Conference

Intoxicating Spaces: Global and Comparative Perspectives

A free online conference organised by the HERA research project Intoxicating Spaces: The Impact of New Intoxicants on Urban Spaces in Europe, 1600–1850, to be held live via Zoom.

Monday 19–Wednesday 21 July 2021

Intoxicants are a prevailing and even defining feature of the modern world. Since the sixteenth century, cacao, caffeines, opiates, sugar, tobacco, and pharmaceuticals joined alcohols in transforming dietary and social habits, and becoming mainstays of modern global economies and nation states. The means by which these commodities have been produced, transported, and consumed, often within the exploitative contexts of colonialism and empire, is inherently and sometimes violently spatial: from the plantations and other agricultural settings where they were cultivated, to the international networks and systems through which they were trafficked, to the built, al fresco, and temporary environments ­in which they were retailed, exchanged, and enjoyed. This conference offers new perspectives on the relationship between intoxicants and spaces – social, material, and conceptual – since the sixteenth century, and on an international scale. It will explore the spatial dimensions and dynamics of production, traffic, and consumption; how transplantations and flows of intoxicants can help us understand the nature of the global; and how international comparisons can illuminate practices and experiences within local, regional, national, and continental contexts.

Monday 19 July

1:45–2pm BST: Welcome & Introduction

2–3:30pm BST: Parallel Sessions

Session 1: Opium
Chair: TBC

Devyani Gupta (University of Leeds/University of Delhi)
Opium’s Empire: Circulatory Networks and Imperial Geography in the Nineteenth Century

Shaul Marmari (Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture)
Intoxicating Diasporas: Jewish Opium and Coffee Networks in the Indian Ocean 

Laurence Monnais (University of Montreal)
Managing Pain and Anxiety Under Pressure: The Colonial Life of Opiates (and Anti-Opium Solutions) in Urban Vietnam

Session 2: Objects & Architectures
Chair: TBC

Anna Fielding (Manchester Metropolitan University/The National Trust)
A Table in Cheshire: Sugar, Spice, and Tales from Far-Flung Seas

Magnus Copps (Museum of London Archaeology)
‘Importers of Foreign Spiritous Liquors’: Colonial Commodities in an Early Nineteenth-Century London Public House 

Lucas Richert (UW-Madison)
Pharmacies as ‘Pleasure Meccas’: Addiction, Architecture, and American Capitalism

3:30–4pm BST: Intoxicant Break

4–5:30pm BST: Parallel Sessions

Session 3: Intoxicants in Circulation
Chair: TBC

Anistatia Miller (University of Bristol)
Revisiting Early Modern Gin

Tyler Rainford (University of Bristol)
‘The Best Liquor That End of the Town Could Afford Us’: Locating Punch in Eighteenth-Century London

Lauren Working (University of Oxford)
Bacchus’ New Muse: Wine, Tobacco, and the ‘Intoxicating Enchantments’ of Early Stuart Colonialism

Session 4: Discourse & Regulation
Chair: TBC

Jamie Banks (University of Leicester) & Deborah Toner (University of Leicester)
Alcohol and Race at the International Anti-Alcohol Congresses, 1885–1939

Chelsea Davis (George Washington University)
The ‘Civilizing’ Discourse on Wine: Britain’s Imperial Project in the Cape of Good Hope and South Australia

Eva Ward (University of Strathclyde)
Cultures of Consumption, the Colonial State, and Prohibition in the American Philippines, 1913–1933


Tuesday 20 July

2–3:30pm BST: Parallel Sessions

Session 5: Intoxicating Geographies
Chair: TBC

Natasha Bailey (University of Leicester)
Putting Maguey on the Map: The Cultural Geography of the Early Colonial Pulque Trade in Mexico

Gabriel Feltran (Federal University of São Carlos)
Following Stolen Cars and What’s Left of Them: On Inequalities and Violence in International Market Chains

Johan Mathew (Rutgers University)
Puff and Pull: Drug Use and Rickshaw Coolies in Indian Ocean Port Cities

Session 6: Datura, Ecstasy, Poppers
Chair: TBC

Peder Clark (University of Liverpool)
Everybody in the Place: Ecstacy, Raves, and Heterotopic Spaces     

Ben Mechen (King’s College London)
Feel the Rush: Poppers, Policing, and Queer Futurity in Eighties London

Anil Paralkar (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)
Intoxicating Alterities: Travelling Narratives about Datura-Consumption between India and Europe in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

3:30–4pm BST: Intoxicant Break

4–5pm BST: Parallel Sessions

Session 7: Sugar
Chair: TBC

Marisa Fuentes (Rutgers University)
Killed by Sugar: Refuse Slaves and Black Disposability in the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Marissa Nicosia (Pennsylvania State University)
Locating Ice Cream in Seventeenth-Century London

Session 8: Cannabis
Chair: TBC

Neil Carrier (University of Bristol) & Gernot Klantschnig (University of Bristol)
(Il)Legalising Spaces: Cannabis, Space, and the Law in African Cultures of Cannabis Consumption

Thembisa Waetjen (University of Johannesburg)
Cannabis Smoking in Colonial Geographies: C. J. G. Bourhill, J. A. Mitchell, and South Africa

7-8pm BST: Extracurricular Activity (TBA!)


Wednesday 21 July

2–3:30pm BST: Parallel Sessions

Session 9: Coffee Cultures
Chair: TBC

Bhaswati Bhattacharya (University of Göttingen)
The Indian Coffeehouse: The Legacy of a Space in Urban Socialisation

Robert Moretti (University of Salzburg)
Global Goods in Rural Towns, or: How Coffee Shaped Societies in Graz/Styria 

Kristin Plys (University of Toronto Mississauga)
Art and Politics in Lahore’s Café Culture during the Zia Military Dictatorship, 1977–1988

Session 10: Intoxicants & Authority
Chair: TBC

Ebru Boyar (Middle East Technical University)
‘The Scent of Wine’: Chasing Drunks in Court in Early Modern Istanbul

Lila O’Leary Chambers (New York University)
‘A Riotous and Tumultuous Meeting’: Alcohol and the Contested Politics of Space in the Early Leeward Islands

Nat Cutter (University of Melbourne)
Vine-Bibbers, Cockle-Warmers, and Drunken Raving Beasts: Alcohol, Cultural Exchange, and Anglo-Maghrebi Diplomacy in the Ottoman Maghreb, 1679–1700

3:30–4pm BST: Intoxicant Break

4–5:30pm BST: Parallel Sessions

Session 11: Tobacco
Chair: TBC

Sarah Inskip (University of Leicester)
Tracing Tobacco: Bioarchaeology and Tobacco Use in the Eighteenth-Nineteenth Netherlands

Michael Reeve (Bishop Grosseteste University)
‘The Only Comfort’: Wartime Tobacco Provision and Notions of Soldierly Welfare in Twentieth-Century Britain

Matthew P. Romaniello (Weber State University)
The Bad Sort? G. N. Teplov’s Plan for Ukrainian Tobacco in the Eighteenth Century

Session 12: European Drinking Spaces
Chair: TBC

Dorota Dias-Lewandowska (Polish Academy of Sciences) & Pam Lock (University of Bristol)
A Woman’s Place is in the Home? Seeking the Unheard Voices of Drinking Women in Polish and British Cultures

Alexandr Gorokhovskiy (Utrecht University)
‘Naley enim Infunde significat’: Sixteenth-Century Moscow’s Drinking Quarter and its German Dwellers

Jenni Lares (Tampere University)
House, Home, and Tavern: Places of Drinking in Seventeenth-Century Finland

5:30–5:45pm BST: Intoxicant Break

5:45–6pm BST: Wrap-Up and Farewell