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Welcome to Uppsala!

The fifth biennial conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EURHO), Rural History 2021, will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, from Monday August 23 to Thursday August 26, 2021 and it is a great pleasure for us to bid you all welcome to participate at this event. The conference will be jointly organized by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Uppsala University through the Division of Agrarian History and the Department of Economic History respectively.

The EURHO conferences are the world’s largest gatherings of researchers interested in rural history and previous conferences in Bern (2013), Girona (2015), Leuven (2017), and Paris (2019) have shown their success in promoting and discussing new research on the broad field of rural history in Europe.

The aim of the conference is to promote a dialogue between rural history researchers which aims to surpass national frontiers, cross chronological barriers and break down disciplinary boundaries. Previous conferences have dealt with such diverse topics as food markets and food security; agricultural landscapes then and now; rural politics; agricultural innovation; plant and animal improvement; garden history; peasant economies; poverty and social relations in the countryside; gender and work in agriculture; enclosures, property rights and the commons; rural textile industries; urban agriculture; climate change and agricultural production; and the agricultural transformation. Our intention for this conference is to maintain this broad approach in studying problems facing the rural society with a focus on new research. In this way the scientific discussions will bring together leading researchers in the field, both established and new researchers, from different subjects expanding our knowledge on both historical and current challenges.

Furthermore, the scientific sessions are supplemented by social events and excursions to historical sites in the surroundings of Uppsala providing opportunities to get to know new acquaintances. We are also proud to announce that two renowned researchers will hold keynote speeches, followed by receptions at each of the two organizing universities. The opportunities for network building and exchange of ideas therefore stretches outside the scientific sessions themselves.

With this we wish you all welcome to Uppsala in August 2021!

Mats Morell, professor of Economic History at Uppsala University
Patrick Svensson, professor of Agrarian History at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Chairs of the Scientific Committees


E-mail (academic questions):

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Phone: +46 18 67 10 03
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Important dates

27/11 2020: Call for papers
22/1 2021: Deadline for paper proposals
3/5 2021: Opening of registration
1/6 2021: Deadline for early bird
2/8 2021: Deadline for late registration

Organised by

SLU, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Logotype.
Uppsala University. Logotype.

In collaboration with


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