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Women and Alcohol conference workshop: Drinking studies. Crossing Boundaries 2023.

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

The ‘Women and Alcohol’ research cluster of the Drinking Studies Network are excited to announce a conference workshop on women and alcohol as part of their research project, “Between the drunken ‘mother of destruction’ and the sober ‘angel of the house’: Hidden representations of women’s drinking in Polish and British public discourses in the second half of the 19th century’. Although the project focuses on 19th Century culture, the workshop will cross chronological and disciplinary boundaries. 


This conference workshop will take place at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw on 25 and 26th July 2023. There will also be the opportunity to attend a special workshop by historian and psychiatrist, Dr Iain Smith, on finding and using medical sources on the afternoon of 24th July 2023.


The conference workshop will be designed to encourage conversations across a range of academic and cultural boundaries  (e.g.. geographical, disciplinary, linguistic, chronological, etc). It will be structured with more discussion and networking than more traditional models. Attendees and speakers will therefore not be required to give the usual 20-minute papers but instead, the Women and Alcohol project team have issued a call for the following:

• themes for possible round-tables

• hands-on mini workshops

• stimulus talks (of no more than 7 minutes)

• other interactive approaches (open to ideas on this)

Non-presenting audience members are also welcome. Some sessions will involve walking tours and museum visits and talks.


At this stage, the organisers would like to receive expressions of interest to get an idea of who would like to attend. Please include any ideas for the sort of session you may like to offer, or any questions that you may have. The first step is to gauge who would like to come along and the range of research interests that might be involved. The full CFP can be found here.


Please e-mail Dr Dorota Dias-Lewandowska and Dr Pam Lock on dsnwomencluster@gmail.com by Friday 30 March 2023. 

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