Rethinking Alcohol and Drugs: Global Transformations /Local Practices in History

Alcohol and Drugs History Society (ADHS), biennial conference

Mexico City, June 15 -17 2022

Conference Website:

Website de la conferencia en Espanol:

The 2022 Alcohol and Drugs History Society is pleased to release its call for papers for its biennial conference.

As jurisdictions around the world begin relaxing regulations on psychoactive substances including cannabis and psychedelics, the consequences of an era of prohibition call out for historical scrutiny. The politics of prohibition have plagued the history of alcohol and drugs, while scholars have examined points of contradiction, friction, resistance, and even opportunities created by restricting some substances and encouraging others. We invite participants to ‘rethink’ this history, drawing inspiration from new sources, methods, and historical actors to deepen our understanding of the historical significance of alcohol and drugs.

All participants must be registered as members of the ADHS. To join the ADHS, click here:

Where and When

ADHS is proud to host its first meeting in Mexico City. Latin America has always been an important source and exporter of hallucinogens, licit and illicit psychoactive drugs, and various kinds of alcohol. This region exists at a crossroads of ideas, drug products, and policy decisions that have flowed in and out of this region with dramatic consequences for the rest of the world. It has always played a central role in our understanding of intoxicants, from practices to policy. Mexico City is ideally situated as a venue for the Alcohol and Drug History Society’s 2022, biennial conference. Following on from the success of the 2019 ADHS meeting in Shanghai, the Mexico City conference will broaden networks and enhance exciting scholarship on the history of drugs and alcohol, while attracting researchers from all over the world to these timely studies.

We hope that this will be an in-person meeting, but further details will be released in early 2022.

Conference Site

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México has a notable spacious campus and good public transportation (metro and metrobus), with museums and restaurants within walking distance from the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales. There are several hotels nearby, such as the Radisson Paraiso Hotel and there are two malls close by, Perisur and Plaza Cuicuilco, with a wide variety of coffee shops, restaurants, and stores. The campus is near San Ángel and Coyoacán, two beautiful historic southern Mexico City neighborhoods with a plaza, markets, restaurants, museums, and bookstores.


Erika Dyck

Program Committee chair, University of Saskatchewan

Cecilia Autrique

Posdoctoral fellow, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Luis Astorga

Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales-Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Paul Gootenberg

President ADHS, Stony Brook University

Call for papers

To submit a proposal please send a title, abstract and 1 page CV by or before January 7, 2022 to:

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Panel proposals are welcomed. Submissions will be accepted in English or Spanish.

Drug policy conference at Ghent, Belgium

The International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP) is holding its 9th annual conference in the city of Ghent (Belgium) from 20-22 May 2015.

This year’s conference will be hosted by the Institute for Social Drug Research (ISD), which is part of the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghent.

The ISSDP conference is a forum for high quality drug policy analysis and an opportunity for drug scholars to interact and thus strengthen the field. This event brings together many of the best known academics in the drug policy field with decision makers and policy makers. Besides the plenary sessions, the 2015 ISSDP conference will offer space for panel discussions, poster sessions, post-conference workshops, and social events.

On Friday 22nd May, three workshops will be organized in the afternoon:

• Workshop 1: The Dutch Cannabis Model: Recent Developments and Future Challenges, convened by Dirk Korf (University of Amsterdam)

• Workshop 2: Challenges and Opportunities for Cross-Jurisdiction Drug Policy Analysis, convened by Beau Kilmer (RAND)

• Workshop 3: Public Scholarship? Key Issues and Challenges of Research Use in Drugs Policy Making, convened by Mark Monaghan (University of Leeds) and Julie Tieberghien (Ghent University)

The preliminary book of abstracts is also already available online:

Confirmed keynote speakers are: Prof. Dr. Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Dr. Reychad Abdool (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), Prof. Dr. David Moore (National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Australia), Dr. Frank Masao (Methadone Clinic – Tanzania AIDS Prevention Program), Prof. Dr. Ludwig Kraus (IFT Institut fur Therapieforschung, Munich, Germany), Prof. Dr. Jallal Toufiq (Ar-razi University Psychiatric Hospital, the National Centre for Drug Abuse Prevention and Research, Morocco).

For additional information about the program of the conference please see:

The deadline for registration and completion of payment is 15th May 2015.
Please find the online registration form here:

Ohio Academy of History (CFP)

Call for Papers, 2015 Annual Meeting

The Ohio Academy of History seeks papers in all fields of history for the Spring 2015 Annual Meeting and Conference to be held at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, 27-28 March. We strongly encourage the submission of full panel sessions, with papers, comment, and chair, addressing any historical topic, area, or time period. Panels on world history or non-western history are especially appreciated. Proposals focusing on historiography, methodology, pedagogy, and public history are also encouraged. Individual papers may be proposed, but they are less likely to be accepted on their own due to the difficulty of combining them with others to form a panel with a coherent theme. In addition to traditional format sessions (scholarly papers with chair and commenter), the Ohio Academy welcomes non-traditional formats such as roundtables, discussion panels, or teaching-focused formats. We do not at this time solicit or accept undergraduate papers.

Submit proposals to Program Committee Chair, Mary Ann Heiss (ude.tnek@ssiehm), by 1 November 2014.

Proposals must include:

a paper title and 150-word abstract (and in the case of a complete panel, a 250-word description of the panel theme)
a one-page biography, resume, or curriculum vita
complete contact information (telephone/cell number and email/postal address)
Presenters must register for the conference by 1 March 2015 to be included in the program.

Mary Ann Heiss
Department of History
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242-0001
(330) 672-8905
(330) 672-2943 (FAX)
Email: ude.tnek@ssiehm

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