Call for Papers: The Alcohol and Drugs History Society Conference 2015

Call for Papers

Borders, Boundaries & Contexts:  Defining Spaces in the History of Alcohol & Drugs

Papers and panel proposals are invited for an international conference on the history of alcohol and drugs to be held at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA on June 1821, 2015.  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, demonstrations etc.

Borders, Boundaries and Contexts seeks to break down barriers in the historical study of drugs and alcohol, encouraging transnational approaches and methodologies that transcend the singular focus on alcohol or drugs. The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers and complete panels exploring how:

  • spaces, boundaries and borders – physical, legal, chronological, psychological, or ideological – have influenced the history of alcohol and drugs;
  • contexts, spatial or otherwise, have shaped the production, consumption, imagination, or regulation of alcohol and drugs;
  • particular “spaces” have defined eras, episodes, or issues in the history of alcohol and drugs.

Proposals from advanced graduate students and recent PhDs are particularly welcome, as are submissions on topics beyond North American and Europe, along with papers and panels that focus on periods before the modern era.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Global drug trade and the War on Drugs
  • Crime and Policing of spaces, boundaries, borders
  • Prohibition of drugs and alcohol
  • Temperance movements
  • Tobacco use and regulation; international perspectives
  • Licensing, pricing, and sale of alcohol and drugs
  • Labor and underground economies
  • Media regulation directed at alcohol and drugs advertising
  • Substance abuse treatment and self help groups as “spaces” for recovery and sobriety
  • Race, ethnicity, and gender in the history of alcohol and drugs
  • Religion, alcohol and drugs
  • Use and regulation of alcohol and drugs in premodern cultures
  • Alcohol and drugs in digital and popular culture
  • Role of policy-making and politics in defining spaces and boundaries for drug and alcohol production and consumption
  • The intersection of race, sexuality and space in the history of alcohol and drugs
  • Methodology:  new tools and concepts in the history of alcohol and drugs
  • Alcohol and drugs impact on sports

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.

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Deadline for submission: 17th October 2014 

3 thoughts on “Call for Papers: The Alcohol and Drugs History Society Conference 2015”

  1. Are non-academic workers that have academic/research-backed materials to present able to apply? Or is this restricted to only academic/student submissions. Thanks very much for your assistance!

    • I believe so. I don’t know ADHS’ specific policy, but most conferences accept proposals from people who are not affiliated with universities and list them in the program/on panels as “Independent Scholars.”

  2. Most conferences accept proposals from people who are not affiliated with an academic institution and call them “Independent Scholars.”

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