The sixth Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History (SFARE) will be held at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC on April 26-27, 2013. Sponsored by the Department of History and Politics at Converse with support from the Goodall Environmental Studies Center at Wofford College, the Center for the History of Agriculture, Science, and the Environment of the South at Mississippi State University, and Agricultural History, the Forum’s goal is to provide a welcoming and collegial environment for graduate students and established scholars to present new material that pushes the boundaries of agricultural, rural, and environmental history.
Dr. Kathryn Newfont, chair of the Regional Studies Department at Mars Hill College and author of Blue Ridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina, will present a keynote address entitled “Exploring the Fruitful Intersection of Oral History and Environmental History.” Other conference activities will include a field trip to a sustainable farming operation and a reading by environmental writer John Lane (author of My Paddle to the Sea).
The organizers intend this event to be a place for scholars of all ranks to try out innovative ideas in an informal, supportive, and constructive setting. Toward that end, we ask that participants plan on attending all sessions to generate quality discussion for all presenters (the sessions will be non-concurrent). Work on all geographic locations and time periods is welcome.
Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit session, roundtable, or single-paper proposals on any topic dealing with rural, agricultural, or environmental history.
Please submit a 100-word paper proposal or a 250-word session proposal, and brief biographical sketch or CV electronically to Melissa Walker, Johnson Professor of History, Converse College, at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2013.
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