What Can the Chemical Hold? The Politics of Efficacy in Psychedelic Science

Health law postdoctoral fellow Agnieszka Doll has organized a speaker series on the regulation of psychedelics. The series will feature three webinars over the Fall semester. Catch the second one of these, "What Can the Chemical Hold? The Politics of Efficacy in Psychedelic Science" with Dr. Katherine Hendy.

Drawing from ethnographic research with psychedelic therapists and researchers, this talk will explore the political tensions between two sources of efficacy within psychedelic therapy: the self and the chemical.

Speaker: Dr. Katherine Hendy is a medical anthropologist and science studies scholar who uses ethnographic methods to investigate how biomedical knowledge produced in different settings--clinics, laboratories, and trials--is taken up by different groups of actors. Dr. Hendy has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in sociocultural anthropology and a M.A. from the University of Chicago in the social sciences. Her doctoral research ethnographically followed the development of the drug MDMA—better known as the recreational drug “ecstasy”—as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder. Her research argues that the “outsider” status of MDMA-assisted therapy makes it a critical site for examining how claims about pharmaceutical safety and efficacy are produced and move between different experimental settings. Her dissertation and forthcoming publications track the development of a “documentary apparatus.”


Student Interest, Faculty Interest



Register via Zoom.


Free. All are welcome.


Agnieszka Doll: ADoll@dal.ca