Sixth International Conference on the History of Alcohol and Drugs, Buffalo, NY, USA, June 24-26, 2011
The 6th International Conference on the History of Alcohol and Drugs:
The Pub, the Street, and the Medicine Cabinet
June 24-26, 2011 SUNY University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Historical studies of alcohol, illicit drugs, and pharmaceutical drugs are flourishing. Though law and tradition have created a scholarly division of labor, historians and other researchers have become increasingly aware of the cultural, social, political, legal, and medical connections among psychoactive substances. We are pleased to announce that, for the first time, the biennial conference of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society (ADHS) will join with the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy (AIHP) to interrogate the nature and significance of these divisions and linkages in all periods and geographical contexts. Though we welcome proposals on all aspects of alcohol and drug history, we especially encourage those that question boundaries and that extend conversations across lines of field and discipline. We also welcome papers from bioethicists and physicians as well as historians and other humanities and social-science scholars. The event’s major sponsors include a range of institutions at the University of Buffalo: the Center for Clinical Ethics, the Humanities Institute, the Medical School, and the History Department.
We are also happy to report that the University of Massachusetts Press is interested in publishing a volume based on the conference. All submissions will be considered for inclusion unless otherwise requested. Articles not incorporated into the edited volume will also be considered for a special issue of The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal, unless otherwise requested.
Topics of interest include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
- Origins of boundaries —between substances, classes (social, age, gender, ethnic, racial) of people authorized or forbidden to use them, and the conditions or mental states for which they are used.
- Nature and maintenance of boundaries —who establishes them; who enforces them and how; what logics (research, ethics, marketing) explain/justify them; how do they operate at multiple levels (culture, law, economics)?
- Impact/significance of boundaries —how do they affect different groups of people including users, prescribers, traffickers, regulators, reformers, and politicians; what purposes do they serve (public health, economic, bureaucratic, entrepreneurial); how well or poorly do they serve those purposes?
- Tensions, contradictions, challenges , and change over time—countervailing voices, opposition, boundary-crossers; changes in nature, extent, power, location of boundaries; causes of those changes.
The conference will take place in historic downtown Buffalo, New York, at the recently renovated Hyatt hotel and conference center. Buffalo’s temperate and lovely summers don’t make headlines like its winters, but the city makes the most of them. The classic downtown features historic architecture, a marina, minor league baseball, theater district, rejuvenated night life, and other low-cost amenities, all within walking distance of the Hyatt. Public transportation links to destinations such as Niagara Falls or major museums like the Albright Knox (http://www.albrightknox.org/) and the Burchfield Penney (http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/). If enough people are interested, we will charter one of “Forgotten Buffalo’s” famous tavern-based tours of Buffalo history, focusing on the Prohibition era.
The deadline for the submission of proposals for panels, sessions, and papers is December 20, 2010. Proposals should include an abstract of approximately 300 words and a short CV, and may be submitted in one of two ways: online at https://www.ubevents.org/event/history2011 or by mail to
University at Buffalo
546 Park Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Alcohol & Drugs in North America (call for contributors)
Call for Contributors
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS IN NORTH AMERICA: A HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA
David M. Fahey (History, Miami University) and Jon Miller (English, University of Akron) are editing a two-volume reference work for ABC-CLIO. It will explore the history of the production, distribution, sale, and consumption of alcohol and other drugs in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The encyclopedia will include the history of temperance movement, the regulation of alcohol and drugs, and a broad range of private and public organizations addressing the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs. By "drugs" we mean unregulated, regulated, and (currently) illegal drugs. The study of the history of alcohol and drugs includes the cultural representation of their use and opposition to them, as well as commercial advertising. Many articles will be brief biographies (told from the perspective of alcohol, temperance, or drug history), business histories, or accounts of major legislation concerning the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Articles will vary in length from 4000 to 600 words, including brief bibliographies.
The editors invite contributions from senior and junior scholars, including graduate students, in all disciplines interested in alcohol, temperance, and drugs. Please see below for a list of planned entries. An asterisk means that an entry is not yet assigned. The editors welcome suggestions for additional entries.
All entries will credit the author. The encyclopedia will be published both as a printed book and as an e-book.
Although most contributors should not expect payment, contributors who publish an article or articles adding up to 4000 words will receive a modest honorarium. Details will be available when a prospective contributor offers to join the project. Please identify the entries desired and provide a brief CV; a paragraph or two should suffice.
David M. Fahey firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Miller email@example.com
List of articles here.
CFP: The History of Alcohol and Drugs in Modern South Asia (18th—20th Century)
We want to invite scholars working on the production, consumption and trafficking, as well as on the cultural representations and political regulations of mind-altering substances in South Asia to paprticipate in our panel at next year's 21. European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (26.07.2010 - 29.07.2010, University of Bonn, Germany. For a short description of the topics we would like to discuss please see the conference website: http://www.ecmsas.org/
and contact us:
Harald Fischer-Tiné, Department of History, Swiss Federal Intitute of Technology: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
Jana Tschurenev, Department of History, Swiss Federal Intitute of Technology: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>
Intoxicants and intoxication in cultural and historical perspective (conference)
Call for papers: "Intoxicants and Intoxication in Cultural and Historical Perspective," 20 July-22 July 2010, at Christ College, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. Abstracts and short CV should be sent to Phil Withington (University of Cambridge) and Angela McShane (Victoria and Albert Museum) at <firstname.lastname@example.org> by 30 September 2009. See the conference website here.
For an earlier related workshop, see below:
WORKSHOP ONE Wednesday 10th September 2008, V&A
Session 1, Archaeology and Material Culture
Masculinity and the Material Culture of Drinking in Medieval England, Dawn Hadley
Ritual encounters: punch parties and masculinity in the eighteenth century,Karen Harvey
Substance Abuse: Design and Drugs in the Post-modern Era, Glenn Adamson
Commentaries by Richard Morris and Angela McShane
Session 2, Historical Anthropology and Sociology
Indians and Drunkenness in Spanish America, Rebecca Earle
Company and Social Change in Early Modern England, Phil Withington
Time and Temperance in Kenya, Justin Willis
Commentaries by James Kneale and Jason Hughes
Handling Session of V&A objects led by Angus Patterson
|9.45 -10.50||Arrive at Reception at V&A Staff Entrance, Exhibition Road|
Tea, coffee and biscuits, Postgraduate Course Common Room, V&A
|10.50||Introductions (Phil Withington and Angela McShane)|
Session 1, Literary and Visual Culture
Intoxication and Literary Culture in Early Modern England, Michelle O’Callaghan (Reading)
Picturing Drunkenness and Changing States, Valerie Mainz (Leeds)
On the Origin and Progress of Temperance: Basil Montagu’s ‘Some Enquiries into the Effects of Fermented Liquors’ in Context, James Nicholls (Bath Spa)
Coffee Break: Course Common Room
Commentaries by Angela Wright (Sheffield) and Tom Nichols (Aberdeen
LUNCH: Course Common Room
Session 2, Political Economy
Public Houses in the Political Economy of Pre-industrial Europe, Beat Kumin (Warwick)
TBC, John Chartres (Leeds)
Contested Narratives of Khat Consumption: the Push for Prohibition? David Anderson (Oxford)
Tea Break: Course Common Room
Commentaries by Peter Thompson (Oxford) and Jean Stubbs (London Metropolitan)
16.15 - 17.00
Handling Session of V&A objects from the East Asian Collections
|17.00...||Intoxicants (in practice!): We have been invited for drinks in the 1606 Lounge Bar at the Rembrandt Hotel, opposite the V&A, from 6pm, where we will join the AHRC Early Modern Dress and Textiles Research Network.|
CFP: history of alcohol in Latin America
Collection on the history of alcohol in Latin America, edited by Aurea Toxqui and Gretchen Pierce. We are soliciting proposals from both senior and junior scholars for an edited collection on the history of alcohol in Latin America from the pre-Hispanic to the modern era. We are looking for submissions that relate alcohol production, consumption, distribution, or control to (among other topics) politics, religion, race, class, gender, identity, space and place, and power. The proposal should be 1-2 pages (300-700 words), and should include a list of keywords. They may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Please send the proposal and a short cv to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2009. Successful applicants will be notified by October 15; papers, which ought to be 20 pages, plus notes, would be due on July 1, 2010.
Gretchen Pierce, Ph.D.
Latin American and World History
Collection on the history of alcohol in Latin America, edited by Aurea Toxqui and Gretchen Pierce.
We are soliciting proposals from both senior and junior scholars for an edited collection on the history of alcohol in Latin America from the pre-Hispanic to the modern era. We are looking for submissions that relate alcohol production, consumption, distribution, or control to (among other topics) politics, religion, race, class, gender, identity, space and place, and power. The proposal should be 1-2 pages (300-700 words), and should include a list of keywords. They may be written in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Please send the proposal and a short cv to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2009. Successful applicants will be notified by October 15; papers, which ought to be 20 pages, plus notes, would be due on July 1, 2010.--
Cultural Encyclopedia of Alcohol (CFP)
The 5th International Conference on the History of Drugs and Alcohol: The Pathways to Prohibition
The 5th International Conference on the History of Drugs and Alcohol: The Pathways to Prohibition,
26-28th June 2009, CSHHH, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
When John Shanks acquired the Barrhead pottery company to establish his “sanitary engineering workshop” in the late nineteenth century, the decision was more than a simple business one. The man who was to become the President of the Barrhead Evangelist Association chose the town, which bordered Glasgow, as it had the reputation of having the highest number of pubs per head of population. Workers had to sign the temperance pledge to ensure employment. Shanks was following in the footsteps of temperance campaigner Sir William Collins, Glasgow book publisher and Lord Provost who earned the nickname “Water Willie”. In Britain, however, the impact of such campaigners remained local, and only those who adopted the global/colonial platform against intoxicants met with success. Such limited influence paved the ground for the British anti-intoxicant policy of the twentieth century which rejected prohibition for the medical solution, ultimately another localised response to local problems. The conference is seeking papers on the broad subject of the ‘pathways to prohibition’, the underlying motives governing policy and reactions to policymaking across the globe. Proposed papers or panels can be on any topic in the history of drugs and alcohol, but some issues to be considered include the ways in which the cultures of consumption evolved to meet the challenge of prohibition; the impact upon previously good citizens, including distillers and brewers, whose activities were now criminalised; the changing images of consumption under prohibition policies; the construction of consumption which underlay decisions to instigate prohibition or reject it; the effectiveness of the merging of local initiatives with national and international politics of prohibition.
Abstracts of proposed papers (no more than 500 words long) or of proposed panels should be sent by email, fax or post by November 15th 2008 to Dr Patricia Barton CSHHH Dept of History University of Strathclyde 16 Richmond Street Glasgow G1 1XQ Scotland E: email@example.com Tel: 44 (0)141 548 2932/ Fax: 44 (0)141 552 8509
CFP: Alcoholism: historical and social issues
Call for Papers: Alcohol & Drugs History Society
Dear ADHS Members:
Here are the upcoming meetings of the American Historical Association. We have two panels for 2010 but there is plenty of time to develop panels for future meetings. I have listed the upcoming meeting of the AHA below. Please feel free to send either paper proposals or full panels. If I receive your proposals before January 2010, I will submit them for the main program of the AHA. Even if the AHA program committee reject them, there is a good chance that the ADHS will place them on its affiliate program. Thanks so much for your consideration!
Sincerely, Scott Haine firstname.lastname@example.org
The Next Several Annual Meetings:
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego Marriott
Boston Marriott Sheraton Boston
New Orleans Marriott
Sheraton New Orleans
Marriott Wardman Park
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Alcoholism (historical and social aspects) conference in Romania, August 28-29, 2009