Southern Rural Sociological Association Call for Papers
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 11:37 AM

Call for Abstracts

The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association (SRSA) will be held concurrently with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS),

February 13-14, 2022 at the Sheraton New Orleans in Louisiana. 

The Theme of the SRSA meeting is
“Climate Change, Agricultural Food Systems, Rural Livelihood, and Resilience” 
President Buddhi R. Gyawali, Kentucky State University 

For decades, the rural South has suffered from the negative effects of an aging farmer population, declining communities, retreating industries, a degraded environment, a crumbling infrastructure, and the lack of vital health and educational technology, including broadband. The COVID-19 pandemic is still part of our lives, with no firm end in sight, and recovery from the detrimental impacts is slow. Climate change-prompted droughts, wildfires, freezes, and floods (as well as accompanying food insecurities) are continuously affecting agricultural food systems and supply chains, disproportionately influencing the underserved and limited-resource farmers in the South. These shocks will continue to stress and challenge rural and urban populations, policymakers, academics, research, and Extension professionals in the South, as well as nationwide. It is imperative to study the scale, magnitude, and spatial extent of impacts of such shocks in the livelihoods of local communities with different demographic and geographic variations. Various forms of community resilience and innovative, collaborative initiatives for knowledge coproduction for better decision-making to mitigate such situations are emerging. It is worth sharing the many success stories of university-farmer collaboration to identify social, emotional, physical and economic needs, effective use of social media, and virtual technologies for developing sustainable agricultural practices. The Southern Rural Sociological Association (SRSA) 2022 Annual Meeting is a forum to share scholarly work that studies the impacts of such shocks on the agricultural food system and supply chain, rural vulnerabilities, and alternative mitigation and adaptation strategies at the different footprints of rurality. We also anticipate papers and panels that discuss the importance of social and place-based theories in studying poverty, human-environment relationships and decision-making, climate injustice, and in studying inequitable access and opportunities to resources and federal agricultural and community development programs.  

To participate in the 2022 meeting, people are invited to submit a title, list of authors and affiliations, and an abstract HERE by November 15, 2021Paperposter, and panel submissions are welcome.

For more information, please contact:

Eleanor M. Green, SRSA 2022 Program Chair Phone: 662.402.4451 Email: [email protected]