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Governing the Narcotic City

Narcotic City Event Series
at 1014, New York City

11 - 14 October 2022
1014 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10028 United States
We are pleased to announce the Narcotic City Event Series at 1014 which explores the discourses, imaginaries, practices, and consequences of public drug use from the 1970s until the present with a focus on American and European cities.

Across three evening roundtables, we address how cultures of drug consumption are interwoven into public spaces, everyday lives, and public memories of cities. We bring together expert activists, scholars, and workers on public health, narcotic cultures, and archival politics from the US, Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands.


Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – 6:30 PM

Struggles over the Narcotic City – Histories of Policing Opioids and other Drugs from the 1970s until the present

Roundtable with inputs by Gemma Blok (Open University, Netherlands), Samuel K. Roberts (Columbia University, New York), Matthew Vaz (CUNY, New York), Frederieke Westerheide (Halle University Halle). Moderation: Stefan Höhne (KWI Essen).
More info here


Thursday, October 13, 2022 – 6:30 PM

Intoxicating the Archive – Preserving Narcotic Heritage and including Marginalized Voices in Collections and Libraries

Roundtable with inputs by Machteld Busz (Stories from the Drug Closet, Amsterdam), Kenneth Cobb (Municipal Archives, New York), Jen Hoyer and Brooke Shuman (Interference Archive, New York), Stefan Höhne (Narcotic City Archive, Essen), Kimberly Springer (Oral History Archives at Columbia, New York). Moderator: Gemma Blok (Open University, Netherlands.
More info here


Friday, October 14, 2022 – 6:30 PM

Harm Reduction and Beyond – Transatlantic perspectives

Roundtable with inputs by Tamara Oyola-Santiago (Bronx Móvil, New York), Sebastian Bayer (Fixpunkt, Berlin), Machteld Busz (Mainline, Amsterdam), Ashley Quinones (New York), Celia Joyce (New York), Nancy Campbell (Rensselaer, New York), Moderation: Thomas Bürk / Tori Gruber
More info here


During the evening events, 1014 will also present part of the Narcotic City Archive – the first interactive archive to collect and preserve the material and immaterial heritage of narcotic use and governance in the 20th and 21st centuries. Since its launch in 2021, this innovative resource fosters knowledge, visibility, and engagement between researchers, activists, users, and a wider public. More:


The Narcotic City Event Series is organized by the international research project “Governing the Narcotic City” ( together with 1014 and KWI – Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Essen and with generous support from The Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) program.

Published on September 22nd, 2022.