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.
Rethinking Alcohol and Drugs: Global Transformations /Local Practices in History
Alcohol and Drugs History Society (ADHS), biennial conference
Mexico City, June 15 -17 2022
Website de la conferencia en Espanol: https://www.iis.unam.mx/repensar-el-alcohol-y-las-drogas-transformaciones-globales-practicas-locales/
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: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/subscribe/shad.html
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.
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.
Program Committee chair, University of Saskatchewan
Posdoctoral fellow, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales-Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
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: email@example.com
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Panel proposals are welcomed. Submissions will be accepted in English or Spanish.
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.
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