Call for Papers
Is Rural Japan Sustainable? Past, Present and Future of Community-based Endeavors
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:01 AM

We are a team of scholars who share a passion about the past, present and future sustainability of Japanese society, with a particular interest in food, agriculture, fisheries and forestry issues and how these intersect with Japanese rural communities. To that end, we are issuing a call for papers on these topics (see the rationale statement below) for presentation at a virtual symposium on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2021. Scholars from around the world are invited to send an Abstract of Interest of not more than 500 words by June 15, 2021 to [email protected]. Based upon our review of these abstracts, invitations will be sent for completed papers that will be presented during the symposium. Our long-term goal is to critically review and select these submissions for publication in an edited volume on this topic sometime in 2022.


Japan is facing challenges that are similar to those being addressed by other countries around the world, although the constellation of these challenges in Japan poses unique difficulties and opportunities. For example, Japan’s astounding pace of aging, wherein 40 percent of its population will be 65 years of age or older by 2060, and heavy dependence on imported foods, with 60 percent of food calories consumed by the Japanese people coming from abroad, are contributing to a sense that rural Japan may be facing a major sustainability crisis. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021 has aggravated this sense of “crisis” and leads to questions of how environmental, health and social risks might be mitigated. Analyses of how these challenges are being addressed in local Japanese communities could not only influence ongoing dialogues about how to improve in quality of life in Japan, but also contribute to illuminating common global challenges and possibilities for sustainable development in other parts of the world.

2021 NRRIG Graduate Student Paper Award
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 01:14 PM

2021 NRRIG Graduate Student Paper Award

The Natural Resources Research Interest Group (NRRIG) of the Rural Sociological Society is soliciting submissions for a graduate student paper award in the area of environmental or natural resources sociology. The paper should be related to the broad interests of the NRRIG. Current graduate students and recent graduates (who received their degrees no earlier than May of the year of award) may apply.

For more information, click here.

2021 SAFRIG Student Paper Award
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 01:04 PM

2021 SAFRIG Student Paper Award

The Sociology of Agriculture and Food Research Interest Group (SAFRIG) will present a Student Paper Award at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society. Requirements for this award include that:

1) the paper focuses on an agrifood topic,
2) the paper is authored by a student or group of students (no faculty co-authors),
3) all authors are members of the Rural Sociological Society,
4) the authors commit to presenting at the 2021 RSS Annual Meeting if the paper is selected as the winner (format of the conference is TBD);
5) the paper uses the Rural Sociology journal guidelines for style, formatting, and references.

Papers will be particularly competitive if they demonstrate effective use of innovative theories, methods, and/or attention to unique geographic, cultural, and political contexts. Submissions for the Student Paper Award competition can be under initial review at a peer-reviewed journal but cannot be already accepted (in press) or published in a peer-reviewed journal. The winner(s) will receive a certificate and monetary award. The award will be presented during the SAFRIG Business Meeting at the 2021 conference. Questions and submissions as a word document should be sent to Florence Becot at [email protected]. Submission deadline is May 15, 2021.

Philippine Sociological Society: The Sociology of Vulnerabilities and Resistance: New and Emerging Challenges on Lives, Communities, and Places
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 12:48 PM

The Philippine Sociological Society will have its annual conference in October with the theme: The Sociology of Vulnerabilities and Resistance: New and Emerging Challenges on Lives, Communities, and Places. This International Conference invites presentations from sociologists and social scientists from around the world on research and think pieces that would generate discussion, debate, and dialogue on vulnerabilities and resistance.

This year's theme captures the specificity of present conditions in different contexts and various domains. Lives and livelihoods as well as spaces and communities are drastically changed by health crises, ecological disasters, polarization, and political repression. Social institutions are constantly adapting to these challenges. Social relationships are being restructured and new ways of responding to the needs of the time are emerging. Novel and deviant forms of agency, social networking, and collective action that display adaptation, resilience, or resistance have emerged. How can sociological imagination make sense of all these? How might sociologists shape the ongoing conversations about a rapidly changing social context?

“The Amish and Their Neighbors: A Multidisciplinary Conference” June 2-4, 2022
Thursday, April 01, 2021 01:16 PM

The international conference will highlight issues arising from interaction between Amish communities and wider society, including those in areas such as public health, government regulation, business and economic development, charitable work, land use and environmental issues, tourism, and civic involvement.

Conference planners at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College welcome proposals from scholars and practitioners working in disciplines such as social science, public policy, health care, and human services. Planners also welcome proposals on other aspects of Amish life, as well as ones related to other traditional Anabaptist groups. Proposals for presentations as well as poster sessions are acceptable.

Specifications: A clear statement of topic, methods, and significance (350 words or fewer) and a one-page résumé of the presenter

Submission: By e-mail attachment to [email protected]

Deadline: November 1, 2021

Decisions: December 15, 2021

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