Monday, January 22, 2018

Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting: Call for Submissions

The Rural Sociological Society (RSS) will hold its annual meeting in Portland, OR on July 26-29. President Douglas Jackson-Smith invites AAEA members to consider attending. The theme for this year's meeting is "Science in Society, Society in Science: Toward a 21st Century Model for Social Scientific Research". While the meeting will include presentations and speakers on many different topics, a number of events will focus on the tension between skepticism about science and expert knowledge and a desire to ground social policy in evidence about the critical social and environmental issues of our time.

The RSS meetings have traditionally been a vibrant forum for scholars from many different disciplines (not just sociology) who share an interest in rural people, places, and issues. Because of our location in Portland, we are planning several sessions to explore what is distinctive about being 'rural' in the American West.

The deadline for submission of short abstracts for oral or poster presentations is February 15, and details on how to submit an abstract can be found in the flyer linked above. You can also click on the link on our homepage:

If you are curious to learn more about the RSS meetings or want to get involved in activities based on the meeting theme, please feel free to reach out to RSS President Douglas Jackson-Smith at or contact the program chair (Kate MacTavish) at

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