Narcotic City Event Series in N.Y. City

Starting on 11 October, the Narcotic City Event Series at 1014 will explore the discourses, imaginaries, practices, and consequences of public drug use from the 1970s until the present with a focus on American and European cities.

Across three evening roundtables, the series will address how cultures of drug consumption are interwoven into public spaces, everyday lives, and public memories of cities. The events bring expert activists, scholars, and workers on public health, narcotic cultures, and archival politics together from the US, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands. KWI fellow Stefan Höhne will participate in the panel “Intoxicating the Archive – Narcotic Heritage and including Marginalized Voices in Collections and Libraries”.

During the events, 1014 will also present part of the Narcotic City Archive the first interactive archive to collect and preserve the material and immaterial heritage of narcotic use and governance in the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its launch in 2021, this innovative resource fosters knowledge, visibility, and engagement between researchers, activists, users, and a wider public.

The series is organized by the international research project “Governing the Narcotic City” together with 1014, KWI and with support from The Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) program.

Further information on the entire event series can be found here.