CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Self and Substance: Drugs, Culture, and Society

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Allan G. Borst
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Self and Substance: Drugs, Culture, and Society
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
April 10-11, 2009

Drugs and drug users have generated a complicated and enduring dialogue
with political and social developments, often spurring robust debate, and
often directing events throughout history. This conference will be a
two-day interdisciplinary gathering of scholars studying a wide range of
licit and illicit drug-issues. This conference is particularly interested
in how drug and addiction-related subject matter has been historically
constructed through literary, institutional, and popular discourse. The
program committee invites critical and theoretical work from scholars in
the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as in other fields including
Pharmacy, Biology, and Chemistry.

The conference seeks papers on an array of topics including, but not
limited to the following:

 Drugs, health, and community
 The science of addiction (including drug treatment)
 Drug laws and drug-users’ rights
 Crime, punishment and imprisonment
 Drug subcultures
 Drug consumption and identity
 The construction of the “addict” through racism and classism
 Women and substance abuse
 Drug trafficking and globalization
 The rhetoric of drug consumption and/or prevention
 The confluence of the war on terrorism and the war on drugs

Paper abstracts of roughly 250 words should be sent by email to Allan Borst
( by November 15, 2008. Proposals will be read blind by
the program committee. Please include “Self and Substance” in the subject

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