June 6-8, 2019, Washington, DC
Call for papers
Power in Agricultural History
The 100th anniversary meeting of the Agricultural History Society will be held in Washington, DC, an appropriate location to address the theme of “Power in Agricultural History.” Power, in its multiple guises—whether political, social, economic, or physical—is embedded in every aspect of agricultural production, food and fiber marketing and consumption, and rural society and culture. The organizing theme is meant to encourage historians who refuse to accept that the current and future conditions of farms, food systems, and rural society and culture are the result of autonomous logics. It is worth remembering that among the founders of the Agricultural History Society were rural sociologists and agricultural economists who sought to influence public policy by developing their insights through historical research. The 100th anniversary meeting offers an opportunity to celebrate and extend the interdisciplinary sensibility and public mission of the society, no small matter given the challenges that confront rural citizens and agricultural policymakers in our own time. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- the political power of farm organizations, electoral processes, policymaking institutions, for-profit firms, and third-sector and nongovernmental organizations
- social power in rural societies as enabled and/or constrained by gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, or religion
- dynamics of power in rural landscapes, rural and urban ecologies, and between humans and non-human organisms in agricultural systems
- the application of animal, mechanical, or fossil-fuel based power sources to the production and distribution of agricultural goods
- historical analysis of economic power imbalances in rural society and agricultural markets
- theories and processes of modernization and rural development as exercises in power across national boundaries
- modes of cooperation and conflict, trust and mistrust in rural culture, society, and political and economic institutions
- social movements that have sought to transform the balance of power in rural environments
As befits the society’s inclusive approach we especially encourage contributions from emerging scholars and researchers covering understudied geographical regions or time periods, and as custom dictates we will also support significant contributions that do not directly address the conference theme.
Information on submission:
- The Society takes a broad view on what constitutes rural and agricultural history. Topics from any location and time period are welcome.
- The AHS encourages proposals of all types, including traditional sessions with successive papers and commentary, thematic panel discussions or debates, roundtables on recent books or films, workshops, and poster presentations.
- If you will need video projection technology for presentations, please indicate this in your proposal.
- The program committee prefers complete session proposals, but individual papers will be considered.
- The AHS extends a special welcome to graduate students and has a competitive travel grant for students presenting papers.
- Session proposals should include a two-hundred-word abstract for each paper and a one-page CV for each panel member (in MS Word).
- Individual paper proposals should consist of a two-hundred-word abstract and a one-page CV (in MS Word).
- All proposals should be submitted electronically in Word format. Submit all proposals to the Program Committee by email at email@example.com.
Deadline for submissions is September 28, 2018.
Questions may be addressed to Shane Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Committee Members: Shane Hamilton, University of York (Chair); Prakash Kumar, Pennsylvania State University; Sarah Phillips, Boston University; Maggie Weber, Iowa State University; Nicole Welk-Joerger, University of Pennsylvania.
Deadline: September 28, 2018
Posted: June 21, 2018