20 Jul 2021

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Previous Women and Alcohol Cluster seminars

Research Seminar 2 – Rules and Norms for female drinking – a global approach – 26 April 2020

Our next research seminar will focus on rules and norms about female drinking with papers from Hedvig Widmalm and Mareen Heyring and plenty of time for discussion afterwards. The papers are based on research on Sweden and German so there will also be the opportunity to look at comparisons between countries as we know many of you are very interested in this research avenue. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 26th April at 13.00pm. 

The meeting will start promptly at 1pm (GMT) on Zoom (joining details by request – just e-mail us) so we will be online from 12.45pm so people can join and get set up in advance. The programme will be as follows (all timings are in London GMT time zone (don’t forget British summer time)): 

1pm Hedvig Widmalm (Uppsala University) Women, alcohol and the Age of Freedom: how the regulations on brewing and selling brandy and beer affected women inthe mining town of Falun in Sweden, 1718 – 1750

1.15pm Mareen Heying (University of Hagen) Social norms on female drinking in Germany around 1900

1.30pm Discussion

1.50pm Cluster plans – next steps

Research Seminar 1 – Women and alcohol during the 2020 pandemic lockdown – 30 November 2020


1.00pm Dr Abi Rose (University of Liverpool) Drinking in the Time of COVID

How has COVID impacted our alcohol use, and what are the factors that may have driven some of the gender differences? The talk will take a look around some of the more well-established links between gendered alcohol use and mental health to answer this question.

1.15pm Dr Emily Nicholls, (University of Portsmouth), Dr Dom Conroy, (University of East London) “After a day with a baby, I feel like you deserve a bottle of wine!” Drinking, gender and motherhood during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Drawing on recent qualitative research on drinking in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic, this paper brings a gendered lens to bear on our emerging findings around ‘drinking in lockdown’. Gendered patterns around domestic drinking and beverage choice will be explored, along with the links between drinking, female friendship and motherhood.

1.30pm Questions and discussion

1.45pm Cluster forum, planning for next meeting

2.00pm Finish