2020 Call for Special Papers and Sessions Feminist Structured Sessions Gender and Sexualities RIG, Rural Sociological Society
The Gender and Sexualities Research Interest Group (RIG) is seeking papers and session proposals that promote feminist approaches to rural topics and issues. We are looking for panels or papers that promote critical and self-reflective dialogue, uplift under-privileged or under-represented voices, analyze systems of power, support activism and change, and challenge “expert” knowledges. We are particularly interested in panels or presentations that may do this in original and inclusive ways, that encourage participation, collaboration, and creativity, either with the audience or among panelists. 

While we are looking for thoughtful and innovative ideas, some proposals may include:

  • Co-presenting research with a community member; Presenting work from a community member collaborator if they are not able to travel and attend
  • Creating panels that include different aspects of gender identity, including historians, poets, artists, musicians, etc.
  • Identifying alternative ways to present your research: video, music, etc.
  • Facilitating discussions around a certain topic in the form of “consciousness raising”
Society and Natural Resources Book Series News

The International Association for Society and Natural Resources is pleased to announce that Social Ecology Press has been renamed as the Society and Natural Resources Book Series and Press. We are excited about this new opportunity to highlight great books in society and natural resources! 

IASNR has distribution and co-publishing agreements with the University Press of Colorado/Utah State University Press. The editorial board works closely with UPC/USUP to market our existing library and to promote the cultivation of new books in the broad area of society and natural resources. Available books can be seen and purchased by going to the series web page:

Click here for more information.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Foundational and Applied Science

u s d a - national institute of food and agriculture - funding opportunity

The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science (FAS) Request for Applications (RFA) supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Research, Extension and Integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects are solicited in this FY 2020 RFA. Project types and deadlines vary by program area priority. The RFA also includes eight specific priorities for co-funding with the American Pulse Association, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, The Cotton Board, Kansas Wheat Commission, The National Honey Board, and USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council. Read the full FAS request for applications.

Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)

u s d a - national institute of food and agriculture - funding opportunity

WAMS supports research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This program addresses educational needs within broadly defined areas of food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences. Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the FAHN sciences. WAMS-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Read the full WAMS funding opportunity.

Call for Submissions: Rural Sociological Society Awards

Call for Submissions:

Rural Sociological Society Awards

Deadline:  February 28, 2020

The RSS Awards Committee is seeking submissions for the following awards:

  • Distinguished Service to Rural Life
  • Distinguished Rural Sociologist
  • Excellence in Research
  • Excellence in Instruction
  • Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • The Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award 2020 (Book)
  • The Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award

When nominating someone for any award, nominators should consider whether the candidate meets the standards outlined by the RSS Code of Ethics.  RSS award winners are expected to meet these standards:

Detail description and criteria for all awards can be found at:

Nomination packets should include a cover letter cover letter from the principal nominator outlining the major contributions of the nominee, a biographic sketch of the candidate/organization, brief materials (e.g., brochure, report, etc.) describing the project or program if nominee is an organization or collective, and two to four letters of support.

Nomination packets should be submitted by February 28, 2020 to Gretchen Thompson, via email as.pdf application packets to: [email protected].

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