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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 (

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:

Send books to:
James C. Giesen
History Department
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

EURHO Call for Papers (Belgium, 2017)
Call for Panels
Rural History 2017
11-14 September 2017
Leuven, Belgium

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 can be taken into consideration by the Scientific Committee.

Important dates:

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:

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 ( The election will close on April 24, 2016.

Call for Presenters for the Sixth International Conference on Food Studies
The conference will be held 12-13 October 2016 at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, USA.

Founded in 2011, the conference provides a forum for research and practice-based discussions, in a time of growing public and research awareness of the relations among diet, health, and social well-being. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of: agricultural, environmental, nutritional, social, economic, and cultural perspectives on food.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. For more information regarding the conference, please visit

Henry Ford Museum Seeks Curator of Agriculture and the Environment
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI is currently looking to hire a full time Curator of Agriculture and the Environment effective immediately.

The Curator of Agriculture and The Environment manages and participates in the development, research, and interpretation of The Henry Ford’s world-class American agricultural collections. These collections—dating from the 18th century to the present day—document the range of crafts, techniques, and technologies used to raise, harvest, process, and develop crops, livestock and other life forms. The collections are especially strong with regard to the impact of technology and industrialization in the late nineteenth and early to mid- twentieth century. Responsibilities also include participation in exhibition and program development—particularly living history programs—as well as other relevant initiatives at The Henry Ford.

For more information visit:

Midwestern History Association Call for Nominations
The Midwestern History Association invites nominations for the Dorothy Schwieder Prize for the best article in midwestern history published during the 2015 calendar year. The winner will be announced in fall 2016 at the annual meeting of the Midwestern History Association.

All articles on midwestern history that were published in peer-reviewed journals dated 2015 are eligible for the prize. For this purpose, “the Midwest” includes the twelve states of the region as defined by the US Census: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Please submit articles for consideration to Dr. Lisa Ossian, chair of the Schwieder Prize Committee, at Nominations should include author, title, and the title, volume, and issue number of the journal, along with a pdf of the published article, or, in the case of digital-only publications, a url. Please do not send print submissions.

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2016.

Call for Proposals, Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Boarders and Boundaries
Call for Proposals
Proposals due September 1, 2016

Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Boundaries
June 22-25, 2017
Eastern Mennonite University
Harrisonburg, VA

It has been twenty years since the watershed conference The Quiet in the Land? Women of Anabaptist Traditions in Historical Perspective took place in 1995. New topics, approaches, and viewpoints invite further examination of the constructions of gendered experience within groups in the Anabaptist tradition. Crossing boundaries and borders can and should encompass a wide range of disciplines, approaches and topics, and we seek submissions from scholars, students, activists, and literary, performing and visual artists.

Crossing might entail traversing the lines between...

...public and private spaces and “the world”
...quietism and activism
...expected decorum/silence and speaking out
...gender constructions
...sexualities and gender self-identities
...race, ethnicity and class
...religious and theological belief systems
...nation states in the making of transnationalism
...disciplinary expression.

Conference participants are encouraged to think creatively about how Anabaptists, Mennonites, Amish and related groups have crossed and continue to cross lines, borders and boundaries.

Please submit a one-page CV and a 250-word abstract for a paper, a creative performance or presentation, or a complete panel/workshop session (with presenters indicated).

Proposals should be submitted to

The deadline for submitting proposals is September 1, 2016. The program committee will send out its decisions of acceptance by January 1, 2017.

Program Committee: Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel College; Marlene Epp, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo; Kerry Fast, Independent Scholar; Luann Good Gingrich, York University; Rachel Waltner Goossen,Washburn University; Julia Spicher Kasdorf, Pennsylvania State University; Kimberly Schmidt, Eastern Mennonite University; Jan Bender Shetler, Goshen College; Mary Sprunger, Eastern Mennonite University.

CFP: Current Trends in Graduate Historical Research Book Series
Attention Professors, Doctoral Candidates, and Graduate Students:

We are pleased to announce that Eastern Illinois University has partnered with Common Ground Publishing to publish the first in a yearly series of peer reviewed edited collections consisting of original historical research by graduate students. Applicants will be expected to participate in the peer review and will gain experience in the publishing process while competing for publication in a professional edited collection. We seek papers in all periods and fields of history and are particularly interested in original and innovative primary research projects that make demonstrated contributions to the relevant historiography.

Students in masters and doctoral programs are invited to submit proposals from between 5,000 to 10,000 words on any historical topic. Suggested proposals include prior class research papers, independent study papers, and thesis chapters. Please, no historiography essays or book reviews.

Individual proposals should include a 250 word abstract and a CV. Please submit proposals to no later than February 15, 2016.

Please address any inquiries to Authors will be notified on decisions for the next stage of peer review by March 16, 2016. Accepted authors can expect to revise their submissions based on the peer review from April to August 2016. Publication is expected in December 2016.

CFP Extension: Agricultural History Society 2016 Annual Meeting
The Agricultural History Society has extended the deadline for paper and panel submissions for the 2016 annual meeting at City College of New York and Briarcliff Manor. The extended deadline is December 4, 2015. For more information, see

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The Society Office
James C. Giesen, Executive Secretary
Alan I Marcus, Treasurer
MSU History Department
PO Box H
Mississippi State, MS 39762

The Editorial Office
Claire Strom, Editor
Agricultural History
1000 Holt Avenue - 2762
Rollins College
Winter Park, FL 32789