CFP: [American] Rural Heritage Institute: The Place of Work in Rural Communities

full name / name of organization: 
Pavel Cenkl

Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College:
The Place of Work in Rural Communities
An ASLE-Affiliated Symposium

June 11-15, 2008
Sterling College
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
Deadline: February 1, 2008

Panels, workshops, presentations, and roundtable proposals are solicited
for The Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College (RHI), a four-day
series of interdisciplinary academic, experiential, and instructional
field-based workshops scheduled for June 11-15th 2008. Each of the four
days of the event will highlight and strengthen connections between
scholarship on rural communities in the Northeast broadly â€" and in the
Northeast Kingdom specifically â€" and field experience with/in the working
communities in the region.

The Institute capitalizes on the integrative model of community learning
and experiential academics by the host venue. Sterling College, located
only 30 miles from the Canadian border in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast
Kingdom, is an ideal place in which to explore interwoven threads of place,
culture, and community in the fabric of the region’s agricultural and
land-use heritage. RHI effectively integrates environmental stewardship and
sustainable community-based approach to global issues with an innovative
approach to experience-based education. A natural extension of Sterling
College’s forestry, draft horse, and sustainable agriculture programs â€" as
well as its integrative community-based curriculum â€" RHI can serve as the
base for a cross-disciplinary exploration of rural heritage in Vermont and
across northern New England.

The intimate atmosphere of this Institute (between 40-60 participants) is
ideal for generative conversations among a broad range of practitioners,
scholars, community members, and under/graduate students who share an
interest in exploring the intersections of nature and culture in the rural
Northeast â€" and, most importantly, are passionate about solidifying the
connections between community, academic scholarship, and meaningful work in
the field.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Developing Digital Communities
Technology and Rural Heritage
Storytelling and Oral History
Sustainable Agriculture
Livestock and Draft Animals in Cultural Context
Theory and Practice of the Mixed Power Model
Farmstead and Folk Arts
The Rural Artisan
Sustainable Resource Management
Mutualism and Rural Economy
Regrounding Sustainability
Globalization and Glocalism
Rural Historiography
Cottage Industries
Traditional Music and Dance
Community-Based Food Systems

Preference will be given to presentations, panels, workshops, and
roundtables that use an interdisciplinary approach to engage their issues.
Please email 1-page proposals to Pavel Cenkl (
by February 1st, 2008.

Pavel Cenkl
Dean of Academics
Sterling College
PO Box 72
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
802-586-7711 ext.140

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