Program in Agrarian Studies

Colloquium Series

The core of the Agrarian Studies Program's activities is a weekly colloquium organized around an annual theme. Invited specialists send papers in advance that are the focus of an organized discussion by the faculty and graduate students associated with the colloquium.

Hinterlands, Frontiers, Cities, and States: Transactions and Identities” is the theme for the next year.

This topic embraces, inter alia, the study of mutual perceptions between countryside and city, and patterns of cultural and material exchange, extraction, migration, credit, legal systems, and political order that link them.

It also includes an understanding of how different societies conceive of the spatial order they exhibit. What terms are meaningful and how are they related?: e.g., frontier, wilderness, arable, countryside, city, town, agriculture, commerce, “hills,” lowlands, maritime districts, inland. How have these meanings changed historically and what symbolic and material weight do they bear?

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Meetings are Fridays, 11am - 1pm

Venue: ISPS seminar room B012 at 77 Prospect Street (see map and directions)

PDF copies of papers are available one week in advance of session by clicking on name of presenter in colloquium schedule.

View the new 2013 Spring Colloquium schedule, now online.