International Conference: Social and Economic Transformation Affecting Rural People and Communities in Central & Eastern Europe since 1990.

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A major international conference examining rural transformation and rural policies in Central and Eastern Europe will be held on September 2nd-3rd 2013 at the Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra, Slovakia.  The conference will focus on four main themes affecting rural people and communities in the region: (a) structural and institutional transformations, (b) poverty, inequality and exclusion, (c) development of land, landscape and environment, and (d) culture, identity and religion. Within these four themes, more specific focuses include: demographic and economic change,  social, economic and environmental outcomes of post-socialist transformation processes–successes and failures; winners and losers; the production and reproduction of social and spatial inequalities; changing links between urban and rural areas; global-local linkages affecting local communities and populations; development, technology and the natural environment;  agricultural restructuring and the role of agriculture in contemporary society; gender and  race/ethnic relations in rural society;  health care, income maintenance and other social welfare policies in the context of fiscal stress; local communities, institutions, governance and civic participation; regional and rural development policies that account for post-socialist legacies, but are future oriented; culture, identity and religion; social networks, social participation and development; technology, infrastructure  and rural development; the meaning of sustainable development in the context of ex-socialist Central& Eastern Europe; and others.

A special dinner honouring 20 years publication of Eastern European Countryside will be a highlight along with breakfasts for junior researchers to provide guidance on establishing a productive scholarly research programmes focused on regional and rural development in Central & Eastern Europe. Participation will be limited to approximately 60 participants. We envision a deadline of March 1, 2013 for the submission of abstracts (1 to 3 pages maximum) for the conference. Submission details can be found on the conference website: EEC