Thank you for coming to Santa Fe!

Thank you to everyone who made it to the ADTSG Business Meeting at the SfAAs last week in Santa Fe!  Veteran and new members mingled and talked business while enjoying sandwiches that were  graciously provided by the SfAA Business Office Team.  A special thank you to the Business Team for also allowing ADTSG to gather in their hospitality suite.  It was great to meet in a sunny room over a light lunch!

Stay tuned for updates and information discussed at the meeting!

Drug Events at 2017 SfAA Annual Meeting

It’s almost time for the 2017 SfAA Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico!

The conference schedule shows a lot of people engaging with the topics of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and other psychoactive substances!  Below is a list of activities and presentations that will be of interest to ADTSG members, many of which also involve several of our members.  Of special note is the ADTSG Business Meeting on Friday, March 31, 2017, at 12:00-1:30 in the La Fonda Hospitality Suite (Room 501) and is open to all!

Tuesday, March 28

3:30pm – 5:20pm (Exchange, La Fonda)

  • Paper: “No Amount of Alcohol Should Be Considered Safe”: Mapping the New Frontier of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Addicted Pregnancy in New Mexico (Presenter: Danielle M. Kabella)

Wednesday, March 29

8:00am – 9:50am (Santa Fe, La Fonda)

  • Paper: The Budtender: Economic Junctures within the Denver Cannabis Industry (Presenter: Lia Berman)

1:30pm – 3:20pm (Santa Fe, La Fonda)

  • Paper: Poison and Pleasure: The Meanings of Alcohol Use among Marshall Islanders in the US (Presenters: Michael Duke and Caleb Klipowicz)

5:30pm – 7:20pm (Zuni North, Inn at Loretto)

  • Panel: Global Dealings with Addictive Substances

Thursday, March 30

10:00am – 11:50am (Zuni North, Inn at Loretto)

  • Paper: “Doing” Recovery: Digital Storytelling as an Ethnographic Intervention to Address the Perinatal and Postpartum Substance Use Continuum (Presenters: Alice Fiddian-Green and Mary Paterno)

1:30pm – 3:20pm (Rivera B, Drury)

  • Panel: Drug, Food, Medicine: Emerging Topics in the Anthropology of Consumption, Part I

1:30pm – 3:20pm (New Mexico, La Fonda)

  • Panel: Landscapes of Loss and Recovery: The Anthropology of Police-Community Relations and Harm Reduction

5:30pm – 7:20pm (Rivera B, Drury)

  • Panel: Stigma and Addiction: Anthropological Examinations

Friday, March 31

12:00pm – 1:30pm (La Fonda Hospitality Suite (Room 501))

  • ADTSG Business Meeting

Saturday, April 1

8:00am – 11:50am (Hopi Board Room, Inn at Loretto)

  • Workshop: Cannabis Research and Creative Work

12:00pm – 1:20pm (Ballroom South, La Fonda)

  • Paper: Examining the Structural Vulnerabilities in Substance Use and HIV Risk among Latinos in Rural Communities in Southern California (Presenters: Ann Cheney and Katheryn Rodriguez)

1:30pm – 3:20pm (Zuni South, Inn at Loretto)

  •  Paper: At the Edge of Care: How Does Deservingness Interpose Between Prenatal Care and Substance Use in Pregnancy? (Presenter: Megan Huchko)

SMA Honors J. Bryan Page for 20 Years of Service in Song

ADTSG member, J. Bryan Page, was honored at the 2016 American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Minneapolis for his two decades of service to the Society for Medical Anthropology and the discipline!  Below is the full story about the Bryan’s work and the award ceremony.

Congratulations, Bryan!


As the 2016 Business Meeting came to a close, we enjoyed, as we have for twenty years now, a song honoring outgoing board members and encouraging continuing and new members in their work, written and performed by J. Bryan Page. The songs have been varied and sometimes Dr. Page brings an instrument or has friends help; this time, C. Lance Gravlee also sang. As this year’s song concluded, and Dr. Page turned to make for his seat, he was summoned back to the front of the room by President EJ Sobo, to receive an ad hoc service award for his longstanding musical contributions to SMA.

“I will never forget the look on Bryan Page’s face,” said Dr. Sobo, who delighted in sharing news of the award with Dr. Page. After her brief commemoration, and presentation of a plaque honoring Dr. Page for “20 years of Service in Song,” the audience burst into song spontaneously, joyfully offering up another chorus of Dr. Page’s 2016 honorific composition, singing “He gave us his talent and time, talent and time. He gave us his talent and time” to the tune of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”  f you missed the SMA Business Meeting last November, you can listen to the song here.

The honorific tradition began spontaneously itself, as a response, said Dr. Page, “to Sue Estroff’s request at the Business Meeting in 1993 that we make our interest group reports brief and entertaining.” Page stood up when his turn came (his report concerned The Alcohol and Drug Study Group), and then “sang the whole thing in 90 seconds.”

“I thought my song would be a one-time thing,” Page continued, ”but I soon learned from Tom Johnson that there were expectations for the next year (1994 in Atlanta) so I did a take-off on a Mexican corrido.  We started doing honorifics at Carole Browner’s request in 1996, with a send-up of Bach’s Weinachts Oratorium. [SMA thus took 1996 as the official honorific start date.] There were two hiatus years: one in 2000 when Bill Dressler wanted to change things up and in 2004 when we had the hotel workers’ strike.”

SMA is fortunate to have benefited from Dr. Page’s musical largesse for so long (it is, we confess, the main Business meeting attraction for many members). Dr. Page has been a musical performer all of his adult life, singing in chamber groups, church choirs, and as a duo with his younger brother. “My music came in handy during my field work in Latin American locations,” he told us, adding “I also sang as a tenor and countertenor soloist with the University of Florida Symphony, The Florida Philharmonic, the Duke Chapel Choir, and the Costa Rican National Symphony.” On January 20, this year, he performed a solo recital in Miami.

n terms of his scholarship, Dr. Page specializes in studying the consumption of drugs in urban, street based settings. His 42-year career in the anthropology of drug use has focused on the consequences and impacts of various patterns of legal and illegal drug use in a wide variety of cultural settings. His publications include over 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and numerous other materials, plus two peer reviewed books co-authored with Merrill Singer (The Social Value of Drug Addicts, 2014; Comprehending Drug Use, 2010). After serving fourteen years as Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Miami, he is returning to a mix of teaching and research.

CFP AAA 2017: The Face of the American Opioid Crisis

Call for Papers – AAA 2017

The Face of the American Opioid Crisis

Katie Rynkiewich, Trish Urdzik, and Shannon Satterwhite
(on behalf of the Research on U.S. Health and Healthcare Special Interest Group)

High-profile celebrity deaths from opioid use and the recent authorization of over $900 million for opioid prevention from the United States Congress have demonstrated that the opioid crisis and its effects are becoming increasingly evident. From studies of opioid use by women who are pregnant (Knight 2015) to critical work on race-based disparities in addiction treatment (Hansen 2015), the opioid crisis spans issues of gender, race, and the economy. With this panel, we intend to create a space for narratives of addiction and responses to the structural and cultural conditions within which the epidemic has emerged.

This panel invites papers from anthropologists working on U.S.-based projects focused on opioids in the United States. We are interested, in particular, on ethnographic research contributing to the following types of questions:
-What types of individuals and groups are caught up in the opioid epidemic?
-What are the consequences of current policy on opioid use and prescribing?
-What parallels can be drawn with other forms of drug use in the United States?
-How is the opioid crisis being covered in the American media?

To submit an abstract for this panel, please use this google form (and click on “The Face of the American Opioid Crisis”) by April 1:

Alcohol, Drugs & Addiction Summer Programme – University of Amsterdam

The Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam invites you to explore drug policy at the Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction (9 July – 21 July 2017)  in one of the most beautiful and progressive cities in Europe!

Substance abuse and its accompanying health and social problems are considered major problems around the world with tragic consequences for individuals, families and countries. The programme offers graduate students and professionals a great opportunity to advance their knowledge in the field of addiction studies in an international environment. This intensive two-week course is built around four themes: an overview of policies and the history of the concept of addiction, contemporary prevention services, the current state of affairs, and an assessment of treatment innovations. Each module concludes with a workshop integrating concepts into daily clinical, policy, and research practices.

Class presentations are supplemented by two excursions:

  • a visit to a coffee shop, harm reduction service, and a police officer in the Hague
  • a morning visit at the municipal Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD)

Application deadline: April 15

Feel free to share this information with anyone who you think might be interested.

For information about tuition fees, scholarships and further details please visit the website Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

CFP AAA 2017: Work, Stress, and Alcohol Use

AAA 2017 Call for Papers

Work, Stress, and Alcohol Use: Papers in Honor of Genevieve M. Ames

Organizer: Michael Duke, University of Memphis (

A pioneering anthropologist in the field of alcohol research, Genevieve Ames’ groundbreaking work explored drinking behaviors as a cultural norm and social practice among a range of blue collar and service sector workers, including the military, in the United States. Specifically, her ethnographic and mixed method studies unpacked alcohol use as a vehicle for sociability, solidarity, and workplace advancement, an expression of gendered forms of comportment, and as a manifestation of organizational and occupational culture. More important, her work focused on drinking as a form of self-medication for addressing the stresses of job insecurity, difficult or exploitative working conditions, discrimination, and the sometimes substantial toll that particular occupations take on family life. In keeping with her long-term commitment to working people, Dr. Ames research was designed not only to advance social theory, but to inform policy for improving the well-being of workers and their families. This panel brings together a diverse set of papers exploring the intersection of work, stress, and alcohol use, a theme that occupied Genevieve Ames throughout her long career as an anthropologist and public health research scientist. In particular, the presentations reflect on the ways in which work stress and drinking behaviors reflect global changes in labor practices (e.g., neoliberalism, outsourcing, the growth of contingent or contract labor, the marginalization of trade unions) among particular groups of workers.

Student Profile: Breanne Casper

The Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group is proud to announce a new feature on the website: student profiles! We envision these profiles as 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.

To kick off this new feature, we are profiling Breanne Casper, ADTSG’s new Student Liaison. Breanne is a senior at Michigan State University who is majoring in anthropology and cognitive science.

Why did you choose to study anthropology?

Breanne:  I chose to study anthropology after my fist class as an undergraduate. It was in this class that I came to understand anthropology as a unique way to study the world, and how it aligned with my passion for understanding people, medicine, and neuroscience. It was also during this class that I was introduced to Taz Daniels (former ADTSG Chair), and got involved with the anthropological study of drugs.

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

Breanne: After joining Taz’s research team, I found a passion for learning about drug use and addiction.  Over time my interests have expanded from studying prescription stimulants to studying Americas “war on drugs”, alcoholism, and addiction in general.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Breanne: After graduation in May 2017, I hope to attend graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. in Applied or Medical Anthropology.  I want to focus specifically on addiction and neuroanthropology.

If you are a student and would like to be profiled for the ADTSG website, please contact Breanne Casper at for more information!

Drug Panels at 2016 AAA

It’s almost time for the 2016 AAA conference!  Next week, thousands of anthropologists from around the world will gather in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to exchange ideas, catch up with old friends, meet new colleagues, and, of course, present their exciting research.

The conference schedule shows a lot of people engaging with the topics of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and other psychoactive substances!  Below is a list of activities and presentations that will be of interest to ADTSG members, many of which also involve several of our members:

Wednesday, November 16

2:00pm – 2:15pm (Hilton, Conrad C)

  • Paper: “Here We Go Again…I’m Just Another Junkie Addict”: Resource Access, Socio-Political Belonging, and Subjectivity in Addiction Treatment  (Presenter: Allison Schlosser)

2:15pm – 2:30pm (Hilton, Marquette IX)

  • Paper: “Off of E, I Try to Pretend I’m Enjoying It”: The Role of Ecstasy (MDMA) in Managing Intimacy and Conflict in Long-Term Relationships (Presenters: Kristin Kostick and Jean Schensul)

2:30pm – 2:45pm (Hilton, Conrad C)

  • Paper: Social Suffering: Understanding Psychosocial Distress and Substance Use of Latino Immigrants (Presenter: Ann Cheney)

4:00pm – 4:15pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 210 A&B)

  • Paper: “Who Am I Supposed To Be?”: Ideologies of Change in Drug Addiction Recovery (Presenter: Kristen Lindblom)

4:15pm – 4:30pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 200 H)

  • Paper: Using Contemplative Practice As a Methodology To Study Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness (Presenter: Kelsey Armeni)

5:15pm – 5:30pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 210 A&B)

  • Paper: Beyond The Trade Secret: Navigating, Interpreting, and Sifting Culturally Relevant Meanings of Drugs and Addiction in the Field (Presenter: Jason Chung)

5:15pm – 5:30pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 102 E&F)

  • Paper: Truth-Telling and Likeness (Presenter: Linda Takamine)

Thursday, November 17

8:00am – 8:15am (Minneapolis Convention Center 200 E)

  • Paper: Beyond a Giant Of My Dreams: Affect, Precarity, and Care in a Chinese Therapeutic Community for Millennial Heroin Users (Presenter: Sandra Hyde)

8:30am – 8:45am (Minneapolis Convention Center 103 D)

  • Paper: Thinking Beyond the State’s Risk Management Measures: Infrastructures of Care Among Poor Drug Users in Tehran (Presenter: Parsa Bastani)

10:15am – 12:00pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 200 G)

  • Panel: Drugs, Coloniality, and Indigenous Peoples

11:15am – 11:30am (Minneapolis Convention Center 101 H)

  • Paper: Unfolding Habits: Materializing Addiction Pathways in a Neuroscience Laboratory (Presenter: Sujit Thomas)

1:45pm – 3:30pm (Hilton, Conrad C)

  • Panel: Ethnography Among the Hidden: Invisibility of Substances, Substance Abuse, and Users

1:45pm – 2:00pm (Hilton, Conrad D)

  • Paper: Entries and Exits: The Rise and Fall of Drug Dealing Careers (Presenter: John Paul)

2:15pm – 2:30pm (Hilton, Conrad A)

  • Paper: Research Design and IRB Approval With Alcoholic and Addict Populations (Presenter: Carla Pezzia)

2:45pm – 3:00pm (Hilton, Conrad C)

  • Paper: Reefer Madness, or Symptom Management?: The Biopolitics of Medical Marijuana, Psychiatric Epidemiology, and Making PTSD In/Visible (Presenter: Walter Callaghan)

4:30pm – 4:45pm (Hilton, Conrad D)

  • Paper: Cultivating Serotonin – On Competing Efficacies in Psychedelic Practices (Presenter:Swati Mishra)

4:30pm – 4:45pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 208 C)

  • Paper: Religion, Spirituality, and Sobriety Among Mexican Immigrants and Migrants (Presenter: Victor Garcia)

4:45pm – 5:00pm (Hilton, Conrad D)

  • Paper: Chemical Maneuvers: Contradictions In The Production of Pleasurable Spaces By Queer Nightlife Workers (Presenter: Tait Mandler)

5:00pm – 5:15pm (Hilton, Conrad D)

  • Paper: Sensing Heat – On Drinking Circles and Thermal Balance in North Sulawesi (Presenter: Nastasja Roels)

Friday, November 18

8:00am – 8:15am (Hilton, Conrad C)

  • Paper: Biofinancial Disinvestments: Examining the U.S. Opioid Epidemic (Presenter: Melina Sherman

8:00am – 8:15am (Minneapolis Convention Center 208 C)

  • Paper: Suffering Together, Healing Together: Addiction, Recovery, and Intimacy in Transnational Iranian Music and Television (Presenter: Farzaneh Hemmasi)

8:15am – 8:30am (Hilton, Conrad D)

  • Paper: Mapping Social Networks and Risk Practices Among People Who Inject Drugs in Rural Puerto Rico (Presenter: Roberto Abadie)

8:15am – 8:30am (Minneapolis Convention Center 200 A&B)

  • Paper: Baatuzaala Mu Bbaala: Tension, Alcohol, and Movement in Kampala, Uganda (Presenters: China Scherz and George Mpanga)

8:30am – 8:45am (Minneapolis Convention Center 211 C&D)

  • Paper: Responsible Futurism and the Politics of Addiction in U.S. Drug Courts (Presenter: Emily Metzner)

10:15am – 12:00pm (Hilton, Salon G)

  • Panel: (Re)Discovering Psychedelics in the 21st Century

10:45am – 11:00am (Minneapolis Convention Center 211 A&B)

  • Paper: Among Pozos and Huecos: Coca Production and PBC Consumption in an Amazonian City (Presenter: Sydney Silverstein)

10:45am – 11:00am (Hilton, Conrad C)

  • Paper: Proximity, Frictions, and the Competing Desires of the Ethnographic Encounter (Presenter: Danya Fast)

11:00am – 11:15am (Hilton, Marquette IX)

  • Paper: Medicalized Aging: Changed Patterns of Drug Use Among Aging Danes 2000-2015 (Presenter: Bjarke Oxlund)

11:00am – 11:15am (Hilton, Salon B)

  • Paper: Experience in the Process of Health/Illness/Treatment of Substance Abuse Among Migrants: An Anthropological Study in the Border Region Between Mexico and U.S. (Presenter: Olga Olivas)

11:15am – 11:30am (Minneapolis Convention Center 200 E)

  • Paper: Waiting As Cultivating? The Temporality of Residential Drug Treatment and Its Subversion of the Goal of Rehabilitation (Presenter: Ellen Kozelka)

11:30am – 11:45pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 200 E)

  • Paper: Wounding Transformances: Performing the Vulnerable Body (Presenters: Joshua Burraway and Kelly Robinson)

1:45pm – 3:30pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 101 C)

  • Panel: Cannabis and Justice: Evidence, Arguments, and Legal Change

1:45pm – 2:00pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 200 J)

  • Paper: ChemÆRA (Presenter: Jason Pine)

2:15pm – 2:30pm (Hilton, Conrad A)

  • Paper: “We Share the Same Goal”: Using Interdisciplinary Research To Improve Harm Reduction Strategies Aimed At Person Who Inject Drugs (Presenters: Nelson Arruda and Elise Roy)

2:45pm – 3:00pm (Hilton, Conrad D)

  • Paper: How Perceptions Create Reality in the Chronic Mutual Presence of Tuberculosis and Substance Use (Presenter: Anna Versfeld)

3:00pm – 3:15pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 101 I)

  • Paper: Participatory Implementation of a Controlled Substance Reviewed Group in VA Primary Care (Presenters: Elizabeth Hulen, Samuel Edwards, Katherine Mackey, and Claire Ziegler)

3:00pm – 3:15pm (Hilton, Salon F)

  • Paper: The Evidence of Difference: Alcohol, Religion, and Indigeneity (Presenter: Roger Begrich)

4:15pm – 4:30pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 210 A&B)

  • Paper: Opium for the Masses (Presenter: Bhrigupati Singh)

4:30pm – 4:45pm (Hilton, Salon A)

  • Paper: Caught Up In The Cocaine Trade (Presenter: Henrik Vigh)

4:45pm – 5:00pm (Hilton, Salon B)

  • Paper: A Comparative Critical Phenomenology of Drug Addiction Among Mestizos in the Upper Huallaga Valley, Peru (Presenter: Pablo Seward Delaporte)

Saturday, November 19

8:00am – 8:15am (Hilton, Conrad D)

  • Paper: The Clinic As Ground Zero In The New Opioid Wars: Rethinking Care, Pain, Autonomy, and Ethics (Presenter: Kelly Knight)

8:45am – 9:00am (Minneapolis Convention Center 200 I)

  • Paper: Medical Disease or Moral Defect? Exploring the Cultural Model of Addiction Causality (Presenter: Nicole Henderson)

10:15am – 12:00pm (Hilton, Conrad B)

  • Panel: Young Bodies and Minds: Psychoactive Substances and High Performing Selves

10:15am – 10:30am (Minneapolis Convention Center 103 C)

  • Paper: Tourists, “Maestros Mezcaleros,” and Discovering the Authentic Palenque (Presenter: Ronda Brulotte)

10:30am – 10:45am (Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium 1)

  • Paper: Self-Talk, Addiction, and Neuroanthropology (Presenter: Daniel Lende)

10:30am – 10:45am (Minneapolis Convention Center 210 A&B)

  • Paper: What Can We Learn From +20,000 Drug Experience Reports? Data Ethnography, Interactive Visualizations, and Complexity Theory (Presenter: Lisa Krieg)

11:45am – 12:00pm  (Hilton, Conrad B)

  • Paper: Enhancing Ourselves With Drugs: Neuroethnography of Science, Policy, and Drug User Advocacy (Presenter: Aleksi Hupli)

12:15pm – 1:30pm (Hilton, Marquette IX)

  • ADTSG Business Meeting (OPEN TO EVERYONE)

4:15pm – 4:30pm (Hilton, Conrad C)

  • Paper: Heroin Recovery and Community Conflicts: Care, Treatment, and Harm in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (Presenter: Sheryl McCurdy)

5:15pm – 5:30pm (Minneapolis Convention Center 103 C)

  • Paper: City in a Cup: The Culture of Public Policy in New Orleans (Presenter: David Beriss)

Sunday, November 20

9:15am – 9:30am (Minneapolis Convention Center 200 C)

  • Paper: The Budtender: Economic Formality Junctures Within the Denver Cannabis Industry (Presenter: Lia Berman)

10:15am – 10:30am (Minneapolis Convention Center 200 I)

  • Paper: Crafting Craft Beer Brands: An Anthropological Examination of Craft Breweries in Orlando, Florida (Presenter: Dylan Fehribach)

10:30am – 10:45am (Minneapolis Convention Center 101 H)

  • Paper: Towards Justice: Presbyterian Efforts to Suggest Changes in U.S. Drug Laws (Presenter: J. Bryan Page)

10:30am – 10:45am (Minneapolis Convention Center 205 A)

  • Paper: Dima Had To Live And Then Had To Die: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the Addict’s Right To Health in Ukraine (Presenter: Jennifer Carroll)

SfAA Call for Papers: Drug, Food, Medicine


Drug, Food, Medicine: Emerging Topics in the Anthropology of Consumption

Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting 
Santa Fe, New Mexico (March 28-April 1, 2017) 

What we put in our bodies reflects our ideas about not only who we are and where we come from, but also where we are, and where we wish to be. Our choices about what we put into our bodies may be shaped and supported or constrained by traditions (spiritual/religious, kin, culture) and new directions (fads/trends, social movements) as well as trails (how we move through the world). Traditions, trails, and new directions in consumption can be shaped and constrained by public policies, economic conditions, global markets, and our own changing ideas of what is good and appropriate to put in our bodies, or in the bodies of others. Changing ideas about consumable goods may also spur new directions in other domains of public life (public policies, social media). Places of access and consumption may become contested spaces within new ideological or economic regimes (smoke/vapefree spaces, food deserts). Institutions and practitioners may accommodate or resist innovations (medical cannabis). In this session we tap into ideas developed within the anthropology of consumption to consider what we put into our bodies; how we obtain those things; and how these consumption practices are interdependent within current ideas about food, medicine, markets, and bodies. Intersectional approaches are welcome.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

* Cannabis: a plant, a medicine, a drug of abuse
* Food access and disability
* Soda tax, race, and economic justice
* Smoking and vaping in public and private spaces
* Water rights in health and environmental justice
* Corner store & liquor stores in popular discourse and practice

To submit abstracts (rough draft is OK) please REPLY TO Juliet Lee ( by Oct. 10; panel will be submitted by Oct. 15. Note that authors will need to register before the panel can be submitted.