[URBANTH-L]CFP: Self and Substance: Drugs, Culture, and Society

Angela Jancius jancius3022 at comcast.net
Thu Sep 18 01:24:37 EDT 2008

Call for Papers

Self and Substance: Drugs, Culture, and Society
April 10-11, 2009

Drugs and drug users have generated a complicated and enduring dialogue with 
political and social developments, often spurring robust debate, and often 
directing events throughout history. This conference will be a two-day 
interdisciplinary gathering of scholars studying a wide range of licit and 
illicit drug-issues. This conference is particularly interested in how drug 
and addiction-related subject matter has been historically constructed 
through literary, institutional, and popular discourse. The program 
committee invites critical and theoretical work from scholars in the 
Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as in other fields including 
Pharmacy, Biology, and Chemistry.

The conference seeks papers on an array of topics including, but not limited 
to the following:

- Drugs, health, and community
- The science of addiction (including drug treatment)
- Drug laws and drug-users¡¦ rights
- Crime, punishment and imprisonment
- Drug subcultures
- Drug consumption and identity
- The construction of the "addict" through racism and classism
- Women and substance abuse
- Drug trafficking and globalization
- The rhetoric of drug consumption and/or prevention
- The confluence of the war on terrorism and the war on drugs

Paper abstracts of roughly 250 words should be sent by email to Allan Borst 
(borst at illinois.edu) by November 15, 2008. Proposals will be read blind by 
the program committee. Please include "Self and Substance" in the subject 

Allan Borst
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
English Building
Email: borst at illinois.edu 

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