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Program for 5th International Conference on the History of Alcohol and Drugs

Below the fold is the program for the 5th International Conference on the History of Alcohol and Drugs: The Pathways to Prohibition, June 26-28, 2009, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.  Thanks to Dan Malleck, secretary-treasurer of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society and editor of the Social History of Alcohol & Drugs, for this material.

The 5th International Conference on the History of Alcohol and Drugs:

The Pathways to Prohibition,

26-28th June 2009




Thursday 25th June


The Registration Desk will be open from 2.00pm in the Conservatory, Third Floor, McCance Building, Richmond St, University of Strathclyde, John Anderson Campus.  Those arriving on Thursday are welcome to meet us in the Conservatory at 6.30pm before going on to a local restaurant.


Friday 26th June


9.00- 10.00am Registration and Coffee, Conservatory, McCance Building Level Three


10.00- 11.00am Keynote Address, McCance 1, Level Three

Parasite men, Foreigners Dangerous: Police-Medical Discourse and Social representations around the drug Consumer in Chile 1920-1960, Marcos Fernández Labbé,            Alberto Hurtado, Santiago, Chile



11.00- 12.30


McCance Room 2, Level Three


On Prohibiting Prohibition, David Courtwright, University of North Florida, US

50th Anniversary of the Organized Temperance Movement in Russia, A. N. Mayurov, Russia

The Last Tyrant: Prohibition and Positive Freedom, James Nicholls, Bath Spa, UK

The futile Prohibitions and the Rise of the Totalitarian State: The Case of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Dmitry Shlapentokh, Indiana, South Bend, US



McCance Room 3, Level Three


Drunk on fixed air: competing attempts to define the principle of intoxication in eighteenth century Britain, James Sumner, University of Manchester, UK

College Students, Prohibition and the State Investigation of 1888, Michael S. Hevel, Iowa, USA

“What a fine mind was wrecked by his want of self-government”: Family, Abstinence, and Prohibition Politics in Antebellum Massachusetts, Lee V. Chambers, Colorado, US



12.30- 2.00pm Lunch, McCance Conservatory



McCance Room 2


The Origins of the Drug War in California, Dale Gieringer

Opium and the Harrison Act, Mike Gray

Acts of Faith: Protestant Missionaries, Founding Fathers of the War on Drugs, Jerry Mandel


McCance Room 3

Finnish prohibition: Women’s Accomplishment? Aija Kaartinen,            Finnish Foundation of Alcohol Studies, Finland

“To rescue their country from Intemperance”: Manchester Women and their teetotal Retreat 1890-1919 Cynthia Belaskie, University of York, Toronto, Canada

Women and Smoking in Canada during Prohibition, Sharon Anne Cook, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education, Canada

Alcoholism in Formosan Indigenous Tribes: State Bribery and Self Medication, 1945 Onwards, Harry Yi-Jui Wu, University of Oxford, UK


3.30- 4.00pm Tea, McCance Conservatory


4.00- 5.30pm


McCance Room 2


Khat- A New Frontier in the War on Drugs, Axel Klein, University of Kent, UK

Controlling Khat in Colonial Kenya: The Rise of the ‘Miraa Ordinance’, Neil Carrier, University of Oxford, UK

East African Discourses on Khat and Sex, Susan Beckerleg, University of Warwick, UK

Conflict and Khat Use in Somalia, Michael Odenwald           


McCance Room 3


The Two Births of Addiction, Jonathan Lewy, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Framing Alcohol as a Medical Problem in British India c. 1858- 1947, Waltraud Ernst, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Technocrats, Winegrowers and the Battle against Alcoholism in 1950s France, Joseph Bohling, University of California Berkeley. US

Will ye no come back again: the impact of the no licence vote in Wick, Rowdy Yates, University of Stirling, UK


McCance Room 4.02

The Durand line, the Pashtun and Afghan- Pakistan Politics, James Bradford. Northeastern University, US

The cannabis Infringement Notice Scheme in Western Australia, Thomas Crofts, Murdoch School of Law, Australia

Ending the War on Drugs- Strategies for Transforming Global Drug Policy, Danny Kushlick, Transform Drug Policy Foundation, Bristol

After the War on Drugs: Blueprints for a Regulated Market, Emily Krick, Transform Drug Policy Foundation, Bristol


6.30pm  Evening Reception, Glasgow City Chambers, George Square


7.30pm Conference Dinner, Arta Restaurant, Albion Street, Glasgow Merchant City


Saturday 27th June


9.00 Refreshments available in Conservatory, McCance Building


9.30- 11.00am


McCance Room 2


Chair: Richard F. Hamm, University at Albany, SUNY

Vichy's Greatest Victory?  The Unheralded  Triumph of The Collaborationist Government's Regulations, Scott Haine, University of Maryland University College, USA

The U. S. Adopts Strict Alcohol Regulation in 1933: The Case of Washington State, Bill Rorabaugh, Department of History, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Pathways from prohibition: recreating public Drinking in Ontario, 1934-1944, Dan Malleck, Brock University, Canada



McCance Room 3


Drug Politics in Iran: A Bumpy Road to Harm Reduction, David Arn, University of Zurich, Switzerland

“Inaugurating a reign of Christian virtue, he forbade the transportation and sale of opium”: Russian Encounters with the opium consumer in Muslim Central Asia, 1867-191, Alisher Latypov, University College London, UK

Anslinger’s Dismissive Rhetoric: Denying Deliberation via the ABA-AMA interim Report, 1958, Daniel M. Larson, Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, US

Cannibis Policy in Post-War Britain, Jim Mills, University of Strathclyde, UK



11.00- 11.30am Coffee


11.30- 1.00pm


McCance Room  2


Tracking the “Drunken Native”: Alcohol, Native peoples and Extinctionist Thought, Charles Ambler, University of Texas, US

Two Meanings of Prohibition  (The Salish and Sekhani Peoples of Canada), Bruce Alexander, Simon Fraser Univeristy, Canada

“Temperance in All things”: The Ideology of Alcohol Bans in United States Communitarian Societies, 1825-1850, Gwynne Langley Rivers, Illinois, US

Prohibition in Pennsylvannia’s Lehigh Valley, Adam Bentz, Lehigh, Bethlehem, Penn., USA


McCance Room 3


A History of Psychotropic Drug Uses.  Between Healing, Tuning and Enhancing the Mind, Stephan Snelders, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Prohibition, Psychiatry, and Psychotropic Drugs in Denmark, 1880-1955, Jesper V. Kragh, Medical Museion, Copenhagen., Denmark

From Dr Freud to Junkie Felscherinow: Changing perceptions of drug use during Germany’s path to prohibition, Victoria Harris, King’s College, University of Cambridge, UK



1.00-2.00pm Lunch, McCance Conservatory


2.00- 5.00pm Visit to Loch Lomond and the Glengoyne Distillery


5.00pm Reception, Conservatory, McCance Building


6.00- 7.00pm Keynote Address, McCance Room 1

Testing the Paradigm with Alcohol and Drugs, Professor David Kyvig, Northern Illinois University.



Sunday 28th June


9.30am  Refreshments available, Conservatory, McCance Building


10.00- 11.30am


McCance Room 2


From Development of Addiction to the Threshold of Prohibition.  Aspects of Drug Use and Abuse in Tennessee ca., 1830-1920, James B.  Jones, Tennessee Historical Commission, US

Some Episodes about the enactment of the Federal Hospital of Addicts in Mexico City, Silvia Elena Vélez Quero,            Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico

Marijuana as a Treatment for Neurosis, Marco Antonio Valdovinos, Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico


McCance Room 3


Evangelical male friendships in America’s first age of reform. A case study of the early American Temperance Society, Jessica Warner, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada

Roosevelt and the New York City Liquor Law of 1895, Kevin Birney, Davidson College, NC, US

Panic over the Pub: Drink and the First World War, Robert Duncan, University of St Andrew’s, UK

Responses to Temperance and Prohibition: The Crusade against Alcohol and the Irish Ether Drinking Epidemics c 1840-1900, Laura Kelly and Ian Miller, University of Manchester, UK


McCance Rm 4.02


Heroin in Harbin, Kathryn Meyer, Wright State, Ohio, US

The Prohibition of Opium in Iran, Rami Regavim, University of Pennsylvania, USA 

Tracking the Cocaine Trail: The Politics of Narcotics in Bengal and Burma in the Inter-war Period, Patricia Barton, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK



11.30- 12.00 Coffee


12.00- 1.30pm


McCance Room 2


Hashish Smokers and Heroin Junkies: Representations in Inter-War Greece, Kostis Gotsinas, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France

The Failure of Cannabis Use Decriminalization in France at the end of the Nineties, Nicolas Fortane, Université Lumière-Lyon, France

Gernot Klantsching, The Making of the National Drug Problem in Pre-Civil War Nigeria: the Colonial State, Doctors and Soldiers on Indian Hemp, University of Nottingham, Ningbo


McCance Room 3


“Alcohol is the enemy of the Rise of Asia”: Alcohol and War in Manchukuo, Norman Smith, University of Guelph, Canada

Scottish Inebriate Reformatories, 1901-1925: Lessons from the Last Alcohol Epidemic, Iain Smith, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow, UK

Alcohol-reduction Campaigns in Comparative Perspective, 1970-2008, Terry L. Rentner and Lara Lengel, Bowling Green State University, US

‘He is an excellent doctor if called when sober’: US Physicians Embrace Temperance, 1800-1860, Scott Martin, Bowling Green State University, US.



McCance Room 4.02


Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site: Origins, Public Acceptance, and the Road Ahead, Neil Boyd, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Victims or Villains?: Young People and the Rise of the War on Drugs in the United States, Alex Kreit, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, US

From “Voluntary” to “Legislation”: The debates on Smoking and Advertising Prohibitions in the Federal Republic of Germany, Kraig Larkin, SUNY, US


1.30- 2.30pm Lunch, McCance Conservatory

                       Society Meeting , McCance Rm. 2


2.30pm Close of Conference



The conference organisers would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, the Wellcome Trust and the Bowling Green State University Graduate Program in Policy History.



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