Annual Meeting Call for Papers 

Deadline has been extended to Wednesday, February 27, 2017!

2017 RSS Annual Meeting Call for Papers, Posters, and Organized Sessions

The theme of the 2017 conference is Rural Peoples in a Volatile World: Disruptive Agents and Adaptive Strategies and will be held in Columbus, Ohio - July 27-30 2017.

Over the past thirty years rural peoples have had to cope with an increasing range and number of disruptive events. These events have come in a wide variety of forms: economic downturns, fires, severe storms, droughts (e.g. climate change), the arrival of outside investors, and wars. Clearly, the strategies for coping vary by class and related disadvantages, making some people more vulnerable to the deliberate machinations of elites as well as to the almost random turns of events like storms and droughts. Embedded within this larger theme would be several subthemes. One would continue last year’s focus on class and examine the special challenges facing disadvantaged rural peoples in moments of change. Another might look at the special politics of change during these crises and the ways that they affect rural peoples.

We invite you to explore these topics and a wide variety of other topics at our 2017 meeting. RSS encourages a variety of rural practitioners and disciplines to attend. Please join us in Columbus!


Abstracts should be approximately 350-500 words and briefly outline the purpose and theoretical framing of the paper, poster, panel discussion, or organized session. Include methods and data used, and preliminary (if available) or expected findings. We offer this description as a general guideline and understand some papers, panels, and sessions may include other information.

The call for papers deadline has been extended to Wednesday February 27, 2017, 11:59 pm (EST).

Visit the RSS Annual Meeting page here.

Submit Abstract here

Please contact Kristi Lekies or Ken Robinson with any questions or ideas for special events at the 2017 Annual Meeting.