The Newberry Library will hold a special session of its Rural History Seminar on May 3, 2003, focusing on the broad theme: The Industrial Countryside in the Great Lakes. We will select four papers for pre-circulation and discussion at the conference. Papers should be no more than 30 pages in length including notes. Limited travel assistance is available for presenters on a needs basis.
We are looking for papers that focus on the rural history of the Great Lakes region broadly defined to include the territory surrounding the North American Great Lakes, including Canada and the United States. In particular, we seek papers that develop our understanding of production, extraction, and consumption in relation to the non-urban environment of the region. Topics might include, but are not limited to: mining or timber industry communities and subsistence agriculture; images and realities of rural industrial landscapes; the history of agribusiness production and food politics; rural households and wage labor markets; relations between farmers and processors; race and gender in rural labor systems and rural workers' experiences, etc.
Send a description of your paper and how it fits into a larger project (no more than two pages) and a c.v. by December 2, 2002.
Scholl Center for Family & Community History
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610-3380
phone: (312) 255-3524
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