Biennial Conference

The ADHS organizes a biennial international conference.  Past events have been held in Shanghai, Utrecht, Guelph, Glasgow, Buffalo, London and Bowling Green, Ohio. As an affiliate of the American Historical Association, the ADHS regularly holds annual events and limited sessions.

The next biennial Conference is currently scheduled for Mexico City, June 2021. Please see the link. The event’s feasibility is currently being reviewed by the ADHS leadership and the Mexico City organizing committee.

Mexico City
7-10 June 2021

Alcohol, drugs and intoxication have always been part of human society, but their differing social or religious meanings and their varied regional controls have shifted over time.

Today, after centuries of worldwide drug and alcohol prohibition, which were often met by resistance and accompanied by crime and violence, study of this history is reaching new levels of sophistication and global diversity, with new implications for scholarly dialogue and synthesis, as well as new political and policy implications.

Latin America has always been an important producer and exporter of psychoactive substances. It is a crossroads—ideas, substances and policy decisions flow in and out with huge 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 therefore perfectly situated as a venue for the Alcohol and Drug History Society’s 2021, bi-annual conference. Following on from the Society’s 2019 meeting in Shanghai, the Mexico City conference is particularly concerned with broadening and disseminating the exciting work of today’s alcohol and drug historians to a truly global audience, while also attracting and encouraging researchers from all over the world to participate.

Past ADHS conferences & events

ADHS 2019 Conference

Changing Minds: Societies, States, the Sciences and Psychoactive Substances in History, Shanghai University, China, 12-15 June 2019.

ADHS 2017 Conference

Drinking and Drug Policies in History: Contextualizing Causes and Consequences Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 23-25 June 2017.

2016 Events

ADHS session at the Society for the Study of Addiction conference in York, England, 10-11th of November 2016.  The programme is available here.

Conference in Dwight, Illinois on the Keeley Cure, Addiction Treatment and temperance, 14-17 July 2016

ADHS session at the Ohio Academy of History, Kent State University – Stark Campus, 1-2 April 2016.

ADHS 2015 Conference

Borders, Boundaries & Contexts:  Defining Spaces in the History of Alcohol & Drugs. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH, USA, June 18-21, 2015.

ADHS 2011 Conference

Pub, Street and Medicine Cabinet: 6th International Conference of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, Hyatt Hotel, Buffalo 24-26th June 2011