Call for papers:

Alcohol and violence -- relationships, causality, and policy

The role of alcohol in violence has been in the news in Australia and some other countries recently.  Meanwhile, a number of different research traditions have expanded our knowledge about when and how there are links, the magnitude of the relationships, and the effectiveness of policy and program interventions to reduce alcohol-related violence.  In this context, an international research conference on alcohol and violence will be held in Melbourne, Australia on 15-18 March, 2010.  The conference will be a thematic meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, and will be hosted by the AER Alcohol Policy Research Centre at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre.   The organizing committee includes Peter d’Abbs, Kate Graham, Michael Livingston and Robin Room.  

The conference aims to push forward the study of alcohol and violence.  We welcome proposals for papers to be presented at the conference addressing topics relevant to the theme.  A few examples of topics include:
  * experimental studies of alcohol consumption and aggression
  * the excuse value of alcohol

        * gender differences in the relationship of drinking to violence

        * the role of alcohol in street violence versus intimate violence versus collective violence

        * variations in the relation of alcohol aggression among social groups and cultures

        * effects of the context of drinking on aggression

        * drunkenness as a victimogenic factor

        * longitudinal studies: e.g., is the link age-specific, or does it persist over the life course?

        * policy impact studies: e.g., effects of changes in regulatory enforcement on violence in commercial drinking establishments

      Studies in a variety of different methodological traditions are welcome, including, for instance:
  * studies of the correlations in a population, or comparisons of these between populations;
  * qualitative studies of expectancies and excuse value
  * social psychological experimental studies

        * time-series and other aggregate-level analyses of relationships
  * legal studies of the relationship between intoxication and guilt and sentencing
  * historical studies of the relationship
  * theoretical or conceptual analyses
  * evaluations of the impact of interventions


     Scholars interested in presenting to the conference are invited to submit an informative abstract by November 1, 2009 to: Claire Wilkinson,

     The conference will be held in Melbourne.  While it is expected that most participants will pay their own travel and accommodation costs, there may be some support available for potential contributors to the conference who are otherwise unable to come.