Under Control? Alcohol & drug regulation, past and present (CfP, Conference, London, 21-23 June 2013)

Papers and panel proposals are invited for an international conference on the history of alcohol and drug regulation to be held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 21-23rd June 2013.

The conference will explore all aspects of drug, tobacco and alcohol regulation.  Work covering all periods and places, including recent history, will be considered.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Professor Paul Gootenberg (State University of New York)
Professor James Simpson (Carlos III University of Madrid)


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 etc.

Subjects may include (but are not limited to):

Global drugs trade and the war on drugs
Policymaking and the political process
Regulation of drugs in art, film and literature
Temperance and its influences
Crime and policing
Tobacco control
Alcohol control, pricing and licensing
Regulation of advertising, marketing and other media
Religion and alcohol or drugs
Dependency and treatment
Drugs and alcohol in politics and  social movements
Use and control of drugs in premodern cultures
Alcohol and drugs in popular culture

Proposal formats:

  • 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.

The revised deadline for proposals is 30th October 2012. Please send all submissions to this email.

Travel and accommodation: We hope to make bursaries available to graduate students and early-career academics.  Further details will be provided on acceptance of submissions.

Publications: Selected papers from Under Control? will be published in a collected edition and we have an expression of interest from an international publisher.

Support: Under Control? is sponsored by the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, Alcohol Research UK, the Society for the Social History of Medicine, Bowling Green State University and Brock University.


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