CFP. Eurasian Rural and Agricultural History Workshop 201

Eurasian Rural and Agricultural History Workshop 2015

University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts

Date: Thu, 25 June – Sat, 27 June 2015

Venue: Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, 9712 CP Groningen, NL


This conference combines historical economic development and rural and agricultural change in an international perspective. What is the role of agriculture for economic growth? How did rural and urban labor markets relate to each other in different parts of the world? How did rural credit markets evolve and how did they foreshadow credit for industrialization? What was the role of market integration of agricultural commodities, and storage policy for rural and urban food security? Finally, what drove agricultural production and productivity, and how was it related to the household, demographic growth, urbanization and industrialization?

At the background are questions about comparing Asian-European rural developments, the different regions and urban centers, and the grand narratives on diverging economic tracks on the Eurasian continent.

Keynote speakers

– Kent Deng (London School of Economics)

– Ewout Frankema (Wageningen University)

– Ni Yuping (Groningen and Tsinghua University Beijing)

Preliminary programme

Thursday: Evening keynote 17.30-18.30 + 19.00 dinner

Friday: 9.00-10.30/11.00-12.30/lunch + keynote/14.30-16.00/16.30-18.00 + dinner 

Saturday: 9.00-10.30/11.00-12.30/keynote + lunch

Submission and publication

For these topics we welcome submissions about regions and countries in Asia and Europe – preferably but necessarily comparably. Papers indicated for publication in Historia Agriculturae (published by the Netherlands Agricultural Historical Institute NAHI) should be 10-20 pages long, address a clearly specified research question with an adequate method and discuss one or more cases.


Abstracts (500 words): 15 April 2015

Confirmations send out by: 15 May 2015

Full paper deadline: 15 June 2015


On request there are some places available for participants – not presenting.

The language of the conference will be English.

All information, abstracts and papers M.G.J. Duijvendak email address: