Who is a Farmer? Regional Identity and Rural Culture

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Call for Papers
December 1, 2016
Michigan, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Rural History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Who is a Farmer? Regional Identity and Rural Culture

Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting

Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

June 8-10, 2017

The Agricultural History Society invites proposals that broadly engage the following theme: "Who is a Farmer? Regional Identity and Rural Culture." By contemplating who farmers have been in the past, we interrogate agriculture as an industry, a lifestyle, and an identity. The question also opens engagement with regional identities as particular agricultural pursuits have historically been used by insiders and outsiders to define geographic regions on different continents. We also question gendered concepts of agricultural life, as well as notions of rural vs. urban. How has agricultural work affected culture? How has agriculture contributed to group identities, such as twentieth-century American back-to-the-landers? When did farming reinforce tradtitional identities, create new ones, or craft perceptions of rural people? The AHS conference will be held immediately following the Midwestern History Association conference hosted by the Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University.

Information on submissions:

  • The AHS takes a broad view on what constitutes rural and agricultural history. Topics from any location and time period are welcome. 
  • The AHS encourages proposals of all types, including traditional sessions with successive papers and commentary, thematic panel discussions or debates, roundtables on recent books or films, workshops, and poster presentations.
  • If you will need technology for presentations, please indicate this in your proposal.
  • The program committee prefers complete session proposals, but individual papers will be considered.
  • The AHS extends a special welcome to graduate students and has a competitive travel grant for students presenting papers.


1. Session proposals should include a two-hundred-word abstract for each paper and a one-page CV for each panel member (in MS Word).

2. Individual paper proposals should consist of a two-hundred-word abstract and a one-page CV (in MS Word).

3. All proposals should be submitted electronically in MS Word format. Submit all proposals to Cherisse Jones-Branch (crjones@astate.edu).

Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2016.

Questions may be addressed to Cherisse Jones-Branch at crjones@astate.edu

Program Committee Members: Cherisse Jones-Branch, Arkansas State University; Kelly Wenig, Iowa State University; Kelly Houston Jones, Austin Peay State University; and Sara Morris, University of Kansas.

Contact Info: 

Cherisse Jones-Branch, Chair

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