Rural, Agricultural and Environmental

The Rural, Agricultural and Environmental Network of the Social Science History Association is a broad network including research focused on rural society, on the interaction between rural and urban society, on agricultural history, and on the use of land from an environmental perspective. It rests upon the interdependence between people and land, historically and today, and the effects on humans and nature from this interdependence. Although most panels in recent meetings have addressed these questions focusing on Europe and North America during the last two centuries, panels covering other parts of the world and earlier time periods have also been arranged regularly.

Some examples of panels from the last year’s meetings are:

  • Land-Based State Modernizing Projects, 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Rural Pluralities in Europe. Histories from the Countryside since the Interwar years
  • Intra-Continental Agricultural Migration in the Old and New World (1800-2000)
  • The Global Mining Economy
  • Rural-Urban Inequalities under Industrialization
  • Land Tenure in Agrarian Transformations
  • Land and Power in the Developing World

Each year, all researchers connected to the main theme of the network are most welcome to submit panels or individual papers to the forthcoming meeting. We also welcome proposals for book sessions featuring new publications in any field relevant to rural studies as well as proposals for round tables.

At the annual meeting, there is a scheduled network meeting where ideas for the next conference are discussed. We hope to see you there to help us improve and extend the network!

Network Representatives


Apply for the Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award by June 30th.

The deadline to apply for the President’s Book Award has been extended to July 20th.

View the preliminary program for SSHA 2019.

SSHA 2019 will be held in Chicago, November 21-24, 2019. Click here to register.

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