Historian, Postdoctoral research fellow
Chris Elcock is postdoctoral fellow working with Emilia Sanabria on the Healing Encounters project, which is funded by the European Research Council. He is currently looking into the clinical research into psychedelic drugs in general and into ayahuasca in particular. His research examines psychedelic sciences at the heart of complex negotiations with other actors such as states, NGOs, indigenous populations and syncretic churches. Among the questions that guide his research, he is interested in probing the notion of “ayahuasca exceptionalism” when pitted against other psychedelic substances and he seeks to determine the role that history plays in the psychedelic renaissance.
He holds a PhD in history from the University of Saskatchewan and under the supervision of Erika Dyck. He is also working on a monograph on the history of LSD in New York City and has written on various aspects of the history of psychedelic drugs. In 2013 his work on the American psychedelic movement was awarded best article by a graduate student by the American Culture Association. Before joining Healing Encounters, he taught translation, international relations and territorial development policies at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3.
High New York: LSD, Postmodernity, and the Birth of Psychedelia in the American City. Monographie. Évaluation en cours, MIT Press.
“Psychedelic Philanthropy: The Role of Charities and Voluntary Associations in the 1960s Psychedelic Movement.” Révisions en cours, Social History of Alcohol and Drugs.
Avec Erika Dyck. “Reconsidering Bummer Trips: Scientific, Religious, and Cultural Explanations of Adverse Reactions to LSD and Psychedelics.” Révisions en cours, Social History of Alcohol and Drugs. Projet financé par la Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity Catalyst Scholarship (Université de la Saskatchewan)
“A New Perspective on Harm Reduction: George Peters and the Chicago LSD Rescue Service.” In History under the Influence: Essays on Drugs, Alcohol, and History. Sous la direction de Dan Mallek et Cheryl Krasnick. University of British Columbia Press. À paraître en 2019, 28 pages.
“Drug Subcultures in the American City, 1800-present.” Contribution invitée et financée par la Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. 2018.
http://oxfordre.com/americanhistory/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.001.0001/acrefore-9780199329175-e-564. Version papier à paraître en 2019.
“A Conversation with Ed Rosenfeld.” Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2015, pp. 149-169.
“The Fifth Freedom: The Politics of Psychedelic Patriotism.” Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2015, pp. 17-40.
“From Acid Revolution to Entheogenic Evolution: Psychedelic Philosophy in the Sixties and beyond.” Journal of American Culture, Vol.36, No. 4, 2013, pp. 296-311 (publié dans le cadre du William M. Jones Award for the Outstanding Graduate Paper in American Culture, présenté à la Popular Culture Association/ National Conference, Washington, D.C., 2013).