Today we are thrilled to launch the first event of our conference, a pre-recorded welcome from the organizers and video release of the opening panel discussion ‘Excluded: The Consequences of Psychedelic Exclusion Criteria and First Hand Experiences of People Who Meet Such Criteria.” The discussion features Postmod Anna, Geoff Bathje, Valery Shuman, and Brenda Steele, with intellectual contributions from Vilmarie Fraguada Narloch.
After watching the video, if you have questions or comments for the panelists, we invite you to share them via this form, which will remain open from Saturday January 30 - Friday February 5. The panelists will meet to discuss your questions in early February, and a recording of that conversation will be captioned and posted on the website later in February.
Looking forward to next week, on Saturday February 6th, we will release the videos for presentation panel 1, entitled “Re-Thinking Psychedelics, Madness & Awakening.” This panel features Nadia Book, Chasse Gibeault, Paul Levy, Skylar Louttit, and David Nickles.
Please also note that forms are open to collect audience questions and comments for the speakers on the following Discussion Panels. We encourage you to submit your questions and themes for the panelists to discuss:
We hope you will join us over the next few months as we begin these timely conversations about the intersection of psychedelics, madness, and awakening!
We are very excited to share that on Saturday, January 30th, we will kick off our conference with a pre-recorded welcome from the organizers, as well as a screening of “Excluded: The Consequences of Psychedelic Exclusion Criteria and First-Hand Experiences of People Who Meet Such Criteria.”
Our virtual panels will continue to be released weekly through April 2021. Check out the conference schedule and speaker bios!
In place of live events, we have developed a format for dialogue and reflection that will allow both presenters and audience members a spacious amount of time to sit with the complexity and sensitivity of the conversations we are seeking to have. Our format will also allow for audiences in multiple time zones and with different viewing needs the flexibility to watch and offer questions and comments in a way that typical conferences do not. Read more about the conference format here.
From next week, we will send out weekly updates about conference events. Follow this blog and subscribe to our mailing list to stay updated.
We invite you to spread the word about the conference to your networks via the social media you prefer using the hashtag #PsychedelicMadness2021. Please also invite folks to share and contribute to our GoFundMe campaign. Access to the conference presentations is entirely donation-based, with a suggested donation of $5-10 per event, or $100-150 for the entire series of panels.
We hope that you will join us over the next few months for this multi-perspective conversation on psychedelics and madness that challenges the medicalization of altered states and explores community harm reduction responses to different forms of awakening.
In mad/psychedelic solidarity,
The Psychedelics, Madness, & Awakening organizing team
Erica, Patricia, and Tehseen
Thank you for your interest and participation in this conference. We look forward to the virtual conference launch later this month. The goal of this blog is to share updates on the conference and incorporate participants' reflections on the panels as they unfold. This will also be a space to describe the rationale for the conference and its format. We hope this space will be useful for future conference organizers seeking to create accessible virtual gatherings during the global pandemic and afterwards. Be in touch if you have any questions or comments about the conference, or if you are interested in contributing the the blog.