On the basis of a brief historical survey on the use of psychotropic substances and their complex electrochemical information, this workshop will address the goal of freedom of choice in the biochemical reshaping of the self. Mood, madness, and anxiety are the three targets of chemical neuromodulation undercutting diagnostics and personal specificity. In a future shaped by cybernetic, neuroplastic, and interconnected models of the mind, can there be a liberationist auto-psychopharmacology?
Peter Stastny is a practicing medical psychotherapist in New York City who has advocated for transforming the mental health field from a delusionally reductive biomedical frame to a humane and relational enterprise. He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology, and was on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Columbia University. He is also a writer and filmmaker addressing such subjects as mourning and redemption after personal and historical calamity.
Location: Online via Zoom. Registration details to be announced.
Fee: $30. For students with ID: $20.