Wed 28 June – Conference: ‘Alcohol and its Discontents in Past & Present- Comparative Perspectives’

Alcohol and Its Discontents in Past and Present: Comparative Perspectives

28 June 2017, Scottish Centre for Global History, School of Humanities, University of Dundee

Location: River Room 3, Tower Building (9th Floor)

This is an unusual workshop. Academics working on the histories of alcohol as well as practitioners will speak here. Some of us university-based academics will present our research, the activists will reflect on their experiences ‘in the field’, working on the front-line of de-addiction and alcohol abuse in civil society. Through this unique effort, we hope to realise how the  parameters of the  ‘research impact/s’ of our intellectual outputs can be framed.


9:45-10:00: Coffee

10:00-10:15: Welcome Address and Introductions (Professor James Livesey, Dean, School of Humanities, and Dr Nandini Bhattacharya, Director, Scottish Centre for Global History, University of Dundee)

10:15-12:30= Session 1: Alcohol in History

Chair: Professor Jim Mills, University of Strathclyde

10:15-10:45- Dr Nandini Bhattacharya, (University of Dundee) ‘The Problem of Alcohol in Colonial India’

10:45-11:15: Dr James Sumner, (CHSTM, University of Manchester): ‘Redefining Purity: Free Trade and Applied Science in the Campaign to Defend British Brewing’

11:15-12:00: Dr Erica Wald, (Goldsmith College, University of London) ‘Governing the Bottle: Alcohol, Race and Class in Nineteenth Century India’

12:00- 12:30: Q&A and Discussion

12:30-1:30- Lunch

1:30-4:00: Session 2: The Practitioners Speak

Chair: Dr Mathew Graham, University of Dundee

1:30-2:00- Mr Subhashis Chatterjee, EMC, Calcutta

2:00-2:30- – Dr Rajesh Kumar, Executive Director, SPYM, New Delhi

2:30-3:00- Ms Shailaja Chandra, Indian Administrative Service (Retd).

3:00- 4:00- Q&A Session and Discussion

4:00-4:15- Coffee

Session 3: 4:15- 5:00 ‘Only To Connect’

Chair: Professor Graeme Morton, University of Dundee

4:15-5:5:00- Roundtable Discussion: How Do the Academic and the Activist Communicate?