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

Fall 2019

September 13
Marc Edelman
City University of New York, Department of Anthropology
How the United Nations Recognized the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas

September 20
Bradley Davis
Eastern Connecticut State University, Department of History 
Marks of the Beast: Animals and Ethnē in the Vietnamese Agrarian Empire 

September 27
Faisal Husain 
Penn State University, Department of History
The Ecology of Mobile Pastoralism in the Ottoman World: An Early Modern View from the Edge

October 4
Charles Mann
Writer and Journalist
The History of the West from the Future 

October 11
Zachary Caple
University of South Florida, Department of Anthropology
The Wood Storks of Lake Somerset: Multispecies Ethnography of the Holocene/Anthropocene Boundary Event

October 25
Ana Mariella Bacigalupo
State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Anthropology
The Subversive Politics of Sentient Places: Climate Change, Collective Ethics, and Environmental Justice in Peru

November 1
Allison Collis Greene 
Emory University, Candler School of Theology
The Light of Tyrrell: Economic Justice and Christian Interracialism in a Jim Crow Swamp

November 8
Erika Beckman
University of Pennsylvania, Comparative Literature 
Epics and Anti-epics of Agrarian Transformation in Twentieth Century Latin America 

November 15
Pierre Du Plessis
Aarhus University, Anthropology Department/Centre for Environmental Humanities
Staying with the Truffle: Tracking Landscape Relations in the Kalahari Desert after “Man the Hunter”

December 6
Samantha Iyer 
Fordham University, Department of History
The Global Problem of Plenty: Regulating Agriculture in Egypt, India, and the United States, 1870s to 1930s