Call for Papers: Rural, Agricultural, and Environmental Network of the Social Science History Association (19-22 Nov 2020), due March 13

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The Social Science History Association’s 2020 conference will be held in Washington, DC on November 19-22, 2020, and the Rural, Agricultural, and Environmental Network (RAE) is inviting individual papers or full panels on the following environmental history topics. The (recently extended) deadline for papers is March 13.

All paper and panel submissions are welcome, however, the following areas were suggested at our annual network meeting in Chicago and seem relevant to the SSHA 2020 themes.

  • Saving Government Data

  • Climate and Empire

  • Participatory Research and Citizen Science

  • Food Security/Food Deserts/Food Apartheid in Historical Perspective

  • Property, Occupation, and Wealth

The online submission system is available at: 

Please note that discussants are now optional at the SSHA. Sessions without a discussant will have the same amount of time, ie. they allow for slightly longer papers and more Q&A.

We are keen to receive entire panels, consisting of four papers, with panel chair and discussant, but we also invite proposals for roundtables, book sessions, or single papers. You may submit sessions that are full and complete (ie. closed sessions) or sessions with two papers that still have room for an additional paper or two (ie. open sessions).

Applicants submitting single papers are also able to indicate whether they would be interested in presenting their work as a poster, if it does not end up fitting in a regular session.

The Richard Sutch Student Travel Awards are available to graduate students (and the occasional exceptional undergraduate) to help offset up to $500 of the cost of attending the 2020 conference in Washington, DC. The deadline to apply for a student travel award is March 15, 2020, and the application form is available here.

Please contact the Rural, Agricultural, and Environmental Network Representatives below with any questions, assistance creating a panel, or for help with submissions.



RAE Network Reps

Josh MacFadyen ( and 

Susan Leonard (