“Psychedelic Militancy in the 1980s” – Lecture by Christian Greer (PhD)

On February 13th, 2021, Christian Greer (PhD) will give a lecture on the topic of his dissertation: “Psychedelic Militancy in the 1980s”.The psychedelic dimension of religious experience occupies a marginal position in the scholarship of American culture. For the last seven decades, scholars have viewed the psychedelicist church movement as, variously, an excuse for taking illegal drugs, an inauthentic mode of religious fellowship, and a purely oppositional “counter-culture.” More recent scholarship challenges these interpretations by emphasizing the legitimacy of the experiences occasioned by psychedelics.
Psychedelicism in the 1980s took shape as the “zine scene,” a vast information network composed of approximately ten thousand self-publishers.
Through an examination of the hipster militants of the zine scene, the work of Dr. Christian Greer re-centers psychedelicist fellowships in 1980s hip culture. It is only by recognizing the interplay between the hipsters of the psychedelicist movement, and hip capitalism, that the role of esotericism in American culture can be understood.

Here you can read more on the topic.

Location: Online (Zoom address communicated via members email newsletter)

Price: This is a free event for APRA members.

When: Saturday, 13 february 2021 at 19:00 (CET)

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