Call for Papers: Rural History 2019 Panel – Developing and changing land tenure system

RHN 185/2018 | Call

Organiser: Dániel Luka (University of Pécs, Hungary)

Rural History 2019, 10-13 September 2019, Paris, France

Deadline for paper proposals: 21st January 2019


Call for Papers:
Rural History 2019 Panel
Developing and changing land tenure system, goals and methods

Examining agriculture on every level, in every country and in any time period could begin with land tenure structure. Its development has a long path; first of all one should evaluate the principles of land tenure system to understand the structural changes and processes in the countryside. Regulations on utilizing, reallocating land are essential to agricultural production. Agrarian- and land policies are framework in which these measures are taken until now, however the historical, socio-economic context is more important to assess them overall.

Bringing together researchers from different countries and disciplines can add more detail on transnational problems and challenges regarding land ownership and land use and also to develop own ideas. Beyond system analyses proposals with focus on micro-level (one family, village) are welcome as well. Explaining research methods and theoretical principles could contribute to dialogues and raise further questions. Aims of the session are drawing new conclusions and attention to transnational history, to encourage researchers to do such analysis and to summarize previous results. Participants are expected to present studies in various approaches, either from historical or from contemporary view.

Furthermore the following questions are linked to land tenure, which can be considered to this session papers as part of international approaches: Is the food production increasable through effective and properly utilization of land? Have the land tenure systems common elements which can make them more developed? Which peasant initiatives, land policy measures and legislative action have been taken in order to establish new structure in the countryside? Could one draw a straight line in history and present of protection of agricultural land or forests? How has been it realized and controlled? How could a comparison help identify socioeconomic processes, their similarities and differences based on change of land tenure? Should one apply transnational comparison to recognize transfers and connection between transformation of rural societies and economies?

There is no specific restriction on paper proposals, different research themes and fields related to land tenure system can be considered for presentation. The paper proposal should not exceed 200 words and should include a title, name and affiliation of participant. Deadline for proposals is 21st January 2019.



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