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

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.

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2020-2021 SRCD U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs
Announcements

2020-2021 SRCD U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs
Call for Applications

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is seeking applicants for the U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs for the 2020-2021 academic year. There are two fellowship programs: federal and state. The fellowships provide researchers with immersive opportunities to (1) learn firsthand about policy development, implementation, and evaluation, and (2) use their expertise to inform child and family public policies and programs that support diverse populations.

Through these experiences, fellows also learn how to communicate with policymakers and formulate more informed questions for policy-relevant research. All fellowships will run from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

Deadline to Submit Applications and Letters of Intent:
January 3, 2020, 11:59PM Eastern
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SSSP: Editorial Search for Social Problems – Call for Applications
Announcements

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is soliciting applications for the position of Editor of the Society’s flagship journal, Social Problems.  The Editor’s three-year term will begin with the operation of the new editorial office at mid-year 2021.  The new editor will be responsible for editing and promoting Volumes 69-71 (years 2021-2024).  We seek a diverse pool of editorial candidates with distinguished scholarly records, previous editorial experience (e.g., service as journal editor or associate editor, editor of scholarly editions, etc.), strong organizational and management skills, and the ability to work and communicate well with others, including with scholars in academic and non-academic settings.  A familiarity with and commitment to Social Problems and the SSSP are essential.  Applicants must be members or become members of the SSSP by the time of their application and continue to be a member during their tenure as editor.

Please direct all inquiries, nominations, expressions of interest, and application materials to Dr. Shirley A. Jackson, Chair, SSSP Editorial and Publications Committee, at [email protected].  For a full description of the position and application process, visit: https://www.sssp1.org/file/Announcements/Editor_Social_Problems.pdf.  Deadline for applications is January 15, 2020.

 
Special issue of Rural Sociology on populism
Announcements
Aims and Scope

The aim of this special issue, entitled “The new populism in western rural areas”, is to investigate the phenomenon of populism in rural areas of western countries. We want to understand what are the triggering factors, if populism in the rural areas takes on specific connotations. We want, however, to overcome the representation of the rural as a homogeneous space, and investigate instead how the phenomenon of populism takes hold in a diverse spectrum of rural areas: marginal areas, tourist resorts, food districts, intensive agriculture zones, hinterlands. The contributions make it possible to construct a comparative framework on the origins, manifestations and consequences of the phenomenon in western rural areas.

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Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas
Announcements
Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas (DEG) program strengthens the capacity of institutions of higher education in insular areas to carry out resident instruction, curriculum, and teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences through distance education technology. DEG is a NIFA-administered competitive grants program focused on improving formal, post-secondary agricultural sciences education. For more information read the full DEG funding opportunity.
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