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2021 Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society
Thursday, July 29, 2021, 8:00 AM to Sunday, August 01, 2021, 5:00 PM EDT
Category: Events

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83rd Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society

2021 Annual Meeting Theme Rurality and Crises of Democracy

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election represented a watershed moment for U.S. politics in the 21st Century. The election decisively reflected both a growing political polarization, and spurred a greater attention to spatial divisions as punditry tried to explain the roots of rural populism and “Trump country” voters…(click to read more).

2021 Annual Meeting Plenary Speakers

There will be three plenary speaker sessions at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, July 29 – August 1.  The date and time for each session has yet to be determined. For more information, click here.

2021 Virtual Paper and Annual Meeting Schedule

The program for the 2021 Paper and Annual Meeting Schedule is available here.  If you are an author/presenter and you see any of your information is incorrect, please contact the RSS Business Office with corrections [email protected].

2021 Annual Meeting Errata can be found here.

Registration is now open, click here to register

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS – 4 Minute Flash Talks

Dear Graduate Students:

RSS is seeking 4 Minute Flash Talks from you!  A flash talk is a four-minute presentation that allows a person to use two PowerPoint slides to introduce and share their research.  Presentations can be done on research that is completed, done with collaborators, in progress, or even in development.  The purpose is to allow students to share and receive insight on their research from the whole Society.

Full directions can be found here.

Flashtalks Cover Powerpoint can be found here.

Video files that do not meet these criteria will not be included in the final presentation and will not be considered by the judges.

The timeline:
Submissions are due July 2nd

July 3rd – July 17th files will be combined to a single viewable file
July 17th – July 28th viewing/voting/judging
August 1st – Winners will be announced

General Information and Registration Pricing Structure – Virtual 2021 RSS Annual Meeting

General Information:

The 2021 Virtual Paper and Annual Meeting Schedule is now available. 

You do not need to pre-register to attend any of the RIG organized paper or panel sessions. The following link should give you access to each paper session throughout the summer.  


There is no fee required to participate or attend any of the paper or panel sessions.

Registration and Pricing for Sessions Being Held July 29 – August 1, 2021

A tentative schedule is now available for the 29th through the 1st.  More details on each session will be forthcoming.

You will need to register to attend sessions being held July 29 – August 1. Once you register you will receive a link to attend these sessions.

The following prices are for full access to RSS events July 29 – August 1.  You pay one fee for access to one or more sessions during the annual meeting



Professional Member RSS, institutional support


Professional Member RSS, individual fee


Professional non-Member, institutional support


Professional non-Member, individual fee


Student Member RSS, individual fee


Student non-member, individual fee


*Includes RSS Membership through December 31, 2022

Contact: 2021 Program Chair - [email protected]