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.

Enquiries to:


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)

17 February 2023
Adrian Harris

3 March 2023
Marta Santuccio [tbc]

17 March 2023
Rachael Summer [tbc]

31 March 2023
Anne Katrin Schlag