[my apology for posting this too late for CFP and without details of the date for the conference; exciting UK news arrives late and sometimes not at all to me in SW Ohio]

1. CFP: Liquid Modernity: Space, Place & Contemporary Drinking Cultures

This two-day event seeks to draw together researchers interested in exploring the broad intersection of drink, space and place within contemporary culture, media and society. Proposals for 20-minute papers are invited on any aspect of the theme from c.1970 to the present. The following is a list of indicative topics, but is by no means prescriptive or exhaustive:

Drink and nation, globalisation, Brexit
Changing character of space and place within Daytime/night-time economies
Coastal spaces as sites of abstinence/excess
Drink and marginalised communities
Pubs, bars and changing spaces of leisure (inc. gentrification, urban redevelopment, growth of microbreweries/micropubs, the ‘local’)
Regionalism, drinking ‘scenes’/localised drinking cultures, brew-tours
Nature, rurality, and the idea of naturalness, health or wellbeing in relation to drinking
Drinking in transient spaces, heterotopias or as part of travel
Place in relation to production (e.g. terroir) and/or consumption
Public vs private drinking
Policing space and alcohol consumption
Digital space and drinking (social media e.g. Untappd, Twitter, Facebook)
Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to David Alder, Sam Goodman, and Iain MacRury at liquidmodernity2019@gmail.com by 9th January 2019.

2. Community drinking spaces and practices

Claire Markham, The University of Lincoln, July 2019 (TBC)

This two day event seeks to draw together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and others interested in exploring the intersection of drinking spaces, drinking practices and community/ties within historical and contemporary culture, media and society. The event will focus on (but will not be limited to):

The historical development and influence of rural drinking spaces
Temperance in rural areas
Nature, rurality, and the idea of health or wellbeing in relation to drinking spaces and practices
The role of community drinking spaces in contemporary society
Perceptions and experiences of community drinking spaces and practices from different perspectives (e.g. gender, class)
The growing role of specialist drinks in community settings (real and craft ale, locally produced spirits, non-alcoholic drinks)

3. Vertical vs. Horizontal Drinking

Andrew M. Butler, Canterbury Christ Church University

A one day symposium to be held in October 2019 or later.

The Police refer to High Volume Vertical Drinking Establishments: licensed premises which discourage customers from sitting down as they speedily drink shots and spirits. Opposite to this, we might propose the practice of High Volume Horizontal Drinking Establishments – real ale or craft ale pubs, festivals and so one – licensed locations where similar amounts of alcohol are consumed across a longer period. We may perceive different attitudes, reactions and value judgement to these respective polls, despite the levels of intoxication, and regulation and policing differs between the two types of drinking. What narratives can we tell about the relation of drinking style to place? What does it tell us about attitudes to drinking?