Psychedelic Humanities

Who we are

Lab Founder & Director: Nicolas Langlitz, PhD, is an anthropologist and historian of knowledge cultures who studies the behavioral sciences, especially neuroscience, psychopharmacology, and primatology. He uses ethnographic fieldwork and historical inquiry for philosophical purposes. He is the author of three books: Chimpanzee Culture Wars: Rethinking Human Nature Alongside Japanese, European, and American Cultural Primatologists (Princeton University Press, 2021); Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research since the Decade of the Brain (University of California Press, 2012); Die Zeit der Psychoanalyse: Lacan und das Problem der Sitzungsdauer (Suhrkamp, 2005). At present, he writes about psychedelics drugs, moral behavior, and mystical experiences. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research in New York.

Recent articles:

Langlitz, N. (2016). Is there a place for psychedelics in philosophy? Common Knowledge,22(3), 373–384.

Langlitz, N. (2019). Psychedelic science as cosmic play, psychedelic humanities as perennial polemics? Or why we are still fighting over Max Weber’s Science as a VocationJournal of Classical Sociology19(3), 275–289.

Langlitz, N. (2020a, July 21). Rightist Psychedelia. Society for Cultural Anthropology.

Langlitz, N. (2020b, August 3). Should Psychedelic Humanities promote Psychedelic Humanism?

Lab Co-founder & Manager: Ksenia Cassidy (she, they) is a non-binary mental health academic and practitioner with a background in social justice, community organizing, journalism, and filmmaking. Their research interests revolve around psychedelics, gender, trauma, attachment, addiction, and harm reduction. Ksenia’s training and clinical background are in substance abuse counseling. Currently, Ksenia is completing a Master’s degree in Psychology with Concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling at The New School for Social Research. Together with Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration (PHRI) originators Ingmar Gorman and Elizabeth Nielson Ksenia, Aja Molinar and Jonathan Sabbagh co-authored Psychedelic Harm Reduction and Integration: A Transtheoretical model for clinical practice. Ksenia’s ongoing research looks into correlations between childhood trauma, ayahuasca use, and post-traumatic growth.

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