Mother, Scholar, Teacher, Revolutionary: Neşe Devenot
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Today, Jonathan talks with his friend, Dr. Neşe Devenot, PhD., Neşe is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Puget Sound, where she teach classes on psychedelics and literature. She is also working on a book, Chemical Poetics: The Literary History of Psychedelic Science. Neşe was also a 2015-16 Research Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Timothy Leary Papers and a Research Fellow with the New York University Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study, where she participated in a qualitative study of patient experiences.
Neşe received her PhD in 2015 from the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing her studies on psychedelic philosophy, the literary history of chemical self-experimentation (“trip reports”), and radical poetics. She is the founder of the Psychedemia interdisciplinary psychedelics conference (which has a radical and profound influence on Jonathan and inspired the creation of this very website), and was a founding member of the MAPS Graduate Student Association.
In this conversation, Jonathan and Neşe discuss her radical healing from crippling childhood social anxiety through the intervention of LSD, her struggle with postpartum depression, and her advocacy for human breast milk sharing. They also talk about the founding of Psychedemia, her work on the Leary Papers, and their shared conviction in the urgent need for more women and voices of color in the psychedelic conversation. Neşe also talks about her recent news that she is one of the recipients of the 2016 Cosmic Sister Spirit Plant and Women of the Psychedelic Renaissance Grants.
Topics and Websites Discussed in this Episode:
- Jezebel: “It’s a Lot More Fun to Play Make Believe with Your Kids If You’re Slightly High on Weed”
- Psychedelic Parenting: “When Being Dad IS the Ceremony”
- Neurons to Nirvana
- New York Public Library Timothy Leary Archive
- Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library @ Harvard
- Psychoactive Substances Library @ Purdue
- Milk Sharing
- Microdosing to treat Depression
- “Pahnke’s ‘Good Friday Experiment:’ A Long-Term Follow Up and Methodological Critique” by Rick Doblin
- Feminism and Psychedelics
- Annie Oak: “A Brief History of the Women’s Entheogen Fund” MAPS Bulletin, Autumn 2006
- Joseph Gelfer: “Entheogenic Spirituality and Gender in Australia” Paranthropology October, 2012
- Lilly Kay Ross: “Sex, Drugs, & Power” Psymposia 2014
- ZoeHelene.com: “Psychedelic Femenism”
- The Cosmic Sister Spirit Plant Grant
- Literary History of Trip Reports