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Claire Strom to Step Down as Editor of Agricultural History
Dr. Claire Strom, editor of Agricultural History, announced today that she will be ending her term as editor in December 2016. Strom has served as editor of the journal since 2003. Agricultural History is published by the Agricultural History Society, which is the second-oldest professional historical organization in the United States. The journal has begun its eighty-ninth year of publication.

Agricultural History Society President Sally McMurry reflected on Strom’s tenure leading the journal. “Claire has provided exceptional leadership as journal editor, making sure that it has continued to be the journal of record in the fields of agricultural and rural history, but also expanding its reach to feature important work in related fields such as environmental, food, and animal history.” Under Strom’s editorship, the journal has also become both more selective and more international, in terms of both its authors and subjects. McMurry noted that Strom “has also instituted innovative and well received features such as a series on primary source materials for agricultural historians, and an embrace of the changing technological realities of the publishing world.”

Strom, who will have overseen the journal for more than thirteen years when she steps down, is a nationally known historian of American agriculture. Her first book, Profiting from the Plains: The Great Northern Railway and Corporate Development of the American West, was published in 2003. In 2009, the University of Georgia Press published Making Catfish Bait Out of Government Boys: The Fight Against Cattle Ticks and the Transformation of the Yeoman South as part of its Environmental History and the American South Series. Strom succeeded R. Douglas Hurt as Agricultural History’s editor in 2003. She is currently the Rapetti-Trunzo Chair of History and Director of General Education at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

The Agricultural History Society will announce a Call for Proposals for a new editor in the coming days.

Call for Proposals: Register of the Kentucky Historical Society Special Issue: “Agriculture and Rural Life in Kentucky”
Guest Editors:
Sara Egge (Centre College)
David Hamilton (University of Kentucky)

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society invites manuscript proposals for a special issue on the history of Kentucky agriculture and rural life, which will be published in 2018. Kentucky was, and is, a state with deep connections to agriculture and rural life. Agricultural and rural history is a vibrant and compelling field, and the editors welcome scholarship on such diverse topics as slavery, family and kinship, politics and public policy, gender, technology, religion, and race, as they pertain to agriculture or rural life. Authors may submit work on any time period, region of the state, or topic as it relates to agriculture and rural life in Kentucky.

Possible topics can include but are not limited to:
Food and culture
Horses and livestock
Soil conservation
Tobacco, hemp, and cotton
Yeoman farmers
Native American land use
Slavery and plantation agriculture
New Deal agricultural programs
Agribusiness and cooperative marketing
Farm credit
Hunting, fishing, and land use
Gender and rural life
Religion and rural life
Coal mining and rural life
Post–New Deal federal farm policies
Farm organizations
Agricultural extension in Kentucky

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that publishes scholarly articles examining the history of Kentucky and its people. It is published in both print form and electronically on Project MUSE and JSTOR.

Anyone interested in participating in this project should submit an abstract of no more than six hundred words by October 1, 2015.
Electronic submissions are preferred.

Authors should submit proposals to:
David Turpie, Ph.D.
Editor, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
100 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601-1931
502-564-1792, ext. 4435

CFP: Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science 2015
The Department of History at the University of Colorado will host the Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science (WHEATS) October 2-4, 2015. Now in its eleventh year, WHEATS brings together graduate students studying the history of the environment, agriculture, science, or technology. WHEATS is open to submissions from any discipline with interests in these fields. Papers — generally 25-30 pages — are circulated in advance to all participants, and at the workshop papers receive feedback from participants and senior scholars through a roundtable discussion. This format is well suited for works in progress. The workshop will have a session on publishing as well as opportunities to meet and engage with members of the environmental history community in Colorado. Confirmed faculty participants currently include University of Colorado faculty members Thomas Andrews, Elizabeth Fenn, Paul Sutter, and Phoebe Young; Lisa Brady of Boise State University, the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental History; and keynote speaker Mark Fiege of Colorado State University. Food and housing (two nights) will be provided for the duration of the conference, and graduate students will receive a travel grant of up to $300 to help cover their travel to Boulder.

Potential participants should submit a one-page abstract (up to 250 words) and a brief curriculum vitae by April 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified about whether they have been accepted by May 1st, and the complete papers from accepted applicants will be due for precirculation on August 15. Submit abstracts and CVs through our website (

CFP: The University of Georgia Graduate Student Conference Global Capitalism and the Global South
May 14-16, 2015
Zell B. Miller Learning Center - University of Georgia (Athens, GA)

The study of capitalism has seen a resurgence in academia. New ways of looking at old questions have challenged the established narratives between capital and social relationships. The University of Georgia Graduate Student Conference on Global Capitalism and the Global South will enable junior scholars to explore capitalism as a category of historical analysis.

The Global Capitalism Initiative and the UGA History Department invite graduate students to submit papers that engage with capitalism in its many forms. We especially encourage submissions that pertain to the global South, explore how capitalism has shifted with the growth of the world economy or connect capitalism to any historiographic or geopolitical subfield.

Some suggested themes include:

Business & Finance
Environment & Agriculture
Gender & Sexuality
Intellectual History
Digital History
Slavery & Race
Labor & Labor Relations
Political Economy
Global & Regional Trade
The Capitalist State

This conference will provide breakfast and lunch for each day, hotel accommodations for up to six out-of-state students, and airport transportation. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Woody Holton, the McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.

Graduate students at any phase in their academic careers are welcome to apply. To complete a paper proposal, please email a 250-word abstract and current C.V. to the conference committee at

The deadline for submission is February 23, 2015.

CFP: 9th Annual Southern History of Science and Technology (SoHoST) Meeting
April 10-11th, 2015
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

This year’s ‘Southern HoST’ conference for the history of science and technology will be co-sponsored by STS@VCU and held on Friday and Saturday April 10-11th, 2015, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Southern HoST aims to showcase outstanding scholarship and cultivate community for the growing number of history of science and technology scholars and institutional programs throughout the American South. This regional meeting provides a welcoming environment for graduate student presentations as well as a collegial venue for more established academics to try out new material.

Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit paper, session, and/or roundtable proposals. Graduate students whose papers are accepted for presentation and who promptly confirm participation can receive two nights of free lodging (in the home of a VCU faculty member, VCU graduate student, or in on-campus dormitory-style housing arranged by the STS@VCU Program). For faculty participants, lodging in either local B&Bs or hotels -- at reduced university rates -- will be available. More detailed information for the conference will be posted soon at:

The 2014 meeting included papers on topics ranging from agriculture to aerospace technology, health policy to computer gaming, and spanned the 17th through 20th centuries. As always, we are especially interested in developing professional (roundtable) discussions devoted to the challenges and opportunities of teaching and doing the history of science and technology in southern contexts.

Please submit a 150-250 word paper proposal, or a 250-350 word session/roundtable proposal, and brief biographical sketch via email to John Powers at Virginia Commonwealth University ( by February 16th 2015. Program co-chairs are Dr. Powers, Dr. Karen Rader (VCU), and Ms. Mary Richie McGuire (STS Program, Virginia Tech); program decisions will be made and emailed to participants by February 20th, 2015.

Call for Papers: Middle West Review
A Special Issue on the Farm Crisis
The Middle West Review invites submissions for a special issue on the farm crisis. During the 1980s, an economic crisis displaced thousands of farm families and affected the broader social, political, economic, and cultural foundations of the Midwest. Now, thirty years later, this special issue strives to capture that broader picture and initiate new dialogues on the legacy of those difficult years.

Guest editors Jenny Barker-Devine, associate professor of history at Illinois College, and David Vail, assistant professor and public services archivist at Kansas State University, welcome essays that explore the effects of the Farm Crisis on individuals, farms, and communities, as well as analyses of activism, policy, and politics. Because we still have much to learn about the Farm Crisis, the editors also welcome articles that review specific archival collections, oral history collections, and other materials that will assist researchers interested in locating more information on this period. Essays should be firmly rooted within a framework of Midwestern regional identity. Authors might consider questions such as: How did the farm crisis unfold? Who did it affect and how? Did individual resistance and the activist response result in meaningful change? In what ways did it shape the Midwest of today? What kinds of assumptions about regional identity motored media and policy responses to the crisis? Thirty years later, what long-term political, economic, and social consequences? What can the legacy of activist groups, or more specifically, the Farm Aid benefit teach us about philanthropy, region, and historical memory?

Essays should run between 5,000 to 10,000 words and articulate a central thesis about the study of the Midwest. These works should build upon original research or new interpretations of existing sources and advance a unique argument that complicates the existing body of knowledge pertaining to the American Midwest.

The Middle West Review also welcomes photo essays that incorporate original photographs of or about the Midwest. Contributors should include a description of each photograph and a brief written explanation (100 to 200 words) of their significance as a body of work.

All contributions will undergo a process of peer review spearheaded by the Middle West Review editorial board. Your submission will either be accepted for publication outright, returned with a request to “revise and resubmit,” or rejected outright. All submissions will benefit from the comments and revisions of the Middle West Review editorial board and its editorial reviewers.

The Middle West Review is a biannual, interdisciplinary, scholarly journal about the American Midwest. The inaugural issue was published in September 2014 by the University of Nebraska Press. It aims to explore the significance of midwestern identity, geography, society, culture, and politics. We urge scholars and non-scholars alike to probe these and other questions in thoughtful submissions to the Middle West Review. A peer reviewed journal, the Middle West Review seeks to reach a popular audience while also remaining on the cutting edge of scholarly inquiry. To these ends, the Middle West Review encourages submissions of all varieties, especially those that push the boundaries of interdisciplinarity and interactivity. For more information, please visit:

Contributors should submit their work to: no later than April 1, 2015. Any questions may be directed to guest editors Jenny Barker-Devine ( and David Vail (

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History 2015
The Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History (SFARE) is coming home. Mississippi State University will host the forum’s eighth annual meeting in Starkville, Mississippi, on April 10-11, 2015. Sponsored by the Mississippi State Department of History in collaboration with Center for the History of the Agriculture, Science, and Environment of the South (CHASES), SFARE provides a collegial setting for both students and established scholars to present new research in the fields of agricultural, rural, and environmental history. In keeping with SFARE’s tradition of fostering a welcoming and constructive atmosphere, participants should plan to attend all panels (there are no concurrent sessions) in order to provide quality feedback for each presenter.

The SFARE program committee is proud to announce that Mark Stoll will deliver this year’s keynote address. Dr. Stoll is an associate professor at Texas Tech, where he serves as the director of the environmental studies program. His second book, Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism will be published by Oxford University Press in May. You can learn more about Dr. Stoll at

Papers, sessions, and roundtable proposals on all geographic locations and time periods are welcome. Please submit a 100-word paper abstract or a 250-word panel abstract, along with a one-page CV to Jason Hauser ( by February 15, 2015.

Employment Opportunity: Director & Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Iowa State University
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Iowa State University invites applications for a Full Professor and Program Director. The research emphasis of applicants should be appropriate for a tenure home appointment in one of the academic departments in the college such as Biology, Economics, English, History, Political Science, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or Mass Communication.

You can learn more about the ISU Women’s and Gender Studies program here: Find out more about Ames and Iowa State at

Qualifications: Ph.D. and a substantial record of publication that meets university standards for appointment at the rank of Full Professor; supervisory experience; a range of teaching experience in related course work.
Proposed start date: August 16, 2015.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications
Deadline: Applications will be accepted only by electronic submission and will continue until the position is filled. Application review will begin January 16, 2015. Please direct questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Anastasia Prokos ( You may also contact Dr. Gloria Jones-Johnson ( or Dr. Amy Slagell with questions about the position.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity.

View complete details and application instructions at (Posting number 400097).

Call For Papers: Artifacts in Agraria Symposium
Artifacts in Agraria Symposium, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 17-18 October 2015

A pottery jug, rag rug, handmade nightdress, coal-oil lamp, plow, buggy, barn…. Some experiences of the agrarian past have escaped being put into language but survive long after the period under study as artifacts.

We invite proposals that begin with a material artifact of everyday life, either made or used, and explore it as a valid historical source that gathers meaning when understood in the context of surviving written records, family history, fashion trends and international commerce. How is the artifact conceived and used by particular groups? How does it connect aesthetic and cultural beliefs, symbolize self-identity, affirm values, tell stories, purvey heritage and have meaning ascribed to it through display? We encourage papers that provide a better understanding of rural life in and beyond Canada, and that explore new methods or ways of viewing and contextualizing artifacts. Though organized by historians, we welcome ethnologists, archaeologists, art historians, cultural geographers, museum professionals and connoisseurs.

Please submit a 400 word proposal and 1 page CV to C. Wilson,

For more information visit:

Deadline for proposals is January 26, 2015.

Western Historical Quarterly Milner/ Butler Fellowship
Clyde A. Milner II and Anne M. Butler Editorial Fellowship
Graduate Student Fellowships at the Western Historical Quarterly

For 2015-2016, a total stipend of $14,000, tuition awards, health insurance, and summer research funds will be awarded.

The Editorial Fellow must enroll in USU's master's program in history. Duties at the Western Historical Quarterly (WHQ) include 20 hours a week, beginning in August, helping to select, prepare, and copyedit manuscripts. The fellowship may be retained for a second year (2016-17) depending upon satisfactory progress toward the master's degree and acceptable completion of editorial assignments. During the summer of 2016, the editorial fellow will work 20 hours a week at the WHQ, with time off for research.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and a writing sample directly to the editor of the WHQ. The full graduate school application, including three letters of recommendation to the USU School of Graduate Studies, will suffice to complete the needed materials. All documents should be postmarked no later than 1 February 2015. Applicants will be notified by early March.

NOTE: The Clyde A. Milner II /Anne M. Butler Fellowship joins the Charles S. Peterson, S. George Ellsworth, and Robert M. Utley Editorial Fellowship awarded in rotating years by the WHQ.

Funding for WHQ fellowships is provided by: Western Historical Quarterly, USU Department of History, S. George Ellsworth Fellowship Fund, Clyde A. Milner II / Anne M. Butler Fellowship Fund, Charles S. and Elizabeth H. Peterson Graduate Fund, Robert M. Utley Fellowship Fund.

Please address correspondence to:

Dr. David Rich Lewis, Editor

Western Historical Quarterly

Western Historical Quarterly

0740 Old Main Hill

Utah State University

Logan, UT 84322-0740


Email: or

Phone: 435-797-1301

For more information see:

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CFP: Transatlantic Agricultural Improvement, 1600-1900
Grassroots Modernities: Nature, Agriculture and Improvement in the Atlantic World

Yale University, June 9-10, 2015
Organized by Ariel Ron and Emily Pawley

Paper proposals due January 7, 2015

The Yale Center for Representative Institutions welcomes conference paper proposals on any aspect of transatlantic agricultural improvement from roughly the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. We encourage the submission of new work in progress as well as reflections on the state of the field. See the description below for more details. Confirmed participants include Joyce Chaplin, James C. Scott, Richard Drayton, Courtney Fullilove, Fredrik A. Jonsson, S. Max Edelson, Anya Zilberstein, and Christopher Clark.

Papers will be presented at a one-day conference in New Haven. YCRI will support travel expenses as well as paying a small honorarium.

Send proposals to Ariel Ron (

After years of relative neglect, agricultural history is suddenly producing a flood of exciting work. Impetus comes, on the one hand, from the seemingly novel, hot-button politics of food and environment. On the other hand, the return of an old subject—financial crisis—is directing that impetus toward political economy. The new work thus links science, commerce, and nature in ways that reveal a surprisingly modern “agrarian” world where defining economic and political change proceeded literally at the grassroots.

Some of the most stimulating work is emerging around the history of “improvement.” From the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, improvement signified something like what we might today call “development” or “innovation.” It functioned as an organizing concept for a new set of global institutions—botanical gardens, experimental farms, agricultural societies and publications, correspondence networks—that worked to transform the moral and material conditions of humanity’s most basic relationships to nature. These institutions shaped imperial and national destinies in ways both highly consequential and intriguingly odd.

Several subdisciplines and national historiographical traditions have independently contributed to the growing literature on agricultural improvement. In particular, the emphatically linked improving institutions of the British Empire and the United States have generated separate lines of inquiry. The conference aims to bring these perspectives together in fruitful conversation.

Open Position: Iowa State University, Chair and Professor
Iowa State University's Department of History invites applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair. The successful candidate will be an active scholar and exemplary teacher whose background merits appointment as a Full Professor. He or she will provide vision and demonstrated leadership to the department’s tenured and tenure-track faculty, Lecturers, and Graduate Teaching Assistants. Iowa State University's Department of History is a dynamic academic unit with a thriving 325-major undergraduate program and graduate programs including a secondary education certification program, an M.A. degree in History, and a Ph.D. in Rural, Agricultural, Technological and Environmental History (RATE). For more information, please visit Iowa State University has a strong commitment to family leave and partner accommodations.

Required Qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in History; internationally-recognized scholarly record; demonstrated commitment to and record of excellence in teaching; scholarly activity and professional service to support a tenured appointment as a full professor; demonstrated administrative ability and experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of a balanced perspective on research and teaching, as well as the vision and ability to lead a faculty with a diverse range of interests; demonstrated experience in attracting external funding; budget and personnel management experience; demonstrated commitment to diversity.
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution. To apply for this position, please visit and click on "Apply for this Vacancy.”

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