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Governing the Narcotic City
June 24th, 2020

The Narcotic City Lockdown ReportMarginalization and Space
in times of Covid-19

Some time has passed since we published our first official newsletter – and a lot has changed. The first half of 2020 has been dominated by one topic: COVID-19 and the widespread lockdown of the European Union and countries across the world (with some exceptions).

It is no easy task to engage in historical, sociological and ethnographic research on public spaces in times like these. The corona crisis poses many challenges to the Narcotic City project, and lockdown measures have already had an extensive impact on our work. While we are limited in movement, we are not able to sit around and wait for the pandemic to pass, especially as it has direct consequences for our research. As a result, we decided to expand our second newsletter into a lockdown report, exploring the implications of the current crisis for the people and places at the heart of our project.

You can download our spring 2020 lockdown report here.

Published on June 24th, 2020.

February 13th, 2020

Intoxication, Governance and the City: Drug Policies in Berlin and ElsewhereStadt–Rausch–Regierung:
Drogenpolitik in Berlin und Anderswo

In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Governing the Narcotic City presents a new lecture series, Stadt-Rausch-Regierung: Drogenpolitik in Berlin and Anderswo (Intoxication, Governance and the City: Drug Policies in Berlin and Elsewhere), which will run from November of 2019 to April 2020.

Fragmente einer Drogengeschichte Berlin

The first event, Fragmente einer Drogengeschichte Berlin (Fragments of Berlin’s Narcotic History), invites four speakers to discuss historical episodes of drug culture in the German’s capital. It will be held Wednesday, November 12th, 2019 in Berlin.

Böse Orte?

The second event, Böse Orte? (Evil Places), will be held Thursday, Feburary 13th, 2020 in Berlin.

Published on February 13th, 2020.

December 19th, 2019

Our first Newsletter

In it you will find news related to our kick-off workshop in Berlin, our lecture series Intoxication, Governance, and the City, upcoming events, a call for residency at Christiania (Copenhagen) and more.

Over the course of the research project, we will be sending out newsletters about 2-3 times a year. In each one, we will also be profiling one of our Associated Partners and in later editions of the newsletter, some of the objects that will be included in the Archive of Public Drug Cultures.

Published on December 19th, 2019.

June 12th, 2019

Heroin Users’ Activism in Rotterdam (1980–2000)Fight along with the Junkie Union

In 1980, a group of heroin users in Rotterdam founded the »Junkie-Union,« a protest organization against police raids and the overemphasis on abstinence-oriented therapies in addiction treatment. Along with Protestant Paulus Church, the union opened an experimental site, the Perron Nul (Platform Zero), which offered a space where users could access methadone maintenance, clean needles, and basic care (toilets, showers, coffee, etc.). This controversial facility ran for nearly a decade before being shut down (1987-1994).

This lecture examines archival material from the Rotterdam Junkie Union to analyze the rise and fall of Perron Nul as an arena for contestation about the »Junkie’s« marginalized citizenship.

Public Lecture and Discussion

Dr. Gemma Block, Open University, Heerlen Netherlands
Friday, July 12th, 2019, 7pm
Aquarium (Südblock),
Skalitzer Str. 6, Berlin (U Kottbusser Tor)

Published on June 12th, 2019.