CFP: Images and Texts in Medical History April 11-13 Bethesda Maryland

Images and Texts in Medical History: A Workshop in Methods, Tools, and Data from the Digital Humanities seeks applications from historians and librarians interested in applying digital humanities tools to researching the history of medicine. Designed to encourage collaborative learning and innovative approaches, this free workshop will provide participants with a deeper appreciation of innovative methods and data sources useful for analyzing images and texts in the field of medical history. The workshop will take place at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, on April 11-13, 2016. The workshop is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities, the Wellcome Trust, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, and Virginia Tech. All participants must apply to be invited to attend. Application deadline: September 30, 2015. Information about presenters, location, partner institutions, applications, and schedule is available from the website:

Scandal, Salvation & Suffrage: The Amazing Women of the Temperance Movement by Ros Black

Ros Black has published a popular history of some remarkable British temperance women.  It is published by Troubadour.

Book looks at Anne Jane Carlisle, Julia Wightman, Margaret Bright Lucas, Elizabeth Lewis, Sarah Robinson, Agnes Weston, Catherine Booth, Lady Henry Somerset, and Rosalind Howard, Countess of Carlisle.

The book is available as a Kindle e-book through Amazon.

Call for Papers Borders, Boundaries & Contexts:  Defining Spaces in the History of Alcohol & Drugs

Papers and panel proposals are invited for an international conference on the history of alcohol and drugs to be held at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA on June 18-21, 2015.  Panel proposals (3 x 20-minute papers) or individual papers (20 minutes) are invited.  We will also consider proposals for fringe sessions using non-conventional formats e.g. screenings, debates, demonstrations etc.


Borders, Boundaries and Contexts seeks to break down barriers in the historical study of drugs and alcohol, encouraging transnational approaches and methodologies that transcend the singular focus on alcohol or drugs.  The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers and complete panels exploring how:

  • spaces, boundaries and borders – physical, legal, chronological, psychological, or ideological – have influenced the history of alcohol and drugs;
  • contexts, spatial or otherwise, have shaped the production, consumption, imagination, or regulation of alcohol and drugs;
  • particular “spaces” have defined eras, episodes, or issues in the history of alcohol and drugs.

Proposals from advanced graduate students and recent PhDs are particularly welcome, as are submissions on topics beyond North American and Europe, along with papers and panels that focus on periods before the modern era.


Topics may include (but are not limited to):

Global drug trade and the War on Drugs

Crime and Policing of spaces, boundaries, borders

Prohibition of drugs and alcohol

Temperance movements

Tobacco use and regulation; international perspectives

Licensing, pricing, and sale of alcohol and drugs

Labor and underground economies

Media regulation directed at alcohol and drugs advertising

Substance abuse treatment and self help groups as “spaces” for recovery and


Race, ethnicity, and gender in the history of alcohol and drugs

Religion, alcohol and drugs

Use and regulation of alcohol and drugs in premodern cultures

Alcohol and drugs in digital and popular culture

Role of policy-making and politics in defining spaces and boundaries for drug

and alcohol production and consumption

The intersection of race, sexuality and space in the history of alcohol and drugs

Methodology:  new tools and concepts in the history of alcohol and drugs

Alcohol and drugs impact on sports


Panel sessions: brief abstracts (c. 200 words) of each paper plus a brief statement (c. 200 words) outlining the panel theme and a brief biography of participants.  Single papers: brief abstract (c. 200 words) and brief biography.  Fringe events: Outline of proposed event (up to 500 words) including proposed content, technical requirements and rationale.

Please reply to:

Deadline for submission: 17th October 2014 

Dionysos: the literature and intoxication triquarterly ONLINE

Steve Earnshaw (Sheffield Hallam) and Pam Lock (University of Bristol) are pleased to announce that the first five volumes of Dionysos: the literature and intoxication triquarterly (1989-1994) can now be accessed as pdfs at the following website:
We would like to thank Roger Forseth for kindly granting permission to make these issues publicly available and to Shana Aue and Laura Jacobs at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Library for their help in making this possible.


Call For Proposals–Representing WWI: Perspectives at the Centenary

October 31st – November 2nd, 2014

Toronto, Canada

Organized by the Humber School of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Participation with the International Festival of Authors


Looking for papers and panels on alcohol and drugs during WWI.

For further information, please check our website at or contact