Call for Papers: 2015 AHS Annual Meeting (Lexington, Kentucky)

RHN 67/2014 | Call

Organiser: Agricultural History Society

3-6 June 2015, Lexington, Kentucky

Deadline: 1 October 2014

Located in the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky, the 2015 annual meeting of the Agricultural History Society will explore the theme of animals in rural, agricultural, and environmental history. For thousands of years, people have fostered profound, often contradictory relationships with animals. Nowhere is this relationship more evident and complicated than in its agricultural context, where animals have served as labor saving machines, companions, capital, food, and proxies for societies’ larger relationships, whether human, spiritual, or material. Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region offers an excellent location to consider that historical relationship, given its longstanding place at the center of the international business of thoroughbred racing, horse breeding, veterinary science, and ancillary industries like bourbon distillation. The committee especially encourages proposals on the place of animals in rural, agricultural, and environmental history, but also welcomes panels that are not related to the conference theme.

Information on submission:

  • The Society takes a broad view on what constitutes rural and agricultural history. Topics from any location and time period are welcome.
  • The AHS encourages proposals of all types, including traditional sessions with successive papers and commentary, thematic panel discussions or debates, roundtables on recent books or films, workshops, and poster presentations.
  • If you will need technology for presentations, please indicate this in your proposal.
  • The program committee prefers complete session proposals, but individual papers will be considered.
  • The AHS extends a special welcome to graduate students and has a competitive travel grant for students presenting papers.


    1. Session proposals should include a two-hundred-word abstract for each paper and a one-page CV for each panel member.
    2. Individual paper proposals should consist of a two-hundred-word abstract and a one-page CV.
    3. All proposals should be submitted electronically in Word format. Submit all proposals to Mark Hersey (

      Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014.

      Questions may be addressed to Mark Hersey (

      Program Committee Members: Mark Hersey, Mississippi State University (Chair); Joe Anderson, Mount Royal University; Gabe Rosenberg, Duke University; Deb Fink, Ames, Iowa.