May 2016

American Literature and Agricultural Lessons

I’m pulling a panel together for Rural History 2017 (Leuven, Belgium, 11-14 September) on the following topic:

American literature with rural or agricultural content taught in European schools.

If you studied an American novel in school in Europe (grades before university) please post the author, title and brief summary of how the literature was included in lessons (English language instruction, American Studies, literature). For example, during the 1990s, 7th graders in Denmark read Richard Wright’s Black Boy as they learned the English language and studied race and racism. Panelists will put the rural and agricultural history in selected novels into historic context. It became evident during conversations with conference attendees during Rural History 2015 that a session on historic literature would appeal to conference registrants, and it sounds like fun!

Rural History 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 www.ruralhistory2017.be 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: http://www.ruralhistory2017.be