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DEADLINE EXTENSION: Agricultural History Society Graduate Workshop
The Agricultural History Society has extended the deadline for paper submissions for the 2017 graduate workshop preceeding the annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The extended deadline is December 15, 2016. For more information, see http://www.aghistorysociety.org/meetings/grad
DEADLINE EXTENSION: Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting
The Agricultural History Society has extended the deadline for paper and panel submissions for the 2017 annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The extended deadline is December 15, 2016. For more information, see http://www.aghistorysociety.org/meetings/
Cornell University College of Human Ecology History of Home Economics Fellowship
The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University is accepting applications for the 2017 Dean's Fellowship in the History of Home Economics. To learn more about the history of the fellowship visit: http://www.human.cornell.edu/fellowship/fellowship_exhibit_home.cfm
We invite faculty members, research scholars, and advanced graduate students (must be eligible to work in the United States) with demonstrated background and experience in historical studies to apply for this post-graduate opportunity. The fellowship recipient will receive an award of $6,500 for a summer or sabbatical residency of approximately six weeks to use the unique resources available from the College and the Cornell University Library system in pursuit of scholarly research in the history of Home Economics and its impact on American society.
At the conclusion of the residency the fellowship recipient will provide a final report to the dean, including a bibliography of research pursued, and preservation recommendations for pertinent library and archival holdings. In addition, the recipient will be invited to give a public presentation on their research at a later date. Research projects should be intended for publication.
Relevant historical subject areas may include, but are not limited to: the role of women in the family and society, the history of women in higher education, the history of food, nutrition, housing, consumer economics, the family, child development, design, clothing and textiles among other key topics in American social history. We welcome applications in which the historical subject area may inform the investigation of contemporary societal issues.
The deadline for receipt of all application materials is Friday, March 3, 2017. For additional information, see: http://www.human.cornell.edu/fellowship/ Please circulate this announcement to your professional networks.
Call for Papers: Agrarian Reform and Resistance in an 'Age of Globalization': The Euro-American World, 1815-1914
Call for Papers for an International Conference on "Agrarian Reform and Resistance in an ‘Age of Globalization’: The Euro-American World, 1815-1914"
National University of Ireland, Galway 2-3 June 2017
The purpose of this conference is to explore the myriad experiences of agrarian reform and resistance that characterized rural regions of Europe and the Americas, whether based on either free or unfree labour, between 1815 and 1914. In this period, the economic changes associated with the influence of the Industrial Revolution transcended national boundaries, profoundly affecting rural societies by transforming patterns of demand for agricultural commodities. In response to these global processes, ‘progressive’ landowners, serfowners and slaveholders throughout the Euro-American world endeavoured to rationalize their management of land and labour while embracing scientific farming techniques and technological innovations. The resulting drives for ‘improvement’ and better market integration typically exacerbated the fundamental economic, political and social inequalities that prevailed in most agrarian regions. In all those regions, the proprietors’ efforts were often resisted by the diverse range of unfree and free labourers who produced agricultural commodities for sale on the world market, including slaves, serfs, sharecroppers, tenants and peasant proprietors. This conference welcomes scholars of rural Europe and the Americas to discuss the possibilities for comparative and transnational research within and between the different agrarian regions of the Euro-American world focusing on the above issues.
Scholars are invited to submit proposals for papers on agrarian reform and resistance, with a special emphasis on the following themes:
•Links between agricultural reformers and landed interests in the Euro-American world.
•Economic, political and social implications of agrarian modernization in local, national or international contexts.
•Strategies of resistance and radical developments among agricultural workers, free and/or unfree.
•The relationship between agricultural improvement and modernity/capitalism in free and unfree labour systems.
•Free and unfree workers’ displacement and migration.
We invite prospective speakers of all career levels to submit abstracts for 20 minute papers. Each paper proposal should include a 250-word abstract and a one-page CV. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 January 2017.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Sven Beckert (Harvard University)
This conference is a joint initiative of Cathal Smith and Joe Regan at the Centre for the Investigation of Transnational Encounters (CITE) and the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class (ICHLC) and is hosted by the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Post doctor in Agrarian History: The Swedish "Green Revolution"
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
The subject area Agrarian History covers the development from earliest time to the present. Emphasis is on agricultural production, technological development, social and economic conditions, people in agrarian societies and their relation to nature, landscape and society at large. Agrarian History is a cross disciplinary subject with researchers and PhD students from different backgrounds such as economic history, history, human geography, and various agrarian fields. The post doctor we are looking for shall conduct research with focus on resource use and methods in Swedish arable and/or animal farming in the 20th century. The early decades of the century saw horse-driven arable farming with crop rotation and farm animals at each holding, then succeeded by what can be called ‘the Swedish green revolution’, based on huge quantities of purchased inputs and high outputs. This was later on accompanied by so called organic farming. The research field offers many exciting research questions and can be explored from various perspectives, depending on your scientific background and interests. The person we are looking for shall have a scientific curiosity and be open to rapidly develop the competences that are needed to be able to explore and analyse Swedish arable and/or animal farming in the discipline of agrarian history.
Duties: The post doctor shall focus on research within the outlined field of research. This includes articles for international publication, active participation at conferences and workshops, and collaboration in Sweden and abroad. You will also have the possibility to do some teaching.
Qualifications: The applicant shall have a doctoral degree in humanities, natural science or social science. Good communication skills in spoken and written English and Swedish. French or Spanish are merits because of good opportunities to link the research to a broad international project and network. You have to be systematic and accurate, in combination with a curious and critical approach, be good in cooperation and at the same time able to work independently. As postdoctoral appointments are career-developing positions for junior researchers, we are primarily looking for candidates with a doctoral degree that is three years old at the most..
Place of work: Uppsala
Starting date: By agreement, at the latest April 30, 2017
Application: We welcome your application marked with Ref no. SLU ua 3848/2016.
Please submit your application to the Registrar of SLU, P.O. Box 7070, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden or email@example.com no later than November 29, 2016.
Specific documents attached: CV; copy of PhD certificate; list of publications with link to your PhD thesis, if available; copies of max. 5 publications; name, phone number and email address to at least two referees. Short description in English (1-2 pages) about your research interests, experiences and skills of relevance for the position, and why you are interested in the position
Call for Papers: Ag History Society Grad Workshop
Agricultural History Society
Graduate Workshop 2017
"Farmers and Agriculture across Borders"
The Agricultural History Society invites applications for a one-day graduate student workshop to be held Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI. The workshop will run immediately in advance of the AHS Annual Meeting (June 8-10, 2017), also in Grand Rapids. Applicants for the workshop are strongly encouraged to apply to present their work at the Annual Meeting as well.
The workshop will be oriented around the theme of "Farmers and Agriculture across Borders." We are particularly interested in scholarship that examines the intersection of agriculture and agriculturalists with the creation, maintenance, and erosion of geographical borders, whether national, regional, state, or beyond. Scholars who examine movement, exchanges, dialogues, and border-crossings are especially invited to apply, as are those who employ global, comparative, or transnational approaches. Research projects pertaining to any periods and geographic regions are eligible, and graduate students working in history or affiliated disciplines with substantial historical components are welcomed.
All accepted papers will be pre-circulated, assigned a respondent from among a group of senior scholars, and given in-depth constructive feedback during individual sessions during the workshop. Participants appearing on the conference program of the AHS Annual Meeting will also be eligible for a $500 stipend to help defer the cost of travel and accommodations. A panel of senior scholars will also award a $500 prize to the workshop's outstanding paper, sponsored by Yale University Press and Yale University's Agrarian Studies program.
To apply, please submit a 200-word paper abstract and a one-page CV to Prof. Tore Olsson, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by December 1, 2016. Questions may be directed to the same email address.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply concurrently to the AHS Annual Meeting program to ensure access to the stipend. Information about the Annual Meeting and the
Agricultural History Society can be found at http://www.aghistorysociety.org.
Agricultural History Job Opening
North Carolina State University is looking for a tenure track assistant professor of agricultural history. The region of specialization is open with the exclusion of the United States and Western Europe. Please see our job ad at:
Call for Agricultural History Award Nominations
The Agricultural History Society seeks nominations for its publication awards through December 31, 2016. To nominate a book, article, or dissertation with a 2016 publication date, please follow the directions below. If you have a question, please email executive secretary Jim Giesen (JGiesen@history.msstate.edu).
Theodore Saloutos Memorial Award for the best book on agricultural history in the United States, broadly defined, with a 2016 copyright date. To nominate a book, please send four copies to the Society office (address below) with a brief letter of nomination. (You may email the nomination letter to Jim Giesen.)
Henry A. Wallace Award for the best book on any aspect (broadly interpreted) of
agricultural history outside the United States, with a 2016 copyright date. To nominate a book, please send four copies to the Society office (address below) with a brief letter of nomination. (You may email the nomination letter to Jim Giesen.)
Wayne D. Rasmussen Award for the best 2016 article on agricultural history (broadly defined) not published in Agricultural History. To nominate an article, please e-mail a .pdf copy to Jim Giesen with a letter of nomination. If you must send a hard copy, please send one to Jim Giesen at the Society office (address below).
Gilbert C. Fite Dissertation Award for the best dissertation on agricultural history defended in 2016. To nominate a dissertation, please e-mail a .pdf copy to Jim Giesen with a letter of nomination. If you must send a hard copy, please send four copies to Jim Giesen at the Society office (address below).
Send electronic nominations to: JGiesen@history.msstate.edu
Send books to:
James C. Giesen
PO Box H / Allen 214
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Call for Papers
The peer-reviewed journal Storia Urbana. Rivista di studi sulle trasformazioni della città e del territorio in età moderna seeks contributions relating to the “Town and Country” theme of the 2016 Agricultural History Society Conference and Annual Meeting. Papers in English, French, Spanish, and Italian are welcome. For more information visit:
Inviting Applications for the 2017 Chaudhuri Prize
The Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) is accepting applications for the 2017 Gita Chaudhuri Prize for the BEST BOOK IN RURAL WOMEN'S HISTORY published by a WAWH member during the 3-year period from 2014 through 2016. The winning author will receive $1,000.
Entries must be single-authored monographs based on original research, and they can focus on any time period or location in the world. They must be written in English.
Applicants must submit an application form, a copy of their book to each of the three prize committee members (Katherine Jellison, Estelle Freedman, and Grey Osterud), and a statement of their current membership in WAWH. The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2017.
If you wish to request an application form or have any questions, please contact Chaudhuri Prize Committee Chairwoman Katherine Jellison at email@example.com.
EURHO Call for Papers (Belgium, 2017)
Call for Panels
Rural History 2017
11-14 September 2017
It is a pleasure to announce Rural History 2017, the third biennial conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EURHO). The EURHO conferences aim at promoting the exchange of research questions and results, fostering co-operation between scholars engaged in the history of rural Europe and of its interaction with other parts of the world, from ancient times up to the present. Consequently the conferences are open to all interesting proposals within a broad range of themes and covering different historical periods and regions.
The forthcoming conference will take place in Leuven (Belgium) from Monday 11 to Thursday 14 September 2017. The organisation is in the hands of ICAG (the Interfaculty Center for Agrarian History, University of Leuven), in collaboration with the CORN (Comparative Rural History of the North Sea Area) research network.
For Rural History 2017, we encourage participants to present their newest and most promising research. We particularly welcome panels and papers which introduce unknown source material, develop new concepts or methods, and explore the connections between rural history and related research fields, such as archaeology, colonial history, environmental history, food and urban history, demography, anthropology, gender studies, etc, via a comparative, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary approach.
The conference program will consist of 2 hour panel sessions on specific topics, with a maximum of four related papers per panel; double sessions on a particular topic are possible.
We require all panels to be made up internationally, with papers relating to at least two different countries, and we particularly welcome participants who are at the early stages of their research. To avoid an overfull conference program, participants are asked to limit themselves to the presentation of a maximum of two papers. Because Rural History 2017 wants to avoid the repetition of papers that have already been presented at another conference, we also ask you to restrict yourself to newer research.
With this call, we invite the submission of panel proposals. These proposals should consist of the panel’s title, the full name and affiliation of the (co-)organiser(s), a short abstract (up to 500 words) that clearly describes its scope, research question(s) and purpose, and the name and affiliation of at least two speakers.
The deadline for panel proposals is 15 October 2016. Only online submission via the conference website at www.ruralhistory2017.be can be taken into consideration by the Scientific Committee.
15 October 2016: Deadline for panel submissions
1 December 2016: Notification of acceptance of selected panels & Call for individual papers
31 January 2017: Deadline for paper submissions
28 February 2017: Notification of acceptance of selected papers & Applications for student grants
15 March 2017: Preliminary program online & Opening of registration
1 June 2017: Deadline for early registration
1 July 2017: Deadline for late registration & Final conference program online & Invitation to upload full papers
1 September 2017: Deadline for uploading of full papers
11-14 September 2017: Conference
Conference webpage: http://www.ruralhistory2017.be
2016 Election Now in Progress
All current members as of March 23, 2016 should have received an electric ballot via email from executive secretary Jim Giesen on March 28, 2016. If you did not receive it, please check your junk mail folders. If you still can't locate it, please email Jim (JGiesen@history.msstate.edu). The election will close on April 24, 2016.
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