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Call for papers: Under control?: alcohol and drug regulation, past and present

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Papers and panel proposals are invited for an international conference on the history of alcohol and drug regulation to be held in Bristol, UK 21st-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):

  1. Global drugs trade and the war on drugs

  2. Crime and policing

  3. Prohibition

  4. Tobacco control

  5. Regulation of drugs in art, film and literature

  6. Temperance and its influences

  7. Alcohol licensing and pricing

  8. Media regulation / advertising and marketing

  9. Religion and alcohol or drugs

  10. Dependency and treatment

  11. Policymaking and the political process

  12. Alcohol and radical politics / revolutions / social movements

  13. Use and control of drugs in premodern cultures

  14. Alcohol and drugs in sport and 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.

Please send all proposals to

Deadline for submission: 30th September 2012

For more information, go to the conference website

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