Past Events

Drinking Studies Network Conference 2015:

New Directions in Drinking Studies, University of Leicester, 6-7 June

We held our second major 2-day Drinking Studies Network conference in June at the University of Leicester. The aim of the conference was to take stock of recent developments across the burgeoning field of drinking studies, and reflect on an agenda for the years to come. In particular, delgates focused on the following themes: Pubs as Cultural Institutions; Changing Drinking Cultures; Alcohol and Ethnicity; Alcohol and Authenticity; and Gender, Class and Problem Drinking.

A conference report has been written by network co-convenor Deborah Toner on the theme of ‘Consuming Authenticities’. Network member Jennifer Wallis has also personally reflected on some of the conference’s key discussion points in her blog post.


Warwick Drinking Studies Network and Higher Education Academy Workshop:

Teaching Alcohol Studies in History: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches, 10 April 2014

Thanks to the support of the HEA the network hosted a special workshop at the University of Leicester for those teaching in Alcohol Studies across a range of disciplines. We examined how we can best utilise and integrate different disciplinary perspectives from this multidisciplinary field into modules on the history of alcohol, and shared ideas about best teaching practice. We also discussed the development of digital learning and teaching resources to support such modules, and as a result we plan in due course to develop a ‘teaching resources’ section on the website for all members to use. Watch this space!


Warwick Drinking Studies Network Conference 2013:

Biographies of Drink, 9-10 February 2013

Thanks to a generous grant of support from the Economic History Society, the network hosted a major two-day international conference in February of 2013. Papers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives examined issues surrounding the consumption of alcohol – such as governance, material culture, and the relationship between drink and identity – in a series of case studies, or ‘Biographies of Drink’. You can view the programme here: Biographies of Drink Programme.

An edited collection arising from the conference proceedings was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2015 as: Hailwood and Toner (eds) Biographies of Drink: A Case Study Approach to our Historical Relationship with Alcohol.


Warwick Drinking Studies Network Symposium 2011:

Drink and the Life Cycle, 23 September 2011

On 23 September 2011 the Network held its second major symposium at the University of Warwick. The symposium’s theme – ‘Drink and the Life Cycle’ – proposed two panel sessions, each of three papers. A plenary address was given by Professor Gill Valentine from the University of Leeds, addressing the different relationships to alcohol of different ages groups across from a range of disciplinary, geographic and historical perspectives. The resulting discussions were particularly thought-provoking. In particular, the implication that the attitudes towards alcohol consumption of young people in contemporary Britain do differ considerably from preceding generations and from historical patterns. If you would like to find out more about the themes and discussions that arose at the symposium then you can read Deborah Toner’s excellent conference report. A copy of the programme is available here.

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