Encountering Alcohol and other Drugs

ChemicalYouth at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon
ChemicalYouth at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon

In September 2015 the ChemicalYouth team was represented in Lisbon, Portugal, at the third Contemporary Drug Problems Conference which was themed ‘Encountering Alcohol and other Drugs’. ChemicalYouth presented a panel named ‘Harm Reduction from Below’, as the team showcased ethnographic material on various groups of young people practicing harm reduction such as night time workers using amphetamines (Daan Kamps) and students on Ritalin (Marte Ydema). The panel displayed great diversity in field sites as there were accounts from after parties in the Netherlands (Inge van Schipstal), online forums (Moritz Berning), music festivals in Amsterdam (Hayley Murray) and slamming cultures in France (Romain Amaro). The panel provided strong ethnographic evidence of harm reduction practices among young people in their homes, online spaces and social gatherings which offered new ways of thinking about harm reduction at large.

Nastasja Roels (PhD researcher) presented her rich ethnographic material on Cap Tikus in a panel on ‘Emergence’, where she displayed how Manadonese youth in Indonesia are appropriating this popular local alcoholic drink to the changing values and needs within the local Manado Punk community.

Swasti Mishra (PhD researcher) represented Chemical Youth in the panel ‘Drugs, Bodies and Movement’ through her critical exploration of using body maps as a methodological tool in substance use research.