Drug War Capitalism (book, author interview)

Author and journalist Dawn Paley presents a thesis that the drug war “enables global capitalist expansion through enclosure.” “…how elites collude across borders for their own benefit at the expense of their populations.” (quotes by interviewer Andrew Smolski, a sociologist and writer).

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On the “pink Viagra”

Cacchioni, Thea. Big Pharma, Women, and the Labour of Love. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.  [From Toronto’s website: “Big Pharma, Women, and the Labour of Love, Cacchioni moves beyond the search for a sexual pharmaceutical drug for women to ask a broader question: how does the medicalization of female sexuality already affect women’s lives? Using in-depth interviews with doctors, patients, therapists, and other medical practitioners, Cacchioni shows that, whatever the future of the “pink Viagra,” heterosexual women often now feel expected to take on the job of managing their and their partners’ sexual desires. Their search for sexual pleasure can be a “labour of love,” work that is enjoyable for some but a chore for others.”]

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: http://www.issdp2015.ugent.be/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/book_of_abstracts_preliminary_version.pdf

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: http://www.issdp2015.ugent.be/preliminary-final-programme/

The deadline for registration and completion of payment is 15th May 2015.
Please find the online registration form here: http://www.issdp2015.ugent.be/registration/