Complexity: Researching Alcohol and Other Drugs in a Multiple World
21-23 August 2013 Aarhus, Denmark
The last decade has seen the idea of complexity gain force in social science and epidemiological research. As social problems of all kinds prove less amenable to change than is sometimes suggested by the reductionist demands of orthodox positivist approaches, theory and method have turned to ways of articulating the elusive, uncertain and complex.
For some, such as the science and technology studies scholars Annemarie Mol and John Law (2002), complexity means multiplicity rather than unity, realities rather than reality, distinct but overlapping worlds, logics and orders. Implicated, too, are questions about the relation between order and chaos, and the validity of binaries of any kind, including that of simplicity and complexity itself.
This conference offers a forum in which the issues and dilemmas of complexity in alcohol and other drug research can be explored. It welcomes research based on quantitative and qualitative methods, and encourages innovative use of methods, concepts and theoretical approaches. Following the conference, Contemporary Drug Problems, an interdisciplinary quarterly and one of the driving forces behind the conference, will publish a special issue featuring selected papers from the conference.
Changing meanings, definitions and measures of addiction
The relationships between alcohol and other drug use and health and social phenomena
Emerging drugs and conceptions of their effects
Public opinion on illicit drug use, drinking or smoking
Drug policy and the forces and assumptions that shape it
Drugs and addiction in film, news and other media
Models and practices of treatment and recovery
Pedagogies of addiction and drugs in universities and schools
Drugs in urban cultures and spaces
Subjects and practices of harm reduction
Global politics of drug production and consumption
Complexity and method in the addiction and drug use field
Validity and reliability in quantitative drug research
Quantitative and qualitative theories of complexity and their uses in drug research.
All queries should be directed to:
Editorial Assistant, Contemporary Drug Problems