“Alcohol flows across cultures: Drinking cultures in transnational and comparative perspective” (podcast)

International Research Symposium, St Anne’s College, Oxford, 29–30 June 2016

[see also book to be published by Routledge in 2018 edited by Waltraud Ernst]

Table of Contents

Panel 1

Chair:  Waltraud Ernst

1.1: Dr Divya Narayanan, History, Heidelberg University, Germany

Wine in the Mughal World


1.2: Dr Francisco Martinez, History, University of Evora, Portugal

Alcohol for all: Transcultural drinking in the international city of Tangier, c. 1912-1956


1.3: Dr Nina Salouâ Studer, History, University of Bern, Switzerland

The Same Drink? Wine and Absinthe Consumption Among French and Muslim Groups in Nineteenth-century Algeria


1.4: Dr Nessim Znaien, History, Pantheon Sorbonne University, Paris, France

Alcohol in North Africa and in the Levant during French colonisation


1.5 Dr Kyle Evered and Dr Emine Ö. Evered, History, and Geography, Michigan State University, USA

The contested place and symbolisms of beer and beer parks in modern Turkey, from the early republic to the present day.”


Panel 2

Chair:  Jonathan Reinarz

2.1: Dr Deborah Toner, History, University of Leicester, UK

Alcoholism, Degeneration Theory and Race in Mexico, c. 1870-1920


2.2: Dr Jacqueline Leckie, Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Otago, NZ

When ‘White Man’s Kava’ drove men insane: Entangling alcohol, race and insanity in Fiji, 1884-1964


2.3: Professor Charles Ambler, History, University of Texas at El Paso, USA

The Decolonisation of Alcoholism: Alcohol Abuse, Treatment and Prevention in Zambia, c. 1950-1970


Panel 3

Chair:   Jonathan Reinarz


3.1: Dr Sabina Groeneveld, Language and Culture, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Alcohol flows in colonial Qingdao, 1897-1914


3.2 Dr Julie Robert, Literature and Culture, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Binge Sobriety in Cross-Cultural and Historical Perspective


3.3: Dr Franca Beccaria, Psychology, Eclectica Institute for Training and Research Torino, Italy

The new drinking culture in Italian wine production area: when competence becomes a protective factor


4.4: Dr Martha Canfield, Psychology, King’s College London, UK

Immigration and Alcohol: Changes in patterns of use in Brazilian immigrants in the UK – modern immigration in the UK, from 2000.”



Panel 4

Chair:  David Foxcroft, Psychology, Oxford Brookes University


4.1: Dr Robert Terrell, History, University College San Diego, USA

Exporting Bavarian Beer and an Idyllic Germany: The Case of Loewenbraeu, 1945-1975


4.2: Dr Tristan Revells, History, East Asian Cultures, Columbia University, USA

Filched Fungi Bioprospecting, Power Alcohol, and “Chinese Yeast”, 1892-1933


4.3: Dr Projit B. Mukharji, History and Sociology of Science, Pennsylvania University, USA

Java Spirits, Jewish Networks, Japanese Markets: Crime and Chemical Innovation in 1930s Colonial Calcutta



Jonathan Reinarz’s and Franca Beccaria’s comments on key themes of the conference



Professor Waltraud Ernst 

Department of History, Philosophy and Religion,

Oxford Brookes University, UK


Professor David Foxcroft

Department of Social Work and Public Health,

Oxford Brookes University, UK