Drug Panels at 2019 SfAAs

We are just one week away from the 2019 Society for Applied Anthropology annual conference in Portland!

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, March 22, at 5:30!  All are welcome!

Wednesday, March 20

8:00am – 9:50am (Broadway II)

  • Panel: Anthropological Perspectives on the Impact of Health and Social Systems on People with Addiction

12:00pm – 1:20pm (Broadway II)

  • Panel: Conceptualizing Risk in Opioid Research

12:30pm – 12:45pm (Galleria II)

  • Paper: The Drug Trade, Indigeneity, and Territorial Governance in Eastern Honduras (Presenter: Fernando Galeana)

1:00pm – 1:15pm (Parlor B)

  • Paper: Women’s Activism Against the “War on Drugs” (Presenter: Shaylih Muehlmann)

3:30pm – 5:20pm (Broadway II)

  • Panel: Opioid Addiction Treatment and Policy

5:30pm – 5:45pm (Broadway II)

  • Paper: “Cancer as Protected Status”: Perceptions of Opioid Use and Misuse Within the Context of Cancer Survivorship (Presenters: Dinorah Martinez Tyson, Melody Chavez, Khary Rigg, Barbara Lubrano, and Paige Lake)

6:30pm – 6:45pm (Parlor C)

  • Paper: Quality of Life Officers as Liaisons to Drug Detox and Rehabilitation Centers (Presenters: Allyx Shriver-Rice and Erin Maddux)

Thursday, March 21

8:45am – 9:00am (Senate Suite)

  • Paper: “How Dare They Smile While They’re Sick”: Surveillance, Resistance, and Medical Cannabis Patients in Washington State (Presenter: Misha Laurence)

10:15am – 10:30am (Broadway IV)

  • Paper: Alcohol Use Disorders and Recovery: Young Adults Seeking Help and Support (Presenter: Gemma Hamm)

5:45pm – 6:00pm (Broadway II)

  • Paper: “I’d Say ‘Smoke Some Weed and You’ll Feel Better’”: Stress, Coping, and Cannabis Use in Ulukhaktok, NT (Presenter: Peter Collings)

6:15pm – 6:30pm (Broadway II)

  • Paper: Representational Politics of Drug Use in a Midwest American Indian Community (Presenter: Kehli Henry)

Friday, March 22

8:00am – 9:50am (Council Suite)

  • Panel: Dimensions of the Global and Local Narco-Environments, Part I

8:15am – 8:30am (Pavilion East)

  • Paper: Hustling and Parenting: How Mothers in Recovery Care for Their Families (Presenter: Kelley Kampman)

10:00am – 11:50am (Council Suite)

  • Panel: Dimensions of the Global and Local Narco-Environments, Part II

12:30pm – 12:45pm (Galleria II)

  • Paper: A Qualitative Study of Opioid Users’ Experiences with Naloxone Rescue (Presenters: Linda Kahn, Monika Wozniak, Cheryll Moore, and Robert Granfield)

1:30pm – 4:00pm (Grand Ballroom)

  • Poster: Understanding Emergency Providers’ Attitudes Towards Opioid Use Disorder and Emergency Department-Initiated Buprenorphine Treatment (Presenters: Hurnan Vongsachang, Dana Im, Anita Chary, Anna Condella, Lucas Carlson, Lara Vogel, Alister Martin, Nathan Kunzler, Scott Weiner, and Margaret Samuels-Kalow)

5:30pm – 6:50pm (Parlor B)

  • ADTSG Open Business Meeting

Saturday, March 23

8:30am – 8:45am (Parlor C)

  • Paper: Recruiting Pregnant Opioid Users in the Midwest: Challenges and Future Directions (Presenters: Shelbie Hathaway, James Goebel, and Caitlyn Placek)

8:45am – 9:00am (Parlor C)

  • Paper: Mixed-Methods and Repeated Measures in Substance Use Research: Implications for Informant Accuracy (Presenters: Caitlyn Placek, Vijaya Srinivas, Poornima Jayakrishna, and Purnima Madhivanan)

10:30am – 10:45am (Pavilion West)

  • Paper: Environments of Risk: Men’s Lived Experiences with HIV, Substance Use, and Stigma Syndemics (Presenter: Naciely Cabral)

12:00pm – 12:15pm (Broadway II)

  • Paper: Place and Home among People Living with HIV Who Use Drugs: A Qualitative Study (Presenter: Taylor Fleming)

12:15pm – 12:30pm (Broadway II)

  • Paper: Networks and Normative Influences on Sex and Drug-Related HIV Risk Behavior in Black Women (Presenters: Harold Green, Karla Wagner, Nicole Auldridge, Caitlin O’Leary, Ashley Dawkins, Corinthia Crawford, Ryan Wong, Elvira Diaz, and Jamila Stockman)

12:15pm – 12:30pm (Pavilion East)

  • Paper: Adaptation and Evaluation of a Tobacco Cessation Program in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) (Presenters: Linda Kaljee, Alex Plum, Marija Zdraveska, Deska Dimitrievska, Amanda Holm, Magdalena Pop Trajkova Lazarevska, and Michael Simoff)

1:15pm – 1:30pm (Broadway II)

  • Paper: “We Don’t Discriminate”: Debating Gender-Specific Health Services Programs for Women Who Use Drugs in Ukraine (Presenters: Jill Owczarzak, Sarah Phillips, Alyona Mazhnaya, Olg Filippova, Polina Alpatova, and Tanya Zub)

CFP: Critical Anthropological Perspectives on Addiction Treatment Buzzwords (AAA 2019)

* Call for Papers *
AAA 2019 Annual Meeting
Vancouver, BC, CAN
November 20-24, 2019

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

Aleksandra Bartoszko (VID Specialized University)
Shana Harris (University of Central Florida)

Discussant: TBD

Over the last decade, anthropologists have contributed numerous critical insights to the study of drug and alcohol use.  We have questioned drug and user criminalization, highlighted widespread stigmatization, scrutinized treatment management, and challenged the representation of addiction as a chronic disease.  Our critical work also includes interrogating terms that are “native” to the drug and alcohol field, such as “addiction,” “health,” “recovery,” and “rehabilitation.”  Anthropologists and other scholars have shown the constructed and contingent character of these buzzwords by examining their historical, geographic, moral, and ethical foundations.  Curiously, however, we continue to use these terms in our work, often reproducing the imaginaries we seek to critically address in the first place.  In many studies, anthropologists enmesh the empirical experiences that they observe in the field with the analytical categories they use to understand them.  As a result, what anthropologists and the people we study mean by such terms as addiction, health, recovery, and rehabilitation are often unclear or unquestioned.

This panel explores these issues by critically examining the roles these buzzwords play in anthropological investigations of drug and alcohol use.  In our analyses, how do we use these terms and the concepts they support? How do we contend with their specific histories and sociocultural undertones?  Do we, as anthropologists, accept or resist the related discourses, ideologies, and assertions that circulate within the drug and alcohol field?

We invite ethnographic theoretical papers that scrutinize these terms and the concepts they support; explore their meanings to individuals, institutions, or policies; analyze how they are used, reproduced, or resisted; and discuss their potential for future anthropological inquiry. We are particularly interested in papers that examine how empirical concepts and accounts monopolize or dominate our analytical thinking without us noticing.  Given the large production of scientific research on drugs and alcohol by American scholars, we particularly invite discussion on how the local redefinitions of the treatment concepts play out in other geographical locations in the global north and south.

Please submit an abstract (250 words max.) via email to the panel organizers at aleksandra.bartoszko@vid.no and shana.harris@ucf.edu by MONDAY, MARCH 25, for full consideration. Presenters will be notified of selection by April 1.

CFP: Special Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology – Treating Addictions

* Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology *

“Treating Addictions: On Failures, Harms, and Hopes of Success”

Guest editors:

Aleksandra Bartoszko, VID Specialized University

Paul Christensen, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Addiction, recovery, and treatment are contested cultural categories shaped by medical dictates, political constraints, and moral economies – from biomedical to religious and popular conceptions of vice and morality, appropriate behavior, and ways of living. This special issue of the Journal of Extreme Anthropology aims to examine how individuals and institutions adapt or resist the concepts of addiction, recovery, and treatment across different ethnographic contexts. The issue will also interrogate addiction treatments as sociocultural institutions that increasingly represent the morally preferred solution to drug use and addiction.

We are inviting contributions exploring questions related to contemporary addiction treatment programs from across the globe and their struggles to maintain authority or achieve their goals. We welcome papers grounded in ethnographic, anthropological, and qualitative social research, focusing on individuals’ engagements with institutional standards and principles, as well as institutional responses to failures. We are particularly interested in papers asking questions such as: How do the treatment programs maintain, deepen, and/or eradicate realities that they purport to address (such as social inequalities, stigma, or overdose)? What are the consequences for individuals struggling to realize institutionally and culturally dictated criteria of success? When and how does treatment cause harm? How do individuals who have been labeled as addicts or patients navigate their daily existence negotiating these categories? Can we imagine any other forms of inclusion of people with addiction than turning them into patients? What is at stake for the different actors involved in private and state treatment and rehabilitation industries?

Articles should be no longer than 8000 words. In addition to full-length papers, we invite alternative contributions such as photo essays, documentaries, or ethno-dramas. Please contact the editors prior to submission to discuss the proposed contribution and format possibilities.

Deadline for final papers: July 30, 2019. Authors are encouraged to contact editors before the deadline with abstract or work in progress.

All submissions should follow the journal style guidelines and be submitted here: https://journals.uio.no/index.php/JEA/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions

For any queries please contact Aleksandra Bartoszko: aleksandra.bartoszko@vid.no

HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute


Apply to become a fellow of NIDA-funded HIV & Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute!

Attend two summer training institutes with fully funded travel and lodging between July 8-16, 2019 at Fordham University in New York City:

  • Receive a $20,000 grant to conduct a mentored research study that will contribute to evidence-based HIV & drug abuse research ethics practice
  • Join an international network of scholars examining current challenges in HIV & drug abuse research ethics

Fellows have published their mentored research studies in peer-reviewed journals, presented the data at national and international conferences, and incorporated it as pilot data for grant applications. To see fellows’ accomplishments, please visit: fordham.edu/ethicsinstitute.

Visit our website fordham.edu/ethicsinstitute for the application form or contact Rimah Jaber at ethicsinst@fordham.edu for more information. Applications are due March 15, 2019, subject to availability of funds. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by April 30, 2019.

CFP: Whiteness and Its Fractures in the Opioid “Crisis” (AAA 2019)

* Call for Papers *
AAA 2019 Annual Meeting
Vancouver, BC, CAN
November 20-24, 2019

Whiteness and Its Fractures in the Opioid “Crisis”

Allison Schlosser (Case Western Reserve University)
Emily Metzner (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Discussant: Helena Hansen (New York University)

Addiction and its treatment are now central concerns in the U.S. and increasingly worldwide due to the recent stark rise in opioid use and overdose death. Attention to opioid addiction, treatment, and overdose prevention has intensified with the emergence of new groups of relatively socially privileged drug users, with particular attention to White middle-class users in suburban communities. In the U.S., analysts have drawn on narratives of opioid addiction as a symptom of social suffering rooted in Post-Industrial economic dislocation among poor and working class Whites to frame the current political climate. Shifts in popular news, social media, and viral video have intensified the circulation of images and discourses on opioid use. The spectacles of suburban White prom queens in recovery, parents overdosing in cars with children present, and “mobile morgues” used to manage the overwhelming number of dead bodies rapidly circulate online. This social, political, and economic context has intensified the moral panic of what is now commonly referred to as the “opioid crisis,” and has troubled fundamental beliefs about “addiction” and “addicts,” but also about whiteness.

Anthropologists have long understood race as culturally constructed. In the last two decades, whiteness studies has emerged as a theoretical and methodological approach to examine whiteness as a discursively constructed social category and psycho-social experience performed in local historical, cultural, political-economic, and relational contexts. As opioid use and related death among broader socioeconomic swaths has intensified moral concern, scholars have analyzed the shifting meanings and consequences of whiteness in relation to the opioid “crisis” (cf. Hansen, 2017; Hansen & Skinner, 2012; Netherland & Hansen, 2016; Mendoza, et al., 2018). Yet, as these scholars emphasize, whiteness is not a monolithic social category but intersects with ethnicity, gender, and class, among other social identities. Additionally, whiteness takes shape in particular local contexts. These complexities render whiteness “fractured” (Levine-Rasky, 2016): rife with internal contradictions further strained by the racialized moral panic of the opioid “crisis.”

Brodkin (2001) calls for increased attention to the “variations, ambivalences, and contradictions within whiteness and alternatives to it” (p. 149). The papers in the panel respond to this challenge, leveraging ethnography to trace the fractures in whiteness in diverse local contexts.
Panelists examine shifting meanings of whiteness in relation to the rise of opioid use among Whites in particular cultural, geographic, and institutional contexts. We examine strategies that uphold and reproduce White privilege in the criminal justice system, healthcare, social services, and recovery communities. We draw particular attention to how whiteness emerges in local contexts of daily life: how it is performed, internalized, incorporated with intersecting social identities, contested, and transgressed. In doing so, we aim to contribute nuanced understandings of whiteness as ineluctably entwined with local contexts, intersecting social identities, intimate relationships, and the stakes of survival in everyday life. We propose that the current “opioid crisis” thus presents a unique opportunity to throw whiteness into “crisis.” By rendering whiteness and its fractures visible, we aim to interrupt it, and to imagine more just

Interested participants are invited to submit a proposed title and 250-word abstract to Allison Schlosser (avs29@case.edu) and Emily Metzner (emilymetzner@gmail.com) by March 11, 2019. Decisions on panel inclusion will be made by March 18, 2019.

References Cited

Brodkin, K. (2001). Comments on “Discourses of Whiteness.” Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 11(1), 147-150.

Hansen, H. (2017). Assisted technologies of social reproduction: Pharmaceutical prosthesis for gender, race, and class in the White opioid “crisis.” Contemporary Drug Problems, 44(4), 321-338.

Hansen, H. & Skinner, M. (2012). From white bullet to black markets and greened medicine: The neuroeconomics and neuroracial politics of opioid pharmaceuticals. Annals of Anthropological Practice 36(1), 167-182.

Levine-Rasky (2016). Whiteness fractured. New York: Routledge.

Mendoza, S., Rivera, A., & Hansen, H. (2018). Re-racialization of addiction and the re-distribution of blame in the white opioid epidemic. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 00(0), 1-21.

Netherland, J. & Hansen, H. (2016). The war on drugs that wasn’t: Wasted whiteness, ‘dirty doctors,’ and race in media coverage of prescription opioid misuse. Culture, Medicine, & Psychiatry 40, 664-686.

Student Profile: Megan Sarmento

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 Megan Sarmento, a recent B.A. graduate from the University of Central Florida.

Why did you choose to study anthropology?

I was sure that I wanted to study humans at the college level, but I only confidently knew that cultural anthropology was my field once I figured out how it differed from other studies like sociology, psychology, humanities, etc. I chose anthropology because it was the first research area that I felt paid enormous attention to the first-hand experiences and concerns of oppressed peoples. By using ethnographic methods, anthropologists attempt to break down barriers between “Other” cultures and make more connections. The prospect of changing powerful structures in Western society in order to better uphold global human rights is the ultimate reason why I found passion and hope in anthropology. I believe it can help me work to change the world for disadvantaged people who need help challenging deeply-rooted systemic problems.

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

The dominant abstinence-based approach to drugs and alcohol in the U.S. has resulted in an uninformed and unprepared society who now abuses harmful substances by the millions. Therefore, I passionately believe that research and education on alcohol, drugs, and tobacco is essential in order to prevent devastating harms such as addiction, overdose, incarceration, stigma, etc. Increased research in this field will lead to an increased awareness of potential harms and benefits of many drugs.

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

As I advance into graduate studies, I plan to continue examining drug policy reform and social activism as I did in my undergraduate honors research. I am also interested in working with refugees or other vulnerable populations in the urban U.S. who experience substance abuse, and understand their connection to health care access. Ultimately, I aim to combat harmful public policies and suggest opportunities for structural reform that will benefit the lives of those suffering the most.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Having just completed my BA, I now hope to attend a graduate program in anthropology next fall. I want to continue my education, gain teaching experience, conduct unique research, and eventually earn a doctorate to become a professor of anthropology.

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!

Drug Panels at 2018 AAA

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!


12:00pm – 1:45pm (Hilton, San Carlos I)

  • Panel: Questioning Addiction and Contextualizing Treatment I

12:00pm – 1:45pm (Convention Center, LL 20 B)

  • Panel: Situating and Expanding Drugs’ Capacities: Panel I of III: Pharmakon, Toxicity, and Other Ambivalent Effects

12:15pm – 12:30pm (Hilton, Winchester)

  • Paper: Knowing (with) Medicine / Conociendo (con) Medicina (Presenter: Megan Raschig)

12:15pm – 12:30pm (Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A)

  • Paper: Imaginations of Democracy and War in the Mexican Nation (Presenter: Agnes Mondragon Celis Ochoa)

12:30pm – 12:45pm (Hilton, Almaden Ballroom I)

  • Paper: Colors of Elision: Parasites and Labor Stories from Tobacco Farms in Andhra Pradesh (Presenter: Amrita Kurian)

12:30pm – 12:45pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 G)

  • Paper: Remaking (Il)licit Landscapes: Evading and Enacting “Care Through Regulation” in Peru’s War on Drugs (Presenter: Allison Kendra)

1:15pm-1:30pm (TBD)

  • Paper: Drug Court: Public Health and Law to Treat the U.S. “Drug Problem” (Presenter: Raha Peyravi)

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center, LL 21 A)

  • Panel: Drug Control Regimes in the Indigenous Americas (Part 1)

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

  • Panel: Ethnographic Inquiries About Drugs, Prescription, and Otherwise

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Hilton, San Carlos I)

  • Panel: Questioning Addiction and Contextualizing Treatment II

2:15pm – 4:00pm (Convention Center, LL 20 A)

  • Panel: Situating and Expanding Drugs’ Capacities: Panel II of III: Ontological and Epistemological Politics and Relations

2:45pm – 3:00pm (Convention Center, MR 211 A)

  • Paper: “I Can’t Say I’m a Recovering Addict. I am Recovered”: One Latina’s Testimony of Pentecostal Healing (Presenter: Michelle L. Ramirez)

4:30pm – 4:45pm (Convention Center, MR 211 A)

  • Paper: Reclaiming Agency Through Acudetox: A Study of Auricular Acupuncture Treatments for Substance Abuse Disorders in Grand Rapids, Michigan (Presenter: Sascha Goluboff)

4:30pm – 4:45pm (Convention Center, LL 21 C)

  • Paper: Making a Home When Homeless: Intimate Labor and Belonging among Drug Addicts in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan (Presenter: Grace Zhou)

4:30pm – 6:15pm (Convention Center, LL 21 A)

  • Panel: Drug Control Regimes in the Indigenous Americas (Part 2)

4:30pm – 6:15pm (Convention Center, LL 20 B)

  • Panel: Situating and Expanding Drugs’ Capacities: Panel III of III: Efforts to Stabilize Fluid, Multiple, and Unruly Effects


8:15am – 8:30am (Convention Center, MR 230 A)

  • Paper: The New Age of Psychedelics: How Might Carlos Castenada’s “The Teachings of Don Juan” Be Received Today? (Presenter: Patricia Kubala)

8:45am – 9:00am (Convention Center, MR 230 A)

  • Paper: Remodelling Psychosis with Psychedelic Science in the New “New Age” (Presenter: Tehseen Noorani)

10:30am – 10:45am (Convention Center, MR 211 A)

  • Paper: Taking Soda: Well-Being and Social Connection After Alcohol (Presenter: China Scherz)

11:15am – 11:30am (Convention Center, MR 212 D)

  • Paper: “Is There Rum in This Jamaican Black Rum Cake?”: How Drug Treatment Courts Reproduce the Authority of the Reasonable Man (Presenter: Emily Metzner)

2:00pm – 2:15pm (TBD)

  • Paper: Conducting Research in a Conflict Zone: Drug Wars and State Violence in Michoacán, México (Presenter: Mintzi Martinez-Rivera)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 B)

  • Panel: Anthropological Interventions in the U.S. Opioid Crisis

5:00pm – 5:15pm (Convention Center, MR 230 B)

  • Paper: The Ethics of Prohibition: The Ban on Alcohol in a Chinese Muslim Town (Presenter: Ruslan Yusupov)


8:30am – 8:45am (Convention Center, MR 211 D)

  • Paper: Legal Vagaries, Moral Clarity, and the Remarkable Rise of Medical Cannabis (Presenter: Caroline Melly)

8:30am – 8:45am (TBD)

  • Paper: Engendering Recovery: Gender Segregation and Gender Specificity in Court-Mandated Drug Treatment Programs (Presenter: Nadja Eisenberg-Guyot)

8:30am – 8:45am (TBD)

  • Paper: “I’m in Rome, I’m Doing as Romans Do”: Urban Recovery as a Site of Post-colonial Organization and Discipline (Presenter: Tali Ziv)

10:30am – 10:45am (Fairmont, Glen Ellen)

  • Paper: Exurban Fortress: Housing Consumption, the War on Drugs, and the Management of Urban/Rural Divide (Presenter: Michael Polson)

2:00pm – 2:15pm (Hilton, Almaden Ballroom I)

  • Paper: Necrogeography and Frames of War: Opioid Overdose Death and the Politics of Exclusion in Washington, D.C. (Presenter: Andrea Lopez)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (TBD)

  • Panel: Reimagining Psychedelic Drugs as Medicines: Ethnography’s Role in Assessing Ritualized Psychoactive Therapies

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Convention Center, Grand Ballroom A)

  • Roundtable: Bending the ATOD Curve: Querying Collaborative Approaches in Multilevel Local/Global Substance Use Prevention/Cessation Efforts

2:15pm – 2:30pm (Hilton, Almaden Ballroom I)

  • Paper: Evidence-Based Intervention and the Protection of Life in a Broken Promiseland (Presenter: Danya Fast)

2:30pm – 2:45pm (Convention Center, MR 230 B)

  • Paper: From Temple to Clinic: Disordering of Thai Models of Rehabilitated Selves Within Methamphetamine Addiction (Presenter: Jason Chung)

4:15pm – 6:00pm (Convention Center, MR 212 B)

  • Panel: Reimagining the Anthropology of Drugs: Materiality, Medicine, and Neuroanthropology

4:15pm – 4:30pm (Convention Center, MR 230 C)

  • Paper: Anxious Affects and Paranoid Ethnography: Rumors of Violence in Reynosa’s Prostitution Zone During the Drug War (Presenter: Sarah Luna)

5:15pm – 5:30pm (Convention Center, LL 21 F)

  • Paper: Dreaming and Its Discontents: The Politics of Imagining Life After Drugs (Presenter: Nicholas Barlett)

5:30pm – 5:45pm (TBD)

  • Paper: On the Construction of a New Mexican Imaginary in Midst of Drug War Violence (Presenter: Brenda Garcia)


8:00am – 8:15am (Convention Center, MR 212 D)

  • Paper: Stemming the Stoner Stereotype: Post-Prohibition Representations of Cannabis Cultures in California (Presenter: Rachel Giraudo)

8:00am – 9:45am (Convention Center, MR 211 D)

  • Roundtable: Back to the Phuture: Assessing the Efficacy (and Critique) of Big Pharma in a Post-Blockbuster World

8:45am – 9:00am (TBD)

  • Paper: The Care in the Clean Needle: Syringe Exchange as a Practice of Resistance to Biomedical Governmentality in Honolulu (Presenter: Aashish Hemrajani)

10:30am – 10:45am (Convention Center, LL 20 A)

  • Paper: Ghost Plants: Coca at the Edges of Agricultural Reparations (Presenter: Sydney Silverstein)

12:00pm – 2:00pm (Convention Center, Concourse Lobby)

  • Gallery Session: Tobacco Cessation and Religious Practice – Indonesian Ramadhan and the “Great Smokeout” (Presenter: Rikhart Rupnik)

2:00pm – 2:15pm (TBD)

  • Paper: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitical Ontologies: HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and the Anti-Drug War in the Philippines (Presenter: Richard Karl Deang)

2:00pm – 3:45pm (Hilton, Santa Clara I)

  • Panel: Paradigmatic Narcotics: Rethinking Opioids and Epidemics

4:15pm – 4:30pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 A)

  • Paper: The Obscured Ethics and Embodied Politics of Global Tobacco Capitalism (Presenter: Ben Merrill)

5:15pm – 5:30pm (Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 F)

  • Paper: Breaking Down Big Tobacco: Small Factories, Workers, and Philip Morris International in Indonesia (Presenter: Marina Welker)

7:45pm – 9:00pm (TBD)

  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Open Business Meeting

CFP – Benevolence and Responsibility (SPA 2019)

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 tebling@uwm.edu by November 19, 2018.