CFP: Global History of Agrarian Labor Regimes, 1750 to 2000 (Harvard University)

CFP: Global History of Agrarian Labor Regimes, 1750 to 2000*

During the past 250 years, agrarian labor regimes throughout much of
the world have undergone radical changes, with an impact on billions
of people. The transformation of the global countryside might indeed
be one of the most significant historical processes of the modern era.

The *Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH)* at Harvard
University is planning a conference for *April 2013* that is focusing
on changing labor regimes within global agriculture. We are interested
in exploring the diversity of labor regimes, the paths along which
they changed, and—most especially—the connections between these
changes in different parts of the world. We are interested in work
that explores the connected histories of propertied farming,
sharecropping, wage labor, slavery, *cultures obligatoires*, and other
such forms of labor, and how they have been connected to the spatial
and social spread of capitalism.

We are seeking proposals from historians, political scientists,
economists, sociologists, and anthropologists at all stages of their
academic career, including graduate students. We encourage proposals
from those in relevant career paths or institutions outside the
university. We are particularly interested in forging a global
discussion of these topics, and therefore welcome especially
contributions from outside North America and Europe. The conference
will try to balance broad comparative papers and revealing case
studies.

The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History is a newly created center
that responds to the growing interest at Harvard in the encompassing
study of global history. The Initiative is committed to the systematic
scrutiny of developments that have unfolded across national, regional,
and continental boundaries as well as to analysis of the
interconnections—cultural, economic, ecological and demographic—among
world societies. For further information about WIGH as well as the
conference, please consult our website at
http://wigh.wcfia.harvard.edu.

Proposals should include an abstract of no more than two pages and a
brief curriculum vita. Please email your submissions to Jessica
Barnard ( jbarnard @ wcfia.harvard.edu ) before *November 30, 2012*.
Travel expenses as well as accommodation will be covered.

Holger Droessler hdroessl @ fas.harvard.edu