Call for papers: Under control?: alcohol and drug regulation, past and present

Papers and panel proposals are invited for an international conference on the history of alcohol and drug regulation to be held in Bristol, UK 21st-23rd June 2013.

The conference will explore all aspects of drug, tobacco and alcohol regulation. Work covering all periods and places, including recent history, will be considered.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Professor Paul Gootenberg (State University of New York)
Professor James Simpson (Carlos III University of Madrid)

Panel proposals (3 x 20-minute papers) or individual papers (20 minutes) are invited.  We will also consider proposals for fringe sessions using non-conventional formats e.g. screenings, debates etc.

Subjects may include (but are not limited to):

  • Global drugs trade and the war on drugs
  • Crime and policing
  • Prohibition
  • Tobacco control
  • Regulation of drugs in art, film and literature
  • Temperance and its influences
  • Alcohol licensing and pricing
  • Media regulation / advertising and marketing
  • Religion and alcohol or drugs
  • Dependency and treatment
  • Policymaking and the political process
  • Alcohol and radical politics / revolutions / social movements
  • Use and control of drugs in premodern cultures
  • Alcohol and drugs in sport and popular culture

Proposal formats:

Panel sessions: brief abstracts (c. 200 words) of each paper plus a brief statement (c. 200 words) outlining the panel theme and a brief biography of participants.

Single papers: brief abstract (c. 200 words) and brief biography

Fringe events: Outline of proposed event (up to 500 words) including proposed content, technical requirements and rationale.

Please send all proposals to

Deadline for submission: 30th September 2012 

For more information, go to the conference website

4 thoughts on “Call for papers: Under control?: alcohol and drug regulation, past and present”

  1. Today, I posted an interesting tactic of law enforcement on the main ADHS blog –
    titled: Alcohol and Drugs Used to Promote Entrapment. It would seem to fit in both the Crime and Policing topic and the Alcohol and radical politics / revolutions / social movements topic.

    Nevertheless, I would encourage a whole new topic called the History of State Practices in the Forced and Persuasive Drugging of Individuals. For the U.S., it could include everything from human subject rules in experimentation, to the prisoner LSD experiments, to drugging Guantanamo detainees, to today’s pushing alcohol and drugs on vulnerable protesters of the state.

    • Dave

      It would be great if you could get a panel proposal together on that subject. If not, a single paper would certainly fit under the themes of the conference.

      The areas outlined in the CFP itself are intentionally broad, but maybe people would like to use this comments thread as a forum for suggesting specific panel topics. It would be good to get an idea of what subjects emerge.


  2. Hi – just a quick note to say that the link to the conference website is broken.

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