All rooms are equipped with an overhead projector
Rooms C, D, E, F, G and H (H only on Saturday): slide projector (framed slides, carrousel. There are extra carrousels available to set up your presentation in advance)
Rooms C, D, M, N, O, U and Committee Room 2: beamer to connect your laptop. You have to bring you own laptop. (If you want to use your Apple notebook, please contact us, as it may be incompatible.)
Rooms C, T and U: VCR
|Toward a Global History of Illicit Drug Markets|
|Over the past twenty years there has been a boom in interest in the history of drugs. From a few pioneers in the social history of drugs in the seventies and eighties, the field has become global as busy souls trace the history of drug consumption in countries around the world. Yet this history is largely a divided one: divided by a discipline wedded to national histories and divided by the difficulty of uncovering hidden histories across boundaries. Of late, however, there has been increased interest in both transnational history and in the relationship between drug history, consumption, and consumerism.
This paper will discuss the implications of writing a global history of illicit drugs in the twentieth century, focusing on the methodological implications of such a broad undertaking. The key problem is the relationship between localized political economies and transnational networks of distribution. In the past, studies have focused on local consumption and distribution or international “trafficking”. But few have attempted to map out the changing dynamics of the cycles of production, distribution, and consumption. By approaching the global trade as a complex system of overlapping regimes of consumption and distribution, and by studying the relationships between licit and illicit trade, we gain a more complex understanding of the shifting global dynamics of the drug trade.