16th Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium

The Dangerous Consumptions Colloquium draws on social, cultural and critical theory to discuss research on any forms of ‘dangerous’, ‘risky’ and contested consumption. We encourage presentations from critical, social and cultural studies perspectives exploring topics as diverse as: alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, coffee, sugar, illicit drugs, gambling, sexuality, reproduction, the Internet, social media, media forms/popular culture, pornography, fossil fuels, food and animals. Take this opportunity to discuss adventurous ideas and theories related to your work with a friendly audience.

The Colloquium runs over two days with a single stream of papers (no concurrent sessions). This gives participants the opportunity to share ideas and understandings from different perspectives and enter into collaborative discussions about dangerous consumptions and the conceptual approaches used to make sense of them.


Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dr Charles Livingstone by Wednesday 17th October.

Each paper will have a 20 minute slot and presenters can choose how to use this time. For example, presenters can have a 15 minute paper with 5 minutes for questions or a 10 minute paper with 10 minutes for questions. There will be an additional 10 minute question time at the end of each session.

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The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine is located in the Alfred Research precinct, 5km away from Melbourne's CBD. From the city, catch tram numbers 3 / 3a / 5 / 6 / 16 / 64 / 67 along Swanston Street to Stop 26–Moubray Street/St Kilda Road.

The following hotels are in walking distance of 553 St Kilda Road.