Call for Papers
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]

HJSR Special Issue: Teaching in the Wake of Trump
Monday, September 27, 2021 08:28 AM

Increasing racism, xenophobia, transphobia, sexism, bigotry, and vitriolic speech are some of the critical conditions experienced during the Trump Era. In a country polarized along class lines, teaching in higher education has become a challenge and a political struggle for the inherent implications of a hostile living environment.

For this issue, we invite submissions that explore interdisciplinary techniques, strategies, modalities, theories, concepts, tactics, and antics for teaching in the wake of Trump. According to Christina Sharpe, being “in the wake” is a method for encountering a past that is not a past, one that insists on a “sitting with, a gathering, and a tracking of phenomena” for living blackness in the still unfolding aftermaths of slavery, a lived awareness of being in the wake of an unfinished project of emancipation (2010:13). We employ Sharpe’s multi-pronged definition of “wake: the track left on the water’s surface by a ship; the disturbance caused by a body swimming or moved, in water; … a region of disturbed flow” to explore the afterlives of slavery and racism as they appear in the wake of Trump, and the historical and modern conditions which produce this era as a symptom of a decaying U.S. Empire (2010:11). By integrating multidisciplinary approaches, we are seeking to unpack the economic, political, cultural, environmental, educational, and social implications of this catastrophic time which will leave
negative consequences for years to come. By highlighting pedagogical practices that uplift resistance, struggle, and movement building, we seek to document the many ways instructors, students, and community members are fighting back and building opposition to current conditions of ongoing state violence. We are seeking scholars, activists, artists, critical thinkers, and accomplices who wish to commune in the struggle for collective freedom. What shifts have you seen in your field? How are you resisting easy and superficial narratives about race, class, and gender in your classroom? How are you organizing against state violence in your field? We welcome your ideas, analysis, reflections, and proposals.

Key themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Responses to free speech weaponized as a shield for hate speech
  • Project and class module tool-kits beyond the traditional academic essay and lecture+think, pair, share format
  • Resources for creating community safety networks, particularly for students, staff, and faculty of marginalized identities and communities
  • Teaching in the Trump/COVID era--how do virtual modalities complicate or create possibilities for teaching about white supremacy
  • Trump as the effect of neoliberal policies such as higher education corporatization, militarization of police (including campus police forces), exploitative immigration policies, etc.
  • Community-Classroom Partnerships
  • Community Organizing Efforts
  • School-Based Resistance
  • Critical University Studies
  • Critiques of Performative Anti-Racism
  • Backlash on Critical Race Theory
  • Attempts to eliminate/restrict civil rights laws protecting transgender, non-binary, gender-noncomforming people

Submission Deadline: January 18, 2022

Call for Papers: Removing pesticides. Competing alternatives for changing agriculture
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:07 AM

Environmental Science & Policy advances research in the intersections between environmental science, policy and society.

The journal invites scholarship within this broad thematic that fits with one or more of the following four focal areas:1) Studies of the relationship between the production and use of knowledge in decision making; 2) Studies of the relation between science and other forms of environmental knowledge, including practical, local and indigenous knowledge; 3) Analyses of decision making practices in government, civil society, and businesses and the ways that they engage environmental knowledge; or 4) Research that presents environmental research with a clear perspective on pathways towards policy action and impact.

Research can address a wide number of environmental issues, such as climate change, food systems, biodiversity loss, human and ecological well-being, resource use- and extraction, land use change, and sustainability more generally. The journal aspires to achieve an appropriate balance between perspectives from the global North as well as the global South and welcomes discussions of (environmental) justice, equity and inclusion. The journal is particularly interested in cutting edge developments in inter- and transdisciplinary work on co-production; arts-based research; integrated nexus and landscape approaches; the trade-offs and synergies between environmental issues and policies; innovations in integrated assessment, monitoring and evaluation; and transitions and transformative change

For more information, click here.

“The Amish and Their Neighbors: A Multidisciplinary Conference” June 2-4, 2022
Thursday, April 01, 2021 01:16 PM

The international conference will highlight issues arising from interaction between Amish communities and wider society, including those in areas such as public health, government regulation, business and economic development, charitable work, land use and environmental issues, tourism, and civic involvement.

Conference planners at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College welcome proposals from scholars and practitioners working in disciplines such as social science, public policy, health care, and human services. Planners also welcome proposals on other aspects of Amish life, as well as ones related to other traditional Anabaptist groups. Proposals for presentations as well as poster sessions are acceptable.

Specifications: A clear statement of topic, methods, and significance (350 words or fewer) and a one-page résumé of the presenter

Submission: By e-mail attachment to [email protected]

Deadline: November 1, 2021

Decisions: December 15, 2021