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As an affiliate of the American Historical Association, the ADHS regularly holds annual events and limited sessions. The ADHS also organizes a biennial international conference. Past events have been held in Shanghai, Utrecht, Guelph, Glasgow, Buffalo, London and Bowling Green, Ohio.​

Mexico City
June 15 -17 2022

Rethinking Alcohol and Drugs: Global Transformations and Local Practices in History


Website de la conferencia en Espanol:

The 2022 Alcohol and Drugs History Society is pleased to release its call for papers for its biennial conference.

As jurisdictions around the world begin relaxing regulations on psychoactive substances including cannabis and psychedelics, the consequences of an era of prohibition call out for historical scrutiny. The politics of prohibition have plagued the history of alcohol and drugs, while scholars have examined points of contradiction, friction, resistance, and even opportunities created by restricting some substances and encouraging others. We invite participants to ‘rethink’ this history, drawing inspiration from new sources, methods, and historical actors to deepen our understanding of the historical significance of alcohol and drugs.

All participants must be registered as members of the ADHS. To join the ADHS, click here.

To submit a proposal please send a title, abstract and 1 page CV by or before January 7, 2022 to:

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Panel proposals are welcomed. Submissions will be accepted in English or Spanish.

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We are pleased to announce the full program for our June 15-17, 2022 conference in Mexico City.


Erika Dyck

Program Committee Chair, University of Saskatchewan

Cecilia Autrique

Posdoctoral fellow, Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Luis Astorga

Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales-Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Paul Gootenberg

President ADHS, Stony Brook University


ADHS is proud to host its first meeting in Mexico City. Latin America has always been an important source and exporter of hallucinogens, licit and illicit psychoactive drugs, and various kinds of alcohol. This region exists at a crossroads of ideas, drug products, and policy decisions that have flowed in and out of this area with dramatic consequences for the rest of the world. It has always played a central role in our understanding of intoxicants, from practices to policy. Mexico City is ideally situated as a venue for the Alcohol and Drug History Society’s 2022 biennial conference. Following on from the success of the 2019 ADHS meeting in Shanghai, the Mexico City conference will broaden networks and enhance exciting scholarship on the history of drugs and alcohol, while attracting researchers from all over the world. We hope that this will be an in-person meeting, but further details will be released in early 2022.


Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México has a notable spacious campus and good public transportation (metro and metrobus), with museums and restaurants within walking distance from the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales. There are several hotels nearby, such as the Radisson Paraiso Hotel, as well as two malls--Perisur and Plaza Cuicuilco--boasting a wide variety of coffee shops, restaurants, and stores. The campus is near San Ángel and Coyoacán, two beautiful historic southern Mexico City neighborhoods with a plaza, markets, restaurants, museums, and bookstores.

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