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Dr Tehseen Noorani

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Honorary Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

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My interests lie in the phenomenological, epistemic and sociopolitical character of extreme experiences, and how these are made sense of across different 'consciousness cultures'. Currently, I am writing a monograph tracing the renewed scientific and therapeutic interest in psychedelic experiences in the global North, exploring implications for thoeries of psychopathology and approaches to mental health care. Weaving together scientific, medical, spiritual and aesthetic registers, this research is situated in the context of medicalisation and the ongoing 'war on drugs'.

I have trained and taught in a range of disciplines including anthropology, psychology, sociology, socio-legal studies, epidemiology and science and technology studies, and have collaborated with anthropologists, human geographers, sociologists, psychopharmacologists, mental health service users and survivors, Mad Pride organisations and healthcare professionals. These experiences inform my interest in the epistemological, methodological and ethical challenges that arise in attempts to conduct meaningful interdisciplinary and participatory research.

I am a member of Hearing the Voice, a Wellcome Trust-funded project based in Durham University's Institute for Medical Humanities.

Selected Publications

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Edited book

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  • Blencowe, Claire, Brigstocke, Julian & Noorani, Tehseen (2013). Authority, Knowledge & Performance in Participatory Practice: Connected Communities Discussion Paper. AHRC.
  • Blencowe, Claire, Brigstocke, Julian, Dawney, Leila, Amaral, Aecio, Kirwan, Samuel, Millner, Naomi & Noorani, Tehseen (2011). Immanent Authority and the Making of Community: Connected Communities Discussion Paper. AHRC.

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