The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and New Mexico State University invite historians, economists, geographers, sociologists, ethnographers, and other scholars to submit proposals for the next Agricultural History Society symposium on 29 May – 1 June 2003 in Las Cruces. The conference topic will be “Agriculture and Rural Life in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico.” Although topics should all be rooted in history, the topic permits submissions involving agricultural, economic, geographic, military, cultural, and contemporary history issues.
Papers on the following issues are particularly encouraged: Spanish and Mexican periods; food and cuisine; labor issues; regional Native Americans; the region in cinema or literature; communal and religious settlements and groups (including Mennonite and Mormon farmers); and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and its effects on both sides of the border. Special consideration will be given to non-traditional presentations, including use of cinema and cross-border collaborations. Organizers plan to make translators available so presentations can be offered in both English and Spanish. Scholars from Mexico, Europe, and Central and South America who write on these or related issues are strongly encouraged to take part.
In support of this conference topic, we plan to include sessions and/or meals that focus on traditional Southwestern or New Mexican foods and their related cultures. Plenary sessions of invited speakers and conference participants will also be planned to discuss non-traditional issues, such as asking what role rural life has played traditionally and more recently in the development of American character. Has the recent dearth of it contributed to changes in society, and is it seeing a resurrection? What are the implications? These sessions offer a chance for all agricultural and rural-life historians to explore topics they usually do not have an opportunity to debate with other scholars.
Submission of a 500-word abstract and a current vita should be sent to Cameron Saffell at the address below or sent via e-mail to CSaffell@frh.state.nm.us. Proposals will be accepted through 1 October 2002.
Cameron L. Saffell
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces NM 88011-5067
(505) 522-3085 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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