Changing Minds: Societies, States, the Sciences and Psychoactive Substances in History.

  • Mills, J. (Organiser)
  • Yong-an Zhang (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference


For the first time the ADHS hosted its conference in Asia, at Shanghai University in China, one hundred and ten years after the Opium Commission in the city that did so much to shape future control regimes. The event also marked the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles which saw the establishment of the first permanent international mechanisms for monitoring and making policy on psychoactive and intoxicating substances at the new League of Nations.

The David F. Musto Center for Drugs and National Security Studies at Shanghai University, in partnership with the ADHS and the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde, welcomed over 100 participants from around the globe conducting research on any aspects of the production, supply, consumption or control of alcohol or drugs in the past, anywhere in the world.

I acted as PI for Wellcome Trust funding, and my team organised travel, while we also collaborated with colleagues in China on related logistics, and with the ADHS on the conference line-up.
Period12 Jun 2019
Event typeConference
LocationShanghai, China
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • alcohol, drugs, history, psychoactive substances, intoxicants, pharmaceuticals, medicines