This conference has attracted more than 50 speakers on the history of alcohol and drugs across the globe including Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. There will be two keynote addresses. Robin Room, of the Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Australia, and a recent winner of a lifetime achievement award from the American Public Health Association will give a paper entitled “‘Justly anxious respecting the moral and material consequences’: the proliferation of international control regimes for psychoactive substances.” Zheng Yangwen, University of Manchester, and the author of The Social Life of Opium in China will give a paper on “The Many Biographies of Opium.”

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The conference has been funded by: The University of Guelph History Department and College of Arts, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Alcohol and Drug History Society.