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AIMA Executive Board gathers in New Delhi, India

Board members of the Association Internationale Des Musées D’Agriculture (AIMA) met for their annual meeting in New Delhi, India, November 25-30, 2018. Surajit Sarkar, Ambedkar University, coordinated the visit. Nerupama Y. Modwel, director of  Intangible Cultural Heritage Division of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) greeted AIMA board members on November 26 at INTACH headquarters on Lodi Road in New Delhi.

 

 

 

 

AIMA Board members (above) posed along with INTACH staff. The mural in the background is a Gond painting by an artist from the Gond tribal community, predominantly from the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. [Photograph by Piret Emily Hion (Estonia), November 26, 2018].

 

 

 

AIMA board members visited the National Museum of Agriculture, located at the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture in Pusa, New Delhi (left).

 

While there, delegates walked through experimental grounds at the Ministry’s of Agriculture’s headquarters. A statue of Norman Borlaug (left), credited with launching the Green Revolution, stood at the entrance to the experimental grounds, adjacent to a structure that housed experiments in soilless production practices for use in urban and peri-urban areas.

 

AIMA delegates also met with faculty and graduate students at Ambedkar University, prior to visiting with farmers in Ghummanhera village near Delhi. Faculty and students work with members of rural communities to document changes in agricultural practices, rural community issues, and farmer activism. They introduce audio-video recording techniques to residents to empower them to record their own stories. They then share them through public events that feature the art of agriculture.

 

A village courtyard at the end of a November day included the latest model New Holland tractor alongside a tri-cycle fitted with a wagon bed to haul materials from village house to workshops and farm fields. Families rely on dried cow manure for fuel (stacked in the shelves next to the firebox. Families cook mash for their cattle at these outdoor fireplaces (using dried cow manure as fuel). Some families shelter their cattle in their house courtyards. The farm families raise rice, wheat, maize (corn), and millett. They employ migrant laborers to work their fields, harvest and thresh their grain crops, and tend to their cattle. The land-owning and -leasing families struggle with maintaining soil fertility because of changing water tables, water policy, and salinity in water supplies used for irrigation.

Urban pressure also put many farms at risk, even as jobs in urban areas allow some to send money home to maintain farms and rural communities.

Many drivers who hauled AIMA delegates around the city of 26 million residents shared their stories about earning money far from their families. The drivers of motorized rickshaws and taxis (right) stay busy hauling tourists and residents around the congested city.

 

Learning more about how some India farm families care for their sacred cattle, including their prized dairy cattle, helps use be more thoughtful about the cultural practices in our region. This can lead to more compelling interpretations of agriculture and the environment, and thoughtful discussions of food supplies and feeding populations locally, regionally, and globally.

Stay tuned for more in an upcoming AIMA newsletter.

Submitted by Debra A. Reid, 2nd Vice President, AIMA and Curator of Agriculture and the Environment at The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan.

 

Summer Grain Harvest

AIMA member sites use tools representative of their time and place to harvest grains. The presenters at Firestone Farm in Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan, use a Johnston Harvesting Company Self-Rake reaper to cut Turkey Red Wheat. The farm interprets the birthplace of Harvey Firestone, and was moved to Greenfield Village from Columbiana County, Ohio in the early 1980s. This reaper represents the type of machinery that Harvey and his brothers may have seen (or may have operated) on their family farm.

Traditions-Change-Sustainable Future: AIMA’s 2017 Conference

The National Agricultural Museum of Estonia is pleased to announce the Call for Papers and information about CIMA XVIII – the 18th conference of the International Association of Agricultural Museums (AIMA). Save the dates: 9-13 May 2017; with an optional tour on 14-15 May). Plan to participate: propose a workshop, paper or panel, or join conversations around themes of interest to anyone involved with agricultural museums. These topics include:

  • Sustainable agriculture – past and future
  • Museum education and research
  • Digital media and IT in museums
  • Bread and traditional food
  • Fibre plants
  • Conservation and restoration (incl heritage engineering in agriculture)
  • Living animals in museums
  • Agriculture and rural life in art

Travel with colleagues on the optional tour following papers and site visits.

For the Call for Papers and information on tours, see the website dedicated to CIMA XVIII.

 

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

AIMA Praesidium Meeting Agenda, 2-5 July 2015

The executive committee of the International Association of Agricultural Museums (AIMA) will meet July 2-5, 2015 at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, in Reading, England. The meeting will include formal AIMA business but also conversations about the meaning of rural history and the strategies that museums take to keep rural and agricultural history collections and interpretation vibrant and meaningful. Representatives of the Rural Museums Network will join the AIMA board members to discuss strategies on July 3 (Friday) and AIMA members will tour the Chiltern Open-Air Museum on July 5 (Sunday). For information see the invitation and agenda, at http://www.AgriculturalMuseums.org
The full address is: https://agriculturalmuseums.org/governance/minutes-executive-committee-praesidium-meetings/