Global Histories of Drugs: Why, and what next?

  • Mills, J. (Organiser)
  • Lucas Richert (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia


British Library
School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
via Zoom

To mark the launch of 'Cannabis: Global Histories' by MIT Press in the Autumn of 2021, this event gathers in both the UK and the US the editors and authors together with discussants from across the field to reflect on the concepts behind the collection. Since the publication of 'Cocaine: Global Histories', edited by Paul Gootenberg and published in 1999, there have been two decades of fresh research into the histories of psychoactive substances, and multiple new directions taken by those thinking about globalisation and its pasts. With the forthcoming publication in the Historical Journal of a special edition devoted to the theme 'Intoxicants and Early Modern European Globalization', there seems to be no better time to consider what happens when concepts of the 'global', 'intoxication' and the 'psychoactive' are brought together.
Period6 Oct 2021
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • narcotics, psychoactive substances, intoxicants, consumption, regulation, history