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Call for Papers: ESSHC 2018 Panel - Technological change in European Atlantic agricultures (1945–2000)

RHN 75/2017 | Call

Organisers: Lourenzo Fernández Prieto, Daniel Lanero Táboas and Bruno Esperante Paramos (University of Santiago de Compostela)

4-7 April 2018, Belfast, N-Ireland

Deadline for panel submission: 1 May 2017


Call for Papers:
Rural History Panel at the ESSHC 2018 in Belfast
Policies of innovation and technological change in European Atlantic agricultures (1945–2000)

We propose a session focused on the analysis of the different range of technological changes experienced by the European Atlantic agricultures in the second half of the 20th century. This period is marked by the international context and the strengthening of mechanisms and policy interventions of States. Agricultural policies were specifically inspired by the technical paradigm of the Green Revolution, imported from the United States, in a context of greater integration of agricultural production in the market and in the capitalist forms of production.

Technological changes have a fundamental role in this process conditioned by increasingly urbanized societies, with new patterns of food consumption expressed for example in the increase in the demand for dairy products and the consolidation of Agro-business. This decisively conditioned Atlantic agricultures marked by the environmental factor, along with the historical trajectory of the specialization in livestock since the beginning of the 20th century.

We will seek to attract session perspectives of different European Atlantic agricultures and analyze the different or similar (?) paths in the same process of specialization. On the basis of the post-war period of the Second World War, as horizon it would be interesting not to lose sight of the importance of the progressive convergence of the different Atlantic agriculture under the umbrella of the European Union (EU) and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Taking into account the founding countries (France or Germany), as well as other countries in the seventies (Ireland, Denmark or Britain); countries under authoritarian trajectories during much of the time and integrated in the 1980s (Spain and Portugal) and finally those integrated in the 1990s (Sweden or Finland).

Some ideas about processes of technological change in agriculture that may inspire session participants:

  • Paths and processes of technological change in agriculture: Motomechanization, Fertilizers
  • Specialization in livestock and dairy production
  • Dimension of farms, infrastructure and new technologies (stables/electricity/cooling/silage mechanics).


Please contact us if you are interested:

Prof. Lourenzo Fernández Prieto (University of Santiago de Compostela): lourenzo.fernandez@usc
Dr. Daniel Lanero Táboas (University of Santiago de Compostela): daniel.lanero@usc.es
PhD student. Bruno Esperante Paramos (University of Santiago de Compostela): bruno.esperante@usc.es

Closing date for panel submissions via the ESSHC website is 1 May 2017.

ESSHC 2018 Website: https://esshc.socialhistory.org/esshc-belfast-2018

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