Event

Obesity and addiction in policy and history

When
Thursday June 11 2015, 1.00 - 3.00PM

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Venue

Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney

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This conference will promote dialogue among scholars who have looked at the some of the same historical figures and events in the separate contexts of drug addiction and obesity.

This conference brings historians and sociologists of addiction, of public health, and of psychiatry and biomedical sciences related to obesity, into dialogue with public health and policy professionals. Conceived as an instrument of research as well as dissemination, the conference will promote dialogue among scholars who have looked at the some of the same historical figures and events in the separate contexts of drug addiction and obesity and will seek to draw on these historical episodes to better understand the issues that face us today.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor David Courtwright, Presidential Professor of History, University of North Florida. Author of Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World (Harvard 2002), Dark Paradise: A History of Opiate Addiction in America (Harvard 2001).

Professor Wayne Hall, Professorial Fellow and NHMRC Australia Fellow in addiction neuroethics at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. Formerly Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW (1994-2001)

The conference is organised by the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney in collaboration with the University of NSW and with additional support from the Australian Research Council.

Organising committee:

Professor Paul E. Griffiths, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney

Dr Chin Jou, Department of History, University of Sydney

Professor Nic Rasmussen, Department of History, UNSW