International Wine Studies Conference 2018

Following on from the First International Conference in Wine Studies in London in 2016, Worlds in a Wine Glass, the Wine Studies Research Network is pleased to announce that a second meeting will be co-hosted in October 2018 in Bordeaux, France, in collaboration with TERESMA (Produits des terroirs, espaces et marchés) and Liquoreux d'Aquitaine, Universitè Bordeaux-Montaigne.

Hand-coloured sketch by W Smedley c1886. Courtesy of Cameron and Jean Archer

Wine worlds, networks and scales

Intermediation in the production, distribution and consumption of wine

Monde du vin, réseaux et échelles

Intermédiations dans la production, la distribution et la consommation du vin

Co-convenors and heads of the scientific committee

  • Corinne Marache, Universitè Bordeaux-Montaigne
  • Julie McIntyre, University of Newcastle

Committee members

  • Kathleen Brosnan, University of Oklahoma
  • Marc de Ferrière le Vayer, Universitè Francois Rabelais
  • John Germov, University of Newcastle
  • Stephanie Lachaud, Universitè Bordeaux-Montaigne
  • Raphaël Schirmer, Universitè Bordeaux-Montaigne

We aim to keep this meeting as a single stream event and presentation places are limited. Each member of the scientific committee will independently rank the abstract proposals received. These rankings will be combined to devise a list of conference participants. Non-presenting attendance is also encouraged.

A special panel is planned for postgraduate students working on wine studies topics.

Postgraduate convenor: Mikaël Pierre, Dual Award candidate, University of Newcastle and Universitè Bordeaux-Montaigne.

Wine studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences - Second International Conference

  • Wine worlds, networks and scales
  • Intermediation in the production, distribution and consumption of wine

Monde du vin, réseaux et échelles

Intermédiations dans la production, la distribution et la consommation du vin

Co-hosted by Université Bordeaux-Montaigne (UBM), France & University of Newcastle (UON), Australia

17-19 October 2018 - BORDEAUX


  • Université Bordeaux-Montaigne,
  • Domaine Universitaire, 19 esplanade des Antilles, 33607 Pessac, France

Key Dates

  • Abstract proposals due: 15 May 2018
  • Presenters announced: 15 June 2018
  • Registration closes: 15 Sept 2018

Conference held: 17-19 October 2018

In 1861, Alexander Kelly wrote in The Vine in Australia ‘Who can imagine a farmer, after he has grown, harvested, thrashed and bagged his wheat, being obliged not only to grind it, but also convert it into bread before he can sell it? (Sands, Kenny and Co., Melbourne, 1861, p. 7).

Unlike wheat, “wine” for many producers in Australia, and some other countries, is an agricultural product requiring a complex set of decisions and actions that is different than for producers of other crops for food, beverages, fibre or energy. The intermediations of the “wine world” require producers to negotiate with both traders and consumers to sell their product. Consequently the actors involved at each stage of the production line of wine interact with the nonhuman environment and adapt to government policy as well as the imperatives of financial institutions, the transport networks they use – and the business scapes, expectations and constraints of rural, peri-urban or urban communities, along with the social values and cultural fashion of the worlds they deal with. The resulting structures include formal winegrowing organisations which operate at varying scales from local to national, and legal frameworks such as appellations d’origine controllee (AOC).

The “wine world” also has informal structures in which actors operate according to distinctive norms. The “wine world” is thus a complex paradigm shaped by the transmission of practices and know-how (in production, vinification as well as trade and tasting) and yet these traditions are continuously impacted by innovations. The “wine world” is a confluence of past practices, present responses and innovations, and future plans and “wine” from a historical perspective as an agricultural product is local and global (“glocal” to some ways of thinking), entwining generations while opening up and melding very different territories and cultures.

A diachronic perspective may be applied to analyse the interlocking scales in the “wine world” as well as the multiform networks that intersect and interfere in this milieu, creating a complex of production, distribution and consumption. Consequently, it is necessary to observe how actors are predisposed to adapt to local, national or international logics, or expectations and constraints – be they legal, normative, economic, commercial, social or cultural.

For all of these reasons, “wine” and the “wine world” as a prism for case studies constitutes a connected subject research, particularly – but not only – for researchers in the humanities and social sciences.

We invite submissions from researchers paying attention to interconnections between: the regulation and supervision of the production of wine, the role of traders and other commercial actors in the flow of wine products, the transfers of knowledge and know-how in wine production and trade, the expectations of consumers to influence and achieve styles and quality of wine, or investigating these factors and the diffusion of wine.

We are interested to receive proposals from historians, sociologists, anthropologists and geographers. Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words and are required to outline the research sources and method of the paper proposed. Please append a biographical note of (maximum) 300 words.

Email submissions for French proposals to and English-language proposals to by midnight 15 May 2018.

This is a dual language conference and participants will be asked to present their slide presentations in French and English to foster the cross-pollination of ideas.

Cost of full registration is 100 Euros (AUD$150). Postgraduate registration is 50 Euros (AUD$75). Participants to organise their own travel and accommodation.

The event will entail a convivium of wines shared by participants (this will be explained further to the participants whose proposals are accepted for the conference).

This meeting will be hosted by Universite Bordeaux-Montaigne, France.

Liei du colloque

MAISON DES SUDS - Présentation

Construite par le CNRS à l’initiative du professeur Guy Lasserre, la Maison des Suds a ouvert ses portes en 1968. Elle abrite sur 3 440 m2, les activités de recherche de l’UMR ADESS 5185 (Aménagement, Développement, Environnement, Santé et Sociétés) et celle de l’UMR LAM 5115 (Les Afriques dans le monde).. Adresse : Maison des Suds, 12 Esplanade des Antilles, 33607 Pessac Cedex

Pour vous rendre au colloque

  • Depuis le centre de Bordeaux, prendre le tramway ligne B, direction Pessac Centre,arrêt Montaigne-Montesquieu. Il faut compter environ une demi-heure de trajet en tramway depuis le centre de Bordeaux.
    • Plan de la ligne B du Tram qui vous amène à l’Université Bordeaux Montaigne :

Horaires Tramway Tram B | TBM - Transports Bordeaux Mé

Tram & Bus, V³, BAT³ ... sélectionnez le mode de transport qui vous intéresse. Vous pourrez ensuite faire votre recherche d’itinéraire et obtiendrez, en priorité, des résultats avec le mode choisi.

La maison des Suds est située à 200 mètres à peine, à pied, de l’arrêt de tramway Montaigne-Montesquieu

  • Vous trouverez en PJ un plan du campus de l’UBM avec, en rouge, le tracé pour vous rendre de l’arrêt du tramway Montaigne-Montesquieu à la Maison des Suds.
  • Pour vous repérer mieux encore :

Plan d'accès - Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Se rendre à l'Université Bordeaux Montaigne. Université Bordeaux Montaigne. Domaine Universitaire 19 Esplanade des Antilles F-33607 Pessac Cedex

-          Plan dynamique de l’ensemble du réseau de transport en commun de Bordeaux :
Accueil | TBM - Transports Bordeaux Métropole

Tram & Bus, V³, BAT³ ... sélectionnez le mode de transport qui vous intéresse. Vous pourrez ensuite faire votre recherche d’itinéraire et obtiendrez, en priorité, des résultats avec le mode choisi.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Maison des Suds located on Université Bordeaux Montaigne (UBM) campus.
12, esplanade des Antilles, 33607 PESSAC

How to get there?

From the centre of Bordeaux, take the tram line B, towards Pessac Centre, and stop at “Montaigne-Montesquieu.” It takes around half an hour with the tram from the centre of Bordeaux.

-          Here is a link to the map of Tram Line B:

The Maison des Suds is located 200 metres, on foot, from tram stop “Montaigne-Montesquieu”: please, find attached a map of UBM campus with (in red) the way you should take from tram stop “Montaigne-Montesquieu” to Maison des Suds.

For more details:

Access map - Bordeaux Montaigne University v1.2

Getting to Bordeaux Montaigne University. Université Bordeaux Montaigne Domaine Universitaire Esplanade des Antilles F- 33607 Pessac Cedex. Bordeaux Montaigne University is located on one of the largest campuses in Europe, just 6km away from the centre of Bordeaux.

-          And below is a link to an interactive map of public transport networks of Bordeaux:

Full registration: €100 (AUD$150). Postgraduate registration: €50 (AUD$75).

Presentations at this meeting will be limited. Proposals accepted for the conference will be advised by 15 June. Proposals that have not been accepted will also be advised at this time.

Presenters and non-presenting participants are asked to register by 15 September 2018.

The cost has been kept to a minimum due to the generous support of TERESMA and Liquoreux d'Aquitaine, Universitè Bordeaux-Montaigne.

Events associated with the meeting that will attract further costs for participants will be announced in due course. Organisers will endeavour to keep these costs to a minimum.

The poster for the 2018 International Wine Studies Conference can be viewed here.

The final program for the 2018 International Wine Studies Conference can be read here.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.