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Women and Alcohol: Crossing Boundaries conference programme

Women and Alcohol: Crossing Boundaries  

 25-27 July 2023
Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences  
Aleja Solidarności 105, room 202, 2nd floor

We are delighted to share the programme for the DSN Women and Alcohol research cluster's first conference workshop, Crossing Boundaries. The aim of this workshop is to bring together those with an interest in women and alcohol from a wide range of disciplines and cultures to foster inspiring conversations and cross displinary, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. With this in mind, the majority of the sessions will encourage more emphasis on discussion. As such, the audience will be an active part of each day and some sessions will be physically active too, such as the walking and museum tours. All are welcome to join us, and the conference workshop is free to attend thanks to the generous support of IAE PAS Warsaw and our NCN funded project (2020/39/D/HS3/00568). To sign up, click the link below: 

Please note that it is now possible to attend this conference via zoom. If you would like to do so, please e-mail us on dsnwomencluster@gmail.com for the link.

Conference programme (abstracts and bios below)

Tuesday 25 July 2023 




Q&A session 

Alcohol and Scotland-The Long View: Scotland 1890-1923 and 1990-2023  

Speakers: Iain Smith (Uni. Glasgow), Peter Rice (Institute of Alcohol Studies), Laura Fenton (Uni. Manchester/Sheffield)


Comfort break 


Workshop 1   


Interpreting Primary and Secondary Sources in Alcohol Medical History-From the Individual to the Society 

Speakers: Iain Smith (Uni. Glasgow) & Peter Rice (Institute of Alcohol Studies) 

Wednesday 26 July 2023 





Speakers: Dorota Dias-Lewandowska (IAE PAS Warsaw), Pam Lock (Uni. Bristol) 


Session 1 

Round table 


Between the drunken "mother of destruction" and the sober "angel of the house": transdisciplinary & transnational research “in between” in drinking studies 

Speakers: Dorota Dias Lewandowska (IAE PAS Warsaw), Pam Lock (Uni. Bristol), Craig Stafford (Uni. Liverpool), Gabriel Kurczewski (Uni. Torun) 

Drinking cultures: the cultural reception of medical developments related to alcohol in Ireland, 1700-1900

Speaker: Lucy Cogan (UCD)


Coffee Break 


Walking tour  

Early modern and modern drinking places and spaces in Poland: Fukier: evoking visions of the past in a wine bar; The role of taverns in the early modern Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth 

Speakers: Gabriel Kurczewski (Uni. Torun) & Jan Błoński (EUI Florence) 


Lunch (own arrangements) 


Session 2 

Round table 

Researching women's drinking: harm versus pleasure?   

Speakers: Emily Nicholls (Uni. York), Laura Fenton (Uni. Manchester/Sheffield), Abi Rose (Uni. Liverpool John Moores)


Coffee Break 


Workshop 2 

Picturing the Drinker: Workshop on Alcohol in Media in the 19th & 20th century 

Speakers: Mareen Heying (independent) & Vanessa Höving (Uni. Hagen) 

Thursday 27 July 2023  




Session 3  

Round table 


Women, Alcohol, and Agency in Early Modern Europe: Perspectives from England and Sweden     

Speakers:  Amy Smith (Uni. Bristol/Exeter), Tyler Rainford (Uni. Bristol), Hedvig Widmalm (Umeå Uni.) 


Coffee Break 


Session 4 

Round table 

The Anglo-Saxon influence on temperance associations in Europe (19th-20th centuries) 

Speakers: Nicolas Truffinet, Victoria Afanasyeva, Anaïs Mazoué (Uni. Paris 1), Emily Hogg (Uni. Southern Denmark) 


Lunch (own arrangements) 


Museum talk  

From Tavern to Brothel Keeping: East European Jewish Women in Hospitality and Leisure Businesses in the Long Nineteenth Century, (POLIN Museum, Mordechaja Anielewicza 6) limited places, speakers only 

Speaker: Aleksandra Jakubczak (POLIN Museum) 


Reflections on the conference and free time in the POLIN museum 

ABSTRACTS (in order of appearance) 


Q&A: Alcohol and Scotland-The Long View: Scotland 1890-1923 and 1990-2023 

Speakers: Iain Smith (University of Glasgow, UK), Peter Rice (Institute of Alcohol Studies, UK), Laura Fenton (Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG), University of Sheffield, UK)

This will be a chaired discussion comparing and contrasting these two historical periods in relation to alcohol policy and alcohol harms in Scotland. Both these time periods start with historically high alcohol consumption leading to major societal and health consequences that necessitated responses for the good of the public health. In 1890 there was a popular Temperance campaign. Arguably there is no equivalent at the moment in Scotland although organisations such as Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) and Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) are at the forefront of the campaign to limit the damage. The Scottish government has responded with measures such as Minimum Unit Pricing.As well as public health we will contrast ideas around how one helps individuals in trouble with alcohol between the two eras. This opens up the starkest contrast between then and now. 

For the modern period Peter will mention the common perceptions in the 90s that women and young people's public drinking was the big concern, typified by the Bench Girl photo, when the epidemiology showed the most worrying trends were in older age groups especially socially isolated men drinking at home. This has a degree of resonance with the earlier period when women were disproportionately sent to inebriate Reformatories. (The idea behind this session is loosely based on the BBC 4 Radio programme The Long View which explores historic connections in relation to areas of current concern) 


Workshop 1: Interpreting Primary and Secondary Sources in Alcohol Medical History-From the Individual to the Society 

Speakers: Iain Smith (University of Glasgow, UK) & Peter Rice (Institute of Alcohol Studies, UK) 

In the second part of this workshop we will present medical statistics and case records pertaining to the two eras above but also more widely in time and place and invite the audience to consider how best to interpret and analyse such material. Examples of case records from the Glasgow Inebriate reformatory and from Glasgow Asylums will be looked at along with some anonymised examples of case notes from more modern periods. In addition some public health data from both time periods will be looked at in this session-again Scotland and beyond. The discussion will be gendered as there are marked contrasts to be found in relation to the scale of the problem between men and women and how this is responded to. 

Peter will talk about the current importance of "big data" in influencing practice and policy, and about the role of commercial and political influence. The process of the WHO Global Action plan was a good example of all this. In particular the issue of the pregnancy advice where the WHO staff were caught between the wishes of FASD advocacy groups who wanted a comprehensive, no risk approach and the pushback response to perceived paternalistic advice, some of which was stirred up by neoliberal groups. Given that we are in Warsaw, Peter will also share has an example of the influence of brewers on the Polish Government from the last decade.  


Session 1:

Between the drunken "mother of destruction" and the sober "angel of the house" - transdisciplinary and transnational research “in between” in drinking studies 

Speakers: Dorota Dias Lewandowska (PAS Warsaw, Poland), Pam Lock (University of Bristol, UK), Craig Stafford (University of Liverpool, UK), Gabriel Kurczewski (Nicolas Copernicus University Torun, Poland) 

In this session we will give a short overview of the project, its beginnings, our progress so far, and our plans for the final year of the project (and beyond) followed by an interactive discussion with the audience. Our research aims to find and record the voices and stories of women ‘between’ the drunken prostitute and the sober mother. This project seeks the middle ground between these two extremes usually discussed in representations of women’s drinking to focus on the recreational female drinkers and the rebels. This will allow us to contextualise these extremes and put them in their proper place. Thereby we aim to nuance and balance our understanding of representations of women’s drinking in the second half of the nineteenth century by investigating two extremely different examples of European cultures: Britain, a powerful international player and the scattered nation of Poland fighting for independence after the partitioning. To do so, we are experimenting with multi-lingual discourse analysis with a view to help break down linguistic silos and make sources in multiple languages more accessible to researchers. We will then open a discussion on the possibilities of further collaboration across disciplinary and geographical boundaries in drinking studies, particularly to fill the gaps now that this research area has become established. We’ll be particularly interested in thinking together about practical and useful ways of developing/sharing methodologies and finding inspiring comparisons and synergies.

Drinking cultures: the cultural reception of medical developments related to alcohol in Ireland, 1700-1900.

Speaker: Lucy Cogan (UCD, Ireland) 

This interdisciplinary project aims to analyse how new eighteenth- and nineteenth-century medical framings of drunkenness were absorbed into and modified in relation to existing politicised constructions of the behaviour in Irish culture. The project will thus reveal the lines of influence across this period to be multi-directional, with medical developments repeatedly reshaping literary representations of alcohol consumption, and, in turn, cultural representations impacting medical understandings, particularly with regard to the entrenched association between Irishness and drunkenness


Walking tour: Early modern and modern drinking places and spaces in Poland  

Speakers: Gabriel Kurczewski (Nicolas Copernicus University Torun, Poland) & Jan Blonski (European University Institue Florence, Italy) 

On this walking tour we see and hear from two experts in drinking places and spaces who will compare and contrast early modern and modern drinking spaces in Warsaw and beyond. Their abstracts give a flavour of the discussions to be had along the way.  

Fukier: evoking visions of the past in a wine bar, Gabriel Kurczewski 

The 19th century, and especially its second half, was a period of rapid development of Warsaw as an urban centre. In this century, Warsaw has grown and modernized significantly. I will present how the public consumption of wine in Warsaw has changed over the course of this century. The wine trade, taverns, bars and restaurants flourished in the city districts according to their character. They were modern or traditional, local or cosmopolitan, posh or modest. Assortments of drinks, interior design, consumption styles were different there, reflecting the dynamic and multicultural life of the city. We will visit the place of a cult winery in the most conservative part of the 19th-century Warsaw, its Old Town. The wine trade and wine bar of Fukiers' became symbols of adherence to tradition and opposition to modernity. Until World War II, it served as a place of memory, a symbol of Polish cultural identity and the tourist attraction of Warsaw.

The role of taverns in the early modern Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth, Jan Błoński 

Throughout the early modern period, taverns became the most profitable source of financial income for noble estates which was also connected with the rapid increase of their number. In the first part, I will explain how the buildings looked, how the space was organized, and their material condition. I want to juxtapose the image and the function of taverns derived from the accounts that various travellers wrote during or after their visits with locally produced sources – economic instructions, contracts, and inventories. Despite the poor conditions described in the travelogues, it seems that taverns met the needs of a local community – most important for the villagers was a place to meet and spend time together: a public space, with beverages and sometimes other products, not luxuries. Therefore, taverns were institutions enabling, facilitating, and providing cultural transfer. They could serve as “village halls”, job markets, bandits’ dens, charitable institutions or overnight accommodation. Public houses were often the only place where representatives of all social strata were able to talk freely and on a relatively equal footing. And food and beverages played an important role in facilitating sociability. 


Session 2 Researching women's drinking: harm versus pleasure?   

Speakers: Laura Fenton (Sheffield Alcohol Research Group (SARG), University of Sheffield, UK), Abi Rose, (Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, UK), Emily Nicholls (Sociology, University of York, UK)

This roundtable will bring together colleagues researching women's use of alcohol in relation to themes including both consumption and hospitality. We will explore the ways in which various tensions around how alcohol consumption is conceptualised (on the one hand, as a source of pleasure and meaningful social practice and on the other, as a source of 'harm') play out in our work and that of others. Particularly for those of us working across disciplines (for example across public health and sociology), these tensions shape our experiences as researchers and academics in tangible ways, and are also often acknowledged by the women with whom we conduct research. Each of the speakers will give a brief introduction to the topic in relation to their own work, perhaps drawing on a specific example or anecdote. We will then open the floor for an extended discussion of these issues, asking and exploring (a) how these tensions arise in the work of attendees, (b) strategies to manage them, (c) differences/tensions across disciplines and cross-nationally and (d) possible ways forward / next steps for future research. 


Workshop 2: Picturing the Drinker – Workshop on Alcohol in Media in the 19th and 20th century 

Speakers: Mareen Heying (independent researcher, Germany) & Vanessa Höving (University of Hagen, Germany) 

In this workshop we will discuss images of drinkers in the 19th and 20th century in relation to gender, class and nationality, using a selection of images (e.g. drawings and photos) depicting people consuming alcohol in Germany. We will analyse images used by anti-alcohol campaigns, showing harmful drinking habits, as well as advertisements, showing the joyful consumption of alcohol. You are invited to bring an image you have found interesting in your own research to add to this discussion. 

Since the group of researchers is international and works interdisciplinary, we would like to discuss the following questions in the mini workshop:  Which gendered drinking patterns can we see? Do we a see a class-difference in the drinking habits shown? Is there a specific “German” or “western” way of consuming? Have the participants come across similar representations in their own research or do they differ from country to country? Which changes can we see over time?   

By talking about gender, class and national stereotypes as well as focusing on specific German drinking habits we can discuss which of these stereotypical depictions can be found in other (European) countries, which ones are already ancient/outdated and which ones are still used when talking about alcohol consumption and by whom. This might help workshop participants to better contextualize and understand images of drinkers they encounter in their own research. 


Session 3 Women, Alcohol, and Agency in Early Modern Europe: Perspectives from England and Sweden     

Speakers:  Amy Smith (University of Bristol, University of Exeter, UK), Tyler Rainford (University of Bristol, UK), Hedvig Widmalm (Umeå University, Sweden) 

Over the course of the early modern period (c. 1500 – 1800), women’s relationship with alcohol – as producers, retailers, and consumers of beers, wines, and spirits – underwent profound social and economic change. In addition to broader social developments regarding where and when it was considered appropriate for women to drink, governmental regulations affected women’s agency as producers and retailers of alcoholic beverages. In turn, a burgeoning print industry ensured that wherever women encountered alcohol, they would be tarred as local degenerates or dangers to society at large. Nevertheless, the social reality of women’s relationship with alcohol was not necessarily as simple or as sensational as contemporary elites liked to suggest. Drawing on the work of researchers at the University of Bristol (UK) and Umeå University (Sweden), this session will provide a fresh perspective on women’s changing relationship with alcohol in early modern Europe from three unique, yet complimentary perspectives.   


Session 4 The Anglo-Saxon influence on temperance associations in Europe (19th-20th centuries) 

Speakers: Nicolas Truffinet, Victoria Afanasyeva, Anaïs Mazoué (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France), Emily Hogg (University of Southern Denmark) 

This round-table is about the Anglo-Saxon influence on temperance associations in Europe, whether we consider the organizational aspects or what might be called a “mindset”. Is there something like an Anglo-Saxon model, acknowledged as such by the persons working in these structures? Reading their newspapers, bulletins, suggests that this might be the case to a certain extent, with actors feeling the superiority of their British and American counterparts, of New Zealand also. Rightly or wrongly but the feeling exists. Based on studies (of different national legislations) as well as on the perception, which can be substantiated or vague, of a state of mind. 

First Emily J. Hogg (University of Southern Denmark) will speak about the “mindset” referred to, in its broad contours and how influential it has continued to be in Britain, then Nicolas Truffinet (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne Université) will address other European contexts he studies for the Malcof project, a research program its leader Victoria Afanasyeva (also Paris 1) will present via zoom, along with her work on women in the Temperance movement – the role of different categories of women, activists, spouses, alcoholics. These short talks will be followed by a more interactive exchange with all participants. 


Museum talk: From Tavern to Brothel Keeping: East European Jewish Women in Hospitality and Leisure Businesses in the Long Nineteenth Century, Polin Museum (Mordechaja Anielewicza 6)  

Speaker: Aleksandra Jakubczak (POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Poland)  

Jews leased a disproportionate number of taverns in Eastern Europe, and the figure of a Jewish tavern keeper was a familiar aspect of the region’s social and economic landscape. Although the role of a Jewish tavern keeper diminished after the partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the late eighteenth century, in the nineteenth century, Jewish-run taverns still served as important leisure and hospitality spaces in Eastern Europe. Although men like Adam Mickiewicz’s Yankiel figure as typical Jewish tavern keepers, women played important roles in tavern keeping. Some of these taverns were run by Jewish women, and many employed women who sold alcoholic beverages and/or sexual services. The Tsarist ban on further Jewish settlement in the countryside and Jewish participation in the liquor that followed the pogrom weave of 1881-1882 led many Jewish tavern keepers to look for other ways to make a living. The concurrent rise of large urban centers, modern places of entertainment, such as dance halls and bars, and state-sanctioned and profitable sex industry opened new possibilities for these income-deprived Jews. Drawing on their previous experiences in tavern-keeping and facing anti-Jewish discrimination in various sectors of the economy, Jewish women disproportionately took up brothel-keeping (in some areas of the Russian Empire, running all registered brothels).  

This lecture will trace how Jewish women and their families gradually moved from tavern to brothel-keeping during the long nineteenth century. It will demonstrate much overlapping between the two occupations, and brothels, like taverns did earlier, played an important role as spaces of leisure and hospitality, where both Jews and non-Jews mingled, drank, and had sex.  



Dr. Victoria Afanasyeva Prix Joinet laureate, Victoria Afanasyeva published her PhD thesis in December 2021 Cherchez la femme:  histoire du mouvement antialcoolique en France (1835-1954) in the IFJD editions. She shares her research in theFrance-temperance blog (www.france-temperance.com), is preparing a book about women in the temperance movement in France, works on the history of temperance restaurants in Europe, and supervises the MALCOF project (database of the French temperance movement, INCA_16465)

Jan Błoński, History and Civilization Department, European University Institute. I am a third-year PhD researcher. Currently, I investigate the economic, social, and cultural functions of early modern taverns. I am generally interested in the popular culture and social changes of the early modern period as well as the methodology of history (historical anthropology, microhistory). My book about the traditions of miraculous defences of cities in the south-eastern Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during the Khmelnytskyi uprising was published autumn 2022.

Dr. Lucy Cogan is Assistant Professor in Literature and Medical Humanities at University College Dublin. She is the Principal Investigator of the Wellcome Trust Career Development Award funded project, “Drinking Cultures: The Cultural Reception of Medical Developments Related to Alcohol in Ireland, 1700-1900.” She is co-editor of the medical humanities essay collection, Life, Death and Consciousness in the Long-Nineteenth Century (Palgrave, 2022). She has published a monograph on William Blake, Blake and the Failure of Prophecy (Palgrave, 2021), as well as a range of articles and essays on Blake and on women’s writing in the long-eighteenth century.


Dr. Dorota Dias-Lewandowska - anthropologist, historian. Assistant professor in the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences. She received her PhD from the University of Bordeaux and Torun, and in 2014 published her thesis “Historia kulturowa wina francuskiego w Polsce” (Cultural history of French wine in Poland). Her research interest evolved from the early modern history of alcohol (NCN project: ‘Cultural history of French wine in Poland’) and culinary recipes (NPRH project: ‘Old Polish culinary recipes. Compilation and edition of dispersed source material’) to drinking cultures and discourses concerning sobriety and drunkenness (NCN project: ‘Drinking culture in Poland in the second half of the 18th century. Alcohol, patterns of consumption and images of drinking’). She is currently PI in the NCN founded project “Between the drunk "mother of destruction" and the sober "angel of the house". Hidden representations of female drinking in Polish and British public discourses in the second half of the 19th century” and she co-leads together with dr Pam Lock Women and Alcohol DSN research cluster.  

Dr. Laura Fenton is a research associate in the School of Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield and in the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester.  Her research interests include youth, gender, the life course and creative and biographical methods. Her PhD explored the changing place of alcohol in the day-to-day lives of three generations of British women. More recently, she has investigated the decline in youth drinking as a part of a four-year mixed methods project and, as of July 2023, has joined a large mixed methods project evaluating the implications of no and low alcohol products for drinking practices

Dr. Mareen Heying is an historian based in Düsseldorf (Germany). She is currently working on her postdoctoral project (second book) in which she analyzes the “drinker” as a transnational figure of masculinity since the 19th century, and the bar as a transcultural drinking space. This cultural history project is interested in the changing social semantics of alcohol consumption in the German area and its transnational interrelations. Mareen received her PhD in Modern History from the Universities of Bochum and Bologna (Cotutelle). The dissertation comparatively analyzed German and Italian sex worker activist movements of the late 20th-century. Mareen’s research also engages with the global history of labour. She has pursued this work via postdoctoral fellowships in Rome and New Delhi. Furthermore, she worked on female resistance against German fascism. Mareen has been a Research Associate at the universities of Duesseldorf and Hagen (both Germany) and a visiting scholar at the University of Padova (Italy). She is a member of the Drinking Studies Network and several other scientific associations, like the German Labour History Association and the Society for Research on Sexwork and Prostitution (Gesellschaft für Sexarbeits- und Prostitutionsforschung). 

Dr. Emily J. Hogg is Associate Professor of Contemporary Anglophone Literature at the University of Southern Denmark, where she is also the PI of the research project Feminized: A New Literary History of Women’s Work and the co-director of the Center for Uses of Literature. She is writing a book about precarity and drinking in contemporary British and Irish literature. Her research has been published in The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, Criticism, Textual Practice, ASAP/J and English Studies, and focuses primarily on the social and political dimensions of contemporary literature, especially in relation to the topics of precarity, feminism, work, and drinking practices.   


Dr. Vanessa Höving is a post-doc Research Associate in Literary and Media Studies at FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany. She studied German and English Language and Literature in Cologne, Helsinki and St. Louis and earned her PhD in German Literature from the University of Cologne in 2017. Her dissertation explored negiotiations of mediality and materiality in 19th century literature. Her postdoc project (second book) deals with narratives of body functions and poetics of metabolism, digestion, and body waste in German literature from 1800 to the present. Vanessa also works on a book project titled “Writing sober. Literature, abstinence, and sobriety around 1900”. She is part of the Drinking Studies Network. Her research interests include literature from the 19th to 21st century, Literary and Cultural Theory, Gender and Body Politics, and Poetics of Knowledge. She has been appointed Fellow of the Erich Auberbach Institute for Advanced Studies in Cologne for 2023/24. 
Dr. Aleksandra Jakubczak is a historian specializing in the social and economic history of Eastern European Jewry in the modern period. She is a senior historian at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and a research fellow at the Historical Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish History at Columbia University in New York for her doctoral dissertation, entitled (Sex)Worker, Migrant, Daughter: The Jewish Economics of Sex Work and Mobility, between 1870 and 1939, which looked at Jewish women selling and organizing sex to examine how Eastern European Jewish women experienced urbanization, industrialization, and mass migration. Her Polish-language monograph, entitled Poles, Jews and the Myth of Trafficking (2020) was shortlisted for the Schmeruk and Gierowski’s Prize for the best book in Polish Jewish Studies. Her research has been supported by numerous institutions, among others, the Center for Jewish History in New York, the American Academy for Jewish Research, the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Israeli Council for Higher Education, and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. 

Gabriel Kurczewski - PhD candidate at the Faculty of History, Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. Cofounder of Club of History and Culture of Wine, Unit of Society of Historians of Arts – Warsaw Branch. Member of IEHCA Network and Drinking Studies Network. Author of wine blog –Blisko Tokaju (Close to Tokaj). Main interests:  history of wine in Poland, cultural history of Tokaj. 

Dr. Pam Lock is a Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses on alcohol in British 19th Century fiction and culture. Her monograph, based on her thesis, ‘Low Spirits: The Habitual Drunkard in Victorian Fiction and Culture’ (2019) will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2023. Pam is a co-Director of the Drinking Studies Network, Co-lead with Dr Dorota Dias-Lewandowska for the NCN funded project, ‘Between the drunken “mother of destruction” and the sober “angel of the house”. Hidden representations of women’s drinking in Polish and British public discourses in the second half of the 19th century‘, and co-Lead of the University of Bristol Drinking Studies Faculty Research Group.  

Anaïs Mazoué is a graduate of the École nationale des chartes with a master's degree in Digital Technologies applied to history (TNAH) who worked as an engineer in computer science applied to history for the MALCOF project at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne where she was in charge of building the database and website of the project. 

Dr. Emily Nicholls is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York, UK. Her research interests include gender/identity and (non)consumption (specifically in relation to alcohol and sobriety). Her research has explored gender, drinking and risk on a ‘girls’ night out’; women’s experiences of early sobriety and drinking patterns and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. More recent work includes a project funded by the Institute of Alcohol Studies on the marketing and consumption of alcohol-free drinks. Emily is co-convenor of the Sobriety, Abstinence and Moderation research cluster (part of the international Drinking Studies Network) and her monograph on the ‘girls’ night out’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019. 

Amy Smiths PhD thesis looks at women's work in seventeenth century English alehouses. She uses broadside ballads, court depositions, probate inventories and petitions to investigate the responsibilities and experiences of these women. Ultimately, she argues that they were governors of key local institutions, partly due to the great variety of responsibilities they held in the early modern parish. Her PhD, which she intends to submit in 2024, is funded by the South West and Wales DTP. She has recently completed an internship with Dr Mark Hailwood (University of Bristol) and Professor Steven Gunn (University of Oxford), contributing to an article about literacy in early modern England. She is also working on a single-author article about themes of community and neighbourliness in early modern petitions.  

Dr. Iain D. Smith MD MB ChB BSc (Hons) MRCPsych,FRCPsych,FRCPE studied medicine at the University of Glasgow,1976-1983 achieving a First-Class Honours B.Sc. in Animal Developmental Biology in 1980 and subsequently graduating M.B. Ch.B. in 1983. He entered psychiatry in 1984, passing the MRCPsych examination in 1988. From 1988-1992 he held the post of Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Glasgow medical school. He was a Consultant Psychiatrist at Gartnavel Royal Hospital in Glasgow, 1992-2019, and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow, since 1992 (ongoing). He specialises in the field of addiction psychiatry and is currently Chair of the Medical Council on Alcohol (UK) education committee. He is on the executive committee of the Alcohol and Drug History Society (International). He has interests in philosophy, the arts and history in relation to psychiatry and how these three perspectives can be integrated into psychiatric training. He graduated M.D. at University of Glasgow in 2018 on the basis of his thesis exploring the medical response to alcohol problems in Scotland from 1855 to 1925. He has published a wide range of articles in the fields of alcohol and drug studies and psychiatric history. He continues to work clinically as an addiction specialist in Stirling, Scotland.  

Dr. Craig Stafford gained his PhD from University of Liverpool in 2019, with a thesis that explored female drunkenness in the Lancashire boroughs of Salford and Rochdale. His interests are in Modern British Social History and specifically the study of Victorian crime and punishment. He has had work published in local history journals and has recently had a chapter on drunkenness and the life cycle published in an edited collection, Alcohol, Age, Generation and the Life Course, published in 2022 by Palgrave Macmillan. A further chapter, on the policing of women in Salford and Rochdale, is due to be published in Policing Women, Histories in the Western World, by Routledge in 2023. He is currently a co-investigator on the NCN-funded project, ‘Between the Drunken ‘Mother of Destruction’ and the Sober ‘Angel of the House’: Hidden Representations of Women’s Drinking in Polish and British Discourse in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century’. 


Tyler Rainford is PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, funded by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. His research explores the role of intoxicants in early modern England, with a specific focus on how distilled spirits informed ideas about the self and society over the course of this period. More broadly, he is interested in consumption, work, and identity in the early modern Atlantic world, c. 1600 – 1800. 

Dr. Peter Rice is an Addiction Psychiatrist based in Scotland. He was Chair of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, a project of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, from 2012-20. He was one of the group of doctors who campaigned for evidence-based policy in Scotland leading to the introduction of Minimum Unit Price and a national screening and brief intervention programme. He is President of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, EUROCARE; Chair of the Institute of Alcohol Studies (UK); and previously has been a Consultant to WHO Europe; and chaired of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland. Peter worked in clinical practice for 23 years in an NHS Alcohol Problems Service. He applied population health principles to his clinical service with a focus on prevention, early intervention and care pathways and this led to increasing involvement in policy work at national and international level. His work with the Royal College of Psychiatrists focused on the impact of mental and behavioural health to population health and health inequalities. 


Dr. Abi Rose is a Senior lecturer in Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in the North West of England. Abi is an experimental psychologist whose lab-based research focuses on understanding the psychological mechanisms driving, and impacted by, alcohol use. Funded research has sought to understand how the subjective value of alcohol influences drinking behaviour, using theoretical frameworks of associative learning and value-based decision making. Primarily, Abi’s research now explores girls’ and women’s alcohol use and wellbeing. Her work investigates the drivers of alcohol use across the life course with a focus on specific life stages, such as pregnancy, motherhood, and menopause. Abi works with community groups and a range of public advisors, representing a variety of lived experience concerning alcohol use and mental health, to develop evidence-based support which meets the needs of service and support users. Abi is Co-Lead of the Substance Use and Addictive Behaviour group in LJMU’s Institute of Health Research and sits on the committee of the Drugs North West network.   

Dr. Nicolas Truffinet is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. His PhD thesis was about philanthropic foundations and medical research in France at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. This led to the following articles: Nicolas Truffinet, notices « Fondation Rockefeller » et « Fondations de recherche » dans Hervé Guillemain (dir.), DicoPolHis, Le Mans Université, 2022; Idem « Transformations dans la recherche médicale : l'essor des fondations privées », Savoir/Agir, 2020/3 (n° 53), p. 113-122; Idem, « La philanthropie entre réforme et contrôle social », La Vie des idées , 29 octobre 2020; Idem « Fondation hospitalière et fonds de dotation : de nouveaux outils pour financer la recherche à l'hôpital », Les Tribunes de la santé, 2020/3 (n° 65), p. 103-110; Idem, « Philanthropies contemporaines en France », Etudes, 2019/10 (octobre), p. 33-46He also teaches history at the university while working as movie reviewer for different media. 

Dr. Hedvig Widmalm is a postdoctoral researcher at the Unit for Economic History at Umeå University. She defended her doctoral dissertation “Exploring the Mores of Mining: the Oeconomy of the Great Copper Mine, 1716 – 1724” in 2018. Her research concerns economic policies, theories and ideas in Sweden in the early modern period, with a particular focus on how they affected women’s working conditions in the eighteenth century. Her current project, “Women and Alcohol in the Age of Freedom, 1718 - 1775,” is about the women working as tavern-keepers in the Swedish copper mining town Falun in the 18th century. In this project she reveals the agency of tavern-keeping women and the way they were affected by new regulations against strong spirits through studying surviving court- and taxation records. Hedvig is also a part of the health history project “Health and Society in Early Modern Sweden”, which will release an anthology this year.