We want to thank all participants for an amazing conference.
We have made a small guide to hopefully help you find your way in and around the Netherlands, the city of Utrecht and the conference.
We have finalized the ADHS Conference program. Click the link below:
We have planned out the conference locations on this map:
The next bi-annual ADHS conference is hosted in Utrecht, The Netherlands from June 22 to June 25, 2017, and drug use and drug policy make the Dutch news often. Headlines of recent years include the taking of party drugs at dance events, underage drinking, the deaths of tourists in Amsterdam due to white heroin, and the introduction of the weed pass. What was the role of Dutch drug policy in these cases? What other issues emerge from the implementation of the policy? Although policy decisions are usually pragmatic, they can lead to unexpected and often contradictory messages…
The extended version can be read through this link.
We are still finalizing the program, but just so you can plan your journey:
- The conference starts on Thursday June 22nd with drinks at 5 PM in the Utrecht city center
- The conference ends on Sunday June 25th, 1 PM at Utrecht University college.
Drinking and Drug Policies in History: Contextualizing Causes and Consequences
Call for papers Alcohol and Drugs History Society conference, 22-25 June 2017, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
The twentieth century dawned with an unparalleled drive to regulate the production, distribution, and consumption of alcohol and other psychoactive substances. Many countries have developed their own specific historical trajectories of substance regulation, consumption, and user cultures. This regulatory drive continued into the 21st century, where today we live once more in a period of decisive regulatory changes and discussion. For instance in the submission of national regulations in Europe to EU directives. On the other hand, the ‘war on drugs’ is now more contested than ever before.
Global discussions have intensified concerning the consequences, feasibility, and desirability of drug prohibition. Moreover, the rise of virtual communities of substance use defies regulation within national borders.
To befit the context of this global discussion, and to stimulate comparative transnational research on substance use and regulation, the organizers of the conference would like to invite contributions addressing histories, problems and consequences of substance regulation in their wider contexts – including political, social, and cultural developments, as well as responses by and consequences for civil society, communities, and individuals.
Questions may include but are not restricted to the following:
- To what extent were regulatory practices shaped and determined by national, local, or international factors?
- How did user cultures and consumption develop within the context of changing regimes, for instance in specific national or urban settings?
- How and why did substance use and substance regulation differ between periods and regions?
- How can we explain similarities and dissimilarities between regulation of different substances (e.g., alcohol, tobacco, ‘drugs’) and their consequences, and other regulatory regimes (e.g., food, medicine, gambling, etc.).
- How did legal markets and illegal economies, their impact on social, cultural and political life, and trading and trafficking patterns and routes develop in the context of changing regulation?
- What was the role of media debates and public discourses on changing regulatory regimes and on their impact?
- Finally, in light of the increasing availability of digitized sources the organizers are particularly interested in methodological contributions: on availability of sources in general, and on the impact of digitization of sources and the possibilities of using advanced text mining tools for transnational comparative research in alcohol and drug history in particular.