set fractal earrings I made. They are hand-drawn using a stencil that was created for my tattoo. I can make similar designs for necklaces, zipper pulls/charms, and keychains. You can specify the color (or range of colors).

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9 months ago
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I turn 29 today and wanted to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to or shared this campaign so far! :) I am nearly at the halfway point for covering my research travel costs for the year.

This is one of the postcards I wrote from the #ICPR2016 #psychedelics conference as a thank-you perk. I was excited to find these at the Beckley Foundation table, as I explain in my note: "I opened my presentation with the image on this postcard, which illustrates how psilocybin facilitates communication between brain regions that are usually disconnected. Since creative insights often arise from thinking outside of our habitual thought patterns, I used this image as a metaphor for the importance of research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries." I have a few postcards left, so I can send some more from my upcoming trip to France if anyone is interested! It is impossible to say how much all the support and kind words mean to me.
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Thank you to everyone who has contributed to my psychedelic humanities research campaign!! I've been really moved by all the kind words of support, from friends and strangers alike. I've just added some new perk options for hand-made jewelry (earrings, necklaces, zipper pulls/charms, or keychains) that I draw by hand, based on a stencil that was originally created for my Mandelbrot set tattoo. Colors are completely customizable. Thank you for sharing the link with friends! :)
Hand-made fractal jewelry
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Camerine Green
8 months ago

hi I am a disabled adult that has gotten more help and healing from psychedelics than I have from any prescription medicine

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$1,184 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 10 months
Created May 5, 2016
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Anonymous
8 months ago
$65
Anonymous
9 months ago
JC
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Julie Carlson
9 months ago

I'd love to hear a summary of these conferences and experiences. Love your work!

AF
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Aranye Fradenburg
9 months ago

Can't wait to hear all about the conference!

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Anonymous
9 months ago
VV
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Vincent Verroust
9 months ago

Greetings from Paris, France.

JF
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James Fadiman
10 months ago
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No gifts, just keep on spreading seeds and harvesting light.

BL
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Ben Lorber
10 months ago

Go Nese!!

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Anonymous
10 months ago
SR
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Shawn Rubin
10 months ago
Camerine Green
8 months ago

hi I am a disabled adult that has gotten more help and healing from psychedelics than I have from any prescription medicine

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