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ADTSG 2020 Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Study Group (ADTSG) of the Society for Medical Anthropology invites submissions for the best graduate student paper in the anthropology of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or other psychoactive substance use.  A committee of ADTSG members will judge qualifying submissions.  The author of the winning paper will receive a certificate and an award of $100.  Submissions from all anthropological sub-disciplines are encouraged.

QUALIFYING CRITERIA

  • No more than 9,000 words (including references and notes)
  • Must be based on original fieldwork and data
  • Must have been written in the past 12 months
  • Primary or first author must be a graduate student at time of submission
  • May be unpublished or submitted for publication at the time of submission

JUDGING CRITERIA

  • Originality of fieldwork and data
  • Richness of substantive or evidentiary materials
  • Clarity of anthropological methods
  • Linkage of work to social science literature
  • Effective use of theory and data
  • Organization, quality of writing, and coherence of argument

SUBMISSION PROCESS

  • Please do not include your name or any identifying information in the paper itself.
  • Papers must be double spaced and in PDF format (please include page numbers).
  • References and in-text citations should be formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Please submit via email to Shana Harris, Chair of ADTSG, at shana.harris@ucf.edu
  • Submissions must be received by 5:00PM EST on July 31, 2020, for full consideration.

Questions may be directed to Shana Harris at the above email address. We look forward to your submissions!

Drug Presentations at 2020 SfAAs

We are less than two weeks away from the 2020 Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

There are several papers, panels, and posters about alcohol, drugs, and related topics in the program! Below is a list of presentations that will be of interest to ADTSG members, many of which involve our members.  And don’t forget to come to the ADTSG Business Meeting on Friday, March 20, at 5:30pm in Hotel Albuquerque – Potters!  All are welcome!

Wednesday, March 18

9:00am – 9:15am (Alvarado B)

  • PAPER: The Native American Church Observes a Centennial: Applied Anthropology and Peyotism (Presenters: Daniel Swan and Alexandr Chudak)

10:30am – 10:45am (Franciscan)

  • PAPER: Patient Perspectives on Medical Marijuana Use in the Florida Panhandle (Presenters: John Luque, Arinze Okere, Paula Williams, and Reginald Turner, Jr.)

3:30pm – 5:20pm (Alvarado E)

  • PANEL: Drugs and Addiction

Thursday, March 19

10:00am – 10:15am (Chapel)

  • PAPER: Configurations of a Cultural Model of Substance Use in Young Adults and Patients in Treatment in Brazil (Presenter: Nicole Henderson)

2:00pm – 2:15pm (Tablao)

  • PAPER: Globalizing Traditions: Ayahuasca Shamanism and the Ethics of Therapeutic Integration in the Peruvian Amazon (Presenter: Olivia Marcus)

3:30pm – 5:20pm (Alvarado H)

  • PANEL: Negotiating Culture in the Rural Opioid Crisis

3:30pm – 5:30pm (Franciscan)

  • POSTER: Alcohol Use in IPV Perpetrators (Presenters: Taylor McHenry and Penelope Morrison)
  • POSTER: Harm Reduction Services Outreach: Expanding Access and Amplifying Participant Voice (Presenters: Candace Winstead, Nicolas Leachman, Amelia Johnson, Macie Miller, and Teresa Winstead)
  • POSTER: Perinatal Opioid Users’ Perceptions of Healthcare Providers and Their Influence on Treatment (Presenters: Kendall Brophy, Jennifer Wies, Jean Marie Place, and Caitlyn Placek)

5:45pm – 6:00pm (Alvarado H)

  • PAPER: Compounded Vulnerability of Latinx Who Use Drugs: Legal Violence and Frontline Provider’s Activism (Presenters: Julieta Ferrera and Andrea M. Lopez)

Friday, March 20

9:15am – 9:30am (Alvarado H)

  • PAPER: Addiction, Morality, and Care: The Choreography of Recovery Care Work in the Opioid Crisis (Presenter: Howard Boutelle)

9:15am – 9:30am (Tablao)

  • PAPER: Psychedelia in the United States: An Ethnographic Study of Underground Psychedelic Use (Presenter: Tristan Seikel)

2:00pm – 2:30pm (Chapel)

  • PAPER: Ibogaine Is Not a Drug: Rejecting the Pharmaceutical Industry’s Clam on “Our” Bodies (Presenter: Dillon Patterson)

5:30pm – 6:50pm (Potters)

  • ADTSG Open Business Meeting

Saturday, March 21

12:30pm – 12:45pm (Potters)

  • PAPER: Shifting Marijuana Policies and the Boundaries of Inclusion for Racial and Ethnic Minority Youth in New York City (NYC) (Presenters: Heather Wurtz, Benjamin Lane, Elizabeth N. Kennard, Pia M. Mauro, and Morgan M. Philbin)

CFP – Psychedelic Anthropology in the Age of Global Mental Health (AAA 2020)

CALL FOR PAPERS

American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

November 18-22, 2020 – St. Louis, MO

Psychedelic Anthropology in the Age of Global Mental Health

Organizer: Olivia Marcus (University of Connecticut)

In the 1960s anthropologist Allan D. Coult emerged as a notably loud proponent of what he called Psychedelic Anthropology. His post-humous Psychedelic Anthropology is a text that reflected the general trend in anthropology to uncover the “predicament of humankind” or what it means to be human and experience altered states of consciousness. His focus in founding the International Society for Psychedelic Anthropology was to explore human and culture and behavior through the insights of psychedelic experiences, which he maintained was essential for anthropological inquiry. Since then, anthropologists have written on traditional uses of mind-altering rituals (e.g., fasting, dancing, drumming), plants (e.g., ayahuasca, mescaline, salvia divinorum, iboga), fungi, and animal exudates (e.g. Kambo). Currently, in an era of rising mental health concerns in which global rates of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress syndromes, and addiction are at the forefront of global health concerns, anthropological knowledge of “traditional” mind-altering practices are becoming superseded by investigations of practices bound up with New Age spirituality, neo-shamanism, and hybridized or syncretic forms in which the traditional collaborates, integrates, and clashes with western psychology and biomedicine. This panel invites researchers who peer into these spaces of hybridization, syncretism, collaboration, and disjuncture to discuss the current state of anthropological knowledge that is bound up in the use of psychedelic substances. In the age of Global Mental Health, this panel seeks to bring forth discussion of how the use of mind-altering substances and practices are emerging into the mainstream as increasingly socially acceptable forms of alternative mental healthcare. Recent reports provide evidence that people who use psychedelics in a ritual or therapeutic context may experience rapid anti-depressant effects, relief from post-traumatic stress, greater peace with the dying and bereavement process, and addiction rehabilitation. Questions still abound, however: what is the role of psychotherapy in the therapeutic use of psychedelics? How will the use of psychedelics affect perceptions of mental health well-being among the global mental health community? Further, how does mainstream social and political acceptance of sacred medicines effect localized ritual practices? Ethnographic inquiry into these processes yield salient insights into how social dynamics continue to change and alter the evolution of both traditional and “modern” healing practices.

Abstracts should be sent to Olivia Marcus at olivia.marcus@uconn.edu by March 15, 2020.

Drug Presentations at 2020 SMA Conference

We are just a few weeks away from the 2020 Society for Medical Anthropology Conference in Havana, Cuba!

There are several papers and posters about alcohol, drugs, and related topics in the program! Below is a list of presentations that will be of interest to ADTSG members, many of which involve our members.

Wednesday, March 11

3:15pm – 4:30pm (Room 12)

  • POSTER: “Jail is the Only Thing That is Going to Keep Them Alive”: Human Trafficking, Vulnerability, and the Opioid Epidemic  (Presenter: Alicia W. Peters)

3:15pm – 4:30pm (Room 12)

  • POSTER: “That’s the Difference Between Me and Other People”: Moral Citizenship and Harm Reduction in the U.S. Opioid Panic (Presenter: Allison V. Schlosser)

3:15pm – 4:30pm (Room 12)

  • POSTER: Predatory Care and the Carceral Medicalization of Deported Denizens in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands  (Presenter: Carlos Martinez)

3:15pm – 4:30pm (Room 12)

  • POSTER: How Stigma and Systemic Barriers Affect Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in the Northeast U.S.: A Treatment System Causing Harm (Presenter: Christopher Caulfield)

3:15pm – 4:30pm (Room 12)

  • POSTER: Methadone Governance and Compliance with Prenatal Care: Care-Seeking and Deservingness in the Context of Drug Use During Pregnancy (Presenters: Emery R. Eaves, Bonnie McCormick, and Bailey S. Kohlbeck)

3:15pm – 4:30pm (Room 12)

  • POSTER: Creation of a Drug Rehabilitation Centered Group Prenatal Program (Presenters: Bonnie McCormick, Emery R. Eaves, and Bailey S. Kohlbeck)

3:15pm – 4:30pm (Room 12)

  • POSTER: Problematic Perception Around Intravenous Drug Use in East Africa (Presenter: Jordy King)

3:15pm – 4:30pm (Room 12)

  • POSTER: The Entanglement of Addiction and Harsh Working Conditions in Recovery Narratives in Northern Arizona (Presenter: Michelle Anne Parsons)

3:15pm – 4:30pm (Room 12)

  • POSTER: Spaces of Belonging: Institutional Home-making among Addicted Women in Tehran, Iran (Presenter: Parsa Bastani)

3:15pm – 4:30pm (Room 12)

  • POSTER: Dying Alone, Dying at Home: Qualitative Research With Next of Kin of Opioid Overdose Victims in Philadelphia (Presenters: Beth Uzwiak and Anastasia Hudgins)

Thursday, March 12

11:45am – 12:00pm (Room 10)

  • PAPER: Tripping and Traveling: Medical Travel and the Use of Psychedelics for Drug Treatment in Mexico (Presenter: Shana Harris)

12:15pm – 12:30pm (Room 3)

  • PAPER: Salud mental, adicciones y discurso religioso: Notas de una investigación en el contexto de la frontera latinoamericana (Presenter: Anaxsuell Fernando da Silva)

2:00pm – 3:15pm (Room 12)

  • POSTER: Non-participation Rate of Injecting Drug Users in HIV Sentinel Surveillance 2017 and Its Effect on Observed HIV Prevalence in India (Presenters: Rai Sanjay Kumar, Ahamed Farhad, Haldar Partha, Kiran Goswami, Ayush Lohia, Kumar Pradeep, Misra Puneet, and Kant Shashi)

Call for Virtual Special Issues: Reading the Archive (MAQ)

Medical Anthropology Quarterly (MAQ) is soliciting proposals for virtual special issues in their new Reading the Archive series.

Reading the Archive is an online feature of MAQ that aims to expand our understanding of contemporary theoretical and social formations by thinking both laterally and historically.

Each issue of Reading the Archive hones in on a central thematic–including thematics that might seem peripheral or orthogonal to the conventional concerns of medical anthropology–and offers a curated collection of articles from the MAQ archive that help us generate new insights, and new questions, both about the thematic and about the nature and scope of medical anthropology itself.

Each issue is curated by a guest editor, and offers collection of 5-8 contemporary and classic articles drawn from the MAQ archive, along with an original critical introduction, and a set of additional resources to facilitate further thinking in the classroom and beyond. The articles in each issue will be made open access for 6 months.

Rather than solidifying a canon, Reading the Archive attunes to unexpected resonances across the shifting history of medical anthropological knowledge and practice, reading contemporary theoretical or analytical formations or timely issues of scholarly and public attention backwards into the MAQ archive. Our first two issues focus on disability anthropology (Molly Bloom) and the politics of water (Nadia Gaber).

Proposals are especially welcome from emerging scholars, and from scholars underrepresented in MAQ, including scholars who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color; scholars from the global south; disabled scholars; and LGBTQIA+ scholars.

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and should include:

Guest editor’s name, title, and institutional affiliation (if any).

  • One writing sample (blog posts, conference papers, or other shorter-format work is preferred).
  • Title and 250-word description of the proposed thematic issue which should:
    • identify a timely social, theoretical, or analytical question or problem of relevance to medical anthropology.
    • detail the importance and generative possibilities of situating that question/problem within the MAQ archive.
  • Bibliography of 3-5 MAQ articles that might be included in the issue.

Inquiries and proposals can be sent to Zoë Wool at zoe.wool@rice.edu with the subject line MAQ Reading the Archive.

Drug Panels at 2019 AAAs

We are one week away from the 2020 American Anthropological Association annual conference in Vancouver, Canada!

There are several panels, papers, posters, and events about alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and related topics!  Below is a list of presentations and activities that will be of interest to ADTSG members, many of which involve our members.  And don’t forget to come to the ADTSG Business Meeting on Friday, November 22, at 12:15pm in Convention Center West Room 111!  All are welcome!

Wednesday, November 20

12:00pm – 1:45pm (Convention Center West Room 114)

  • PAPER: The Discourse of Craft and the Production of Value: Studying the Craft Beer Community (Presenter: Wesley Shumar)

12:00pm – 1:45pm (Convention Center West Room 101 & 102)

  • PAPER: Effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) and Sociocultural Environment on Product Use Behavior and Health (Presenter: Whitney Cotten)

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center West Room 217)

  • PAPER: A Toast to Adulthood: College Students’ Guide to Merrymaking in Postreform China (Presenter: Chun-Yi Sum)

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center West Ballroom A)

  • PAPER: Mothering in the Shadows: How Opiate Addicted Women Care for Their Children (Presenter: Kelley Kampman)

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center West Room 112)

  • PAPER: Weed and Waiting: Raising Consciousness as Survival Practice in Afro-Caribbean Costa Rica (Presenter: Sabia McCoy-Torres)

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center West Room 103 & 104)

  • PAPER: Paths of Potentiality: Violence, Media, and Affective Indeterminacies in Mexico’s “Drug War” (Presenters: Agnes Mondragon Celis Ochoa)

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center West Room 110)

  • PAPER: Precarity of Motherhood in Opioid Recovery: Making It to the Methadone Clinic as a Demonstration of Commitment to Parenthood (Presenter: Emery Eaves)

4:30pm – 6:15pm (Convention Center West Room 212)

  • PAPER: What Explains the Paradox of “Black Neighborhood Liquor Stores”? (Presenter: Juliet Lee)

4:30pm – 6:15pm (Convention Center West Ballroom B)

  • PAPER: A Trip to Save a Life: Psychedelics and the Untraveled Road Toward Addiction Recovery  (Presenter: Jessica Cadoch)

Thursday, November 21

8:00am – 9:45am (Convention Center West Room 301)

  • PAPER: Home and Weapon: Care and the Politics of Veteran Drunk Driving (Presenter: Ken MacLeish)

8:00am – 9:45am (Convention Center West Room 213)

  • PAPER: Decolonizing Our Conceptual Heritage Through Psychedelics (Presenter: Joshua Falcon)

10:15am – 12:00pm (Convention Center West Room 208)

  • ROUNDTABLE: Fat Talk, Lighting Up, and Consuming Identities: Reflecting on the Contributions of Mimi Nichter

10:15am – 12:00pm (Convention Center West Room 216)

  • PAPER: Drinking Embodied: Gift, Commodity, and the Construction of Transnational Japanese Identity in Honolulu (Presenter: Christopher Chapman)

10:15am – 12:00pm (Convention Center West Room 112)

  • PAPER: What We Thought They Understood: Longitudinal Marihuana Research and Its Consequences (Presenter: J. Bryan Page)

10:15am – 12:00pm (Convention Center West Room 201)

  • PAPER: The Wolf at the Door: Human-Alcohol Collaborations in Craft Brewing (Presenter: Aaron Delgaty)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center West Ballroom B)

  • ROUNDTABLE: Drug War Correspondents: Struggle, Collaboration, and Justice on the Frontlines of the Overdose Epidemic

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center West Room 214)

  • PAPER: The Loosened Ties That Bind: Work, Alcohol, and Korean Television (Presenter: William Silcott)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center West Ballroom Lobby)

  • POSTER: When the Right is Wrong: The Cultural Construction of Evidence in Ontario’s Harm Reduction Policies (Presenter: Stephanie Arlt)

4:15pm – 6:00pm (Convention Center West Room 105)

  • PAPER: Necrosecurity: Youthful Navigations in the Monster City (Presenter: Brenda Garcia)

Friday, November 22

8:00 am – 9:45 am (Convention Center West Room 219)

  • PANEL: Recovering, Rehabilitated, Healthy: Critical Anthropological Perspectives on Addiction Treatment Buzzwords

8:00am – 9:45am (Convention Center West Room 112)

  • PAPER: The Penetrating Gaze of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Intimate Revelations and Constructions of Indigenous Life in Canada (Presenter: Leslie Sabiston)

10:15am – 12:00pm (Convention Center West Room 110)

  • PAPER: Caring for the Self By Escaping the Self: The Temporality of Opioid Addiction in Rural Appalachia (Presenter: Joshua Burraway)

10:15am – 12:00pm (Convention Center East Room 7)

  • PAPER: “We Will Get Them Addicted” and “Yes, I’m a Sex Worker”: Stigma, Identity, and Strategy in an Unstable NGO-Donor Landscape (Presenter: Ayaz Qureshi)

12:15pm – 1:45pm (Convention Center West Room 111)

  • ADTSG Open Business Meeting

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center West Room 209)

  • PAPER: “Keeping a Fear in Your Pocket”: Affective Strategies of Long-Term Abstainers (Presenter: Matthew Pettit)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center West Room 206)

  • PAPER: Austerity, Gallows Humor, and the Contradictions of Recovery Capital in the English Health and Social Care System (Presenter: Maxfield Waterman)

4:15pm – 6:00pm (Convention Center West Room 115)

  • PAPER: Envisioning Recovery at the Intersection of Mental Illness, Substance Use, and Homelessness in Rural New England: Personal and Community Trajectories of Possibility (Presenter: Elizabeth Carpenter-Song)

4:15pm – 6:00pm (Convention Center West Room 115)

  • PAPER: Reality on the Horizon: Women’s Conceptualizations of Their Future Before and After Leaving an Inpatient Drug Rehabilitation Center (Presenter: Ellen Kozelka)

Saturday, November 23

8:00am – 9:45am (Convention Center East Room 15)

  • PAPER: Healing the Addict: Ethics, Discipline, and Control in Kurdish Istanbul (Presenter: Onur Gunay)

8:00am – 9:45am (Convention Center West Room 219)

  • PAPER: heART Space: Curating Community Grief from Overdose (Presenter: Jennifer Robinson)

8:00am – 9:45am (Convention Center West Room 217)

PAPER: Gendered Violence and Overdose Risk in Low-income Housing: An Ethnographic Study of Housing-Based Overdose Prevention Site Utilization in Vancouver, Canada (Presenter: Alexandra Collins)

10:15am – 12:00pm (Convention Center West Room 301)

PAPER: Child Welfare in Western Wisconsin: Methamphetamine “Crisis” and the Punitive Regulation of Families (Presenter: Tina Lee)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center West Room 118)

PANEL: Whiteness and Its Factures in the U.S. Opioid “Crisis”

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center West Ballroom Lobby)

  • POSTER: Y.A. in A.A.: Alcohols Who Entered the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous Under the Age of 25 (Presenter: Connie Ticho)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center West Room 109)

  • PAPER: Organizational Cultural Themes of the Native American Church From Establishment in 1918 to an International Organization Representing U.S. and Canadian Peyotists in 1957 (Presenter: Dennis Wiedman)

4:15pm – 6:00pm (Convention Center West Room 203)

  • PAPER: How Anthropological Problems Differ and Repeat Across Generations (Presenter: Bhrigupati Singh)

4:15pm – 6:00pm (Convention Center West Room 101 & 102)

  • PANEL: Anthropologists at the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic: Changing the Climate of Care and Policy Throughout Canada and the United States

4:15pm – 6:00pm (Convention Center West Room 302 & 303)

  • PAPER: Implementation Contexts and the Impact of the Built Environment on Access to Supervised Consumption Services in Toronto, Canada (Presenter: Geoff Bardwell)

4:15pm – 6:00pm (Convention Center West Room 302 & 303)

  • PAPER: Police Practices in Relation to Supervised Injection Site Users in Vancouver: An Ethnographic Study (Presenter: Benjamin Scher)

4:15pm – 6:00pm (Convention Center West Room 302 & 303)

  • Women Who Use Illicit Drugs: Experiences of Structural Violence in the Context of Overlapping Syndemics of Gendered Violence and Overdose Death (Presenter: Jade Boyd)

Reminder – ADTSG Membership Drive

The Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) supports Special Interest Groups (SIGs) as an important part of strengthening communication and collaboration among scholars based on topical interests. As a SIG of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), the Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group (ADTSG) reports our membership demographics to the SMA board, which helps them determine SIG status and resource allocation.

The form is available now through November 10, 2019.  The form is very brief; it only takes 1-2 minutes to fill out! It will be used to establish memberships in all the SIGs. We ask that all ADTSG members who would like to be part of this or other SIGs fill out this form whether you are currently a member or not.

Please note: You do NOT need to be a member of SMA or AAA to continue your membership in ADTSG. Simply indicate on the form whether you are a member of SMA/AAA or not and select the appropriate SIG(s) in which you would like to maintain membership.

The form is available at: https://forms.gle/ADJeTMayHFF46L5A7

You will only need to fill out this form once per year. Please direct any questions/comments to Elizabeth Wirtz: wirtz@purdue.edu .

 

CFP – “Ontopolitics” of Drugs and Drug Policies

 

Call for Papers – Special Section of the International Journal of Drug Policy

The “Ontopolitics” of Drugs and Drug Policies

Guest Editors: Cameron Duff and Tim Rhodes

There are shifts within the field of drugs research and drug policy towards investigating evidence and intervention as matters of ontology. This encourages an approach to evidence, and what counts as evidence, in discussions of drugs and drug policy that moves beyond mere methodological and epistemological concerns to consider how various knowledge-making practices bring drugs and drug policies into being. The focus is on how evidence and intervention are performed in relation to material practices, of which research and science are part. Such practice-oriented approaches have challenged presumptions of separation between the material and the social, nature and society, and evidence and practice, instead envisaging these entangled as effects of ‘actor-networks’ (Latour, 2005; Law, 2009; Michael, 2017) and ‘assemblages’ (Duff, 2014; Delanda, 2016; Andrews and Duff, 2019). There is a growing track record within the field of drugs research and drug policy which investigates how drug-related realities are not fixed and stable but emergent and contingent, that is, made-up in situated material practices (for example: Gomart, 2002; Malins, 2004; Fraser and Moore, 2011; Fraser, Moore and Keane, 2014; Moore and Fraser, 2013; Duff, 2014; Dennis, 2019; Lancaster, 2016; Vitellone, 2017; Race, 2018; Rhodes, 2018; Rhodes and Lancaster, 2019; Rhodes et al., 2019). This journal has contributed to this body of work (for example: Fraser, 2013, 2017; Dilkes-Frayne et al., 2017; Dennis, 2017; Malins, 2017; Hart, 2018; Duff, 2011, 2016, 2018; Rhodes et al., 2016).

Importantly, a turn towards ontologically oriented approaches concentrates attention on the ontopolitical effects of drugs, drug policies and drugs research. If the realities of drugs and drug-related interventions are situated in material practices, then they are also open to being done differently. In an ontological approach to research, we can consider how evidence and intervention constitutes realities in particular ways, with particular social and material effects. These are ontopolitical questions which invite us to ask of research not only how knowledge is performed but also what the political effects of different knowledge enactments might be (Mol, 1999, 2002).

With these themes in mind, we invite contributions for a cluster of papers on the ontopolitics of drugs research and drug policy. We are interested in exploring how realities are constituted through the knowledge-making practices of drugs research and intervention, and how drugs research might proceed when viewed as an ontological concern. We are interested in the following types of papers: review; commentary; original research; and short responses.

Full papers should be submitted to the journal by December 1, 2019.

When submitting, please indicate that your paper is for consideration as part of the special section on ‘ontopolitics’ from the drop-down menu under ‘article type’.

All manuscripts will be subject to the usual peer review process.

 

Annual ADTSG Membership Drive

 

The Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) supports Special Interest Groups (SIGs) as an important part of strengthening communication and collaboration among scholars based on topical interests. As a SIG of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), the Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group (ADTSG) reports our membership demographics to the SMA board, which helps them determine SIG status and resource allocation.

The form is available now through November 10, 2019.  The form is very brief; it only takes 1-2 minutes to fill out! It will be used to establish memberships in all the SIGs. We ask that all ADTSG members who would like to be part of this or other SIGs fill out this form whether you are currently a member or not.

Please note: You do NOT need to be a member of SMA or AAA to continue your membership in ADTSG. Simply indicate on the form whether you are a member of SMA/AAA or not and select the appropriate SIG(s) in which you would like to maintain membership.

The form is available at: https://forms.gle/ADJeTMayHFF46L5A7

You will only need to fill out this form once per year. Please direct any questions/comments to Elizabeth Wirtz: wirtz@purdue.edu .

Student Profile: Ben Scher

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 Ben Scher, a M.A. student from the University of Waterloo.

Why did you choose to study anthropology?

Whilst anthropology was not offered at my high school, I was always passionate about history, politics, and human geography. Once I began my undergraduate degree at Durham University in the UK, I was immediately captured by anthropology’s ability to include these elements of the human story into one discipline. Having majored in anthropology and philosophy, when it came time to choose which discipline I wanted to write my thesis on, conducting hands-on research through the form of ethnography was extremely appealing. Getting this opportunity in my undergraduate degree motivated me to continue my studies and pursue an M.A.

Why are you interested in alcohol, drugs, and tobacco research?

Mind-altering substances, illicit or not, have been and will continue to be present in human societies, regardless of what conservative politicians try and enact through the “War on Drugs.” Thus, it is imperative that the research community is at the center of understanding how the presence of substances can be managed in the safest and most logical way possible. In producing research, credible evidence can drive progressive, evidence-based policies. In light of the current opioid epidemic in North America, I am passionate about conducting research evaluating both the benefits of supervised consumption sites and the legislation needed in order to implement them into communities in need.

What are your research plans for studying alcohol, drugs, and tobacco?

For my M.A. research, this past summer I completed 5 months of ethnographic fieldwork at one of the supervised consumption sites in Vancouver. The purpose of this research is to analyze the ways in which police impact the daily lives of supervised consumption site users and ultimately inform on police practices that best serve the community in need of this service. Whilst in the last decade, police practices in the city have been updated to better address the increase in overdose rates, the findings of this study suggest that years of police harassment and subsequent distrust of this community still renders perceived police presence to be a barrier to everyday harm reduction practices sought out by illicit substance users. Ultimately the aim of this study is to contribute towards the body of literature uncovering the unintended structural violence produced by policing and shed light on potential solutions.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I am currently in the process of applying for Ph.D. programs in both the fields of social policy and anthropology. The aim of my doctoral research is to continue to conduct research on supervised consumption sites with the hope of producing research that can aid in the implementation of progressive public policy surrounding drug use and in particular aiding in solutions to the current overdose rates in North America.

If you are an anthropology student and would like to be profiled for the ADTSG website, please contact ADTSG’s Student Liaison, Breanne Casper, at casperb@mail.usf.edu for more information!