Congratulations to AFRN members Kiah Smith and Geoffery Lawrence on the publication of a Journal of Sociology Special Issue (Volume 58 Issue 2, June 2022) titled Transforming Rural Futures.
Kiah served as a guest editor. Kiah and Geoffery also co-authored the article Agri-food scholarship: Past, present and future contributions to Australasian rural sociology.
Here is an extract from the editorial for the Special Issue.
“Historically and now, the rural is frequently relegated to the periphery of broader public and policy debates, and within the discipline of sociology. At this moment in time, where the world needs radical re-imagining for the future, rural perspectives and realities must be visible and addressed. This article introduces a special issue of the Journal of Sociology which seeks to articulate how rural sociology is a crucial field of study for (re)imaging rural futures. In this article, we provide an overview of the research included in the collection, which draws much needed attention to some of the specific contemporary challenges encountered in rural places and some of the possibilities for transforming rural futures, and rural sociology. We argue that rural places are a key site where transformative change can, and does occur, and that rural sociologists are ideally positioned to work with and for rural communities in effecting desired change.”
The Special Issue can be accessed via the Journal of Sociology website.
The food system in the (post)pandemic world: Disruptions, vulnerability, resilience, and alternatives
ISA RC40 Mini-Conference
October 20-21, 2022
No conference fee but registration is required.
This in-person two-day conference welcomes submissions which engage with, but are not limited to, the following questions:
- How has the pandemic affected agri-food relationships, what kinds of disruptions have we observed, and what are the implications for power relations and existing inequalities? How has the pandemic affected people’s access to food, agricultural working environments, agricultural production, or climatic and ecological conditions across different contexts?
- What vulnerabilities have emerged during the pandemic, for example, due to various COVID-19 restrictions and political measures, different forms of pandemic governance, changing power balances between food system actors, or financial and economic, and social stresses? How have people tried to cope with these vulnerabilities?
- What new forms of resiliency have been emerging out of the pandemic situation? What creative solutions have people developed in the face of the pandemic, and what forms of resistance has the pandemic spurred? What can we learn from these resiliencies and resistances for working towards alternative food systems, and the imagination of different agri-food relationships in a (post-)pandemic world?
- How can we make sense of the complexity of agri-food relationships during the pandemic? What methodological and theoretical challenges have we encountered, what new concepts and methods have emerged, and how can we address and integrate these within the sociology of agriculture and food and critical agri-food studies?
1 May 2022 : Deadline for abstract submissions
30 May 2022 : Announcement of accepted abstracts
15 June 2022 : Deadline for confirmation of attendance
1 July 2022 : Announcement of the Mini-Conference programme
20-21 October 2022 : Mini-Conference Days
To register or for more information, visit the mini-conference website.
Rural Sustainability in the Urban Century
XV World Congress of Rural Sociology
19-22 July 2022, Cairns, Australia
Registration for IRSA2022 Congress has been extended to 30 April 2022. Visit the IRSA2022 website for more details.