North Korea’s Drug Dealing Diplomats

Editor’s note: Contributing editor Saeyoung Park files this post from on the road, following her attendance at the Association for Asian Studies annual conference in San Diego. Earlier this month, a Washington Post blog post referred to a Chosun Ilbo article ( Kr.) which stated that North Korean diplomats stationed at an unnamed Eastern EuropeanContinue reading “North Korea’s Drug Dealing Diplomats”

Translating Addiction? Some Speculations*

Many scholars of drugs and alcohol that are engaged in comparative work within plural linguistic environments are already aware of the problems of translation. The encounter with compilations of mistranslated signs and slogans that many of us may have had in our first language courses have constituted some of our earliest brushes with the pitfallsContinue reading “Translating Addiction? Some Speculations*”

CFP: Complexity: Researching Alcohol and Other Drugs in a Multiple World (August 21-23, Aarhus, Denmark)

The last decade has seen the idea of complexity gain force in social science and epidemiological research. This conference offers a forum in which the issues and dilemmas of complexity in alcohol and other drug research can be explored. It welcomes research based on quantitative and qualitative methods, and encourages innovative use of methods, conceptsContinue reading “CFP: Complexity: Researching Alcohol and Other Drugs in a Multiple World (August 21-23, Aarhus, Denmark)”

LSE IDEAS: The Global Drug Wars

Recently, the LSE IDEAS program hosted a daytime conference, “Reevaluating the International Drug Control System–Historical Evolution; Potential for Reform,” along with an evening event, “The Global Drug Wars.”  Both events are worth sharing with the readers of Points. LSE IDEAS is housed within the London School of Economics, and focuses on international affairs.  The ambitionContinue reading “LSE IDEAS: The Global Drug Wars”

The Points Interview — Ian Tyrrell

Editor’s Note:  Australian Americanist, Ian Tyrrell, the last president of the Alcohol & Temperance History Group and the first president of the newly renamed and reconstituted Alcohol & Drugs History Society, shares a few reflections on his recent book, Reforming the World: The Creation of America’s Moral Empire (Princeton University Press, 2010). 1. Describe your book inContinue reading “The Points Interview — Ian Tyrrell”

Teaching Points– Cocaine, the Drug Trade, the War on Drugs, and U.S.-Latin American Relations

Editor’s Note: We close out our back-to-school Teaching Points series this week with Myrna Santiago’s upper division undergraduate history seminar “Cocaine, the Drug Trade, The War on Drugs, and U.S.-Latin American Relations.”  Professor and Chair of the History Department at St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, Santiago comes to drug history through border, economic, andContinue reading “Teaching Points– Cocaine, the Drug Trade, the War on Drugs, and U.S.-Latin American Relations”

Mexico’s Election: Drug Continuities or Contingencies? By Javier Alvarez-Isasi and Elaine Carey

As historians, we know that there are historical continuities and contingencies.  We study these, debate these, and occasionally we attempt to make a few insights into the present day.  This post attempts to perform the latter. So, here we go again with another Mexican presidential election that is rife with continuities and contingencies. In 2000,Continue reading “Mexico’s Election: Drug Continuities or Contingencies? By Javier Alvarez-Isasi and Elaine Carey”

Shanghai Reflections, Part Two: Talking Across Levels of Analysis

Editor’s Note: Today, the Points blog presents the second part of my (Joe Spillane) reflections on the recently-concluded meeting, “Drugs and Drink in Asia: New Perspectives from History.”  Part one of these reflections considered the problem of talking across substances, while today’s comments consider the challenges posed by integrating levels of analysis. We interrupted theContinue reading “Shanghai Reflections, Part Two: Talking Across Levels of Analysis”

Pirates and Cocaine: The Buccaneer Spirit and the Psychoactive Revolutions

In January 1681 an English buccaneer ship, the Trinity, appeared on the coast of Spanish America. The intended target of the pirates was the port town of Arica, now in the north of Chile close to the Peruvian border. At that time Arica played a vital role in the economy of Spanish America, as portContinue reading “Pirates and Cocaine: The Buccaneer Spirit and the Psychoactive Revolutions”

CFP: Special “Histories of Drugs” Issue, *Transnational Subjects”

Transnational Subjects, a recently launched journal published in the UK by Glyphi (and edited by Katrina Gulliver, “the most influential historian on Twitter”), announces a special issue for spring 2013 on the “Transnational Histories of Drugs.” From the CFP: The scope of the issue is broad: issue editor Ashley Wright seeks submissions that engage withContinue reading “CFP: Special “Histories of Drugs” Issue, *Transnational Subjects””

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