The Rural History Network (RHN) of the European Social Science History Conference invites
session and paper proposals for the European Social Science History Conference which will be
held in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday April 23th to Friday April 25th, 2014.
Session and paper proposals can be submitted to the network chairs or to the conference site.
Deadline for session and paper proposals is 15 May 2013. Please note that the network chairs
are especially eager to see complete session proposals, as we find that this is conducive to
intellectual coherence in sessions. However, promising single paper submissions will be given
every consideration, and we will try to find them compatible sessions for inclusion. There will
be a maximum of 17 RHN-sessions.
On 2014, for the first time, the ESSHC organization committee will offer the Prof. Jan
Lucassen Award for best paper at the ESSHC by a (PhD) student.
We are keen to organize sessions on more general topics. We also encourage sessions that
stimulate trans/inter-national and trans/inter-regional comparisons. To encourage discussion
and promote unity of the sessions, we accept that sessions can be proposed on more than one
network. In this case, session organizers should refer what is the partner network of the RHN.
When you have suggestions for recent books that would merit a “Meet the author”-session, we
would very much appreciate it that you send these suggestions to us. We can also have “Round
tables” sessions. The Round table-format is suitable when you want to stimulate discussion on a
general topic or when you embark on a new theme and want to raise some first reactions.
The RHN-sessions at the ESSHC provide rural historians with the opportunity to present their
work to colleagues who are working in the same field, but also to scholars who have a more
general interest in social, cultural and economic history. In other words, this conference gives
us the chance to demonstrate the importance of rural history for the historical process in
Possible themes for sessions in Vienna (this list provided by the network chairs is just meant to
stimulate your thoughts. We are open for other themes and proposals):
Global markets and local products
“Land grabbing” and agrarian reforms
Formal and informal cooperation on the countryside
Agriculture and biodiversity on historical perspective
Social movements and rural society politicization
Rise and fall of regional productions
(Re)Invention of traditions
Rural impacts of the economic crises
World food needs and agriculture changes
Governing the rural: institutions and policies
Historical climate changes and agriculture
Migrations and rural society
(Re)Construction of regional identities
Global circulation: agriculture products and consumption habits
Innovation: lay and scientific knowledge
Hunger and famines on history
How to propose a paper
Fill out the pre-registration form on the Internet: http://esshc.socialhistory.org . Include an
abstract of your paper (100-500 words). If you have no access to the Internet, please contact the
Conference secretariat for a paper form. Please send in your form as soon as possible, but
before May, 15st 2013 at the latest.
How to organise a panel session
Gather three or four speakers who each will present a paper on a related topic, a commentator
who will introduce the discussion with a prepared comment on the papers and a chair. The
roles of the session organizer, chair and commentator can be fulfilled by the same or by
different persons. Confirm participation and arrange with these individuals the (date of)
exchange of papers and the way the session will be conducted. Submit the proposal for a
session with a pre-registration form for each individual speaker. The deadline for this is May
15, 2013. Contact the speakers regularly; to make sure that the preparation of the session is
progressing, as you would want it to be.
If you want to organise a panel session and you are looking for contributors, you may think of
using H-Rural for asking other scholars to join you in a session.
Payment in advance full fee: Euro 200; one day attendance: Euro 100.
Note: make sure you fill in the pre-registration form, including a 100-500 word abstract of your
proposed paper before 15 May 2013 at the ESSHC-site.
Additional information regarding the conference can be found at:
Network rural history
Dulce Freire (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon)
Anton Schuurman (Wageningen University, Netharlands)
firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://esshc.socialhistory.org
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