The Rise of Psychedelic Feminism (COMING SOON)
The Journal for the Study of Radicalism
by Kim Hewitt

Psychedelic feminism is a recent idea coined by cultural activist Zoe Helene to describe the ways psychedelic psychospiritual practices can empower women.

“In 2007 Helene founded a company called Cosmic Sister specifically to empower women in the psychedelic community. It had grown out of an ecofeminist organization which she had formed to support women in Natural Products and wildlife rights and various ecological issues. Her goals for Cosmic Sister are two-fold. First, she seeks to support the voices of women in the psychedelic community, which she sees as a male-dominated arena. Second, her organization provides grants for women to participate in reputable ayahuasca retreats with indigenous Shipibo people in a specific part of the Peruvian Amazon, where ayahuasca is legal.”


The Journal for the Study of Radicalism engages in serious, scholarly exploration of the forms, representations, meanings, and historical influences of radical social movements. With sensitivity and openness to historical and cultural contexts of the term, we loosely define “radical,” as distinguished from “reformers,” to mean groups who seek revolutionary alternatives to hegemonic social and political institutions, and who use violent or non-violent means to resist authority and to bring about change. The journal is eclectic, without dogma or strict political agenda, and ranges broadly across social and political groups worldwide, whether typically defined as “left” or “right.” We expect contributors to come from a wide range of fields and disciplines, including ethnography, sociology, political science, literature, history, philosophy, critical media studies, literary studies, religious studies, psychology, women’s studies, and critical race studies. We especially welcome articles that reconceptualize definitions and theories of radicalism, feature underrepresented radical groups, and introduce new topics and methods of study.

Future issues will include themes like the re-conceptualization of “left” and “right,” radical groups typically ignored in academic scholarship, such as deep ecologists, primitivists, and anarchists, the role of science and technology in radical visions, transnational and regional understandings of radicalism, and the relationships of radical movements to land and environment.

January 2018