ADTSG 2016 Graduate Student Travel Award

The Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group (ADTSG) of the Society for Medical Anthropology invites applications for a travel award to attend the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  An award of $200 will be given to a graduate student presenting a paper at the conference that engages questions related to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, or other psychoactive substance use. The ADTSG Graduate Student Travel Award is awarded biennially on a competitive basis and reviewed by a committee comprised of ADTSG members.


  • Applicant must be currently enrolled in a graduate program
  • Applicant must be presenting a paper at the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting
  • Applicant must be a member of the Society for Medical Anthropology                                       (see for instructions on how to join)


  • Submit your paper abstract, university affiliation, graduate program (M.A. or Ph.D.) and contact information (no additional materials are required) to Shana Harris, Chair of ADTSG, at
  • Applications must be received by 5:00PM EST on September 15, 2016 for full consideration

Questions may be directed to Shana Harris at the above email address. We look forward to your submissions!

ADTSG 2016 Graduate Student Paper Prize

The Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Study Group (ADTSG) of the Society for Medical Anthropology invites submissions for the best graduate student paper in the anthropology of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, or other psychoactive substance use. A committee of ADTSG members will judge qualifying submissions. The author of the winning paper will receive a cash award of $100, and her or his name will be announced in Anthropology News and at the Society for Medical Anthropology awards ceremony at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in November. Submissions from all anthropological sub-disciplines are encouraged.


  • No more than 9,000 words
  • Must be based on original fieldwork and data
  • Must have been written in the past 12 months
  • Primary or first author must be a graduate student at time of submission
  • May be unpublished or submitted for publication at the time of submission


  • Originality of fieldwork and data
  • Richness of substantive or evidentiary materials
  • Clarity of anthropological methods
  • Linkage of work to social science literature
  • Effective use of theory and data
  • Organization, quality of writing, and coherence of argument


  • Please do not include your name or any identifying information in the paper itself
  • Papers must be double spaced and in PDF format (please include page numbers)
  • References and in-text citations should be formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style
  • Please submit via email to Shana Harris, Chair of ADTSG, at
  • Submissions must be received by 5:00PM EST on September 1, 2016 for full consideration

Questions may be directed to Shana Harris at the above email address. We look forward to your submissions!

Join ADTSG on Facebook and Twitter!

As part of ADTSG’s continuing effort to facilitate conversation and information exchange between members and the general public, we have recently increased our social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.  We have revitalized our Twitter account and started a new Facebook group thanks to our new Social Media Coordinator, Hilary Agro.  We will continue to share news, announcements, articles, CFPs, and more through both of this venues as well as the group website.
If you are interested in joining us on either or both sites, you can access them at:
Twitter handle: @ADTstudygroup

Call for Special Issue Articles

The Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, a well-regarded peer review journal, is looking for contributions to a special issue on the use of ethnography in research related to substance abuse.

Submissions are anticipated to be about 5000 words.  Please note that submissions should follow APA references, citations, and general style in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th ed with citations in the text using author and date (Smith, 1983); and, as is common, bibliography is to at the end of the article and alphabetized.

If you are interested in submitting an article for this special issue, please contact Andrew J. Gordon at or 713-524-1002.

CFP AAA 2016: Drugs, Coloniality, and Indigenous People

AAA 2016 Call for Papers

Drugs, Coloniality, and Indigenous People

Organizers: Juliana Willars (Texas State University) and Autumn Zellers León (Temple University)

When Europeans arrived in the New World, they encountered a vast array of psychoactive plants, such as coca, peyote, tobacco, and ayahuasca, which Indigenous people had been using long before colonization. While settler colonialism led to displacement and genocide of Indigenous communities, the integration of some of these plants and their derivatives into the global market created new paradigms of psychoactive use unprecedented in human history. Setting these historical realities alongside each other, we seek to analyze how Indigenous people in the Americas and throughout the world are uniquely impacted by drug markets and drug policy. We ask: How has the drug economy affected Indigenous people, and how have they responded? How are Indigenous people creating new ways of understanding, using, and producing psychoactive substances? How are Indigenous people positioned in the rapidly changing regime of drug policy throughout the world, and how might our analyses help to shape that engagement? We welcome papers that address themes that include, but are not limited to:

  • alcohol, tobacco and drug use in Indigenous communities

  • addiction, prevention, and treatment in Indigenous communities

  • drug production in Indigenous territories

  • changing ritual practices

  • extraction of Indigenous plant knowledge

  • histories of anthropologists studying indigenous psychoactive use

  • Indigenous incarceration for drug crimes

If interested, please send inquiries or a 250-word abstract to and by Wednesday, March 30, 2016.


AAA CFP: (Re)Discovering Psychedelics in the 21st Century


Panel at 2016 AAA Conference — November 16-20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

(Re)Discovering Psychedelics in the 21st Century

Organizers: Shana Harris (University of Central Florida) and Hilary Agro (University of Western Ontario)

Contact Information: Shana Harris ( and Hilary Agro (

For much of the 20th century, legal and institutional restrictions seriously hindered the study of psychedelic plants and drugs around the world. Some of these controls have eased over the last decade, leading to new and renewed interest in psychedelics within academic, medical, and scientific communities. With a growing number of researchers examining the different dimensions and uses of these substances, we are currently witnessing what many call a “psychedelic renaissance.” This resurgence in psychedelic research has not gone unnoticed within anthropology, as the study of psychedelics within the field has increased in recent years. Whether it is the ceremonial use of peyote in the Native American Church, or ayahuasca tourism in the Peruvian Amazon, or the advancement of psychedelic science in Europe, anthropologists are making important contributions to the understanding of policies, practices, socialities, experiences, and knowledges associated with psychedelics in the 21st century.

The (re)discovery of psychedelics raises interesting questions and poses unique challenges for anthropologists who study such substances. This is particularly the case given the fact that many psychedelics such as peyote, ayahuasca, and LSD have been popularized among Western audiences. As such, this panel explores why psychedelics are worthy of anthropological study, and asks the following questions: Why should we as anthropologists care about psychedelics? Is there a “true” or more “valid” form of psychedelic use that merits our analytical attention? Is the use of psychedelics about pleasure, healing, spirituality, productivity, or illegality? How and by whom are psychedelics and their use “validated” since the frame in which we consider drugs is constantly changing? Panelists will cover such topics as the role of LSD in the Canadian electronic dance music scene, the use of ibogaine to treat drug addiction in Mexico, and the utilization of ayahuasca within Santo Daime ritual contexts in order to address these and related questions and concerns.

We invite abstracts for papers that ethnographically examine psychedelics in clinical, recreational, spiritual/religious, scientific, or other contexts. Please submit an abstract (250 words max.) to both panel organizers, Shana Harris and Hilary Agro, by SUNDAY, APRIL 3, for consideration.

AAA CFP: At the Intersections of Anthropology and Medical Sciences

*Call for Papers: Annual Meeting for the American Anthropological Association*

November 1620, 2016
Minneapolis, MN

Panel Title: At the Intersections of Anthropology and Medical Sciences: Possibilities and Risks of Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Organizers: Nelson Arruda (Sherbrooke University) and Jorge Flores-Aranda (Sherbrooke University)

Panel description: Anthropological methods and concepts have become highly used in the fields of medicine and health science as compelling tools to understand the social production of health and illness, to examine how power relations affect and are affected by the practices of individuals and to expose structural inequalities. Interdisciplinary teams constituted by anthropologists and scholars from a myriad of health related disciplines have brought ethnography into the study of social policies, public health interventions, global health exchanges, vulnerable populations targeted by diseases, and care practices of experts and lay persons. Thus, anthropology and medical sciences have intersected in multiple ways, fraught by the particular epistemological commitments and academic demands of each disciplinary field as well as the consequent tensions. Moreover, the increasing use of ethnography outside its disciplinary home could entail risks such as the lost of its meaning (e.g. “ethnographic” becomes interchangeable with “qualitative”), the consequent undermining of participant observation (its main way of working), the subordination of anthropological methods to quantitative ones as well as the curtailing of anthropology’s public voice and its impact in the world (Ingold 2014). This panel will explore how anthropologists navigate the possibilities and the risks that emerge from the intersections of anthropology and medical science: In which ways do we become methodological and theoretical bricoleurs assembling ideas and methods from different disciplinary fields for our own research agendas? How do we negotiate the adherence (or
not) of our research proposals to protocols of “positivist’ methodology that for example demand “representative” numbers of “informants” and precise “sampling” techniques? And in our own interdisciplinary teams are we able to ensure the prevalence of the ethnographic approach in the conception and implementation of our studies and interventions? The panel aims to put into dialogue scholars that have conducted interdisciplinary research (anthropology and health related disciplines) from diverse approaches and in different geographic areas. Our overall goal is to reflect on the challenges posed by our work and the potential impact of our collaborations with medical fields of knowledge in the lives of the persons we study.

Please send submissions to Nelson Arruda (, Jorge Flores-Aranda ( and Rossio Motta ( by 30 March 2016 at the latest.  Submissions should be no more than 250 words and should include a title and five keywords. Accepted panelists will be informed of their inclusion in the panel by April 3, 2016 and should register for the AAA 2016 conference by or before April 15th.

SfAA Events of Interest

The annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology is next week in Vancouver, British Columbia!!

ADTSG will be holding a meeting at 5:30-7:20 on Thursday, March 31, in the Tangent Room.  If you are interested in learning about what ADTSG has been up to since the AAAs while catching up with your fellow members, please join us!

There are also several drug, alcohol, tobacco, and addiction-themed events that may be of interest to ADTSG members:

Tuesday, March 29


PHOTO EXHIBIT: Danya Fast – “Living in the Best Place on Earth” (Bayshore Ballroom Foyer)


PANEL: Mental Health, Drug Use, and HIV/AIDS in Vancouver, B.C. (MacKenzie)

  • William Damon – “Crisis” and “Everyday” Imitators: A Qualitative Study of Coercion and Agency in the Context of Methadone Maintenance Treatment Initiation
  • Daryl Wiebe, Howard Tran, Andrew MacFarlane, and Lynn Noftle – Police/Health Collaboration to Assist Persons Living with Mental Illness
  • Christiana Miewald, Sean Grieve, and Megan Woodward – Open Doors and Juggling Hats: The Lived Experience of Working as a Peer Researcher on the Food as Harm Reduction Study


PRESENTATION: Nicole Markwick, Ryan McNeil, Will Small, and Thomas Kerr: “If They Just Showed Respect”: Exploring the Impacts of Private Security Guards Upon People Who Use Drugs (Seymour)


PANEL: Contemporary Drug Ethnography’s Multiple Temporalities and Outcomes (Seymour)

  • Ryan McNeil – Structural Vulnerability and the Resilience of Entrenched Drug Scenes
  • Andrea Lopez, Megan Comfort, Christina Powers, Alex Kral, and Jennifer Lorvick – Altered Temporalities in the Study of the Socially Vulnerable: A Hybrid Ethnographic and Clinical Social Work Methodological Approach
  • Alexandra Collins, Surita Parashar, Saranee Fernando, Kalysha Closson, Rosalind Baltzer Turje, and Ryan McNeil – Being “Worthy” of Care: Territorial Stigma across Neighborhoods and HIV Care Spaces in Vancouver
  • Cole Hansen – Navigating Intersections of Ethnography and “Evidence” in Community Reentry
  • Danya Fast – On the Edge of Homelessness in Vancouver’s Inner City: An Ethnography of the Emergent
  • Discussants – Leslie Robertson and Kelly Knight

Thursday, March 31


PRESENTATION: Jeffrey Schonberg – Mourning and the Photography of Addiction (Prospect)



  • Nicole Henderson – Connections Between the Folk Psychiatry of Addiction and Levels of Attributed Stigma
    • Malisa Young – Don’t Box Me In: Black Youth and the Case for Differentiation in Tobacco Control

Friday, April 1


PRESENTATION: Bryan Page – Pressed Into Service: My Participation in the Presbyterian Church’s Task Force on Drug Policy (President)


PANEL: Pharmaceuticals and Drugs in Everyday Life (Cypress 1)

  • Janet Currie – Off-label Prescribing: An Intersectional Approach
  • Jenny Epstein – Community Pharmacy Practice and the Integration of Pharmaceuticals into Everyday Life
  • Marlee McGuire – Stakeholders, Values, and Social License: The Social Shaping of Publicly Funded Drug Decision-Making
  • Dan Ciccarone and Sarah Mars – Heroin Uncertainties: The Rise in New Forms of Heroin in the US
  • Tarik Najeddine – Self-Medication in the Era of Novel Psychoactive Substances


PRESENTATION: Olivia Rose Marcus – Ritual and Rehab: Curanderismo and Addiction Rehabilitation in Peru (Arbutus)

Saturday, April 2


PANEL: Addictive Substances and Social Context (Fir)

  • Emery R. Eaves – E-Cigarette Harm Reduction and the Emergence of “Vaping Community”
  • Jude Robinson – Do You Smoke?
  • Sarah Mars, Jason Fessel, and Dan Ciccarone – The Appreciation of Heroin: Connoisseurship and Its Absence in the Present Day United States
  • Miriam Boeri – Hero or Heel? An Ethnographic Investigation of a Police Chief’s “Angel Program” for Opioid Addicts
  • Jennifer Syvertsen, Kelly Yotebieng, Grace Rota, and Kawango Agot – Alcohol Cleans the Baby in the Womb: Reproductive Health Concerns among Women Who Inject Drugs in Western Kenya


PRESENTATION: Max Oostenburg – A Cultural Consonance Approach to Online Gaming Experience: Beyond Addiction and Disorder (Salon B)

Peyote Panel and Book Launch

Next week is a special peyote panel discussion and book signing in San Francisco! The program for the evening includes a number of special guests.

Stacy B. Schaefer
Bia Labate
Jorge N. Ferrer
Diana Negrin
Kevin Feeney
Clancy Cavnar

California Institute of Integral Studies
March 31st, 2016 / 7:00 – 9:30 PM / Namaste Hall
East-Psycology 1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103


For more information:
About the book:




New ADTSG Chair

Dear members,

After four years of service to our group as ADTSG chair, it is finally time to hand off the torch. I am so proud of the things we have accomplished during this time including the launch of our new website and twitter, four student paper prizes, and over a dozen conference panels. All of this could not have been possible without the help of our incredible members. I would like to also give special thanks to my vice-chair, Roland Moore, as well as  Juliet Lee, Kristen Ogilvie, and Gil Quintero for their service and mentorship.

Moving forward, we are excited to welcome Shana Harris who will be taking over as ADTSG chair this year. Shana has been an active and contributing member of ADTSG for many years and I have no doubt she will do a stand-up job in this position. Here are a few words from her:

I think I speak for the group when I say that I am sad to see Taz step down as the Chair of the Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group after four years of excellent work.  Although Taz will no longer be leading the group, I am excited and honored to be taking over the Chair position in the coming year.  I look forward to working with all of you to continue making ADTSG a productive, supportive community of scholars. 

All the best,

I encourage each of you to reach out to Shana at with any questions or words of support as she takes on this exciting role. Thanks again and have a wonderful spring semester!

Signing off,
Taz Daniels