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Himesh Mehta


My doctoral thesis is supervised by Professor Mathew ThomsonLink opens in a new window and Dr Claudia SteinLink opens in a new window, and is funded by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C)Link opens in a new window. Currently titled, "The Making of a 'Psychedelic Renaissance' in Britain", my thesis explores the twenty-first century 'renaissance' of neuroscientific, psychotherapeutic and cultural interests in psychedelic drugs, with a focus on Britain. It explores how the eclectic community that makes up the psychedelic movement is caught up in a maelstrom of macro-structural and historical forces surrounding the growing influence of neuroscience and neoliberalism. By using the present-day 'psychedelic renaissance' as an optic which sheds light onto broader notions of the individual, the thesis hopes to illustrate that this example of renaissance story-telling may exhibit a broader shift in the notion of the individual surpassing those typically associated with modernity and postmodernity.

Research Interests:
  • History of psychoactive substances and psychoactive experience.
  • History of self-experimentation.
  • Historiography
  • History of epistemology.
  • Modern conceptualisations of human nature and selfhood

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Office Hours: Fridays 12:30-13:30, Office 3.45, Third floor, Faculty of Arts Building (Term 1)



  • MA, History, University of Warwick, 2021 - Dissertation: 'The Kaleidoscopic Self: The British Psychedelic Counterculture and its Underground Literature'. Supervised by Dr. Claudia Stein.
  • BA, History, University of Warwick, 2020 - Dissertation: 'The Rise and Fall of Foucault in the American Historical Profession'. Supervised by Dr. Charles Walton. 

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Academic Profile

  • 2022-2025, PhD in History, University of Warwick
  • 2020-2021, MA in History of Medicine, University of Warwick (with Distinction)
  • 2017-2020, BA in History (First-Class)
Conferences & Papers


  • M4C Research Development Fund to attend 'Introduction to Oral History' at the British Library, 2023.
  • Travel Grant for 2023 Breaking Convention Conference, Source Research Foundation, 2023.
  • AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Warwick, 2022–2026.
  • Master's Studentships in Humanities and Social Science, Wellcome Trust, 2020-2021.