If you are planning to attend ASECS annual meeting in Baltimore next Spring, please consider submitting an abstract for the following panel, the deadline has been extended to October 8th.
124. Agricultural Knowledge and Practices in the Eighteenth Century
This panel seeks to interrogate literary, cultural, and pictorial representations of agriculture in Europe and in the world with a focus on divergent views on the exploitation of nature. We are interested in papers exploring/questioning the physiocratic imperative of progress, the modernization of agricultural and horticultural practices, by shedding light for instance on the conflicts between traditional praxis and the proponents of rationalized, quantified, scalable knowledge. We invite contributions that investigate the forms of resistance to innovation, the authority of abstract science over empirical knowledge, and the proliferation of treatises on horticulture and gardening that have until recently received little scholarly attention. We also welcome papers examining ways of reconfiguring the ecologies of human/nonhuman relationships in the context of food production.