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Sidsel Marie Henriksen

PhD Candidate

My PhD project, (Up)rooted Healing: the embodied epistemology of iboga use, explores the use of the roots of the tabernanthe iboga shrub, primarily in its more traditional context of Bwiti Misoko initiation rituals in Gabon. With an analytic focus on embodiment, the project works from the idea that the experience catalysed from the iboga ingestion and many of its healing effects are individually, socially, epistemologically, and contextually embodied in important respects. Incorporating a comparative element, the project further traces how different modes of knowing, experiencing, and evaluating the iboga’s healing efficacy interact when the root is uprooted from the Bwiti Misoko ritual, transformed, and transported into 1) neo-traditional iboga retreats in Gabon and elsewhere, and 2) biomedical ibogaine treatment clinics in Euro-America. In so doing, I aim to recontextualize and re-embody the iboga-assisted healing process and analyze it within a cross-field of different experiential and epistemological regimes.

 

My master thesis explored individual and collective practices and understandings of psychedelic integration among psychedelic users in Denmark. This notion refers to the prolonged, therapeutic process that follows after an ingested psychedelic substance is no longer neurobiologically active in the body and the user is left with the task of making sense and use of the experience in the context of everyday existence.

PRESENTATIONS

2022              Psychedelic integration – a relational affair?, public lecture at Hjerterum, Aarhus

 

2022              Podcast interview on psychedelic integration, Den Forbudte Skole

 

2021              ’No Magic Pill’ – glimpses from an anthropological fieldwork on integration among psychedelic users in Denmark, keynote presentation at Danish PsychedelicConference

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2021). Exploring Moral Bio-enhancement through Psilocybin-Facilitated Prosocial Effects . Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics. 23-64.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Enquete: Bøn som Vindue. Tidsskriftet Antropologi. 131-141.
Magister thesis
  • Show author(s) (2022). "No Magic Pill": An anthropological study on psychedelic integration among psychedelic users in Denmark.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

WRITTEN ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

2021              Exploring Moral Bio-enhancement through Psilocybin-Facilitated Prosocial Effects (with Victor Lange). In Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics Vol. 8:1 , pp. 23-64

2021              Hesychastic practices of and beyond the self – the ethical aspects of self-transformation. In Pan-Sophia Vol 4. Copenhagen: H.E.R.M.E.S. Academic Press, pp. 106-140

2021              Enquete: Bøn som Vindue. In Tidsskriftet Antropologi 84, p. 131-141

2022              Kan psilocybin forbedre vores moral? (with Victor Lange). In Paradoks: Tidsskrift for Filosofi & Teori (https://paradoks.nu/2022/09/29/kan-psilocybin-forbedre-vores-moral/)

2022            "No Magic Pill": An anthropological study on psychedelic integration among psychedelic users in Denmark (master thesis, available here)

 

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