“(Trans)national Mobilization: The March 1971 Fam Protest 50 years on”

Catégorie :Appels à communication

Date :du lundi, 23 août 2021 au jeudi, 26 août 2021 à 23:59

Date limite : vendredi, 04 septembre 2020 à 23:59

Lieu :Uppsala (Suède)

Contact : carine.germond..a..ntnu.no

Résumé :

We are looking for paper givers for a panel on “(Trans)national Mobilization: The March 1971 Farmers’ Protest 50 years on” for the next conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EURHO), Rural History 2021, Uppsala, 23-26.08.2021. The proposed papers can cover i.a. different, national, transnational and supranational vantage points, e.g. national/Community level farm groups, European institutions; the reactions to and reception of the protest; the longer-term legacy of the demonstration on farm protests in Europe.

Détails :

We are looking for paper givers for a panel on “(Trans)national Mobilization: The March 1971 Farmers’ Protest 50 years on” for the 5th conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EURHO), Rural History 2021, Uppsala, 23-26 August 2021.

On 23 March 1971, 80.000 to 100.000 farmers from the member states of the European Community flocked the streets of the Belgian Capital to protest against Sicco Mansholt’s plans for reforming the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and tumbling farm prices and incomes. This massive demonstration went into the historical annals on several accounts. It was the first transnationally coordinated farm protest since the creation of the CAP. Staged to show the unity and solidarity of Community farmers across national borders, the demonstration epitomized the emergence of a transnational farm alliance against CAP reform. In addition to that, the March 1971 was not only massive, but it took novel forms and climaxed in a destructive riot that made newspaper headlines and marked the minds of the contemporaries. Lastly, it succeeded to a large extent in achieving its aim, namely, to pressure the national agriculture ministers into substantially watering down the Commission’s initial reform proposal and bring them more in line with farm interests and preferences.

As the demonstration’s 50th anniversary will be commemorated in 2021, the aim of the panel is twofold. First, we set out to take a fresh stock of this seminal protest based on archival records and oral history interviews. Second, we seek to embed it into the history of farm protest in the European Union and that of the CAP.

We are particularly interested in papers that
(1) engage with different, national, transnational and supranational vantage points, e.g. national/Community level farm groups, European institutions;
(2) examine the reactions to and reception of the protest;
(3) assess its longer-term legacy on farm protests in Europe.

Interested contributors should send the title and a short abstract of their proposed paper (max. 200 words) together with a short biography (max. 300 words) to Prof. Carine S. Germond (carine.germond@ntnu.no) and Dr. Chantal Bisschop (Chantal.bisschop@cagnet.be) by 4 September 2020. A publication of the papers is planned.