Alcohol, Citizenship, & Ethnicity

19th Century Mexico

Guest Speaker: Deborah Toner



Drawing on an analysis of issues surrounding the consumption of alcohol in a diverse range of source materials, including novels, newspapers, medical texts, and archival records, this lively and engaging interdisciplinary study explores sociocultural nation-building processes in Mexico between 1810 and 1910. Examining the historical importance of drinking as both an important feature of Mexican social life and a persistent source of concern for Mexican intellectuals and politicians, Deborah Toner’s Alcohol and Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century Mexico offers surprising insights into how the nation was constructed and deconstructed in the nineteenth century.

About the Speaker

I completed my BA, MA and PhD in History at the University of Warwick. My doctoral research explored the social and cultural history of alcohol in nineteenth-century Mexico, through an interdisciplinary methodology, synthesising the analysis of archival records, medical texts, and government publications, with literary texts. I subsequently held an Early Career Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, as well as teaching positions at the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Warwick. Before joining the School of Historical Studies in 2012, I completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, where I established an international research network, convened a series of events, and compiled a digital library of resources on the subject of Liberalism in the Americas.

Event Info


Monday Nov 16, 2015
2:00 - 3:30 PM


Room: Parlor
6th floor Central Library
702 Planetarium Pl
Arlington TX 76019

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