The Contemporary Social Theory (CST) reading group is a space for postgraduate scholars and researchers at La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society to explore the significance of contemporary social theory—including feminist science studies, science and technology studies, new materialism, governmentality theory and postcolonial and posthumanist theory—for the study of alcohol and other drugs.
The reading group is convened by DruGS’ Dr Renae Fomiatti.
January’s reading by Kane Race ‘Complex events: Drug effects and emergent causality’ provided an opportunity to continue thinking about enactment and multiplicity (see the most recent write-up) through the issue of causation.
A fledgling group of PhD students and researchers from NDRI’s Melbourne office came together for the reading group’s first meeting on a Wednesday evening. Over haloumi fries and beverages at a local pub in Fitzroy, Melbourne, the group discussed a chapter from John Law’s book After Method (2004), alongside Robyn Dwyer and David Moore’s (2013) paper ‘Enacting multiple methamphetamines: The ontological politics of public discourse and consumer accounts of a drug and its effects’.