The Rural Network of the Social Science History Association solicits panel proposals for the 2004 meeting (November 18-21, 2004, at the Palmer House in Chicago). This is a particularly good venue for getting non-western materials out to a broader audience than that provided by the usual Area-centered venues. There is particular interest in boosting participation from specialists in Asian (including West/SW Asia) and African regions.
The theme for this year's meeting (to which panels are NOT limited) is markets and the widespread ambivalence about the seemingly irreversible historical transformations of social relations, the environment, and the human psyche associated with market modernity.
For the 2004 SSHA meeting, organizers are particularly interested in papers and panels that focus on histories of the market in the broadest sense. These may include, but are not limited to,
* histories of literal markets in city squares, financial districts, or shopping malls;
* histories of more abstract market (and anti-market) forces whereby prices are set and fates are sealed;
* histories of the commodification of land, and of human labor, free and slave;
* histories of localized and global labor markets and of the people who migrate in response to their opening up and closing down;
* histories of marketplaces of ideas, commercial and non-commercial media, and other sites of intellectual exchange;
* histories of market mentalities and behaviors, consumer identities, market selves;
* histories of market politics and market policies ranging from early constructions of free market ideologies and practices to recent versions of neoliberalism and the protests and criticisms they have engendered.
The URL for the program call for papers is, http://www.ssha.org/ssha2004/.
The URL for Panel Proposals is, http://www.ssha.org/ssha2004/subsess.html.
Panel proposals are due by 16 February.
Philip Brown, Co-Chair
Department of History
The Ohio State University
230 West 17th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210
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