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2020 Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society
The Westin Westminster
10600 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, CO 80020
United States
Thursday, August 06, 2020 8:00 AM CDT to Sunday, August 09, 2020
Category: Events

2020 RSS Annual Meeting Call for Papers and Travel Award information

RSS Update on Coronavirus

March 15, 2020

Dear RSS Membership,

The RSS Executive Council has been closely following the unfolding circumstances related to the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 infections in the U.S. and elsewhere. As we watch the rapid progression of public schools and universities eliminating all but essential operations, mounting airline disruptions, conferences announcing cancellations, and recommendations for immediate social distancing, we have begun discussions regarding contingency planning for our 2020 Annual Rural Sociological Society meetings in Westminster, Colorado.

We are at this point consulting with RSS Council, and actively reviewing all of our options. We have a scheduled Executive Council meeting at the end of the month, and shortly after that we intend to make an announcement to the membership concerning any contingency plans. Cancelling or postponing the Annual Meeting is certainly not a move we would have ever anticipated or desired. However, we are committed to prioritizing the health and well-being of our members, while at the same time acting in full accordance with broader public health recommendations.

As a final note, I would like to acknowledge yet again the importance of the work we do as rural sociologists. This pandemic starkly illustrates so many of the issues at the heart of our shared intellectual and scholarly inquiry: the social, political and economic impacts of globalization, the complex relationship between social and spatial inequalities, social justice and distribution of risk, and fundamental questions connected to the nature of community and democracy. I therefore encourage us, despite these trying circumstances, to continue to insert our scholarship and insights into ongoing public debates so that we may help to directly inform some of the most complex social issues of our time.

We appreciate your patience, and we will be providing updates as we have them.


Kai Schafft
RSS President, 2019-2020
Professor of Education and Rural Sociology
Penn State University
Department of Education Policy Studies
200 Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16854

For information on estimated travel costs, click here.

Contact: Scott Sanders, 2020 Program Chair - [email protected]