Category Archives: In English

VIDEO – “Drugs in Party Spaces and Gender”

Videos of the event on the 17.05.21 in Bordeaux.

Emily Nicholls (University of Portsmouth)
“Girl Time”, wine and crossing the line: embodying class and gender through drinking on the Girls’ Night Out

Roxane Scavo (CNRS Passages), Mapping gender and festive drug consumption in Bordeaux

Jenny Künkel (CNRS Passages): Negotiating Drugs and Sex in Contemporary Feminist Party Spaces

Gemma Blok (Open University of the Netherlands): Rave girls in the Netherlands: contested women’s liberation in the 1990s

VIDEO – COVID et usagèr.e.s de drogue à Bordeaux: interview d’Olivier Capdeboscq, La Case (06/05/2021)

Interview d’Olivier Capdeboscq, coordinateur de La Case à Bordeaux, structure de réduction des risques et d’accueil des usagèr.e.s de drogue, à propos des enjeux liés au COVID. L’interview aborde les questions liées à l’hébergement, l’espace public, la santé, la réduction des risques et évoque le projet d’ouverture d’une salle de consommation. Interview par Roxane Scavo et Mélina Germes. Co-organisé par Jenny Künkel.

Video with edited english subtitles.

Interview with Olivier Capdeboscq, coordinator of Bordeaux drug support and risk reduction facility La Case, about issues linked to Covid. This interview covers subjects including housing, public space, health, risk reduction and the project of a drug consumption room in the city. Interview by Roxane Scavo and Mélina Germes. Co-organised by Jenny Künkel.

Genders and Drugs: report on a workshop and a conference

Governing the Narcotic City
Newsletter n°3, December 2020

Contents
  • Everyday life in Christiania – and the fight around Pusher Street (Sage Anderson)
  • Contribute to the “PartyZine – Drugs Genders and Me!” (Mélina Germes)
  • A collective Discussion around the PartyZine Project in Bordeaux (Mélina Germes)
  • Questioning Drugs in Affective or Sexual Relationships (Mélina Germes)

CfP “Drug places between knowledge and representations”

Journal Drug and Alcohol Today

Guest Editors:

Mélina Germes, Bernd Werse & Marie Jauffret-Roustide

The aim of this special issue on drug places is to focus on the spatiality of drug and alcohol practices and policies, in order to question how researchers do explicitly or implicitly spatialise practices and policies.

More Infos: https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/dat/drug-places-between-knowledge-and-representations

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Emotional Mapping – Towards a geographical explanation of drug use

Luise Klaus & Mélina Germes
“Emotional Mapping. Towards a geographical explanation of drug use”

In: Kaló, Zsuzsa; Tieberghien, Julie, Korf, Dirk J. (Eds.), Why? Explanations for drug use and drug dealing in social drug research. Pabst Science Publishers, 2019.

 Abstract

In Europe, most open drug scenes have similar spatial and social characteristics, especially in the growing dynamic of gentrification. This may potentially marginalise more drug users in public spaces. The cities face the same challenges in terms of governance. Within a perspective rooted in critical cartography and social geography, we propose emotional mapping as a method of conceiving urban lived spaces of drug users in European cities, with the aim of considering marginalised drug users as the subjects of their narratives and spatial representations. The method allows a complex analysis of the spatial experiences of urban space. It shows how the emotional appropriation of space by drug users is embedded in the structural socio-spatial exclusion phenomenon in Europe. Continue reading

Night-time drug policy: adjusting harm reduction implementation strategies in nightlife festive settings in France

Cecilia Comelli, Elora Fahlke

Introduction

For the 13th session of the ISSDP conference, we would like to present a study we conducted as part of the Drug and Urban Security (Drusec) project, which was funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) from 2017 to 2020. DRUSEC is a joint Franco-German social science research project that combines approaches from sociology, geography, public health, and substance abuse studies. Its aim is to study issues of public safety stemming from drug and alcohol use in public and semi-public spaces of French and German cities. It is a large-scale project anchored in multiple disciplines, various types of fieldwork, and different research models. For this presentation, we have decided to focus on an issue that a sociologist and a geographer from our team examined here in France: harm reduction in festive settings. Continue reading

Portfolio of Emo-mapping in some German cities

In this portfolio of colored illustrations of a chapter published in the ESSD Conference Book 2019 we present very briefly some empirical material collected during emo-mapping interviews in Berlin (Mélina Germes, together with Francesca Guarascio and Christian Hergesell from NUDRA Project), Frankfurt am Main, Nuremberg and Munich (Luise Klaus). Continue reading

Drug policies within urban spaces: Emotional mapping as an innovative qualitative cartography method

Mélina Germes, Luise Klaus
ISSDP Conference, Paris, May 2019

This work is in progress. A key aspect of the interdisciplinarity of our work is that we aim to bring a geographical approach to research on drug policies. First, I will further explain what we mean with “drug policies are urban policies”. From our perspective as urban geographers, we aim to understand drug policies as part of urban policies. For three reasons:

– First, local actors like health institutions, police forces, harm-reduction agencies and municipalities play a key role in the implementation of drug policies.

– Second, all drug policies are strongly spatially structured: the localisation of harm reduction facilities in certain neighbourhoods depends from the geographies of drug consumption and its analysis by policy actors.

– Third, drug consumption itself has particular geographies, strongly bounded to the broader socio-economic geography of the cities.

A comprehensive analysis of drug policies and their challenges has to consider the city as a whole AND the other urban policies led by other institutions. In order to do so, we developed a method we called “emotional mapping”. Continue reading