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Rural History 2019, the fourth biennial conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EURHO), will take in Paris from Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 September 2019. The EURHO Conferences aim to promote a dialogue between rural history researchers that transcends national frontiers, crosses chronological barriers and breaks down disciplinary boundaries.

The Paris Conference will be open to all proposals employing new methods, introducing new approaches, exploring new concepts or yielding new results across a wide range of themes, time periods and spatial boundaries.  We encourage all scholars and researchers to bring their knowledge and experience to this event. We particularly welcome panels and papers  dealing with the economic, social, political or cultural history of the countryside (agricultural or artisanal production, social reproduction, consumption, material culture, power relations, gender, well-being, village life, political relations, technological and scientific improvements, tourism etc. ) and featuring  links to environmental, political, anthropological and cultural history — and, beyond these, an interest in the preoccupations of geography, sociology, economy, archeology, agronomy, biology and zoology.

All researchers working on the history of the countryside are invited to submit panel proposals. A panel should focus on a specific topic and include participants from at least two countries. Panel proposals will be assessed by the Academic Research Committee (comité scientifique) which will accept or refuse them, or suggest modifications. Organisers will be advised of other paper proposals that may relate to their panels. Double sessions on a particular topic are possible, but triple sessions are not.

Each session will last two hours and include four papers. Sessions will be led by a chair and a discussant. The presentation of new research and of work in progress is particularly relevant. Participants may not propose more than two papers during the conference.

A session proposal should include a title, the full name and affiliation of the organiser or co-organiser, and a short abstract (up to 500 words) introducing the topic, its scope, themes and approach, and the names and affiliations of at least two of the proposed panel contributors; a draft  call for papers may also be included.

The deadline for panel proposals is 15 October 2018.

Only online submissions via this link will be received by the Academic Research Committee.



It is a great pleasure to announce that Rural History 2019, the fourth biennial conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EURHO), will take in Paris from Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 September 2019. This meeting will be organised by the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), through the Centre de Recherches Historiques (CRH), in collaboration with the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), the FMSH (Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme) and the EPHE (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes).

The Eurho Conferences are international, multidisciplinary meetings intended for all European and other researchers applying comparative approaches. They aim to promote a dialogue between rural history researchers which aims to surpass national frontiers, cross chronological barriers and break down disciplinary boundaries. They welcome all and any topics, that bring new insights to the historical study of the problems faced by rural society. These range from the economic and social history of the countryside (agricultural or preindustrial production, social reproduction, consumption, material culture, village life, technology, tourism and so on) to connections with environmental, political, anthropological and cultural history — and beyond these, with the preoccupations of geography, sociology, economy, archeology, agronomy, biology and zoology. They deal with subjects such as supply, power relations, gender, social well-being, and technological and scientific improvements in the historical framework of agriculture and of rural society and the relationship between city and countryside.


About Paris

Paris is the capital and most populous city in France, with an administrative-limits area of 105 Km2 and an official population of 2.3 million inhabitants. The city is a commune and department, and the heart of the 12 Km2 Île-de-France region (colloquially known as the “Paris Region”), whose 2016 population of 12 million inhabitants represented roughly 18 percent of the population of France.

The city is a major rail, highway, and air-transport hub served by two international airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle (the second busiest airport in Europe after London Heathrow Airport) and Paris-Orly. Opened in 1900, the city’s subway system, the Paris Metro, serves 5.23 million passengers daily.


Plan of Paris
Plans and maps of Paris



By plane


Paris Airport Charles-De-Gaulle (25 km from Paris)


Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (French: Aéroport de Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, CDG), also known as Roissy Airport (name of the local district), is the largest international airport in France and second largest in Europe. Charles de Gaulle Airport is located within portions of several communes 25 km to the northeast of Paris. Charles de Gaulle Airport serves as the principal hub for Air France and other legacy carriers, as well as a focus city for low-cost carriers Easyjet, Vueling and Norwegian Air Shuttle.


  • Public transports to access from/to Paris

Train RER B Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport or CDG airport-Paris

Train RER B connecting Paris with Charles de Gaulle airport.

Frequency: every 10-20 minutes
Journey time: 25-35 minutes

– First departure to CDG airport : at Gare du Nord 4.53am, at Châtelet-les-Halles 5.26am

– Last departure to CDG airport : at Gare du Nord 00.15pm, at Châtelet-les-Halles 00.11pm
– First departure to Paris : 4.50am
– Last departure to Paris : 11.50pm

Paris-CDG airport or CDG airport-Paris one way : 10.30€



Bus connecting Paris-Opera with Charles de Gaulle airport. Journey time: approx. 60 minutes

Frequency from Paris (Opera) >> Charles de Gaulle:

– 05:15 to 20:00: every 15 minutes
– 20:00 to 00:00: every 20 minutes
– 00:00 to 00:30: every 30 minutes

Frequency from Charles de Gaulle >> Paris (Opera):

– 06:00 to 23:30: every 15 minutes
– 23:30 to 00:30: every 20 minutes


– Opera (On the corner of rue Scribe and rue Auber) to CDG, 8 drop-off points: T1-T2A, T2B, T2C-T2D-T2E-T2F, T3 Terminals.
– Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris-Opera, 5 pick-up points: T1-T2BD-T2AC-T2EF, T3 Terminals (formerly T9).

Price: one way: 12€

More information about public transports from/to Airport CHDG


Paris Orly Airport (13km from Paris)


Paris Orly Airport (French: Aéroport de Paris-Orly), commonly referred to as Orly, is an international airport located 13 km south of Paris.


  • Public transports to access from/to Paris

Orlyval is a driverless light rail transit line that connects Orly airports with Antony RER station. Journey times using RER B between Paris and Antony :

– approx. 17 minutes from Denfert-Rochereau (12 mins by fast link and 17 mins by slow train )
– approx. 25 minutes from Châtelet-Les-Halles (20 mins by fast link and 25 mins by slow train)
– approx. 28 minutes from Gare du Nord (23 mins by fast link and 28 mins by slow train)

Frequency: every 4 – 7 minutes

Journey time from Antony to Orly South: 8 minutes

Price: Orlyval one way: 13.20€


Shuttle bus service between Orly airport and Place Denfert-Rochereau (not far from EHESS using metro #4)

Frequency: 10 to 20 minutes depending on hours
Journey time: 30 minutes

Stop: Paris – Denfert-Rochereau RER – Direction: Orly South

First departure: 5.35am
Last departure:  00.00 Tuesday to Friday, Sundays and holidays; 00.05 Mondays and Saturdays

Stop: Orly South and Orly West – Direction: Paris – Denfert-Rochereau RER

First departure: 6am
Last departure: 00.30 Monday to Friday, Sundays and holidays.

Price: one way: 9.20€

More information
Public transport on Paris official website


By train


As far as national and European destinations are concerned, rail transport is beginning to outdistance air travel in both travel time and efficiency. The Eurostar, which connects Paris to central London through 2h 15 of rail, and in the opposite direction, the Thalys line connects Brussels through 1h22 of rail with up to 26 departures/day, Amsterdam in 3h18 with up to 10 departures/day, Cologne in 3h14, with up to 6 departures/day.


Since 1947, the EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) has pioneered innovative methods and ideas that have made landmark contributions to the evolution of the humanities and the social sciences. An interdisciplinary approach, global outlook and critical spirit are cornerstones of the EHESS philosophy, and have informed the thinking of some of the most well-known French scholars, such as Fernand Braudel, Pierre Bourdieu, Jacques Derrida, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Françoise Héritier and Thomas Piketty.

The École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) is a graduate-only research institution that has a unique standing in the world of research and higher education in France. It hosts scholars from all over the world committed to the study of contemporary societies seen within broad cultural and historical contexts. It trains students up to PhD level in all disciplines of the social and human sciences (history, anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, demography, cognitive science, political science, philosophy and mathematics). With its high percentage of international students and faculty, EHESS has created a unique global academic network. With over 1,000 round-table seminars a year, in which faculty and guest scholars present and discuss their current research with students, EHESS occupies a central position in French intellectual life.

EHESS is structured around research training for Master’s and PhD students, as well as students of its own EHESS Diploma and candidates for the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (Accreditation as a Research Supervisor).
EHESS maintains close links with a number of French universities and research institutions operating within its disciplinary fields: the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Maison des sciences de l’Homme, the Écoles normales supérieures, the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, the Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques, to name but a few.

EHESS has 252 full time Faculty members. It has its main base in Paris with three regional campuses in Marseille, Lyon, and Toulouse.

The current President of EHESS is Christophe Prochasson.

European Rural History Organisation (EURHO)

The EURHO is a non-profit organisation concerned to promote the study of all aspects of rural history in Europe and beyond. It organises, through its members, a bi-annual international conference and publishes a newsletter. Membership is open to scientific institutions concerned with the furtherance of rural history and to individuals who attend the organisation’s conferences.

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