Conference: Rural History 2013

19-22 August, Switzerland.

The conference will take place this August in Bern, Switzerland. Rural History 2013 is the first conference to be held under the auspices of the European Rural History Organisation (EURHO). Its aims are to showcase ‘state of the art’ rural history research and strengthen international networks and collaboration among rural historians and their institutions.

Registration for the conference is open:

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New CFP! Northern Identities: Constructions of Space, Place and Region

This conference is a joint interdisciplinary collaboration between Huddersfield University and Manchester Metropolitan University, that will explore notions and expressions of the North and Northernness.

The North of England is an area that easily evokes clichés and stereotypes of its population, rooted in the region’s industrial heritage. Yet the North also has areas of rolling hills and moorland that has provided the background to a long, pre-industrial history. Within these dichotomies of the industrial and the rural, are built constructions and representations of ‘the North’ and ‘Northernness’. The time is right for a critical re-evaluation of Northern identity and how the borders of region are imagined and defined. This one-day conference invites post-graduate and early-career researchers to discuss the issues and complexities that arise in constructions of ‘the North’ and Northern identity.

The call for papers for our conference can be found here:


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Uneasy neighbours?: Rural-urban relationships in the nineteenth century. International interdisciplinary conference. 20th Sept 2013, Southampton


At this ground-breaking international conference over 30 speakers from Britain, Europe and the United States will address the vexed relationships between town and country living, morality and decay, traditional and new crafts, and progress and national identity in an era of rapid industrialisation and population migration. Professor Keith Snell will give a keynote lecture on Thomas Hardy’s sense of urban and rural ‘community’ in the novels and shorter works.

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Welcome to Rural History and Culture!

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Interested in the culture and/or history of the British countryside? Then this blog is for you!

Rural History and Culture promotes the study and discussion of rural spaces from an interdisciplinary perspective, moving away from agriculture as the ‘master narrative’ of the countryside.

The site is a ‘hub’, where anyone working on or interested in any aspect of rural culture and/or history can join the discussion, find links to resources and publications, and promote forthcoming events. It welcomes contributions which cover any time period and any area of Britain.

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