The final schedule is now posted!

You can now download a copy of the schedule under the Program tab.

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Keynote Lecture by Prof. Chris Henke September 30, 4pm

WHEATS 2011 will open with a public lecture from Chris Henke, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colgate University.

Contested Fields: Agriculture and Environmental Conflicts through the Lens of ‘Place’

September 30, 4pm — MIT, Building E51, room 095

Abstract:  In a world of increasingly global connections, agriculture is both part of these widespread networks but also still rooted to the specific “places” where crops are produced.  This literal grounding of agriculture makes it a potential site for conflict over the environmental impacts of farming, serving as a place for diverse interests to contest the practices and technologies used in specific locations.  The example of agricultural biotechnology makes a useful case to explore the place-based conflicts over agriculture in the early twenty-first century.

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Thanks to National Geographic for the new header image

The original photo & an explanation can be found here, on National Geographic’s superb “Photo of the Day” site.

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Papers have been posted!

Go here to download them. You’ll need the password, however.

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The abstracts have been posted!

Check them out under “Paper abstracts.” Full papers to follow soon!

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Welcome to WHEATS 2011 @MIT!

MIT is pleased to be hosting the 8th annual meeting Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science, September 30-October 2, 2011. Since its inauguration in 2004, WHEATS has aimed to bring together graduate students studying the environment, agriculture, science, and/or technology from ahistorical perspective. The Workshop welcomes students from allied disciplines such as geography and anthropology who are doing work of a historical nature.

The Call for Proposals is now out!

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