David Dupuis is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology of Durham University and a member of the Hearing the Voice interdisciplinary research program. Based on ethnographic surveys conducted in the Peruvian Amazon since 2008, his research focuses on the reconfiguration of the use of ayahuasca in the context of the emergence of “shamanic tourism”. His research explores more broadly the relationships between hallucinations and culture in an anthropological comparative perspective.
David Dupuis holds a PhD in Social Anthropology-Ethnology (EHESS, Paris). His doctoral research, based on 18 months of fieldwork investigation in the Upper Peruvian Amazon, focused on ritual innovations, transmission of religious knowledge and therapeutic efficacy in the context of contemporary Metis shamanism practices and the emergence of shamanic tourism based on the use of the psychotropic brew ayahuasca.
He is a member of the ALIUS research network, and the Hearing the Voice interdisciplinary research program.
Notable Research Papers
- Hallucinations Under Psychedelics and in the Schizophrenia Spectrum: An Interdisciplinary and Multiscale Comparison (Dupuis et al., 2020)
- The socialization of hallucinations. Cultural priors, social interactions, and contextual factors in the use of psychedelics (Dupuis et al., 2020)
- Towards psychedelic apprenticeship: Developing a gentle touch for the mediation and validation of psychedelic-induced insights and revelations (Timmermann, Watts, Dupuis, 2020)
In our database you will also find him as an author on more papers.
He has given many talks:
- Dr. David Dupuis: Working With Spirits-Voices Part II/The Social Anthropology of Hallucinations and Culture/Psychosis/Ayahuasca (End of the road podcast, 2020)
- Ayahuasca – Between Rainforest and the Laboratory | An Interview with Jeremy Narby (ICPR, 2020)
- Panel member on Globalization of Ayahuasca: Economy, Ethics, and Politics (ICPR, 2020)
- The whispers of selva: An anthropological approach to the modes of induction, socialization, and control of auditivo-verbal hallucinations in the context of Peruvian Mestizo shamanism (ALIUS, 2017)
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