DSN2018: Changing Drinking Cultures

Drinking Studies Network Conference 2018: Changing Drinking Cultures

College Court, University of Leicester, 3rd & 4th February 2018

Since its foundation in 2010 the Drinking Studies Network has gone from strength to strength, and now boasts over 200 members worldwide. In response to this growth in membership we introduced a number of ‘Research Clusters’ within the DSN in 2015 to help facilitate focused conversations around particular themes within the field of drinking studies. At the same time, we did not want to sacrifice the DSN’s capacity to bring together scholars from across the network to have a collective, interdisciplinary, over-arching conversation about the big questions that unite us as a field. Our third major two-day conference, supported by an Alcohol Research UK Network Development Grant, provides an opportunity for us to come back together as a network and participate once more in a collective conversation.

The focus of that conversation will be two interlinked questions that lie at the heart of drinking studies: how and why do drinking cultures change?

Papers will consider, but are not limited to, the following issues:

– what, or who, drives cultural change?

– who wants to change drinking cultures, and why?

– what are the relative roles of policy, the industry, and consumers in driving change?

– what methodologies allow us to identify changes in drinking cultures?

– can we ‘measure’ change, and if so how?

– what are the merits of quantitative and/or qualitative approaches to understanding change?

– how and why do discourses about drinking change?

– how and why do drinking practices change?

– how can comparative approaches enhance our understandings of change?

– can we identify particular moments of dramatic change in drinking cultures?

– is it the role of scholars to try to bring about change, or simply to understand it?


A copy of the programme can be found below:


Drinking Studies Network Conference 2018: Changing Drinking Cultures

 University of Leicester, College Court, 3-4 February


Saturday 3rd

10.00 – 10.30: Registration & Welcome

10.30 – 11.30: Change under Fascism

Sina Fabian (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)

‘Wine is “Volksgetränk”’: Wine Propaganda in Nazi Germany 

Kate Ferris (University of St Andrews, UK)

Italian Fascism and Alcohol

11.30 – 12.30: Historical Turning Points Reconsidered

Dan Malleck (Brock University, Ontario, Canada)

Was prohibition as important as we think? The longue duree of changing cultures of drink in Ontario.

David Clemis (Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada)

How Did the Gin Craze End? Perceptions, Realities, and Historical Constructions of Drinking Culture Change

12.30 – 1.30: Lunch

1.30 – 3.00: Reducing Alcohol Harm

John Larsen (Drinkaware, UK)

How understanding UK drinking cultures informs efforts to reduce alcohol harm: Considering recent experiences at Drinkaware

Alice Mauger (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Alcohol and Psychiatry in Ireland, c. 1890-1921

Holly Dunbar (Independent)

Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Societies and Alcohol-related Crime

3.00 – 4.30: Changing Habits

Graham Harding (St Cross College, Oxford, UK)

‘A modern institution’: the establishment of champagne, 1800-1914

Jonathan Ling (University of Sunderland, UK) and Lyn Brierley-Jones (University of York, UK)

A new illiberality? Changing attitudes towards workplace drinking in the UK

Emily J. Hogg (University of Southern Denmark)

Giving Up: Drinking and Writing in Three Contemporary Literary Narratives

4.30 – 5.00: Coffee Break

5.00 – 6.30: Drinking Studies Network Excess Cluster Roundtable:

‘How Much is Too Much?’ Visualizing the Changing Boundaries of Excess

Laura Fenton (University of Manchester, UK)

‘Big Thursday?’ Using research photos to visualize the boundaries of excess

Sam Goodman (Bournemouth University, UK)

‘A Post-punk, Apocalyptic, Motherfucker of a Craft Brewery’ – BrewDog, Craft Beer and 21st-Century Excess.

Dave Hitchcock (Canterbury Christ Church University, UK)

‘When I am in the alehouse / no man so great as I’: Visualizing early modern vagrant Excess

Geoffrey Hunt (Aarhus University, Denmark, and the Institute for Scientific Analysis, San Francisco, USA)

Panel Commentator and Chair

Beat Kümin (University of Warwick, UK)

Negotiating Religious Boundaries: Martin Luther on Alcohol Consumption

Kate Taylor (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)

Family or Salvation: Women’s Navigation of Paths of Respectability

Jennifer Wallis (Queen Mary, University of London, UK)

The handbag that “lets you get your drink on”: Fashion, excess, and secret drinking

6.30 – 7.30: Bar 

7.30 – 9.30: Dinner, College Court



Sunday 4th

7.00 – 9.00: Breakfast, College Court

9.00 – 10.30: Temperance Temporalities

Chair: Steven Earnshaw 

James Kneale (University College London, UK) 

From the time of crisis to chains of expectation: Pledges, policies and the future

Pam Lock (University of Bristol, UK)

Temperance Sensation: How Ellen Wood combined two incongruous genres to create the most popular temperance novel of the nineteenth century

Richard Robinson (Independent)

The Dead Hand of Hopelessness? The Second World War as an Agent of Temperance

10.30 – 11.00: Coffee Break

11.00 – 12.00: Social Change in Post-War Britain

Stella Moss (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

‘We Made Ourselves Posh’: European Wine Drinking in Britain in the Post-WW2 Period

Claire Markham (University of Lincoln, UK)

An exploration of changing drinking cultures in rural Lincolnshire

12.00 – 1.00: Policy Impacts

Phil Mellows (Journalist, UK)

Reordering pub drinking – impacts of the 1989 Beer Orders

Carol Emslie (Glasgow Caledonian University, UK)

“You can’t even have a lager shandy – you don’t know how much lager they’re actually putting in it”:  drinkers’ understandings of Scotland’s new lower drink drive limit

1.00 – 1.45: Lunch


1.45 – 2.45: The Impact of the Night-Time Economy

Alison Mackiewicz (Aberystwyth University, UK)

The walk of shamelessness: women’s drinking in a changing culture

John O’Brien, Kirsty Doyle and Naimh Maguire (Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland)

Changing Drinking Culture in the Night-Time Economy of a Small Irish City


2.45 – 4.15: The Rise of Craft Beer

Thomas Thurnell-Read (Loughborough University, UK)

Craft Drinks and Authenticity Narratives

Chris Land (University of Leicester, UK)

Can craft beer change drinking cultures?

Steve Wright (Lancaster University, UK)

The Rise of “Craft Beer” – exploring the hidden work of standards in changing drinking cultures through an ethnography of infrastructure.

4.15: Conference Close