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Following the success of the Breaking Convention conferences in 2011, 2013 and 2015, the technicolor flag of international psychedelia will be hoisted once again over the weekend of 30 June – 2 July, 2017. Breaking Convention 2017 will be held at the beautiful, baroque Old Royal Naval College campus of the University of Greenwich
Breaking Convention is a volunteer-run enterprise; neither the Directors nor the extended team receive any salary. If you wish to become involved in Breaking Convention 2017, please write to us using one of the forms below. Please make sure that you use the correct form, and fill out all the necessary fields.
APPLY TO VOLUNTEER
ALL VOLUNTEER POSITIONS NOW FILLED
All volunteers will be expected to be available for all three days of the conference. Each volunteer will be assigned to ONE shift of four hours, per day. You will know well in advance when your shifts will be. We need people on the reception desk, to act as ushers (guarding the doors to the lecture theatres), a few lecture theatre technicians (be able to assist with the equipment for showing slide presentations; basic training will be provided), minding the conference’s bookstall, and a few ‘runners’ who will need to be reasonably fit. We will try to get each person at least one shift as an usher, so you get to hear talks during one of your shifts too.
In return for your contribution of four hours each day, you get the rest of the day off to attend the conference for free! And, receive our grateful thanks for your enthusiastic help. To prevent no-shows, we require you to buy a ticket in advance at the Early Bird price of £70, which will be refunded after you have done all of your shifts.
We look forward to meeting you, and working with you.
To apply to present at Breaking Convention, please read the following notes on suggested topics and how to submit your abstract (talk summary).
Your abstract must be between 100-400 words and must clearly and concisely describe the proposed remit of your talk. Research submissions are preferred, although data may be either qualitative or quantitative. Non-research submissions will also be considered. Along with your abstract you must attach a short biography (approx. 200 words) and, where applicable, a list of relevant publications. Please also state your current country of residence.
REIMBURSEMENT AND SUBSIDY
Those whose submissions are accepted will be given discounted entry to Breaking Convention. Unfortunately we will not be able to subsidise expenses, and the discount is limited to one ticket per speaker. Breaking Convention tries very hard to keep its ticket prices as low as possible, and consequently we are only able to provide financial help to our invited speakers. If your abstract is accepted, you will be required to register for the conference to confirm.
Submissions will be judged by a panel of expert reviewers and selected based on originality, relevance and credibility.
– The abstract must clearly describe the proposed talk and, where relevant, the source of data.
– Applicants may be from any background, with no minimum education levels, although are expected to demonstrate expertise in their area of interest. This must be summarised in the biography.
– The abstract must be strictly relevant to the conference.
– Abstracts must be received by the deadline of 31 March.
Abstracts must be pertinent to the overall theme of the conference: the mechanisms, uses and implications of altered states of consciousness, particularly those occasioned by psychedelic compounds and practices.
Some suggested topics are listed below:
– Psychedelic Psychiatry & Medicine
– Psychedelic Neuroscience & Mechanisms.
– Psychedelics & Philosophy
– Psychedelics, Time & Perception
– Non-Drug Altered States of Consciousness (ASCs).
– Psychedelics & Poetic Expression
– Psychedelics, Healing & Spirituality
– Drug Policy & Activism
– Psychedelic History, Literature & Ethnography.
– Psychedelics in Anthropology & Archaeology
SUBMIT PERFORMANCE, INSTALLATION OR WORKSHOP
Each year, Breaking Convention hosts interactive installations, workshops, dance and theatre productions, curiosities and contraptions. To apply, please fill out the form below.
SUBMIT MUSIC, FILM OR ART
If you are a musician and would like to play at Breaking Convention, please write to us below. For the most part, we are arranging the music program on a basis of invitation-only, but we welcome submissions from interested parties.
Our resident artist Stuart Griggs will be curating a visionary art exhibition at Breaking Convention 2017. Although the gallery will mostly feature invited artists, you are welcome to use the form below to submit some work for presentation. If your work is selected, you will need to get it printed on a stretched canvas to gallery specifications.
Each year, Breaking Convention runs a mini film festival, showcasing the best of psychedelic cinema. If you represent a new production, please contact us below to discuss arranging a viewing.
SECOND ANNUAL RESEARCH AWARDS SUBMISSIONS
Breaking Convention is proud to announce that we are opening nominations for the second annual research awards. We will be giving three awards of £500, one each for best published Scientific, Social Science, Humanities publications. Further, the authors of the winning pieces will be invited to speak at BC17. The deadline for nominations will be 15 March 2017.
The criteria for entries is simple. The publication must be:
– Peer reviewed.
– Published in 2016.
– About psychedelics.
STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION ENTRY
New for 2017 we will be giving a £500 award for an original student essay or research report submitted by a confirmed Masters or Doctoral student. The winning essay/report will be between 3-4000 words, will be relevant to psychedelics, and be within the student’s field of study. The author of the winning essay/report will also be invited to speak at BC17. The deadline for submissions will be 1 April 2017 (April Fool’s day in honour of the first Breaking Convention, but this is no prank!).
Members of the press can contact Breaking Convention and request a Press Pass below.