Interdisciplinary Science Reviews

  • Critical Doses: Nurturing Diversity in Psychedelic Studies
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews21 December 2023By Christine HauskellerClaudia Gertraud Schwarza Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter, Exeter, UKb Research Centre for Transitional Psychiatry, Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences, Krems, AustriaChristine Hauskeller is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Exeter, UK. She holds an M.A. in Philosophy, Sociology and Psychoanalysis (University Frankfurt on Main) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Christine studies constellations of knowledge and power, of epistemology and ethics. Her expertise and research bridge across ethics and political philosophy to philosophy of medicine and the life sciences. She especially advances methods and concepts developed in Critical Theory and Feminism. She founded the Exeter transdisciplinary research group psychedelics studies. Recent publications include The Matrix of Stem Cell Research (Routledge 2020) and Philosophy and Psychedelics. Frameworks of Exceptional Experience (Bloomsbury 2022).Claudia Gertraud Schwarz is a postdoctoral researcher at the Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Austria. She holds an M.A. in media studies and a doctoral degree in sociology (both from the University of Vienna). Claudia's research focuses on the sociopolitical dynamics and ethical dimensions of (re-)emerging scientific fields and technologies, the role of psychedelics and other healing modalities in society, gender studies and feminism, and the entanglements of science, spirituality, and art. She also works as science communicator and seeks to change society for the better through her activism such as the #WeDoSTS movement that she started in the field of Science, Technology, and Society studies.
  • Passageways through process philosophy: panpsychism in practice.
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews21 December 2023By Reanne CraneSemantrix, 82 Manuel Plascencia, Sayulita, Nayarit, 63734, MexicoDr Reanne Crane is a language scholar and co-founder of Semantrix (www.semantrix.co.uk) – a platform that seeks to bring more rhetorical and metaphorical innovation to dialogues on drugs and consciousness], and, more generally, explores the interplay between language, culture, and the human psyche. Her PhD (University of Kent, UK, 2022) is a multi-perspectival analysis of psychedelic discourses entitled: Aldous Huxley’s Island Revisited: Psychedelics and the Semantics of Perception and Belief. She has a background in teaching and translation, with an M.A. in Contemporary Literature, and a B.A. in Mandarin Chinese and English (Newcastle University). She has been researching and lecturing on psychedelics and language both nationally and internationally since 2014.
  • Nested hermeneutics: Mind at Large as a curated trope of psychedelic experience
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews27 November 2023By Adrian WebbSociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter, Exeter, UKAdrian Webb is a Masters student in Philosophy at the University of Exeter, UK. He holds a BA(hons) in Philosophy from the University of Nottingham, UK, gained in 1987. For 35 years between BA and MA, Adrian worked in senior and Board Director roles in business. Between 2018 and 2021, as Chairman of the London digital group, LAB, he was sponsor and a lead researcher of a project to investigate the psychokinetic markers of problem gambling, supported by a grant from the UK’s Gambling Commission. His academic interests include the philosophy of mind, especially mental fictionalism as it relates to psychedelic experience.
  • Coming down from the American trip
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews20 November 2023By Claudia Gertraud SchwarzClaudia Gertraud Schwarz is a social scientist, writer, activist, and science communicator from Austria. In her research and praxis, she dives into the sociopolitical dynamics of (re-)emerging scientific fields and technologies, ethical and legal issues, the role of psychedelics and healing modalities in society, gender studies and feminism, social movements and community building, and the entanglements of science, spirituality, and art.
  • Psychometric brahman, psychedelic science: Walter Stace, transnational Vedanta, and the Mystical Experience Questionnaire
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews13 November 2023By Jeffrey A. BreauPaul Gillis-SmithHarvard Divinity School, Cambridge, USAJeffrey A. Breau is a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School, where his research focuses on emergent psychedelic spiritual communities, psychedelic chaplaincy, and Hinduism. He works as a research assistant with the Center for the Study of World Religions’ Psychedelics and Future of Religion series and is a teaching fellow in the Harvard Sociology department. Jeffrey co-organized, along with Paul Gillis-Smith, the first interdisciplinary conference on psychedelic research at Harvard University, and he is a psychedelic chaplain at Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital.Paul Gillis-Smith is a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School and works as a spiritual care provider for ketamine patients at Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston, MA. He has presented at the annual meetings for the American Academy of Religion (2022) and the Society for the Social Studies of Science (2019, 2022), and co-organized the first interdisciplinary conference on psychedelic research at Harvard University with Jeffrey Breau.
  • Passageways through process philosophy: panpsychism in practice
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews13 November 2023By Reanne CraneSemantrix, 82 Manuel Plascencia, Sayulita, Nayarit, 63734, MexicoDr Reanne Crane is a language scholar and co-founder of Semantrix (www.semantrix.co.uk) – a platform that seeks to bring more rhetorical and metaphorical innovation to dialogues on drugs and consciousness], and, more generally, explores the interplay between language, culture, and the human psyche. Her PhD (University of Kent, UK, 2022) is a multi-perspectival analysis of psychedelic discourses entitled: Aldous Huxley’s Island Revisited: Psychedelics and the Semantics of Perception and Belief. She has a background in teaching and translation, with an M.A. in Contemporary Literature, and a B.A. in Mandarin Chinese and English (Newcastle University). She has been researching and lecturing on psychedelics and language both nationally and internationally since 2014.
  • Is gendered power irrelevant in higher educational institutions? Understanding the persistence of gender inequality
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews02 November 2023By Pat O’Connora Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Limerick, Limerick, Irelandb Geary Institute, University College Dublin, Dublin, IrelandPat O'Connor is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Limerick (UL) and Visiting full Professor, Geary Institute, University College Dublin. A member of the five-person National Review on Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (2016) her research interests revolve around gender inequality and include leadership, power and institutional resistance with a particular focus on excellence, organizational culture, micropolitics and policy related interventions. She was the first female full professor (1997) and faculty dean (2000) in UL and the first female professor of sociology in Ireland (1997). Her 120 publications include eight books, over 80 peer reviewed articles and 30 book chapters (https://www.ul.ie/research/prof-pat-oconnor; Pat O'Connor (researchgate.net) She has been involved in international research consortia including FESTA and WHEM and has been on the Advisory Boards of several EU funded research projects including TARGET, CHANGE and RESET. An editor of Special Issues on Gender and Leadership (2018, 2020), she has held visiting professorships at London, Aveiro, Linkoping, Deakin and Melbourne. Her next book: “A ‘proper' woman? One woman’s story of success and failure in academia” will be published by Peter Lang in 2023.
  • The good, the bad and the lab: a review of Nancy J. Nersessian’s Interdisciplinarity in the Making
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews17 October 2023By Emil C. ToescuAdam Tamas Tubolya Institute of Transdisciplinary Discoveries, Medical School, University of Pecs, Pecs, Hungaryb Dept. of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UKc MTA Lendület Values and Science Research Group, Research Centre for the Humanities, Budapest, HungaryEmil C. Toescu is a neuroscientist with a special interest in the neurobiology of ageing and is involved with a number of academic and educational projects focusing on the interface between (medical) sciences and humanities. He is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Transdisciplinary Discoveries, Medical School, University of Pécs (Hungary), Honorary Fellow at the Department of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences, University of Birmingham (UK), member of the MTA (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) Lendület Values and Science Research Group, member of the Steering Committee and lead of the Education Committee of the Doctor as a Humanist foundation. He runs and contributes to a number of Medical Humanities courses.Adam Tamas Tuboly is a philosopher of science, leader of the MTA (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) Lendület Values and Science research group and research fellow at the Institute for Transdisciplinary Discoveries, Medical School, University of Pécs. He works on the historical questions of philosophy of science and aims to track down the demarcation between science and pseudo-science.
  • ‘Life built herself a myriad forms’: epics of gestation and co-operation in late nineteenth-century women’s poetry
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By Wolfgang Funk
  • Science, philosophy and literature in the early Spanish Enlightenment: the case of Martin Martinez
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By Jorge García López
  • Why do we engage (and keep engaging) in tragic and sad stories? Negativity bias and engagement in narratives eliciting negative feelings
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By Julien Jacques Simon
  • Can fiction lead to prosocial behaviour? Exclusion, violence, empathy, and literature in early modernity
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By Isabel Jaén-Portillo
  • Queerness in science and literature: towards a ‘naturalization’ of the queer in the crossroads of physics, biology, and literary theory
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By Benito García-Valero
  • Digital humanities at global scale
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By Lidia Bocanegra Barbecho
  • Wide horizons: science and epic in Mina Loy’s ‘Anglo-Mongrels and the Rose’ and C. Day Lewis’s From Feathers to Iron
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By Michael H. Whitworth
  • The poetics of enquiry in Ronald Duncan’s Man
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By John Holmes
  • Sherlock Holmes saving Mr. Venizelos: using science in an early Greek crime fiction novel
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By Sophia Denissi
  • When a woman becomes a plant: looking at philosophical discourses through literary narratives
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By Constantin Canavas
  • Immortal codes: genetics, ghosts, and Shakespeare’s sonnets
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By Timothy Ryan Day
  • The magic lantern as a Gothic literary instrument
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews16 August 2023By Maria Vara
  • ‘Psychedelic Justice: Towards a Diverse and Equitable Psychedelic Culture’
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews08 August 2023By Mark Juhan Schunemann
  • Troubling hope
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews08 August 2023By Mark Juhan SchunemannUniversity of ExeterMark Juhan Schunemann has been studying the sacramental drug-culture relationship for seven years, having presented his research in Tallinn, Harvard, Breaking Convention and Prague. His interests span natural and revealed theology, philosophy, critical theory, medical anthropology and literature and he looks at the relationship between measurable exteriorities, immeasurable interiorities, ritual and value generation, and comparativism. He is especially interested in the ways in which ritual, rave, and medical cultures potentiate the psychedelic state, and in the philosophy of cognitive liberty. Having studied at Oxford (BA First Class Theology and Religion) and Durham (MA Religion and Society), Mark is also a published poet and is pursuing a PhD at Exeter University, in comparative drug culture and philosophy with Prof Christine Hauskeller and Dr Luis Eduardo Luna.
  • Science and literature: the importance of differences
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews02 August 2023By George Levine
  • Choosing between prediction and explanation in geological engineering: lessons from psychology
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews02 August 2023By Amichai Mitelman
  • What to do about the woo? Philosophy and Psychedelics. Frameworks for Exceptional Experience
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews29 July 2023By Andy Letcher
  • What to do about the woo?
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews29 July 2023By Andy Letchera Schumacher College, Dartington Trust, Dartington, UKb Schumacher College, Dartington Hall, Totnes, TQ9 6EAAndy Letcher is Senior Lecturer in Psychology (Psychedelics) at the University of Exeter, and Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for the MA Engaged Ecology at Schumacher College, Devon, UK. He is the author of Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom and many papers in the burgeoning field of Critical Psychedelic Studies.
  • Thinking again: enaction as a resource for ‘practice as research’ in theatre and performance
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews28 July 2023By Maiya Murphy
  • Critical perspectives on science: Arguments for a richer discussion on the scientific enterprise
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews12 May 2023By Emil C. Toescu
  • Re-imagining the virus
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews05 May 2023By Nancy Tomes
  • Emotions in scientific practice
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews25 April 2023By Anatolii Kozlov
  • The importance of values for science
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews25 April 2023By Heather Douglas
  • Thomas Charles Buckland McLeish, 1 May 1962–27 February 2023
    Interdisciplinary Science Reviews13 April 2023By Philip Ball

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