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The new rural world: from crise to opportunities

O novo mundo rural: da crise às oportunidades

XIII world congress of rural sociology

XIII congresso internacional de sociologia rural

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Published on Thursday, September 08, 2011


A IRSA - International Rural Sociology Association - abriu uma chamada de trabalhos para o seu XIII congresso - O novo mundo rural: da crise às oportunidades, até 31 de agosto de 2011.



We are at a critical junction of modern history. On the one hand, we celebrate human creativity and capacity to transform nature. On the other hand, we are concerned that these very same efforts may be leading to a catastrophic conclusion.

Globally we have over one billion people suffering from hunger and malnutrition. The poor have been devastated by a recent food price crisis brought on in part by the conversion of food to produce bio-fuels. At the same time, many suffer from obesity, diabetes, cancer and related health problems brought on by the food they eat. And research on climate change raises additional concerns about the sustainability of the way we produce and distribute foods.

Wars, deepening financial crises, corruption, political alienation and apathy reduce our resilience to cope with natural disasters. Under-resourced governments, overwhelmed by the neo-liberal assault, military conflicts, and declining public revenues, are unable to provide the social programs needed by the victims of human generated disasters, including environmental disasters. Self-interest and short-term thinking, reflected in today’s global economy, undermine the legitimacy of leadership being provided by the global corporate elite.

Public apathy and distrust of fundamental societal institutions have resulted in increased political alienation. And as global pessimism widens, more and more people live in fear of the future or seek refuge in old dogmas.

It is time for sociologists to respond to these problems. We have the capacity to diagnose the causes of these problems, explore solutions to them and critically evaluate alternative paradigms.

Using classical sociological theory and concepts as well as more modern ones, we invite you to re-define the rural-urban divide, to explore new forms of social organization, to examine alternative agri-food regimes, and to re-envision utopias.

The World Congress encourages interdisciplinary collaboration for dialogue and exchange towards advancing application of sociological inquiry in order to the improvement of the quality of rural life and broader understanding of the agri-food system. 

The program for the Congress will include keynote lectures by invited speakers as well as opportunities for participants to present results of their research results. The Program Committee encourages diverse presentation formats, including traditional paper sessions, thematic panel discussions or debates, roundtables, and workshops.

Session Proposals 

We invite session proposals or individual paper proposals dealing with the crisis threatening rural livelihoods and the agri-food system, and emerging paradigms for change. Submissions dealing with the following sub-themes are encouraged:

  • spatial perspectives in rurality
  • the role of old and new co-operatives in agro-food systems
  • family farming
  • rural gender issues
  • ethnicity, race and migrant labour
  • mobility and migration
  • social and economic dynamics of rural life
  • third sector and rural development
  • poverty, marginalization and hunger
  • food and water security
  • food safety and food quality
  • alternative food movements
  • the future of food consumption
  • food and energy crisis 
  • implications of the financial crisis for rural development.
  • local responses to the global crisis
  • climate change and sustainable ruralities
  • multifunctionality, sustainability and the new rural society 
  • consuming the rural, rural consumption 
  • technological ruralities 
  • new technologies, seeds, bio-piracy, 
  • rural restructuring and adaptation 
  • animal farming: ethical and environmental challenges for the future
  • land tenure, land grab, landlessness
  • future of agriculture

The program committee will consider other thematic proposals as well. 

Please send the session title and the name and organizational affiliation of the session organizer. Please also include a short objective of the session (150 words). If you suggest a chair for the sessions, please include this as well. 

Submissions will be accepted in English. The program committee will work with session organizers to ensure disciplinary diversity and content compatibility.

Note: Sessions should be an appropriate length for the time allocated. Individual papers are typically 15 minutes with 5 additional minutes for questions (for a total of 20 minutes). Sessions will be 1 ½ hours in length. Therefore, a session will typically have 4 presenters.

Mail proposals to Manuel Belo Moreira - mbelomoreira@isa.utl.pt

Paper Proposals

A brief abstract (150 words), along with paper title, and the name(s), affiliation(s) and email address(es) of the author(s). Submissions will be accepted in English only.

The Program Committee will work to ensure disciplinary diversity and content compatibility when placing individual papers within sessions.

At least one of the authors of the accepted papers is required to register until May 15, 2012, otherwise papers will not be included in the congress program.

Important dates

August, 31, 2011: Call for working sessions deadline

January 15, 2012: Call for abstracts deadline

March, 30, 2012: Early registrations deadline

May, 15, 2012: Deadline for presenters' registration

Program Committee

Mustafa Koc
Department of sociology & Centre for Studies in Food Security, Ryerson University, Canada

Mara Miele
Cardiff University School of City and Regional Planning, Glamorgan Building,King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, UK, CF10 3WA

Marie-Christine Renard
Departamento de Sociologia Rural Universidade Autónoma Chapingo, México
e-mail: mrenard@taurus.chapingo.mx

Congress Venue

The XIII World Congress of Rural Sociology will be held at two different venues.

Plenary Conferences in the first day will be at the Belem Cultural Centre located between the magnificent Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower.

This venue was constructed between 1988 and 1994 with the intention to host the EC Presidency in 1996. The Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon is one of the most important cultural artifacts in Portugal. It was designed by three different architects who combined their efforts to create the masterpiece. It has three sections, each of which is designed differently. Together, they are considered to be an architectural jewel, due to the flexibility and space they offer.

This unique space combines commercial activity with prestigious cultural activity. It consists of a set of modern, spacious concert halls, conference rooms, and foyers, all fully furnished and equipped to the highest standard, assuring a premium quality level according to renowned international parameters.

Ordinary Sessions and Symposia will take place at the Superior Institute of Social and Political Sciences at the Campus da Ajuda in Lisbon. 

Local Arrangments committee

Manuel Belo Moreira

instituto Superior de Agronomia

Universidade Técnica de Lisboa

1349-017 LISBOA, Portugal

e-mail: mbelomoreira@isa.utl.pt


  • Centro Cultural de Belém
    Lisbon, Portugal


  • Wednesday, August 31, 2011


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    courriel : info [at] irsa2012 [dot] net

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Marta Maia
    courriel : martamaia72 [at] yahoo [dot] fr


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