Seminar, Environmental History Seminar The “Science” of Dry-Farming: The Emergence of a Concept in Global Perspective 4 November 2021.Thursday, 5:15PM - 6:30PM Elizabeth Williams, University of Massachusetts, Lowell Comment: TBA Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/ehs_banner.jpg

This paper examines the emergence of dry farming as a new "scientific" agricultural method in the late 19th and early 20th centuries within broader global circulations of agricultural knowledge. Connecting the dry farming knowledge of American agronomists to that of French colonial officials working in North Africa who were themselves indebted to centuries of knowledge about dry farming techniques developed by farmers working in rainfed lands around the Mediterranean basin, it sheds light on the politics of expertise involved in the production of this “science.”

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