Transnational Perspectives on Addiction, Temperance and Treatment
the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Dwight, Illinois; 14-17 July, 2016

“I’ve Been to Dwight,” is an off-year conference of the Alcohol and
Drugs History Society, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the
Leslie E. Keeley Company’s closure. It will gather historians and
social scientists at the site of the company’s former headquarters in
Dwight, Illinois to present and discuss new research on the history of
addiction, temperance and treatment in the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries. The conference offers an opportunity to discuss these broad
topics in a transnational, comparative, historical framework and will
not limit participation to any particular psychoactive substance,
habitual practice or region of study.

‘I’ve Been to Dwight’ Conference July 14th-17th 2016


Thursday July 14th

Registration, 2:00-5:00.

5-8 Greeting, opening keynote address by Dr. Sarah Tracy, followed by a reception hosted by the First National Bank of Dwight.

 Friday July 15th

Registration and refreshments: 9-9.20

9.20 – 10.50 Panel 1 Addiction, governments and frontiers          

Dan Malleck ‘Medicinal liquor sales and the health of the people: Liquor laws and pharmaceutical activism in two Canadian provinces’

Andrae Marak ‘Drugs, Smuggling, and Automated Borders: A Losing Battle of Escalation or State/Non-State Symbiosis’

Alexandre Marchant ‘The junkie and the “pharmakon”: an ambiguous addiction (a case study in France, 1960s-1980s)’

Coffee break 10.50 – 11.10

11.10-12.40 Panel 2 Temperance and intemperance

Annemarie McAllister, ”’Alcohol; a funny medicine” – scientific discourse on addiction addressed to children in the UK

Janet Olson ‘Not Your Grandmother’s WCTU: Untapped Resources in Temperance Research’

Michelle Rotunda ‘“A victim of intemperance” – The Drunkard’s Story’

 12.40-1.40 LUNCH

(with table displays from Janet Olsen, ‘Nearly Neighbors: Evanston and Dwight’ and Dave Trippel, ‘The evolution of the “Temperance Pledge” in the U.S. and Great Britain between 1800 and 1880’)

 1.40-3.20 Panel 3 The Sober and the Sodden: Alcohol, Gender, and Respectability in the Nineteenth-Century South

Chair: Professor William J. Rorabaugh

Commentator: Sarah W. Tracy

Joseph Beilein, Jr.- Title TBA

James Hill Welborn III ‘Sobering Prospects? : Virtue, Vice, & Violence in Antebellum South Carolina’

Sarah Lirley McCune ‘Not Quite Suicide: Alcohol as a Contributor to Untimely Deaths, St. Louis, Missouri, 1875-1885’

3.20-3.40 Coffee break

3.40- 5.20 Panel 4 Inebriety around the world

Robert ‘Eric’ Colvard ‘English-minded’ and ‘Vernacular-minded’ Temperance in British India’

Caroline Clark ‘“Any form of treatment that might be speedily successful should be given a fair trial”: The Inquiry as to Certain Alleged Cures for Inebriety, Victoria, Australia, 1901-03’

Pavel Vasilyev ‘Feeling Differently, Alcohol and the Emotions in Modern History’

Charles Ambler ‘The Decolonization of Alcoholism’ 

5.30 Tours of Dwight, ‘The Town Inebriety Made Famous.’ Hosted and led by the Dwight Historical Society.

 Saturday July 16th

9.00 – 10.45 Panel 5, Roundtable: Not for the Squeamish: Multi-, Inter-, and Trans-Disciplinary Approaches to Addiction and Gender

Moderator: Nancy Campbell

Michelle McClellan;  Jill Becker; Beth Glover Reed; Leora Bowden

Coffee break 10.45 – 11.05

11.05-12.35 Panel 6 Alcohol and Drugs- commonalities and interrelationships

David Korostyshevsky ‘“Articles of Common Use:” Alcohol, Drugs, and Intoxication in Early American Temperance Discourses’

Elizabeth Kelly Gray ‘“‘A hard lesson for temperance men’: Nineteenth-Century Americans and the Turn to Opiates’

Kyle A. Bridge ‘Miracle Cure or Chemical Slavery? African American New Yorkers and Methadone, 1962-1977’

12.35-1.30 LUNCH (with displays from Olsen and Trippel as before)

1.30-3.15 Panel 7 Brothers, sisters and alcohol

Luis Andrei Guadarrama Dominguez The Manly Medical Vision of Female Alcoholism in Modern Mexico, 1870-1920

Thora Hands ‘Drinking for Health or Courting Addiction? Women and Tonic Wine in Late Victorian Britain’

Josh Steedman ‘Brothers and Sisters of Temperance: The Washingtonians, Sons, and Daughters of Temperance in Norwalk and Sandusky, 1828-1889’

David Pratt ‘“She Voted for King George”’: Prohibition and the Corrupted Public Sphere in Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest’

Coffee break 3.15-3.30

3.30- 4:45 Panel 8 Addiction and Activism: Lessons From the Grassroots

Michael J. Durfee ‘Activism and the Ordinary Joe: Navigating the Crack Era Bronx’

Colin Eager Social Drinkers and “Killer Drunks:” MADD and the Uses of the Alcoholic

Bob Beach ‘You’se a Viper’: Confronting Reefer Madness through Jazz, 1930-1940

 7.00 Conference dinner at The Country Mansion

 Sunday, July 17th

9:00- 10:30, Sunday Brunch.

11:00-12:30 (?) Panel 9: Transnational Cures, Gold and otherwise

Sidsel Eriksen, ‘The Keeley Cure in Denmark’

Cythia Belaskie, ‘“I hope we may someday recognise the error of building these caravansaries for defective cases:” English Women, the Gold Cure and other treatments for Inebriety.’

Holly Karibo, ‘A New Home on the Range: Addiction, Treatment, and Punishment at the Federal Narcotics Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, 1938-1971’

 On Sunday afternoon, following the conference, the Village of Dwight will be hosting its own commemorative event to mark the Keeley anniversary—a recreation of the ‘AA Roundup,’ which was a summer barbecue hosted jointly by the Keeley Company and Alcoholics Anonymous in the 1950s and 60s. There will be a variety of events and speakers with a great deal of historical interest. Conference participants are cordially invited to attend!