Welcome to H-Rural, a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. The primary purpose of H-Rural is to facilitate discussions about scholarship and teaching in rural and agricultural history. We welcome contributions such as conference announcements, calls for papers, course syllabi, conference reports, news of new datasets, and other items related to our focus, rural and agricultural history over time and place.

Recent Discussions

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Open Access Publishing: Opportunities, Pitfalls, and Deciding if it is Right for You

Dear H-Rural Readers,

Open Access is reshaping the scientific world by making research available to the masses while, at the same time, putting a tremendous burden on researchers who don't have the financial resources to support Open Access publication.

Stephanie Paalvast, head of Open Research at Brill Publishers will speak with Avi Staiman, CEO of Academic Language Experts about:

  • How you should decide if your research should be published open?

  • The finances of publication fees (APC’s) for open research and how to negotiate a better rate

CFP for Southern Cultures issue: Crafted

Call for Papers

Southern Cultures: Crafted

Southern Cultures, the award-winning, peer-reviewed quarterly from UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, encourages submissions from scholars, writers, and artists for a special issue, Crafted, to be published Spring 2022. We will accept submissions for this issue through May 10, 2021, at https://southerncultures.submittable.com/Submit.

Postdoc fellowship in animal welfare at University of British Columbia

Here is a postdoctoral fellowship on the history of breeding technologies and animal welfare in cattle at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. This research will contribute to the historical portion of a larger interdisciplinary project that examines perceptions, trust and interest in gene-editing technology among and within the milk and beef supply chains from farmers through to consumers. The historical research will focus on understanding perception, trust, and adoption of historical breeding technologies among all interested groups from farmers to consumers.

Registration Open for Virtual Triennial Rural Women's Studies Association Conference, May 11-15, 2021

Registration is now open for the Triennial Rural Women’s Studies Association Conference, taking place May 11-15, 2021. The Rural Women’s Studies Association is an international association that advances and promotes farm and rural women's gender studies in historical perspective.