Special issue of Rural Sociology on populism
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.

RSS Call for Abstracts for International Development and Studies RIG Sessions 2020 Annual Meeting

Rural Sociological Society
Call for Abstracts for International Development and Studies RIG Sessions
2020 Annual Meeting
Rurality and Crises of Democracy
6-9 August 2020 - Westminster, Colorado, USA

Hosted by: International Development and Studies (IDEaS) Research Interest Group

IDEaS’s mission is to expand the knowledge of rural sociologists through interactions with scholars and organizations serving rural people and places throughout the world. This includes comparative and theoretical work informed by the diverse scholarship and histories of rural areas in all countries. Our work includes understanding the complexities of international migration flows, the situations faced by refugees, poverty and inequality, health, sustainability, development initiatives, and the policies and practices that enhance people’s lives.

We are seeking paper abstracts for IDEaS sessions. Recognizing the difficulty our international scholars can have in processing paperwork in order to attend the annual meeting, we are seeking early abstracts from those scholars who anticipate needing additional lead time in securing travel documents. We will also accept abstracts during the regularly scheduled RSS abstract submission timeframe (1 November 2019 – 3 February 2020).

Deadline for early submission: 31 October 2019

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 November 2019 (accompanied by formal letter for paperwork processing needs).

Information to include in abstracts submission:

  • Authors names, email addresses, and university or professional affiliation (indicate a corresponding author and whether each author is faculty, student, other)
  • Title
  • Keywords
  • Abstract (no more than 500 words)
  • Information needed by RSS Business Office for travel documentation purposes

Questions? Anne Cafer, University of Mississippi at [email protected].

Submit abstracts: Scott Sanders, 2020 Program Chair via [email protected].

RSS Call for Nominations 2020

Rural Sociological Society – Call for Nominations 2020

RSS Leadership Positions

The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) is currently seeking nominations for leadership positions that will begin in 2020.  Positions are open to all RSS members.  Self- and multiple nominations are encouraged.

The Nominations Committee seeks nominations that represent the diverse interests and background of RSS membership, including, but not limited to: race and ethnicity, geography, gender and sexuality, institutional affiliations (e.g., non-land grant and non-academic), age, physical abilities, education, and nationality as well as representation of the spectrum of research, teaching, extension, public service, and administrative interests of the membership.

Nominations are sought for the positions below. Responsibilities associated with the position will begin at the 2020 annual meeting.

RSGA 7th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference
The Rural Sociology Graduate Association (RSGA) at Penn State will be hosting their 7th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference this fall! 

This year’s conference, “Resilience, Mobilization, and Sustainability in Rural Sociology and Beyond,” will take place in University Park, Pennsylvania, on Friday, November 8, 2018, with a pre-conference speaker on the afternoon of Thursday, November 7

We look forward to welcoming this year’s keynote speakers:

We invite students from all universities, all disciplines, and at all levels to present their work. Abstracts may reflect thesis and dissertation work, as well as program design proposals, term papers, or other research projects. Works from all stages of the research process are welcomed and encouraged for submission. This is a great opportunity to receive feedback on research (at any stage of development and from any discipline or department) from your student peers.

Friday, October 18th is the abstract submission deadline for this year’s Rural Studies Student Conference.  Students who intend to present are asked to submit a 250 word abstract of their work to: 

Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas
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.