Breaking Convention announces Call for Papers

Breaking Convention 2015


Following the success of the Breaking Convention conferences in 2011 and 2013, the technicolor flag of international psychedelia will be hoisted once again over the weekend of 10-12 July 2015. Breaking Convention 2015 will be held once again at the beautiful, baroque Old Royal Naval College campus of the University of Greenwich. Breaking Convention is a volunteer-run enterprise; neither the Directors nor the extended team recieve any salary. If you wish to become involved in Breaking Convention 2015, either by presenting a paper, a workshop, or as a volunteer, please visit their site here.

To apply to present at Breaking Convention, please read the following notes on suggested topics and how to submit your abstract (talk summary).


Your abstract must be between 100-400 words and must clearly and concisely describe the proposed remit of your talk. Research submissions are preferred, although data may be either qualitative or quantitative. Non-research submissions will also be considered. Along with your abstract you must attach a short biography (no more than 1500 chars) and, where applicable, a list of relevant publications. Please also state your current country of residence.


Those whose submissions are accepted will be given discounted entry to Breaking Convention. Unfortunately they not able to subsidise expenses, and the discount is limited to one ticket per speaker. Breaking Convention tries very hard to keep its ticket prices as low as possible, and consequently we are only able to provide financial help to our invited speakers. If your abstract is accepted, you will be required to register for the conference to confirm.


– The abstract must clearly describe the proposed talk and, where relevant, the source of data.

– Applicants may be from any background, with no minimum education levels, although are expected to demonstrate expertise in their area of interest. This must be summarised in the biography.

– The abstract must be strictly relevant to the conference.

– Abstracts must be received by the deadline of 28 March.


Abstracts must be pertinent to the overall theme of the conference: the mechanisms, uses and implications of altered states of consciousness, particularly those occasioned by psychedelic compounds and practices.

Some suggested topics are listed below:

– Psychedelic Psychiatry & Medicine

– Psychedelic Neuroscience & Mechanisms.

– Psychedelics & Philosophy

– Psychedelics, Time & Perception

– Non-Drug Altered States of Consciousness (ASCs).

– Psychedelics & Poetic Expression

– Psychedelics, Healing & Spirituality

– Drug Policy & Activism

– Psychedelic History, Literature & Ethnography.


For more information, and to submit a paper or volunteer, please visit their website here:

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