CFP: Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History 2016 (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 Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama, April 15-16, 2016.

Now in its ninth 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 sponsored by the Department of History at Samford University, with support from the Center for the History of Agriculture, Science, and the Environment of the South (CHASES) at Mississippi State University.

The SFARE 2016 program committee is proud to announce that Bart Elmore will deliver this year’s keynote address. Dr. Elmore is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama and the editor of the new Histories of Capitalism and the Environment series at the West Virginia University Press. His book, Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism, published by W.W. Norton in 2015, explores how Coke’s insatiable thirst for natural resources shaped both the company and environments around the globe. It was awarded a Gold Medal in the 2015 Axiom Business Book Awards, which honors the year’s best business books.

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 100-word paper proposal or a 250-word panel proposal, along with a one-page CV, to Erin Stewart Mauldin, Assistant Professor, Samford University, at

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016. Presenters will be notified by February 1.