2017 Agricultural History Society
Grand Rapids, Michigan
June 8-10, 2017
The society invites proposals that broadly engage the following theme: “Who is a farmer?: Regional Identity and Rural Culture.” By contemplating who farmers have been in the past, we interrogate agriculture as an industry, a lifestyle, and an identity. The question also opens engagement with regional identities as particular agricultural pursuits have historically been used by insiders and outsiders to define geographic regions, such as American cattle country or British husbandry. We also question gendered concepts of agricultural life, as well as notions of rural vs. urban. How has agricultural work affected culture? How has agriculture contributed to group identities, such as twentieth-century American back-to-the-landers? When did farming reinforce traditional identities, create new ones, or craft perceptions of rural people? As a joint conference with the Midwestern Historical Association, we particularly welcome proposals engaging the theme in relation to the American Midwest.
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 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 Cherisse Jones-Branch email@example.com
Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2016.
Questions may be addressed to Cherisse Jones-Branch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Committee Members:
- Cherisse Jones-Branch, Arkansas State University (Chair)
- Kelly Wenig, Iowa State University
- Kelly Houston Jones, Austin Peay State University
- Sara Morris, University of Kansas.