We’re excited to announce the Alcohol and Drugs History Society’s next bi-annual conference will be held in Mexico City from June 7-10, 2021. The conference is a collaboration between the ADHS, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales (IIS-UNAM) and El Colegio de México-Centro de Estudios Internacionales (CEI-Colmex).
Alcohol, drugs and intoxication have always been part of human society, but their differing social or religious meanings and their varied regional controls have shifted over time.
Today, after centuries of worldwide drug prohibition, which were often met by resistance and accompanied by crime and violence, study of this history is reaching new levels of sophistication and global diversity, with new implications for scholarly dialogue and synthesis, as well as new political and policy implications.
Latin America has always been an important producer and exporter of psychoactive substances. It is a crossroads—ideas, substances and policy decisions flow in and out with huge consequences for the rest of the world. It has always played a central role in our understanding of intoxicants, from practices to policy. Mexico City is therefore perfectly situated as a venue for the Alcohol and Drug History Society’s 2021 bi-annual conference. Following on from the Society’s 2019 meeting in Shanghai, the Mexico City conference is particularly concerned with broadening and disseminating the exciting work of today’s alcohol and drug historians to a truly global audience, while also attracting and encouraging researchers from all over the world to participate.
You can read more about the conference here (the website is available in English and Spanish). A call for papers will be released shortly.