Category Archives: Oral presentations

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 – “Alcool et drogue dans les relations affectives ou sexuelles : transactions, consentements, zones grises ?”

1re des Journées Drogues, Genre, ville : “Sex, Drugs and the City”

Cette conférence est l’occasion d’aborder le rôle de la consommation de psychotropes dans la sexualité, et de questionner la façon dont les espaces urbains (des espaces domestiques – de l’intimité du couple à la fête privée ; aux espaces de sociabilité nocturne) sont impliqués et transformés par ces pratiques.


Sarah Perrin (CED) : Couple et drogues. Influences mutuelles du couple, des rapports de genre et des ventes, usages et achats de substances illicites.
Alexia Boucherie (CED) : L’usage de drogues comme amplificateur des “zones grises” dans le consentement sexuel ? Éléments de réflexions sur la sexualité de jeunes français-e-s dans le contexte de festivités privées
Laurent Gaissad (EVCAU, SASHA) : Du circuit festif au chemsex : médicalisation et confinement de la sexualité gay.

Modération : Mélina Germes
Organisation : Mélina Germes, Jenny Künkel, Emmanuel Langlois, Sarah Perrin et Roxane Scavo – Projets Governing the Narcotic City ( et DRUSEC ( Laboratoires PASSAGES et CED.
Captation et montage: Association Raffut, Bordeaux.

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

Cecilia Comelli, Elora Fahlke


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

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