I am seeking 1 or more co-panelists for an Agricultural History conference session on monuments and commemoration in urban and rural settings. The Agricultural History Society conference will be held in Washington, D.C. on June 6-8, 2019. The Call for Proposals is available here: http://www.aghistorysociety.org/meetings/. Deadline for submitting proposals is September 28, 2018.
The conference theme is "Power in Agricultural History." Given the recent public attention to Confederate statues and the power of memorials on the Mall in Washington, D.C., this strikes me as a particularly way to explore urban/rural power dynamics. My presentation will draw on my new book on pioneer monuments in the American West. Another will focus on early-20th-century re-enactments of slavery on restored plantations. We seek to explore comparative perspectives on Confederate memory and memory in other regions. How has memory of race, gender, and other power relationships differed in the South, West, and North, and other nations or regions? How have the politics of memory played out differently in urban and rural settings?
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