We are quickly approaching the 2018 American Anthropological Association annual conference in San Jose, California!
Below is a list of panels, papers, roundtables, and events related to alcohol, drugs, and tobacco that will be of interest to ADTSG members. Check out this jam-packed schedule!
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
12:00pm – 1:45pm (Hilton, San Carlos I)
12:00pm – 1:45pm (Convention Center, LL 20 B)
12:15pm – 12:30pm (Hilton, Winchester)
12:15pm – 12:30pm (Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A)
12:30pm – 12:45pm (Hilton, Almaden Ballroom I)
12:30pm – 12:45pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 G)
2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center, LL 21 A)
2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A)
2:15pm – 4:00pm (Hilton, San Carlos I)
2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center, LL 20 A)
2:45pm – 3:00pm (Convention Center, MR 211 A)
4:30pm – 4:45pm (Convention Center, MR 211 A)
4:30pm – 4:45pm (Convention Center, LL 21 C)
4:30pm – 6:15pm (Convention Center, LL 21 A)
4:30pm – 6:15pm (Convention Center, LL 20 B)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
8:15am – 8:30am (Convention Center, MR 230 A)
8:45am – 9:00am (Convention Center, MR 230 A)
10:30am – 10:45am (Convention Center, MR 211 A)
11:15am – 11:30am (Convention Center, MR 212 D)
2:00pm – 2:15pm (TBD)
2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 B)
5:00pm – 5:15pm (Convention Center, MR 230 B)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
8:30am – 8:45am (Convention Center, MR 211 D)
8:30am – 8:45am (TBD)
8:30am – 8:45am (TBD)
10:30am – 10:45am (Fairmont, Glen Ellen)
2:00pm – 2:15pm (Hilton, Almaden Ballroom I)
2:00pm – 3:45pm (TBD)
2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A)
2:15pm – 2:30pm (Hilton, Almaden Ballroom I)
2:30pm – 2:45pm (Convention Center, MR 230 B)
4:15pm – 6:00pm (Convention Center, MR 212 B)
4:15pm – 4:30pm (Convention Center, MR 230 C)
5:15pm – 5:30pm (Convention Center, LL 21 F)
5:30pm – 5:45pm (TBD)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
8:00am – 8:15am (Convention Center, MR 212 D)
8:00am – 9:45am (Convention Center, MR 211 D)
8:45am – 9:00am (TBD)
10:30am – 10:45am (Convention Center, LL 20 A)
12:00pm – 2:00pm (Convention Center, Concourse Lobby)
2:00pm – 2:15pm (TBD)
2:00pm – 3:45pm (Hilton, Santa Clara I)
4:15pm – 4:30pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 A)
5:15pm – 5:30pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 F)
7:45pm – 9:00pm (TBD)
Society for Psychological Anthropology 2019 Call for Papers
Benevolence and Responsibility: The Pastoral Paradox in Contemporary Institutions of Care
Organizer / Chair: Todd Ebling (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Discussant: Paul Brodwin (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
In several lectures and essays, Foucault identified the “strangest” form of power in the Western world that he labelled “pastoral.” While anthropologists have found his idea useful in a variety of contexts, particularly in thinking about how the subjectivities of beneficiaries of care are fashioned by shepherding institutions (Fassin 2010; Garcia 2010), less explicit attention has been paid to a fundamental feature that Foucault called “the paradox of the shepherd,” i.e. that pastoral power is both individualizing and totalizing: as he put it, omnes et singulatim. This panel enquires into this paradox by exploring the ways contemporary institutions – both state and nonstate – individualize “the flock” through moral direction toward self-responsibility, self-sufficiency, and self-transformation, yet also totalize individuals through seemingly indiscriminate practices of benevolence, service, and care.
Vis-à-vis this theme, papers may engage but should not be limited to the following questions: How do therapeutic encounters produce both benevolence and responsibility and for whom? To what extent do discourses in psychiatry frame or produce moral selves as both passive recipients and responsible agents of care? In what instances and under what conditions do social workers provide services while placing responsibility on clients? How do humanitarian organizations choose to intervene and offer services yet demand responsibility of their program beneficiaries? How do neoliberal policies both support and undermine moral economies of care? Ultimately, we invite papers that focus on the individualizing and totalizing dimensions of contemporary pastoral institutions and encounters with the abnormal, the ill, the addicted, the client, and the confessor.
If you think you have a paper that would fit nicely with the session theme, please email an abstract to Todd Ebling at email@example.com by November 19, 2018.
The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal (SHAD) is a great journal that welcomes historically framed ethnographic and/or anthropological work on alcohol and drugs! And SHAD has some exciting news: the editors of SHAD are pleased to announce that the journal has joined the publishing program of The University of Chicago Press. Building on 30 years of publication, we will release our first issue with the Press in 2019. The journal will be available both in print and online. For further information, please see: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/journals/shad/pr/180921
The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs is dedicated to publishing high-quality original research, reflection essays, and reviews in the field of alcohol and drug history, broadly construed. Multidisciplinary and supported by top scholars in the field, SHAD is the only English-language academic journal devoted to this diverse topic.
The journal appears twice annually as an official publication of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, which promotes scholarship on the history of alcohol and drug use, abuse, production, trade, and regulation across time and space. Scholars publishing with SHAD are invited to be featured on the Points blog, an online space for exchanging new ideas, insights, and speculations about our interdisciplinary and rapidly evolving field.
SHAD editors Nancy Campbell, David Herzberg, and Lucas Richert are absolutely thrilled with the journal’s new home, which will give its excellent scholarship the visibility and intellectual connections merited at a time of heightened and well-justified interest in the many worlds of drugs and alcohol. We are also delighted with our new cover design, featuring paintings by Jenny Kemp.
The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs will be represented at upcoming conferences, including those of the American Association for the History of Medicine, the American Historical Association, the American Sociological Association, and the History of Science Society, among others.
Sydney is recent graduate of the Ph.D. program of the Department of Anthropology at Emory University. Her award-winning paper, A Second Chance: Re-enactment, Excess Meaning, and the Social Worlds of PBC in Iquitos, examines how addicts at a drug treatment center in Peru construct their drug recovery narratives through a re-enactment film aimed at conveying their drug-using lives and decisions to seek recovery.
The ADTSG Graduate Student Paper Prize is an annual award that recognizes the best graduate student paper in the anthropology of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, or other psychoactive substance use. Please join us in congratulating Sydney on her excellent work and contribution to our field!
The Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group is happy to announce the winner of our 2018 Graduate Student Travel Award: Richard Karl Deang!
Richard is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia. The paper he will be presenting at the AAAs, Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitical Ontologies: HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and the Anti-Drug War in the Philippines, will examine how drugs, including HIV medication, categorize different subjects in terms of their capacity for self-government and their value to the national population.
The ADTSG Graduate Student Travel Award is an annual award that helps a graduate student attend the AAAs to present a paper that engages questions related to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, or other psychoactive substance use. Please join us in congratulating Richard on his excellent contribution to our field!
SfAA 2018 Panel Call for Papers
Dimensions of the Global and Local Narco-Environments
Organizers: Marcos Mendoza (University of Mississippi) and Carter Hunt (Penn State University)
This panel examines the global and local narco-environments with an eye to understanding conservation outcomes. The global narco-environment refers to the shifting social, territorial, political, and economic bases for the production, trafficking, consumption, and interdiction of illegal drugs (cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, etc.), typically within highly adaptive, flexible global commodity chains. These narco-activities impact concrete physical environments and spatial locations, generating diverse outcomes ranging from ecological disruption and destruction to increased capacity for conservation.
Various scholars have drawn attention to the complex relationships between drug traffickers and transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) engaging in activities – both licit and illicit – that have direct consequences for the environment. TCOs and regional criminal organizations have promoted deforestation, unregulated mining, ranching, real estate investment, extortion, kidnapping, and assassination, as well as seeking to capture rents from industries ranging from palm oil to avocados to petroleum. Using terror and violence as tools, these narco-organizations have had major impacts on indigenous and peasant communities. Revolutionary insurgencies, self-defense militias, and paramilitary forces have been linked to conflicts deriving from the U.S.-led War on Drugs and the efforts by various states to root out production zones, decapitate cartels, and promote law and order. In some cases, the fear and avoidance of particular places associated with narco-activities has reduced extractive or otherwise destructive activities, leading to greater conservation outcomes than would otherwise have occurred.
The assembled panel will attempt to shed light on the differing conservation regimes generated within and across concrete narco-environments. Our goal is to gather ethnographically-grounded and theoretically-rich studies of the local and global narco-environments. First, panelists should speak to the fraught social and political relationships linking human communities and their neighboring environments to narco-activities and broader networks that might involve environmental NGOs, regional social movements, state conservation agencies, official and unofficial security forces (military, police, paramilitaries, etc.), or consumers. Second, panelists should address the cultural processes tied to these fraught socio-political relationships. How have actors generated new ways of perceiving, valuing, engaging, or appropriating the environment in relation to narco-activities? Third, panelists should discuss how these concrete sociocultural responses have generated variable regimes of conservation.
Potential topics include:
For consideration, email your paper abstract (100 words max.) to Marcos Mendoza (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carter Hunt (email@example.com) by October 5, 2018. Please email either Marcos or Carter if you have any questions.
Here is the latest installment of ADTSG’s student profiles feature!
These profiles are a way for the ADTSG membership to become acquainted with the next generation of anthropologists of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. In this vein, each profile will introduce one graduate or undergraduate student to the group by asking him or her a series of questions related to his/her background and career aspirations in this field.
In this installment, we are profiling Olivia Marcus, a Ph.D. student at the University of Connecticut.
Why did you choose to study anthropology?
I wanted to study everything when I entered university: medicine, political science, chemistry, economics, history, biology, and human behavior. Anthropology intrigued me as a discipline that considers these various disciplines in a particularly critical way. I had a particular interest in health, medicine, and well-being, especially as they relate to spirituality and various therapeutic techniques. It was my fascination with the HIV/AIDS epidemic through the anthropological lens that was a deciding factor for me to sway more toward the social science-public health work rather than approaches found in conventional biological science. My pressing question had always been: why do epidemics and health disparities still exist when western medicine is so effective? Also, what drives people to continue to use various other forms of therapeutic modalities and why do people persist in unhealthy behaviors when they ostensibly know better? Like many freshman in their first foray into the vast world of ethnography, I was deeply influenced by the political-economic explanations put forth by medical anthropologists such as Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Arthur Kleinman, and Paul Farmer, yet also was fortunate to stumble upon the works of Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Eduardo Luna, and E. Jean Langdon. From a young age I had an interest in consciousness and altered states, and upon discovering works in medical anthropology, political-economic critiques, and anthropology of consciousness, I found that my various interests (which also included studying languages, ethnobotany, and traveling) could be explored in a holistic, interconnected way.
Why are you interested in alcohol, drugs, and tobacco research?
Since childhood, I had a fascination with what role psychedelic drugs play in the search for so-called “higher” states of consciousness and deeper levels of self-knowledge. Growing up in Silicon Valley was definitely an influence in my process, since the culture and early access to the internet made it relatively easy to find people, books, and online resources with which I could explore these topics. When I learned that psychedelics were not only used for meditation and altering consciousness, but also for healing/medicinal purposes, I wanted to understand more about the different contexts in which this healing occurs, how many different traditions and methods exist, and the extent to which these methods are effective. I began my doctoral research with a lot of hesitancy toward using the word ‘drug’ and the term “drug research” to characterize my research since I focus on the use of plant medicines, specifically ayahuasca and the various other plants used among shamans in the Peruvian Amazon. I became interested in this context upon learning of the various therapeutic applications for both psychedelic and non-psychedelic plant preparations that are attracting a growing number of global audiences to the jungle. I find this work an exciting exploration of my interest in health-seeking behavior in a therapeutically plural environment, particularly for mental health and well-being.
What are your research plans for studying alcohol, drugs, and tobacco?
I am currently conducting fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon for my doctoral dissertation on the therapeutic uses of ayahuasca shamanism for mental health. I focus on the cathartic aspects of plant-based healing techniques (both psychoactive and non-psychoactive) for mental well-being, particularly in light of the many claims that ayahuasca may be beneficial for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I further question how people who come for healing in the Amazon re-conceptualize their perceptions of health and healing. In this context, ayahuasca and other psychedelic plants are just a few items in the vast medicine cabinet of the Amazon rainforest. However, as a growing profession in Peru and abroad, ayahuasca shamanism has emerged as an important focus in my research, particularly the processes of medicalization and professionalization that are part of the constant re-shaping of shamanic practices and their diffusion around the world.
What do you hope to do after you graduate?
At this point, I feel so immersed in my fieldwork that it is tempting to say I would like to continue living down here and studying plants for years to come. But I have always had an applied orientation to anthropology and envisioned being able to bridge my fieldwork and dissertation research with public health applications. This would involve advocacy for drug policy reform in the US in an effort to facilitate more opportunities for good scientific inquiry into psychedelic substances with therapeutic potential. I also plan to continue the process of helping to design and conduct good studies that can provide evidence for the benefits and risks of psychedelic use, as well as the pros and cons of legalizing them only for medical or therapeutic use.
If you are a student and would like to be profiled for the ADTSG website, please contact ADTSG Student Liaison, Breanne Casper, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
The Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group (ADTSG) of the Society for Medical Anthropology invites applications for a travel award to attend the 2018 AAA Annual Meeting in San Jose, California. An award of $100 will be given to a graduate student presenting a paper at the conference that engages questions related to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, or other psychoactive substance use. The ADTSG Graduate Student Travel Award is awarded annually on a competitive basis and reviewed by a committee comprised of ADTSG members.
Questions may be directed to Shana Harris at the above email address. We look forward to your submissions!
SEEKING A PHD-LEVEL RESEARCHER TO WORK WITH THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND HIGH INTENSITY DRUG TRAFFICKING AREAS ON A NATIONAL “HEROIN RESPONSE STRATEGY”
1-YEAR APPPOINTMENT, WITH OPTION FOR RENEWAL
LOCATED IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA
APPLICATION DUE AUGUST 1, 2018
Seeking a PhD-level researcher to work full-time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. The candidate will be hired by the Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program, but will maintain office space and work with CDC’s Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, within the Overdose Prevention Branch, located at the Chamblee campus near Doraville.
Duties: The incumbent will work closely with CDC and 10 HIDTAs on the National Heroin Response Strategy, which encompasses 22 states and the District of Columbia, to identify effective or promising strategies that prevent opioid-related overdose at the community, state, or health-system level. Specifically, the selected scientist will:
(1) provide subject matter expertise on existing opioid overdose prevention strategies in the United States;
(2) assist in the promotion of and education around evidence-based opioid overdose prevention strategies, especially those endorsed in the CDC-branded document of the same name (soon to be available);
(3) assist in the development of annual “cornerstone projects,” which requires the coordination of public health and drug intelligence staff across all 22 HRS states and DC on a focused, coordinated research project;
(4) make site visits to up to 5 selected “HRS focus states” to understand local need and capacity to address the opioid epidemic;
(5) with CDC, HIDTA directors, and local coalitions, assist in the development of an innovative pilot project to address the opioid epidemic in each focus state;
(6) work intensively with each focus state to implement the pilot project;
(7) collaborate with assigned program evaluators, epidemiologists, and administrators to gather and analyze relevant data to monitor progress of pilot project implementation;
(8) report progress to date and findings to relevant stakeholders at conferences, meetings, webinars, and in writing;
(9) other tasks as required or merited.
Requirements: (1) PhD degree in hand at the time of application; (2) PhD in public health, behavioral science, or a social science; (3) a research or educational background related to substance use, opioid use disorder, or opioid overdose; (4) excellent oral and written communication skills; (5) demonstrated track record of working effectively across disciplines, community environments, or Agencies; (6) an understanding of public health; (7) demonstrated experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
For more information: Please contact Dr. Rita Noonan at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, RNoonan@cdc.gov, 770-488-1532.
Application procedure: Please submit your CV and 3 references to Ms. Jessica Wolff, JWolff@cdc.gov, with the subject line “CDC-HIDTA research position.”