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Call for Papers, Rural History Network of the European Social Science History Conference(2011-02-22)

The Rural History Network (RHN) of the European Social Science History Conference invites session and paper proposals for the European Social Science History Conference which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Wednesday April 11th to Friday April 14th, 2012.

Session and paper proposals can be submitted to the network chairs or to the conference site. Deadline for session proposals is 1 May 2011. Please note that the network chairs are especially eager to see complete session proposals, as we find that this is conducive to intellectual coherence in sessions. However, promising single paper submissions will be given every consideration, and we will try to find them compatible sessions for inclusion. There will be a maximum of 15 RHN-sessions.

We are keen to organize this time sessions on more general topics. When you have suggestions for recent books that would merit a “Meet the author”-session, we would very much appreciate it that you send these suggestions to us. In Ghent we had two Meet the author-sessions: one devoted to Agriculture and economic development in Europe since 1870 by Pedro Lains and Vicente Pinilla, the other to Pre-modern European economy by Paolo Malanima.

Next we had two “Round tables” -sessions: one was dedicated to the COST-programme on Rural History in Europe; another to Agronomists as Actors of Rural Change, 1850-1945. The Round table-format is suitable when you want to stimulate discussion on a general topic or when you embark on a new theme and want to raise some first reactions.

We also encourage sessions that stimulate trans/inter-national and trans/inter-regional comparisons.

Since Ghent many of us participated in the successful Rural History Conference 2010 in Brighton where the new European Rural History Society was launched with Richard Hoyle as its first president. There we agreed to organize alternately the RHN-sessions at the ESSHConference and the conferences of this new society. So in 2013 the second Rural History Conference will be organised.

The RHN-sessions at the ESSHC provide rural historians with the opportunity to present their work to colleagues who are working in the same field, but also to scholars who have a more general interest in social, cultural and economic history. In other words, this conference gives us the chance to demonstrate the importance of rural history for the historical process in general.

Possible themes for sessions in Glasgow (this list provided by the network chairs is just meant to stimulate your thoughts. We are open for other themes and proposals):
Collective action in the countryside
The countryside and the moral economy
Feeding the world
Property rights and agrarian change
The commercialisation of the countryside
Landscape and agriculture
Elites and rural history
Agricultural politics
Rural life and rural welfare
Heritage systems, land transmissions in the countryside
Migration, rural work and technology
GIS and rural history
Power in rural history
Environmental history and rural history
Nobility, church and the countryside
Community studies
Rurality and modernization
Regional agriculture and the construction of regional identities

How to propose a paper
Fill out the pre-registration form on the Internet: Include an abstract of your paper (100-500 words). If you have no access to the Internet, please contact the Conference secretariat for a paper form. Please send in your form as soon as possible, but before May, 1st 2011 at the latest.

How to organise a panel session
Gather three or four speakers who each will present a paper on a related topic, a commentator who will introduce the discussion with a prepared comment on the papers and a chair. The roles of the session organizer, chair and commentator can be fulfilled by the same or by different persons. Confirm participation and arrange with these individuals the (date of) exchange of papers and the way the session will be conducted. Submit the proposal for a session with a pre-registration form for each individual speaker. The deadline for this is May 1, 2011. Contact the speakers regularly; to make sure that the preparation of the session is progressing, as you would want it to be.

If you want to organise a panel session and you are looking for contributors, you may think of using H-Rural for asking other scholars to join you in a session. You may also send your proposal to We will then post this proposal on our site: with your email address. In this way you can inform other scholars about your plans and try to attract speakers.

Conference fee:
Payment in advance full fee: Euro 200; one day attendance: Euro 100.
Note: make sure you fill in the pre-registration form, including a 100-500 word abstract of your proposed paper before 1 May 2011 at the ESSHC-site.

Conference website:
Additional information regarding the conference can be found at:

Network rural history

Network chairs:
Dulce Freire (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon) -
Anton Schuurman (Wageningen University) –

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