15 May 2020:
Call for sessions - now open!

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 23 August to Thursday 26 August 2021 and it is a great pleasure for us to bid you all welcome to participate at this event. The conference will be jointly organised 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 city of Uppsala is situated just north of the capital Stockholm and is the home of Uppsala University, the oldest university in the Nordic countries (1477) with leading education and research within the humanities, social science, natural science and medicine, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, a world top-three ranked specialized agricultural university.

The purpose of the Rural History conferences is to promote a dialogue between researchers which aims to stretch over time and space, and to cross 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; rural culture; 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, environmental pressure 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 and thereby expand 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.

We hope to see you in Uppsala in August 2021 and a first step to making sure that you will be one important part of the conference is to submit a proposal for a session, the call is open from 15 May 2020.

Welcome to Uppsala in 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 International Scientific Committee and the Local Organising Committee


E-mail (academic questions):

Academic Conferences
Phone: +46 18 67 10 03
E-mail (practical questions):

Important dates

15/5 2020: Call for session proposals
15/9 2020: Deadline for session proposals
2/11 2020: Call for papers
4/1 2021: Deadline for paper proposals
1/3 2021: Opening of registration
1/6 2021: Deadline for early bird
2/8 2021: Deadline for late registration

Organised by

SLU. Logotype
Uppsala University. Logotype

In collaboration with


EURHO Logotype