Colloquium

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

Spring 2019

January 25
Jason W. Moore
Binghamton University, Department of Sociology
Climate Change and Civilizational Crisis, 376-2018: A Geohistorical Interpretation


February 1
Helen Curry
University of Cambridge, Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Endangered Genes and the International Seed Bank: Conserving Crop Diversity after the Green Revolution


February 8
David Bello
Washington and Lee University, Department of History
A Trickle of Authority: The Arid Identity of Empire in 18th Century Xinjiang


February 15
Mark Frank
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Easy Asian Languages and Cultures
Assimilation Ecology: Ethnicity, Gender, and Lifeways in the Chinese Settlement of Eastern Tibet


February 22
Reinaldo Funes Monzote
University of Havana, Cuba, Department of History
Our Trip to the Moon: The Ideas about Transformation of Nature in Cuba During the Cold War


March 1
Mikael Wolfe
Stanford University, Department of History
‘A Revolution is a Force More Powerful than Nature’: The Impact of Hurricane Flora of 1963 on the Agrarian Character of the Cuban Revolution


March 29
Anna Tsing
University of California Santa Cruz, Department of Anthropology
Others without History: Organisms as Agility-shifting Actors in the Trajectory of Capital


April 5
Caterina Scaramelli
Yale University, Program in Agrarian Studies
“Swamps into Wetlands: Crafting Moral Ecology in Turkey”


April 12
John Buchanan
Yale University, Program in Agrarian Studies
Run to the Hills: Mainland Southeast Asia’s Integration into Global Opium Markets (1940-1998)


April 19
Tony Andersson
Yale University, Program in Agrarian Studies
Population and Other Bombs: Erasing the Maya to Save the Maya Forest


April 26
Sakura Christmas
Bowdoin College, Department of History and Asian Studies Program
Between Steppe and Sown, Nation and Empire in Inner Mongolia, 1900-1930


Fall 2018

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