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2015 Agricultural History Society CFP Deadline Extension
The 2015 AHS Call for Papers deadline has been extended until October 22! Organized around the theme of animals in rural, agricultural, and environmental history, the 2015 meeting of the AHS will be held in Lexington, Kentucky, the Horse Capital of the World. The CFP can be found here:

Please direct any questions to Mark Hersey at

Graduate Workshop on Animals in the Study of History
The Agricultural History Society invites applications for a one-day graduate student workshop to be held Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in Lexington, KY showcasing innovative research on animals in the study of history. The workshop will run immediately in advance of the AHS Annual Meeting (June 3 – 6, 2015) also in Lexington, the Horse Capitol of the World. Graduate students with projects involving animals from any periods and geographic regions are eligible, and graduate students working in history or affiliated disciplines with substantial historical components are welcomed. Papers examining or intersecting with methodological, theoretical, and historiographical questions prompted by the interdisciplinary “animal turn” in the humanities are especially encouraged to apply.

All accepted papers will be pre-circulated, assigned a respondent from among a group of senior scholars, and given in-depth, individual, and constructive feedback. Participants appearing on the conference program of the AHS Annual Meeting will also be eligible for a 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.

To apply, please submit a 200-word abstract and a 1-page CV to by October 22, 2014. 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

A Century Beyond the Campus: Past, Present, and Future of Extension at West Virginia University
A Research Symposium to Mark the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act
September 24 – 25, 2014
Waterfront Place Hotel
Morgantown, WV

A century ago, the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the United States Cooperative Extension System, a partnership of the Department of Agriculture, land-grant colleges, and state and local governments. This historic legislation provided federal support to land-grant colleges in “cooperation with the Department of Agriculture … in order to aid in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information . . .” The Smith-Lever Act was the culmination of years of fledgling outreach efforts by land-grant colleges to extend the educational, social, and economic benefits of higher education beyond the campus to serve the people. County extension agents and land-grant extension faculty delivered scientific knowledge and new technology, promoted local education, health and wellness programs, provided life-long learning, engaged in community development, and reoriented land-grant colleges as a public good.

This centennial symposium provides an opportunity for scholars to consider the legacy, present condition, and future directions of cooperative extension, as well as the engagement mission of public higher education.

The event kicks off September 24th with an afternoon poster session, evening welcome reception, and the 2014 C. Peter Magrath Lecture, featuring West Virginia University's former president C. Peter Magrath, president Emeritus David C. Hardesty, Jr., and current president E. Gordon Gee sharing their unique perspectives on the Cooperative Extension Service and its role in fulfilling the land-grant mission.

The celebration continues all day Thursday with sessions from scholars across the country presenting research and discussing the the importance of the Smith-Lever Act to higher education and the future impact of the Cooperative Extension Service. The keynote address will be given by Rachel Tompkins, senior fellow at the Rural Schools and Community Trust and former vice provost for extension and public service at West Virginia University.

For the schedule of events, see:

Questions may be directed to the Office of University Events at or 304-293-7132.

Jefferson Prize for Documentary Histories
The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) seeks entries for its 2015 Thomas Jefferson Prize for documentary histories published in 2013 or 2014. The prize recognizes the editor(s) of a single volume or one or more volumes in a project that contributes significantly to the understanding of the history of the federal government. It will be awarded at the SHFG annual meeting in Spring 2015. See for a list of past winners and general requirements for all SHFG prizes.

In addition to the general requirements, entries for the 2015 Jefferson Prize will be judged on the editorial methodology employed, including accuracy of transcription, relevance and usefulness of annotation, selection and arrangement of documents, and indexing. Electronic documentary editions will also be evaluated for solid technological capabilities and performance, high quality of design, and innovative strategies or techniques.

A copy of each entry with a letter briefly stating its qualifications and merits should be sent to each of the Jefferson Committee members by November 30, 2014:
Richa Wilson, US Forest Service Intermountain Region, 324 25th Street, Ogden, UT 84401

Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, Ph.D., 2003 Seakale Lane, Houston, TX 77062

Alisa Whitley, United States Marine Corps Archives, 2040 Broadway Street, Quantico, VA 22134

The SHFG, founded in 1979, is a nonprofit professional organization that promotes the study and broad understanding of the history of the United States Government. It also serves as the voice of the Federal historical community. The Thomas Jefferson Prize commemorates the third president of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was a firm believer in the study of history and the preservation of historical records.

"Agriculture Collections: A New Dynamic" 17th International AIMA Congress of Agricultural Museums
The 17th International Association Internationale des Musées d’Agriculture Congress of Agricultural Museums
November 5-7, 2014
The Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean
Marseille, France

At a time when few museum renovations are allowing space for agriculture in the broad sense, the 2014 AIMA congress proposes to address the questions of relevance, representativeness and the role of museum agricultural collections. Most ethnology museums have collections pertaining to agriculture and animal husbandry. With the exception of museums dedicated to these themes, these collections are given little if any space in general museums.

Attitudes about agriculture collections are different from continent to continent and from one culture to another, due to the varying importance of agriculture in relation to other human
activities. The approaches to agricultural heritage are immensely varied and it is these common points or, on the contrary, the divergences that the CIMA XVII wishes to highlight, those interested in museum, wherever they are in the world.

For more information and registration for "Agriculture Collections: A New Dynamic," the 17th International Association Internationale des Musées d’Agriculture Congress of Agricultural Museums, see their website:

CFP: 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 26 January 2015.

CFP: Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association
March 5th - 7th, 2015
Ramada Lafayette Conference Center
The Louisiana Historical Association invites proposals for its 57th Annual Meeting to be held in Lafayette, Louisiana, March 5th to 7th, 2015. The meeting will take place at the Ramada Lafayette Conference Center at 2032 N.E. Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, La. 70501.

The Program Committee invites sessions on any aspect of Louisiana History, from any era, and is open to both traditional scholarly panels as well as proposals that employ creative session design. The committee welcomes proposals from graduate students, archivists, oral historians, documentary filmmakers, public historians such as curators and interpreters, as well members of the preservation community. Complete session proposals are encouraged, but individual paper proposals are also welcome.
Proposals should be submitted in a single Mircosoft Word .docx or PDF format file and include:
• A cover sheet with the session title as well as the names, affiliations, and e-mail
addresses of all participants, including chair and commenter.*
• A summary of the focus and intent of the session not to exceed 250 words.*
• An abstract for each paper or presentation not to exceed 250 words. (Note that final individual presentations are generally confined to twenty (20) minutes per the LHA’s Taylor Rules.)
• A brief curriculum vita for each participant.
• Please inform the Program Committee in your proposal whether electronic equipment will be required in your presentation. Limited projection equipment is available, but the LHA cannot guarantee that it will perform optimally with presenters' computers and Power Point presentations. Therefore, presenters are strongly encouraged to bring their own a/v equipment.
• All materials are to be e-mailed to the program chair at Please include the name, affiliation, and e-mail address of the proposal organizer in the body of
your message. Queries may be sent to the program chair, Dr. Justin A. Nystrom, Loyola University New Orleans.

* For full session proposals only

Submission Deadline: Monday, September 1, 2014

CFP: 55th Annual Conference of the Western History Association
21–24 October 2015, Portland, Oregon

Thresholds, Walls, and Bridges

The 2015 Program Committee invites proposals that consider what has divided and connected the many peoples who have traversed, sojourned, and settled the North American West, and what might yet link their histories. A generation of new western histories has opened windows in the walls that separated histories of race, gender, class, sexuality and nation. New borderlands histories have mapped selectively porous borders: a fence at the U.S./Mexico border, a Peace Arch marking the Canada-U.S. boundary. Walls, both physical and metaphorical, have divided the spaces our histories have explored: domestic and public workspaces; sites of exclusion and containment like reservations and reserves, internment center! s, labor camps, barrios and gated suburbs. Historians are often separated as well: many “new” histories remain isolated in subfields of western history, and many scholars who research western pasts have not found professional homes in the WHA. Histories of community, environment, and culture, of national and social boundaries have brought us to the thresholds of new syntheses and narratives. Such thresholds can be challenging, even daunting, but they hold enormous possibility for realistically and compassionately connecting divided pasts.

We invite proposals that interrogate what has separated westerners, western histories, and western historians and that offer creative strategies to bridge these divides. We welcome proposals that link the Wests of academic scholarship, public history and popular imagination; the boundaries and borderlands of three North American nations; the interior sites of domesticity and public arenas of politics and social change; that bring into comm! on focus the histories and the boundaries of diverse Wests and the diverse people, environments, and economies that have forged them.

Recognizing our members’ wide range of interests, the committee will consider proposals not directly related to the conference theme.

The Program Committee welcomes a range of formats: panels, roundtables, workshops, and innovative formats. We strongly encourage full session submissions and will consider single papers that can reasonably be matched with other panels or papers. When submitting an entire session or panel, the designated contact person should submit the proposal. Please include a brief abstract (250 words) that outlines the purpose of the session. Each paper proposal, whether individual or in a session, should include a one-paragraph abstract; each presenter should submit a one-page c.v., with address, phone, and e-mail. Indicate any equipment needs. The committee assumes that all listed individuals have agreed to participate. Electronic submissions are required and should be sent, with supporting materials, as a single document (PDF) to
Submission DEADLINE: September 1, 2014.

The CFP and Submission Guidelines are available on the Western History Association webpage at

Call for Chapters
Agri-culture and Policy: Food and Farming in the American South

Editors: Angela Halfacre and Courtney Quinn

Interest in alternative and sustainable food systems is mushrooming across the United States. People are increasingly buying local food and frequenting farm-to-table restaurants. Small farmers are excited about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) initiatives as well as the proliferation of farmers’ markets. Citizens, farmers, scientists and practitioners are investigating links between state and federal agricultural and food policies and the items they consume. Yet, the America South has a rich history of academic studies of the culture of food and the effects of policy on agricultural people and places. The region is benefiting from a revival of the local and craft food movement, providing evocative stories—and difficult challenges--that we want to analyze and share. In recent years, popular regional publications such as Garden & Gunand Oxford American have showcased southern agri-culture from the perspectives of chefs, growers, community organizations, and families.

Research about food is expanding dramatically. This book focuses on the recent interest in food studies in the American South because the region has distinctive nuances related to food policy and practice. The regional focus also helps to narrow what we mean by "agri-culture," in that southern culture in the United States remains of special interest to many students and scholars as well as the general reader.

Angela Halfacre’s recent book, A Delicate Balance: Constructing a Conservation Culture in the South Carolina Lowcountry (USC Press, 2012), includes a chapter focused on the idiosyncratic culture of food and agriculture in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. Building on this research as well as our even more recent research about the local food movement in the Carolinas, Angela and Courtney Quinn are eager to edit a volume that examines the unique policy dynamics shaping culture, food, and farming in the American South. For us, the American South includes the eleven states of the Confederacy--Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas—plus West Virginia.

Book Overview: Although the volume will be multi-disciplinary, its emphasis will be on perspectives from the social sciences and humanities, especially sustainability science, environmental policy, and food studies. This book willbridge the gap between books that merely explain food policy and those that examine the texture, color, and nuances of regional food cultures. Policy and culture are inextricably interwoven, especially in the American South, as our volume will demonstrate.
While this book will have significant academic merit, it will be written in prose accessible to lay audiences.
We welcome ideas for chapters that explore the topics listed below (but are open to other ideas too). In other words, we want to convey the richness and variety of culture, food, and farming in the region. We are open to a variety of methodological approaches -- qualitative, quantitative, and spatial; case studies; environmental histories, etc.

1) Sections

a. AGRICULTURAL REGULATION in THE SOUTH (Historical analysis of the effects of agriculture policy upon southern people and places). This topic area could include chapters that address the history of land-use as well as demographics in the region, the Great Migration and the Great Reverse Migration (focused on its effects on Southern food and farming), “Get Big or Get Out” federal agricultural policies and southern family farmers, and food safety regulations and small-scale farming.

b. HISTORY, CULTURE AND FOOD-FARMING (The effects of southern agricultural practices on historic cultural and food practices as well as livelihoods). This topic area could include chapters that explore cultural heritage preservation, truck farming and other distribution systems, heirs’ property, land conservation, and other systems and relationships distinctive to the American South’s agro-economy.

c. FOOD-FARMING REVIVAL (The surging interest in a sustainable southern food culture promoted by celebrity chefs, heritage-minded home cooks, and local food farmers to inform/influence agricultural policy). This topic area could include chapters that examine themes related to heirloom southern crops, hobby farming, craft and artisanal brewing and distilling, Farm to Table programs, and farmer advocacy networks. Chapters here will focus on exploring examples and systems that are being worked out in real time and that are showing results in creating a more sustainable food system.

d. CONTEMPORARY POLICY CHALLENGES AND VALUE (Contemporary understandings of the value of and political impediments to local southern food systems). This topic could include chapters that address food deserts, federal organic certification and small-scale farming, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) certifications, and food hubs. Chapters here will focus on policies that are currently affecting both farmers and consumers and offer case studies on how communities are working to address challenges.

CFP: 2015 Rural History Conference
Call for Panels
7-10 September 2015, Girona, Spain

Rural History 2015 is the second conference held under the auspices of the European Rural History Organisation (EURHO). It is organised by the Spanish Agricultural History Society (SEHA) and the Rural History Research Centre of the University of Girona (CRHR) and it will take place at the University of Girona, Spain from 7-10 September 2015. The conference is open to historians studying all periods as well as to scholars who approach rural history from a variety of other disciplines. While it focuses on the rural history of Europe it also welcomes Contributions dealing with aspects of rural history in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australasia.

The main aim of the conference is to provide an overview of the state of the art of rural history today. Another goal is to strengthen the existing networks and co-operation of rural historians and their institutions. The conference will be an excellent occasion for historians to discuss the basic question of what exactly rural history is, how it can be narrated
and, crucial for the future development of rural history, how the
attractions of rural history in an era of worldwide urbanisation can be communicated to the younger generation.

The conference is structured around panel sessions on a specific topic. We invite historians and related scholars to submit proposals for panels (up to 1,000 words). Panel organisers have to propose at least two speakers who will each present a paper on a related topic. The deadline for submitting proposals for panels is 30 September 2014. Submissions proceed totally online via the conference webpage at

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at:

Valley of the Dams: TVA Symposium at NARA Atlanta
National Archives at Atlanta
5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, Georgia
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9:00 – 4:00

The National Archives at Atlanta is the repository of approximately 13,000 cubic feet of records documenting the
impact and legacy of the Tennessee Valley Authority. These historic sources are ripe for new scholarship and
discovery. This year’s symposium encourages research in these diverse records, features scholars whose published
works were based on these holdings, and promotes the discovery of new scholars from universities and colleges across the Southeast and the nation.

Presenters Include:

Pat Bernard Ezzell
Author of TVA Photography: Thirty Years of Life in the Tennessee Valley and TVA Photography, 1963-2008: Challenges and Changes in the Tennessee Valley.
She serves as the TVA’s Corporate Historian.

Micah Cash
Artist and photographer with an MFA from the University of Connecticut.
His present work, entitled Dangerous Waters, combines historical research and his unique artistry to interpret the social impact of TVA.

Caroline Rose Peyton
Ph.D. candidate, University of South Carolina
Presentation: Nuclear Ghosts: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Nuclear Program

Dr. Matthew L. Downs
Professor of History, University of Mobile
Presentation: “A Democratic Labor”: The Tennessee Valley Authority and Economic Development, 1933-1953

Dr. Abou B. Bamba
Professor of History and Africana Studies, Gettysburg College
Presentation: Transatlanticizing the TVA Experiment: Dams, Peoples, and Regional Planning in the U.S. South, France, and Ivory Coast

Dr. Laura Beth Daws
Professor of Communication, Southern Polytechnic State University
Presentation: Where “Wild River” Went Wrong: True Stories of TVA Family Removal in Wheeler & Guntersville Dams’ Reservoir Areas

Pre-registration is required.

Registration is free and limited to 200 participants.

To register online, go to:

To register by email:

CFP: AHS Panel "Illicit Agriculture" at the 2015 OAH
The Agricultural History Society invites individual paper proposals for its sponsored panel at the 2015 Organization of American Historians conference in St. Louis, Missouri from April 16-19. The panel theme is “illicit agriculture,” which overlaps with the conference theme of “Taboos.” We seek paper proposals that will explore illegal or subaltern agricultural efforts that historians have not generally considered as part of mainstream agricultural history. This might include anything from the cultivation of illegal substances, to criminal sites for farming. Topics that explore illicit recreation, food, or medicine, or trade and consumption in an agricultural context are also encouraged. This panel seeks national and global perspectives. Participants need not be members of the Agricultural History Society. Please send an individual paper proposal (between 175-225 words) and a one-page c.v. to executive secretary James C. Giesen ( before May 19, 2014. We will select three papers for the panel and notify those selected before June 1, 2014.

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