Erika Dyck: ‘Tripping through the Doors of Perception? Psychedelic lessons from the past’

Medical Humanities Sheffield (MHS) and the Intoxicants Project are very pleased to invite you to the following research seminar:

Tripping through the Doors of Perception? Psychedelic lessons from the past

Professor Erika Dyck, Canada Research Chair in the History of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan

Psychedelics fell from medical grace nearly half a century ago, but recent activity suggests that some researchers have ‘high hopes’ for their return. Over sixty years ago Albert Hofmann at Sandoz Pharmaceutical Laboratories in Switzerland first synthesized LSD and personally experienced its effects in 1943. Over the next 15 years, over a thousand articles appeared in medical and scientific publications based on LSD research. By the mid-1960s, LSD research ground to halt as it had become synonymous with countercultural activities, hedonism, and drug abuse. Recently, that situation has started to change. A new generation of researchers has taken up the torch with an eye to resurrecting the psychedelic science of the 1950s, particularly along the paths of addiction research and palliative care. Will this new group of enthusiasts be more nimble, or have cultural circumstances changed sufficiently to embrace psychedelics anew?

Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 16:00-18:00
Council Room at Firth Court
University of Sheffield, Western Bank,
Sheffield, S10 2TN, United Kingdom

Professor Dyck is the author of Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD on the Canadian Prairies (2012, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press) and Facing Eugenics: Reproduction, Sterilization, and the Politics of Choice (2013, Toronto: University of Toronto Press). For more on Professor Dyck please refer to

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Vera Mackie (Wollongong): ‘The Grandmothers: Memory, Affect and Transnational Activism’

The School of East Asian Studies and The Department of History Research Seminar:

Monday 24 October 5:15 in the HRI

Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong

‘The Grandmothers: Memory, Affect and Transnational Activism’

On December 14 2010 a statue was erected in central Seoul, opposite the Embassy of Japan. The statue depicts a young woman in bobbed hair and Korean ethnic dress seated on a chair, facing the Embassy, with an empty chair beside her. On the platform beside the statue is a plaque, with inscriptions in Korean, Japanese, and English. The statue commemorates the weekly demonstrations held in front of the Japanese Embassy in support of the survivors of the enforced military prostitution/enforced sexual slavery system perpetrated by the Japanese military during the Asia-Pacific War in the 1930s and 1940s. Survivors and their supporters have been carrying out these weekly demonstrations from 1992 to the present. The statue was erected to mark the 1000th demonstration. This peace monument, as it is known, is both a memorial to those who suffered from militarised sexual violence and an acknowledgment of the activists who have fought for redress. The statue not only visualises their struggles, but acts as a three-dimensional avatar, replicating the steadfast stare of the demonstrators, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. In this paper I explore the affective politics of this artwork, installation and memorial, and its rippling effects in the geopolitics of relationships between Japan, its East Asian neighbours and their diasporic communities.

All welcome.