The Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies Association (APASA)
The Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies Association (APASA), is currently accepting memberships for 2018. This is a new interdisciplinary association for scholars interested in research about the plain people, including the Amish, Apostolic Christians, Brethren / German Baptists. Hutterites, Russian-origin Mennonites, Swiss-origin Mennonites, and the Bruderhof.

APASA will include the following activities and benefits:

  • The website to provide a focal point for our Association
  • Reduced rate hardcopy subscription to the open access Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies
  • Invitation to participate and present at the annual APASA mini-conference
  • Access to the annual membership list
  • Subscription to the APASA listserv, which provides a regular stream of items of interest
  • Ability to contribute content to the Journal including submissions and book reviews

Membership is $20 per year, with a discounted rate for two years when a hardcopy subscription to JAPAS is included. Information about joining is available on the Amish Studies website:

RSS Member Alessandro Bonanno recently published two books

Alessandro Bonanno and Steven A. Wolf (eds.). 2017. Resistance to the Neoliberal Agri-Food Regime: A Critical Analysis: New York: Routledge

This volume explores the contents, forms, and actors that characterize current opposition to the corporate neoliberal agri-food regime. Designed to generate a coherent, informed and updated analysis of resistance in agri-food, empirical and theoretical contributions analyze the relationship between expressions of the neoliberal corporate system and various projects of opposition.

Contributions included in the volume probe established forms and rationales of resistance including civic agriculture, consumer- and community-based initiatives, labor, cooperative and gender-based protest, struggles in opposition to land grabbing and mobilization of environmental science and ecological resistance. The core contribution of the volume is to theorize and to empirically assess the limits and contradictions that characterize these forms of resistance. In particular, the hegemonic role of the neoliberal ideology and the ways in which it has ‘captured’ processes of resistance are illustrated. Through the exploration of the tension between legitimate calls for emancipation and the dominant power of Neoliberalism, the book contributes to the ongoing debate on the strengths and limits of Neoliberalism in agri-food. It also engages critically with the outputs and potential outcomes of established and emerging resistance movements, practices, and concepts.

Alessandro Bonanno. 2017. The Legitimation Crisis of Neoliberalism. New York Palgrave-Macmillan

RSS Member David Sonnenfeld's recently published book

Water Crises and Governance critically examines the relationship between water crises and governance in the face of challenges to provide water for growing human demand and environmental needs. Water crises threaten the assumptions and accepted management practices of water users, managers and policymakers. In developed and developing world contexts from North America and Australasia, to Latin America, Africa and China, existing institutions and governance arrangements have unintentionally provoked water crises while shaping diverse, often innovative responses to management dilemmas. This volume brings together original field-based studies by social scientists investigating water crises and their implications for governance.


Improving Education and Reducing Inequality
in the United States

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) and the William T. Grant Foundation (W.T. Grant) request proposals for research projects that investigate educational opportunity and success in the U.S. by utilizing data on academic achievement from the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA). The archive, constructed by Sean Reardon (Stanford University) and colleagues, contains data on the results of over 300 million standardized achievement tests taken by about 40 million public school students from 2009 to 2015. This new data was made public on December 5, 2017. The New York Times mapped these test scores in two interactive charts that demonstrate the effectiveness of school districts nationwide.

RSF and W.T. Grant seek research projects that use SEDA data files in combination with other data sources to analyze the effects of different policies, practices, and social conditions on academic achievement gaps, or the effects of these achievement gaps on other social and economic outcomes. We are particularly, though not exclusively, interested in studies aimed at understanding how to reduce educational inequality and other forms of inequality.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Announces Support for Education, Mentoring, and Technical Assistance Programs to Help New Farmers and Ranchers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $17.7 million in available funding to support the delivery of education, mentoring, and technical assistance programs that help beginning farmers and ranchers in the U.S. and its territories. Funding is made through NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2018, at 5 p.m. Eastern time. See the funding opportunity for details.
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