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NADIA ERLAM MSc
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Nadia Rei Erlam currently works at the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics, and in 2015 received an MSc from the same department in Gender, Policy and Inequality. They have worked in various gender-focused organisations such as Women in Prison, the Women’s Equality Party, Fearless Futures, and mental health organisations such as Mind. They also acted as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Psychedelic Society and were the head of the Psychedelic Society of London for over 2 years curating events which aimed at intersecting psychedelic philosophy and feminism as their academic work implies. These events were on subjects such as: “Decolonising Psychedelics”, “Psychedelics, Gender & Sexuality” and “Neuroqueering Mental Health”. Going forward, they would like to do more research and work around psychedelic philosophy in relation to the post-human, future technologies, queer theory, transfeminism, gender fluidity, feminist disability studies and neurodivergence.

ABSTRACT: COGNITIVE DISPOSSESSION: ENTHEOGENS, ECOFEMINISM AND NEUROQUEERING DRUG POLICY

In this presentation, I am going to highlight the core findings of my MSc dissertation as well as insights since then, and show the need for feminism in the psychedelic community both practically, in the theoretical analysis of mainstream drug and mental health policies, and in the analysis of entheogenic experiences themselves. This will be by exposing the links between ecofeminism and psychedelic philosophy, revealing the utility of these disciplines and their crossovers as analytical tools. If such analysis is applied to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 for example, what becomes exposed are the racist, and androcentric assumptions implied in the Act as well as its tendency to demonize certain mental landscapes – patterns which are attached to liberal configurations of ‘the human’.