The core of the Agrarian Studies Program’s activities is a weekly colloquium organized around an annual theme. Invited specialists send papers in advance that are the focus of an organized discussion by the faculty and graduate students associated with the colloquium.

This topic embraces, inter alia, the study of mutual perceptions between countryside and city, and patterns of cultural and material exchange, extraction, migration, credit, legal systems, and political order that link them.

It also includes an understanding of how different societies conceive of the spatial order they exhibit. What terms are meaningful and how are they related?: e.g., frontier, wilderness, arable, countryside, city, town, agriculture, commerce, “hills,” lowlands, maritime districts, inland. How have these meanings changed historically and what symbolic and material weight do they bear?

Meetings are Fridays, 11am – 1pm

Lunch to follow

230 Prospect Street, Room 101

September 14
Ben Orlove
School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
The End in Sight: Life near Shrinking Glaciers

September 21
Jo Guldi
Department of History, Southern Methodist University
States, Courts, Decentralized Movements, and Resisting Eviction Culture: The Land Valuer's Tale (Dublin, 1881)

September 28
Sigrid Schmalzer
History Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Conserving Soil, Preserving Knowledge: Terracing Campaigns and Agricultural Heritage Studies in China, 1949 to Today

October 5
Robert Thorson
Center for Integrative Geosciences and Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut
America's First Broad Environmental Assessment? Readings from The Boatman (Harvard, 2017)

October 12
Aidan Forth
Department of History, Loyola University Chicago
Barbed-Wire Imperialism: Britain's Empire of Camps, 1876-1903

October 26
Benjamin Siegel
Department of History, Boston University
Markets of Pain: Poppy Politics and the Global Origins of the American Opioid Crisis

November 2
Lori Flores
Department of History, Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Dark Henhouses, Forests, Berries, and Water: Latino Labor Struggles in Maine, 1990 to the Present

November 9
Benjamin Madley
Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles
Other Argonauts: Native Hawaiians in the California Gold Rush

November 30
Julie Livingston
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and Department of History, New York University
Self-Devouring Growth: A Planetary Parable as Told from Southern Africa

December 7
Gregory Thaler
Department of International Affairs, University of Georgia
False Equivalencies of the Smallholder Slot: Cash Crop Development in the Brazilian Amazon and Indonesian Borneo