Back to the Future: Addiction and the Scientific Method

Editor’s Note: Happy Valentine’s Day! Today’s post on a recent joint conference between the Alcohol and Drugs History Society (ADHS) and the Society for the Study of Addiction comes courtesy of ADHS president Virginia Berridge.

Society for the Study of Addiction conference joint with the Alcohol and Drugs History Society York England, November 2016

The Society for the Study of Addiction is one of the oldest international societies in the substance use field. It began as the Society for the Study and Cure of Inebriety in the 1880s. It publishes the high impact journal Addiction (known to historians under its historic name of the British Journal of Inebriety).

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CFP: The Alcohol and Drug History Society’s “Drinking and Drug Policies in History”

Drinking and Drug Policies in History: Contextualizing Causes and Consequences Call for papers: Alcohol and Drugs History Society conference  22-25 June 2017, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. The twentieth century dawned with an unparalleled drive to regulate the production, distribution, and consumption of alcohol and other psychoactive substances. Many countries have developed their own specific historical trajectories of substance …

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Dr. Robin Room receives the Drug Policy Alliance’s Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of Scholarship

Editor’s Note: Today we bring you an announcement from the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of Academic Engagement. Last week, from November 18-21, the DPA held its International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Washington, D.C. There they awarded Dr. Robin Room, the sociologist specializing in drug and alcohol research whose work is well-known by readers of Points, …

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“Addictions Old and New” Conference: An Overview

Editor’s Note: In this post, Points Assistant Managing Editor Kyle Bridge offers a textual overview of the “Addictions Old and New” conference, convened October 22-23 at the University of Richmond. Follow the link above to see the professionally-recorded presentations in their entirety.  Increased specialization in scientific research has yielded nuance but added little coherence to …

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CFPs for Two Excellent Upcoming ADHS Conferences

Editor’s Note: Two upcoming opportunities for ADHS scholars to gather together and discuss ideas. Submit papers for conferences in Ohio (April 2016) and Illinois (July 2016). Contact information for both, below.  Alcohol and Drugs History Society at the Ohio Academy of History April 1-2, 2016 Kent State University – Stark Campus Call for Papers The …

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Conference Wrap-Up: Borders, Boundaries & Contexts

Editor’s Note: Today three of our contributing editors – Michelle McClellan, Adam Rathge and Sarah Siff – present their thoughts on the recent international conference of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, which was held from June 18 to 21 at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. This year’s theme was “Borders, Boundaries and Contexts: Defining Spaces in the History of Alcohol & Drugs.” Enjoy!

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Madelon Powers May 17, 1947 – April 18, 2015
Madelon Powers
May 17, 1947 – April 18, 2015

What everyone seems to remember most is how fun and lively she was, the “saloon historian” who made a career out of elevating the importance of the lowly and mundane. Madelon Powers, the vivacious professor and former chair of the history department of the University of New Orleans, passed away in mid-April after a struggle with cancer, but her contributions to both the field of alcohol and drug history, as well as in the lives of her many students, will live on through her writing and a new UNO scholarship founded in her name.

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Call for Papers: Special Journal Issue on Intoxication

EDITOR’S NOTE: Points contributors Ingrid Walker and Alexine Fleck are editing a special issue of NANO (New American Notes Online) with the theme Intoxication. Their call for papers is below. Get in touch before June 1, 2015! Intoxication is the red-headed stepchild of social and academic discourse about psychoactive substance use. Whether framed as use, …

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