The abstract submission deadline for the 2023 Agri-Food Research Network Conference has been extended to 30 June 2023. See https://afrn.co/ for more information.
The Agri-Food Research Network invites researchers to submit their papers for consideration for the AGRN conference of 2023. The conference is hosted by the University of Tasmania and is scheduled for December 4-7 2023. The deadline for session proposals and abstracts is June 1st 2023. Please see https://afrn.co/agrifood-conference/afrn-conference-2023/call-for-papers-afrn-conference-2023/ for further details.
The International Rural Sociology Association is pleased to announce that the XVI World Congress of Rural Sociology will be held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in July 2026. The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul be hosting the event in collaboration with the Asociación Latinoamericana de Socioloogía Rural (ALASRU). More details will be announced later.
The XV World Congress of the International Rural Sociology Association was held in Cairns, Australia, hosted by the James Cook University in July 2022.
The XV World Congress of Rural Sociology has been postponed from 8-12 July 2020 to 19-22 July 2022. The Congress welcomes abstract submissions, with deadline September 30 2021. Submit your abstract through the congress website.
As previously announced, the IRSA Council recently decided unanimously to postpone the XV World Congress in Cairns due to COVID-19. The XV World Congress is now scheduled for July 6th through the 10th of 2021 in Cairns, Australia. The venue remains the Pullman Cairns International Hotel.
We will maintain the basic program framework that was originally developed. All sessions and abstracts accepted for IRSA 2020 will be transferred to the provisional program for IRSA 2021. However, spaces will be available for additional oral presentations. We anticipate that the Congress organizers will be able to welcome new abstract submissions beginning June 30th.
We ask those who want to attend the Congress as a presenter to visit the Congress website at https://www.irsa2021.com/.
The Congress website provides new time-lines for registration for those who have not registered yet and other important information such as for entry visas and ETAS, accommodations, and so on.
The spread of COVID-19 has highlighted various problems, which are hidden behind conventional socio-economic systems. As for agriculture and rural society, challenges such as vulnerability of current agri-food systems, social exclusion and prejudice to poor and essential workers, frowning on the weak, concentration of disasters or calamity just same as bioconcentration have all been made more apparent. COVID-19 is forcing us to reconsider relations between global and local, central governments and local governments, rural and urban societies. We need serious reflection and a bold transformation of conventional socio-economic systems, including agri-food systems, which until now have been based on the principles of efficiency and profit maximization through selection and concentration.
At the 2021 Congress, I am sure there will be a lot of studies about the impacts of COVID-19 and perspectives post or with new Corona virus. I hope for an aggressive discussion on these on-going issues in Cairns.
President of IRSA
The XV World Congress of Rural Sociology (8-12 July 2020, Cairns, Australia) calls for session proposals. See attached IRSA2020 call for session proposals (PDF) for further details. Proposal deadline is 26 April 2019.
The Latin American Rural Sociology Association (ALASRU) would like to remind rural sociologists everywhere of its upcoming conference to be held from November 25th through the 30th in Montevideo, Uruguay. More information about the conference can be found at http://alasru.org/index.php/congresos.
ALASRU is also the proud publisher of the Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios Rurales. This journal is published on-line and the most recent issue can be found at http://www.ceil-conicet.gov.ar/ojs/index.php/revistaalasru/index
Whose versions of sustainability count in the urban century? How does spatial disadvantage intersect with injustices based on gender, ethnic, linguistic, religious and other dimensions of social difference? What opportunities do flows of people, capital, information and commodities between urban and rural spaces present for sustainable rural development?
As a delegate to the 2020 World Congress of Rural Sociology you will consider these and many other questions relevant to contemporary rural society.
Our venue, Cairns, sits on the traditional country of the Gimuy Yidinji and Yirrigandji peoples. Sandwiched between two World Heritage Areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of Tropical North Queensland – and with a vast rural hinterland, Cairns is a hub for tourism and tropical agriculture at the heart of the Asia Pacific.
For information on key dates, session and paper submissions, travel and accommodation, registration and tours, check the Congress website.
A very successful IRSA Congress was held at Ryerson University in Toronto between 10 and 14 August. Over 800 delegate presented at the Congress. Highlights can be found at: http://www.ryerson.ca/arts/irsacongress2016/ . The Congress was opened by Outgoing President, Professor Geoffrey Lawrence who stressed the continuing importance of researching rural issues in an era of urbanisation and globalisation. Click here to read his address.