The 21st century global subsistence crisis in historical perspectiveConvenors: Eric Vanhaute, Ghent University, Belgium; Mark Tauger, West Virginia University, USAUtrecht, Netherlands3-7 Aug 2009Deadline: 15.08.2009
The rapid increase in food prices and its serious economic, social, and political consequences surprised many people, including the supposedly wise and insightful leaders of international financial institutions. Yet this crisis has clear and obvious roots in the histories of agriculture, peasantries, the food system, the oil industry, and governmental policies. The proposals of International Financial Institutions and other groups and individuals to alleviate this crisis reflect these same roots and may perpetuate the fundamental problems they created.
We invite proposals for a panel at the upcoming World Economic History Conference in Utrecht, 3-7 August 2009 [url]http://www.wehc2009.org/[/url]