CFP: Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History (SFARE)

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The Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History (SFARE) is now accepting proposals for its annual conference, to be held at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, February 10-11, 2017.

Now in its tenth year, SFARE provides a collegial setting for established scholars and advanced graduate students to present material that pushes the boundaries of agricultural, rural, and environmental history.  In keeping with SFARE’s tradition of fostering a welcoming and constructive atmosphere, participants should plan to attend ALL panels (there are no concurrent sessions) in order to provide quality feedback for each presenter. This year’s event is supported by the David Potter fund for southern history in the Department of History at Rice University, with additional support from the Center for the History of Agriculture, Science, and the Environment of the South (CHASES) at Mississippi State University.

Max Edelson will deliver this year’s keynote address. Dr. Edelson is an associate professor at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina, published by Harvard University Press. Drawing on research in cartography and geography, he is completing a new project titled The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence, which will also be released by Harvard University Press.

Work on all geographic locations and time periods is welcome. Faculty and students are invited to submit panel, roundtable, or single-paper proposals on any topic dealing with rural, agricultural, or environmental history. Please submit a 250-word paper proposal or a 500-word panel proposal, along with a one-page CV for each person involved, to Randal Hall at

The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2016. Responses will be sent by December 1.