Monday, February 15, 2010

Call for Proposals: Updated & Extended Deadline


Is Local Enough?
Promises and Limits of Local Action

An ASLE affiliated symposium

The Third Annual Rural Heritage Institute at Sterling College

June 17-20, 2010
Sterling College
Craftsbury Common, VT

Are there limits to local thinking? What is the relationship between rural and local? What is the role of local knowledge in an age of globalization? How are rural regions across the world implicated in global issues?

Panel, workshop, presentation, and roundtable proposals are solicited for Is Local Enough? Promises and Limits of Local Action from June 17th-20th at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. Part of Sterling's annual Rural Heritage Institute, this event will explore the developing dialogue between local and global concerns as it applies to economy, agriculture, history, food, culture, and rural identity.

Located at the heart of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, Is Local Enough? capitalizes on the model of community and experiential learning at the center of the Sterling College curriculum and apparent throughout the surrounding communities.

Each year, The Rural Heritage Institute draws participants who are passionate about solidifying the connections among community, academic scholarship, and meaningful action in the field. The intimate atmosphere of the Institute (between 50-75 participants) enables productive conversations among a broad range of practitioners, scholars, community members, and under/graduate students who share an interest in exploring the intersections of local, regional, and global issues – particularly as manifested in the rural Northeast.

Is Local Enough? Promises and Limits of Local Action will be filled with four days of workshops, field sessions, seminar panels, roundtables, presentations, featured speakers, and hands-on experiences.

You are invited to submit proposals for this immersive and interdisciplinary Institute in areas including (but not limited to):
  • Bioregionalism
  • Local Action
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Glocalism
  • Farmstead and Folk Arts
  • Traditional Foodways
  • The Rural Artisan
  • The Northern Forest
  • Globalization
  • Regional Identity
  • Rural Literature
  • Mapping Place
  • Oral History and Community Memory
  • Local and Regional Economies
  • New Economy Agriculture
  • Radical Consumption
  • Slow Food
  • Gender and Rural Identity
  • Agrarianism
  • Cottage Industries
  • The Rhetoric of Place
  • Community-Based Food Systems
  • Rural Ethnic Traditions
  • Sense of Place

Please send one-page proposals to Pavel Cenkl at Sterling College at by March 12, 2010