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Student Profile: Gabrielle Lehigh

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 them a series of questions related to their background and career aspirations in this field.

In this installment, we are profiling Gabrielle Lehigh, a Ph.D. student from the University of South Florida.

Why did you choose to study anthropology?

When I started my undergraduate degree, I didn’t know I wanted to study anthropology. I just knew I wanted to do something that helped people. With the direction of an English professor, I took an anthropology course in my second semester and fell in love. My first exposure to anthropology was very insightful and opened my mind to critical thinking. It made me challenge deep-seated notions of truth, reality, and what it means to be human. This first introduction also made me see the concept of diversity in a more tangible way. I was able to conceptualize that each person is uniquely different from every other person. This also means that every person’s perspective of reality and what it means to be human is distinct from anyone else’s. Essentially this means there is an infinite number of possible life experiences, and I wanted to study all of them. Anthropology gives me a framework for being able to learn about many life experiences while also helping me to share the beauty of human diversity with the rest of the world. So, in many ways, anthropology feeds my inquisitive nature to learn about everything and anything. At the same time, anthropology gives me the tools for identifying and addressing real-world social problems, which allows me to meet my goal of helping people.

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

I am interested in the non-clinical use of psychedelics. There is an exceptional amount of clinical research on the medical benefits of psychedelics, which is very important for expanding access to treatment. At the same time, even with expanded medical access, many populations will be unable to access these treatments. Insurance coverage, social stigma, distrust in the medical system, and various other factors will inhibit accessibility. The purpose of my research is to inform harm reduction practices for non-clinical psychedelic use and advocate for expanded access for all populations outside of clinical settings.

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

My dissertation research examines alternative psychedelic uses and practices. Specifically, my project looks at non-clinical psychedelic use, such as spiritual, recreational, and medicinal practices. The goal of my research is to collect ethnographic narratives of psychedelic use in a diversity of settings. My research will use these narratives to identify variables, such as set and setting, that may influence different types of psychedelic experiences. Some of my research questions are how do individuals and groups of people use psychedelics, what factors contribute to various outcomes of psychedelic use, and how do psychedelic users define beneficial and averse psychedelic experiences? With this information, the project aims to inform harm reduction strategies and policies for non-clinical psychedelic use.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I would love to continue studying the alternative uses of psychedelics to inform policy and practice. I am also interested in developing new perspectives of psychedelics as a way to expand human consciousness. I think there is value in looking at the power of psychedelics to alter perspectives of humanism and humanity. To do this, I want to develop research that examines the effects of psychedelics in novel settings, such as astronauts in space or athletes performing in extreme sports.

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 for more information!

CFP – Psychedelics, Madness, and Awakening Conference

Call for Papers and Presentations

Psychedelics, Madness, and Awakening: Harm Reduction and Future Visions

October 2020
Online Conference

Statement of Values: As an alliance of academics, practitioners, activists and people with lived experience of mental distress and non-normative states, we are committed to honoring historically, culturally, inter- and intra-personally marginalized voices. We stand in solidarity with past and present uprisings against white supremacy and other ongoing forms of colonization, and we support calls for an end to psychiatric brutality and incarceration.

The overlaps in the experiences produced by psychedelics and those labeled ‘psychotic’, ‘manic’ or ‘schizophrenic’ have a long history pre-dating modern psychiatry. Psychedelic prohibition at the end of the 1960s brought a rigid polarization against states considered “psychotic” in biomedical, underground, and “spiritual emergence” discourses. Psychedelics caused madness for the “ego weak” or were too dangerous for anyone who had ever gone mad – or had a family member who went mad. Yet despite prevailing views of strict contraindication, people with experiences diagnosed as manic, bipolar, or psychotic continue to take psychedelics, and some people with these diagnoses have found these substances useful for healing and recovery. This conference proposes that in this era of psychedelic revival, it is time to re-examine this rigid polarization and ask what future visions of harm reduction we might collectively imagine.

We invite papers, presentations, and personal contributions that explore how psychedelics and entheogens are, have been and could be understood in relation to madness, including experiences called psychosis, bipolar, and schizophrenia. The event will be donation-based and we hope to make this conversation accessible to a wide range of participants and communities.

To that end we welcome proposals from:

  • scholars in diverse fields, including history, anthropology, religious studies and mad studies
  • people with lived experience of madness
  • scientists and researchers
  • clinicians and therapists
  • ceremony leaders and guides
  • psychiatric survivor-researchers
  • psychonauts, artists, and other creative visionaries
  • festival goers and supporters
  • harm reduction/drug policy reform advocates and prison-industrial-complex (PIC) abolitionists
  • the broad psychedelic, mad pride and survivor communities

We hope to include presentations and discussions around the following themes and questions:

  • Histories and legacies of anti-psychiatry and their intersection with romanticized narratives about indigenous traditions, shamanism, and mysticism
  • The racial inequities of psychedelics, madness, and spirituality, including racialized histories of incarceration in penal and psychiatric contexts. How do these histories intersect with other historical and structural inequities including gender, class, and ableism? What visions do we want to realize for the decolonization of pharmaceutical and medical institutions?
  • What issues surround medicalization in both the psychedelic and mad/psychiatric survivor’s communities? How do critical analyses of medicalization in both the psychedelic and mad/psychiatric survivor communities intersect with one another?
  • When might extreme experiences be seen as spiritually meaningful or transformative, and who decides? How do these experiences help us re-imagine spirituality and mysticism, spiritual ‘crisis’, ‘spiritual emergency’, ‘initiation’, and ‘awakening’?
  • How is the current rehabilitation of psychedelics rendering some altered states as acceptable, while others are (re)pathologized?
  • How could shifting discourses in mainstream psychiatry around psychotic disorders be brought into conversation with emerging medical discourses on psychedelics?
  • Harm reduction practices and community resources for working with people in extreme states, including those with prior diagnoses, states triggered by difficult trips, within spiritual and ceremonial contexts and in the midst of public health crises such as COVID-19.
  • The enrollment of psychedelic substances into past, current, and new forms of psychiatric brutality, including clinical drug testing of psychedelics​
  • Sexual and therapeutic violence in both the psychedelic and mad/psychiatric survivors communities: how can we learn from the past and create new community care approaches?
  • What are the intersections between psychedelic capitalism and psychiatric capitalism?
  • Similarities and differences in supporting and holding space for madness and psychedelic experiences
  • Personal psychedelic accounts, including experiences understood as a form of madness and those that go beyond simple salvation narratives
  • Death and grief work surrounding friends and family members harmed by psychedelic use or psychiatric care
  • Legal considerations for working with extreme experiences, including community models as alternatives to existing legal structures

Please submit 200-300 word descriptions of papers, presentations, performance art pieces, films, personal testimonies, and art/video installations by July 15, 2020.

In addition to the description, we invite you to share a little bit about yourself and your interest in the conference. Live on-line participation at the event or pre-recorded submissions are welcome. Invitations to participate will be sent out by August 1, 2020 and formal scheduling of the event will be based on participants’ availability.

To submit a proposal, please email the conference organizers at

Conference website:

CFP – Socio-Materiality of Drug Control and Prevention


Call for Extended Abstracts – Special Section of Contemporary Drug Problems

The Socio-Materiality of Drug Control and Prevention

Guest Editors: Bettina Paul and Simon Egbert

Fundamentally, drug control and prevention practices rely on a material infrastructure. Ranging from the installation of alcohol-interlock-systems in cars to devices simulating thealcohol experience (e.g., ‘drunk goggles’), from drug-testing programs to photo-morphing in prevention campaigns (e.g., ‘F aces of Meth’), these practices all aim to prevent and/or identify the use of psychoactive substances, although their technical mediation as well as their rationales (e.g., deterrence, simulated experience) differ.

Despite this ubiquity, there is little research analyzing the omnipresence and efficacy of technological and material influences in the field of drug prevention and control (e.g., Gomart& Hennion, 1999; Gomart, 2004; Campbell, 2004, 2005, 2006; Herschinger, 2015). Therefore, by bringing together empirical findings and theoretical analyses from a multitude of disciplines, this special issue aims to initiate and set the ground for a focused discussion on the relationship between drug control and prevention strategies and their material infrastructure – as fundamental prerequisites for materializing drug consumption and/or impairment in the first place.

We especially encourage the submission of articles that reflect on the socio-material infrastructure of drug control and prevention practices by using approaches that are sensitized towards the agency and/or efficacy of artifacts and/or technical infrastructures – for example, from science and technology studies, feminist technoscience, new materialism,and material culture studies. The special issue is open to papers that undertake the analysis of single technologies as well as to comparative analyses of different technologies. It also encourages a focus on common politics, epistemic regimes, or scripts in and behind these artifacts or materially mediated practices.

Relevant questions to be addressed in the special issue may include but are not limited to:

  • How is drug use labeled as (mis)use by utilizing technical instruments and/or material infrastructures (e.g., drug tests, laboratories, etc.)?
  • How do inscribed standards (Akrich, 1992) – like threshold values – for (in)appropriate alcohol or other drug use manifest materially and what effects does this have on bringing drug (mis)use into being?
  • How can the ‘chain of translation’ (Latour, 1995) of alcohol or other drug testing be empirically reconstructed (e.g., from first indicator to end result)?
  • What sociotechnical imaginaries (Jasanoff, 2015) can be extracted from the sociomaterial drug control and/or prevention measures?
  • How are (material) bodies used as information resources in order to detect drug (mis)use? (van der Ploeg, 2005; Aas, 2006)?
  • Where are the conflicts between material trust, or mechanical objectivity (Daston & Galison, 2007), and human distrust – or vice-versa?
  • Which kinds of technical/material mediation support the self-governance of drug control and how do consumers feel about this?
  • What kinds of resistance strategies can be identified (e.g., the adulteration of drug testing samples)?


  • Extended abstract submission deadline: August 31, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2020
  • Deadline for full papers: February 28, 2021
  • The special issue is expected to be published in late 2021.

Submission Process

Please send your extended abstract (1000 words max.) to the guest editors. The authors of the selected submissions will be invited to submit a full paper (10,000 words max.) by February 28, 2021, via the online submission system of Contemporary Drug Problems. The submitted full papers will then undergo double-blind peer review. For the preparation of the full paper, authors should consult the journal’s manuscript guidelines.

Guest Editor Contact Details

  • Bettina Paul, Institute for Criminological Social Research, Universität Hamburg.
  • Simon Egbert, Institute of Sociology, Technische Universität Berlin.


Aas, K. F. (2006). ‘The body does not lie’: Identity, risk and trust in technoculture. Crime, Media, Culture, 2(2): 143-158.

Akrich, M. (1992). The de-scription of technical objects. In Bijker, W.E. & Law, J. (eds),Shaping Technology/Building Society. Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 205-224.

Campbell, N.D. (2004). Technologies of suspicion: Coercion and compassion in post-disciplinary surveillance regimes. Surveillance and Society, 2(1): 78-92.

Campbell, N.D. (2005). Suspect technologies: Scrutinizing the intersection of science, technology, and policy. Science, Technology, and Human Values, 30(3): 374-402.

Campbell, N.D. (2006). Everyday insecurities: The micro-behavioral politics of intrusive surveillance. Monahan, T. (ed.), Surveillance and Security: Technological Politics and Power in Everyday Life. New York: Routledge, pp. 57-75.

Daston, L. & Galison, P. (2007). Objectivity. Cambridge: Zone Books.

Gomart, E. (2004). Surprised by methadone: In praise of drug substitution treatment in a French clinic. Body & Society, 10(2/3): 85-110.

Gomart, E. & Hennion, A. (1999). A sociology of attachment: Music amateurs, drug users. The Sociological Review, 47(1_suppl): 220-247.

Herschinger, E. (2015). The drug dispositif: Ambivalent materiality and the addiction of the global drug prohibition regime. Security Dialogue, 46(2): 183-201.

Jasanoff, S. (2015). Future imperfect: Science, technology, and the imaginations of modernity. In Jasanoff, S. & Kim, S-H. (eds), Dreamscapes of Modernity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 1-33.

Latour, B. (1995). The ‘pedofil’ of Boa Vista: A photo-philosophical montage. Common Knowledge, 4(1): 144-187.

Van der Ploeg, I. (2005). The Machine-Readable Body: Essays on Biometrics and the Informatization of the Body. Maastricht: Shaker.

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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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
  • 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)


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 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 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:

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