Call for Papers: Rural History 2017 Panel - Agricultural policy development and altering relations

RHN 7/2017 | Call

Organisers: Dr Hans Jörgensen, Umeå University, Sweden & Professor Zsuzsanna Varga, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary

11-14 September 2017, Leuven, Belgium

Deadline for submissions: 25 January 2017

Panel at the Rural History 2017 Conference
Agricultural policy development and altering relations: How Eastern and Western Europe assessed and perceived each other after World War II

This panel will focus on agricultural policy development and trade relations in the divided Europe from the Post-War reconstruction in the late 1940s up to the 1980s. This embraces both the altering CMEA-EEC/EC relations as well as country specific economic-political changes which had effects on agricultural trade and exchanges. In this context, the individual East European countries’ economic and agricultural reforms provided various opportunities to broadening the market for agricultural products in the West. In return, increasing imports of Western agricultural machinery and implements became both visible and necessary from the 1970s. The panel thus focuses on exploring the role of economic and political changes – both in the East and West - as well as how these changes were conceived and assessed. We therefore invite scholars to join the panel by providing papers that contributes to discussions on the altering East-West agricultural relations and perception, not only related to country specific cases, but also by embracing the role of individual actors and agencies.


  1. Hans Jörgensen, Dr/Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University.
  2. Zsuzsanna Varga, Professor, Modern Hungarian History Department, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary


  1. Hans Jörgensen, University of Umeå, Sweden
  2. Zsuzsanna Varga, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary
  3. Nigel Swain, University of Liverpool, UK

Papers are invited to complete our panel related to the panel abstract above.

Please email your abstract (max. 200 words) and a short CV to

The final deadline for paper proposals is 31 January 2017 – it is therefore advised you email your abstract to the panel organiser by 25 January 2017.