Call for Book Reviewers – Rural Sociology

Jonathan Muir, Book Review Editor is seeking RSS Members willing to review books and write reviews for publication in Rural Sociology.  If interested please contact him directly.
Jonathan A. Muir, Ph.D., MPH
[email protected]

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS – 4 Minute Flash Talks

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS – 4 Minute Flash Talks

Dear Graduate Students:

RSS is seeking 4 Minute Flash Talks from you!  A flash talk is a four-minute presentation that allows a person to use two PowerPoint slides to introduce and share their research.  Presentations can be done on research that is completed, done with collaborators, in progress, or even in development.  The purpose is to allow students to share and receive insight on their research from the whole Society.

Full directions can be found here.

Video files that do not meet these criteria will not be included in the final presentation and will not be considered by the judges.

The timeline:

Submissions are due July 2nd

July 3rd – July 17th files will be combined to a single viewable file
July 17th – July 28th viewing/voting/judging
August 1st – Winners will be announced

Agricultural History Vol. 95, No. 2, Spring 2021 is now available online

The recent issue of the journal Agricultural History contains articles that might be of interest to RSS members.  Access to the articles is free.

Agricultural History. Vol. 95. No. 2.  Spring 2021  (

Forum: Ideology of the Small Family Farm and Its Influence on US Public Policy

  • Introduction (pp. 311-312) Anne Effland
  • Small Farms/Family Farms: Tracing a History of Definitions and Meaning (pp. 313-330) Anne Effland
  • A Dog with a Bone: A Critique of Paul Taylor's Small-Farm Essentialism (pp. 331-361) Mary Summers
  • Revisiting Rural Poverty and Farm Policy in the Age of Roosevelt (pp. 362-370) David E. Hamilton
  • Comment: Family Farms, Agricultural Policy, and Small-Farm Essentialism (pp. 971-978) Jess Gilbert
The 2021 Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies Association Conference (Fifth Annual)

Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio
When: Friday, July 16, 1pm to Saturday, July 17, 5pm, 2021
Presentation submissions are due May 31.

The ongoing growth of the plain people—the Amish, Hutterites, German Baptists, Apostolic Christians, Swiss Mennonites, Low German Mennonites, and others—means that more people are encountering these religious groups in the public sphere, especially in rural areas. Those who specifically study or work with the plain people must continue advancing our bodies of knowledge through critical evaluation of old knowledge and introduction of new ideas. The goals of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies Association (APASA) conferences are to disseminate advances in research and practice, spark new ideas through conversation, and broaden professional networks among academics, service providers, and plain Anabaptist adherents.

The conference planning committee extends a welcome to professors and scholars in the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities; service providers, including those in health care, education, social work, agricultural extension, law, planning, and others; and plain Anabaptists adherents to both attend and share your research, projects, and perspectives. Such an eclectic mix offers a unique opportunity to compare insights and learn from one another. Thought-provoking conversations, presentations, and panels, all within a collegial context, are characteristic of APASA conferences.

See the conference website for details:

Awards - International Society for the Study of Rural Crime

The International Society for the Study of Rural Crime currently offers 3 awards for students, scholars, and practitioners working in rural criminology. 

  • The Joseph F. Donnermeyer New Scholar Award
  • Research Student Award
  • Policy, Practice and Engagement Award

To reach more about each award, click here.

For questions or concerns, please contact Jessica Peterson at [email protected] or 308-865-8961.