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.
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
- (2021). Exploring Moral Bio-enhancement through Psilocybin-Facilitated Prosocial Effects . Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics. 23-64.
- (2021). Enquete: Bøn som Vindue. Tidsskriftet Antropologi. 131-141.
- (2022). "No Magic Pill": An anthropological study on psychedelic integration among psychedelic users in Denmark.
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)
- Psychedelic Insights – podcast series of 10 interviews with prominent psychedelic researchers, Regnfang (2022)
- ‘Zen Buddhism in the West: practice, communities, and abuse of power’ interview with Chrisopher Hamacher, Regnfang (2022)
- ’Psilocybin, alkoholafhængighed og forbundethed’ interview with doctor and psychedelic researcher Mathias Ebbesen, Regnfang (2022)
- ‘The ritual: practice, framing, and externalization’ interview with anthropologist Inger Sjørslev, Regnfang (2021)
- ‘Mental health as relational, reciprocal, and contextual’– interview with psychedelic researcher and anthropologist Adam Aronovich, Regnfang (2021)
- ‘The Socio-cultural Mind’ – interview with anthropologist Andreas Roepstorff (2021)
- ‘More-than-Human Politics’ – Society for Cultural Anthropology (2017)
- Anthropological Happy Hour #2 Lotte Buch Segal & Thomas Brudholm
- Anthropological Happy Hour #3 Jarrett Zigon & Morten Axel Pedersen
- Anthropological Happy Hour #4 Ayo Wahlberg & Laura Emdal Navne
- Stemmer i Dansk Antropologi – interview with Anne Knudsen, Antropologforeningen
- Stemmer i Dansk Antropologi – interview with Inger Sjørslev, Antropologforeningen
- Stemmer i Dansk Antropologi – interview with Hanne Veber, Antropologforeningen