Lindsay Jordan – A Story Of Academia And Psychedelic Pride
Unprofessional’…’Irrelevant’…’Fascinating’: A Story Of Academia And Psychedelic Pride
Within a few days of my first psychedelic experience, aged 34, I was accepted onto the Doctorate in Education pro- gramme at Oxford Brookes University. Three years in, being required to submit an autoethnography of my doctoral journey, I chose to reflect on how psychedelic experience had influenced my educational and personal development – and vice versa. I was delighted to win the Breaking Convention student essay competition and to have been invited to present my work at the conference. Rather than merely regurgitating the contents of the original paper (which you can read online), I share my experience of writing about psychedelics in this context; my motivations and reservations, the negotiations with my tutors, the conditions I had to work with, and the reactions of those who assessed my work. I talk about what I learned from researching and writing the paper, and how it affected my life in the months that followed.