School of History, Politics and International Relations
This two-day conference on the theme of "Changing Drinking Cultures", organised by the Drinking Studies Network, takes place on 3-4 February 2018, at College Court, University of Leicester. This will be the Drinking Studies Network's third major conference, bringing together the work of members old and new, on two interlinked questions that lie at the heart of drinking studies: how and why do drinking cultures change?
The registration fee includes bed and breakfast accommodation at College Court for 3rd February, a three-course conference dinner on 3rd February, and lunches and all daytime refreshments for both 3rd and 4th February. Full programme details will be sent to registered delegates, but for travel information, the conference will begin at 10.00-10.30 on 3rd February and close at 5.00pm on 4th February.
Since its foundation in 2010 the Drinking Studies Network has gone from strength to strength, and now boasts over 200 members worldwide. In response to this growth in membership we introduced a number of ‘Research Clusters’ within the DSN in 2015 to help facilitate focused conversations around particular themes within the field of drinking studies. At the same time, we did not want to sacrifice the DSN’s capacity to bring together scholars from across the network to have a collective, interdisciplinary, over-arching conversation about the big questions that unite us as a field. Our third major two-day conference, supported by an Alcohol Research UK Network Development Grant, provides an opportunity for us to come back together as a network and participate once more in a collective conversation. The focus of that conversation will be two interlinked questions that lie at the heart of drinking studies: how and why do drinking cultures change? Among the themes the conference considers are: – what, or who, drives cultural change? – who wants to change drinking cultures, and why? – what are the relative roles of policy, the industry, and consumers in driving change? – what methodologies allow us to identify changes in drinking cultures? – can we ‘measure’ change, and if so how? – what are the merits of quantitative and/or qualitative approaches to understanding change? – how and why do discourses about drinking change? – how and why do drinking practices change? – how can comparative approaches enhance our understandings of change? – can we identify particular moments of dramatic change in drinking cultures? – is it the role of scholars to try to bring about change, or simply to understand it?