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Governing the Narcotic City

The Narcotic
City Archive

Keeping history of public drug cultures in Europe
Governing the Narcotic City


Governing the Narcotic City is building the first open-access archive of public drug cultures in Europe. The Narcotic City Archive will collect and preserve the material and immaterial heritage of narcotic use and governance in post-war European cities.
The Narcotic City Archive collects different objects of public drug culture

The Archive will cover a vast array of material, including historic documents, oral histories, mappings, interviews, photos, and objects, and will be available to scholars, policy makers, activists, students, and other interested parties.
A central mission of the “Governing the Narcotic City” project is to create a digital collection of material related to public drug cultures in Europe from 1970 until today. The “Narcotic City Archive” will be the first open-access database preserving the heritage of narcotic use in postwar European cities, and reflecting the ways in which narcotic practices have been represented and governed. It aims to become an innovative resource for fostering knowledge, dialogue, visibility, and engagement between researchers, activists, users and a wider public.
Cutting across different spaces and legal regimes, intentions and actors, this open-access digital archive is envisioned to unsettle taken-for-granted assumptions about how narcotics, space, cities, activism, and governance are intertwined.
To establish the participatory archive, we are collaborating with nine nonprofit organizations across Europe. These associations have been working for decades in the fields of drug activism, policy debate, and living history. Their expertise will form the foundation of the Narcotic City Archive.

Interested in contributing something yourself?

If you would like to contribute to our public archive, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. It’s open for each and everyone!