2020 Annual Meeting Call for Papers, Posters, and Organized Sessions

Call for Papers, Posters, and Organized Sessions
83rd Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society
Westminster, Colorado | August 6 – 9, 2020

Theme: Rurality and Crises of Democracy

After the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, rural voters assumed a new importance in national debates, one that underscored both their historic importance and the extent to which they had been misunderstood and overlooked by urban America. These social and political dynamics have not been confined to the United States. In Europe, populist and nationalist movements from Britain, to Poland, Hungary, Germany and France, have claimed rural voters and the countryside, and posed increasing challenges to the integrity of the European Union while simultaneously fomenting xenophobic and anti-democratic sentiment. Similar dynamics are evident in Turkey, the Philippines, Thailand, and elsewhere. As the 2020 US Presidential Election approaches, and especially in the wake of populist movements elsewhere across the globe, questions of spatial inequalities and ideological differences demand not punditry, but scholarship. This meeting’s theme brings our scholarly practice to questions of rural agency, the social, political and economic roles of rural communities, and how crises of late-stage capitalism play out unevenly across the rural/urban divide in ways that both highlight and distort the challenges rural people and places face. The Rural Sociological Society was convened in 1937 at a similarly turbulent time in world history, and then as now, it is through the patient, committed and rigorous scholarship that such upheaval can most clearly be understood, and navigated. This historical juncture represents an important moment for the theoretical, empirical, and applied contributions rural sociologists can make to unpack the contradictory realities of rurality, rural identities, spatial inequalities, the implications for democracy, and ultimately, the well-being of rural people and places.

In addition to presentations on the meeting theme, we always invite presentations of research and engagement focused on rural people, places, and themes from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

Abstracts: Abstracts should be approximately 350-500 words and briefly outline the purpose and theoretical framing of the paper, poster, panel, or organized session. Where appropriate, include information about methods, data, and preliminary findings. The deadline for submitting papers, posters and sessions is Monday, February 3, 2020, at 11:59 pm (CST).

To submit an abstract, use this link https://2020annualmeeting.exordo.com/. See the Annual Meeting page of the RSS website  www.ruralsociology.org for more information.  Contact Scott Sanders, Program Chair at [email protected] or the RSS Business Office [email protected] with any questions and ideas for special events you have for the 2020 meeting.

The Rural Sociological Society is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application, and dissemination of sociological knowledge. The Society seeks to enhance the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment.  We seek and support a diverse and international membership of academics and practitioners who share our interests in rural people and places.