Langlitz, Nicolas

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Nicolas Langlitz
Assistant Professor

Nicolas Langlitz received doctoral degrees both in medical anthropology (Berkeley) and history of medicine (Berlin). He was trained as a physician before conducting ethnographic and historical research on the revival of psychedelic research since the "Decade of the Brain" in two neuropsychopharmacology laboratories in Switzerland and California. He also published a book titled Die Zeit der Psychoanalyse (Suhrkamp, 2005) on the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan’s clinical practice of variable-length sessions. He has begun to work on a new project on the interdisciplinary exchange between life scientists and philosophers in the contexts of dream research and studies of cooperative behavior in primates. More generally, he is interested in the role of science in different forms of life and in how experiments and fieldwork have been and could be used to approach philosophical questions.
Recent Publications:

Nicolas Langlitz (2012), Neuropsychedelia: The Revival of Hallucinogen Research since the Decade of the Brain, Berkeley: University of California Press.

 “Political Neurotheology. Emergence and Revival of a Psychedelic Alternative to Cosmetic Psychopharmacology.“ In: Francisco Ortega and Fernando Vidal (eds.), Neurocultures. Glimpses into an Expanding Universe. Peter Lang: Frankfurt/M. (2011), 141-165.

“The Persistence of the Subjective in Neuropsychopharmacology. Observations of Contemporary Hallucinogen Research.” History of the Human Sciences 23:1 (2010), 37-57.

“Kultivierte Neurochemie und unkontrollierte Kultur. Über den Umgang mit Gefühlen in der psychopharmakologischen Halluzinogenforschung.“ Debate with Malek Bajbouj, Ludwig Jäger, and Boris Quednow. In: Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat and Christina Lutter (eds.), Emotionen. Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften, no. 2 (2010), 61-88.

"Pharmacovigilance and Post-black Market Surveillance." Social Studies of Science 39:3 (2009), 395-420.

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Research Interests:
Neurosciences, psychopharmacology, mind sciences, drug cultures, technologies of the self, subjectivity.

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