Psychedelics and Black Liberation Syllabus

Psychedelics and Black Liberation – FALL 2024

Week 0

Carl Hart, Drug Use for Grown Ups: Chasing Liberty in a Land of Fear

Week 1

Mark Fisher, Acid Communism (Unfinished Introduction)

Charisse Burden-Stelly, Black Scare/Red Scare – Forthcoming Spring 2023

Week 2

Jacques Derrida, “The Rhetoric of Drugs”

Joy James, Warfare in the American Homeland: Policing and Prison in Penal Democracy

Week 3

Jacques Derrida, “Plato’s Pharmacy”

Michael Taussig, Shamanism, Colonialism and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing

Week 4

Sean Homer, “Shamanistic Marxism: Freud, Benjamin and the Colonial Unconscious”

Walter Benjamin, On Hashish

Sigmund Freud, Cocaine Papers

Week 5

M.E. O’Brien, “Junkie Communism”

Paul B. Preciado, Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics in The Pharmacopornographic Era

Week 6

Katherine McKittrick, “Axis, Bold as Love: On Sylvia Wynter, Jimi Hendrix, and the Promise of Science”

Angela Davis, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday

Week 7

Jeremy Wells, “Blackness ‘scuzed: Jimi Hendrix’s (In)visible Legacy in Heavy Metal”

Leroi Jones, Black Music

Week 8

Sylvia Wynter, “We Know Where We Are From” – The Politics of Black Culture from Myal to Marley

L.H. Stallings, Funk the Erotic: Transaeshetics and Black Sexual Culture

Week 9

Kali Holloway, “The Secret Black History of LSD”

Danielle Giffort, Acid Revival: Psychedelics Renaissance and the Quest for Medical Legitimacy

Week 10

Frank B. Wilderson III, “The Black Liberation Army and the Paradox of Political Engagement”

Mitchell Dean & Daniel Zamora, The Last Man Takes LSD: Foucault and The End of Revolution

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