Workshop: How (Should) We Research Policy that Saves Lives? Approaching the War on Smoking

A workshop with Prof. Simone Dennis, Australian National University (please also pay attention to the talk by the same title given on March 30th – see separate announcement)

Date: 31st March 2017
Time: 09.15 h to 13.00 h
Location: Room 1.B05

Although tobacco is a legal substance, governments around the world have introduced legislation to restrict smoking and access to tobacco products. Many legislative changes have been ushered in, from the increasing numbers of places being designated as 'smokefree' to changes in cigarette packaging and the portrayal of smoking in popular culture. These changes have marked up an increasingly polarized atmosphere – either you are for smoking, or against it. In academia, this polarity has translated into examinations of discourses either concerned with the erosion of individual rights, or the advancement of a life-saving public health agenda. Examining the changes in legislation themselves, and the way they have been approached in scholarly work gives us great insight into how anthropologists, particularly, have approached smoking. If you're interested in the social sciences, if you're studying anthropology, sociology, political science, cultural studies, philosophy or economics, or have involvement of interest in public health and health sciences, a lot of the ideas discussed in this workshop will be of interest to you.

Please note time:

9.:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. for a general public; 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. reserved for (Post-)Doctoral Students of the Department of  Ethnology

Please register till March 24th by sending an e-mail to

For further details, also have a look at the workshop's call.