Rural History 2015

Keynote Sessions


Keynote Session I

Rural History in Spain: Twenty-five years of networking

One of the aims of the creation of the EURHO is to facilitate exchange and dialogue among agrarian historians from different areas and regions. The celebration of the 2015 Conference in Girona constitutes a unique opportunity to offer all participants a state of the art in this field carried out by researchers from the welcoming country, one of the European countries with a long tradition of agrarian history. Proof of this is the fact that the two organizing bodies, the Spanish Society of Agrarian History (SEHA) and the Rural History Research Centre, are both celebrating twenty-five years of existence this year. The Keynote will feature the participation of Lluís To, professor of Medieval History at the University of Girona and director of the Institute of Historical Research, who will speak on behalf of Rural History Research Centre of the University of Girona and also act as moderator, Vicente Pinilla, full professor at the University of Zaragoza, on behalf of the Spanish Society of Agrarian History, Miguel Cabo, professor of Contemporary History at the University of Santiago and Enric Tello, professor of Economic History at the University of Barcelona.

At the end of the act, the Mestall prize, convened by the Association of Rural History and addressed to reward research studies on rural history by secondary school students, will be awarded to the winner of the 13th edition of this prize, corresponding to the academic year 2014-2015.

Keynote Session II

Museums of Agriculture and Rural Life. Debra A. Reid [+]

Dialogue with the present is one of the main challenges of agrarian historians. To the extent that regions have undergone processes of urbanization and industrialization many clichés have arisen regarding rural life, which historical research has often cast doubt on. Therefore, in recent decades close collaboration among all agents interested in disseminating information about the rural world in all of its facets has become especially necessary. The organizers of the Conference, who have the support of the Catalan Institute of Cultural Heritage and the Museum of Rural Life of Espluga de Francolí, invite all delegates to reflect on this collaboration in this keynote. Two international associations of museums will be presented: the International Association of Agricultural Museums and the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, as well as several experiences in recent times in this area. This session will feature the participation of Debra A. Reid (ALHFAM and AIMA),Ollie Angus Douglas of the Museum of English Rural Life (AIMA), and Jordi Llavina of the Museum of Rural Life of Espluga de Francolí. Jordi d'Arquer i Terrasa (Institutional Relations of Antique Tractor Museum of Castellbisbal) will be the moderator of this session.

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