The Rural Sociology Graduate Association (RSGA) at Penn State will be hosting their 8th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference this fall! This year’s conference, “Inequality and Inequity in Rural Society,” will take place completely virtually on Friday, October 22, 2021, with a pre-conference speaker on the afternoon of Thursday, October 21.
Contemporary rural sociology transcends traditional spatial boundaries and encourages scholars to explore the intersections of people, communities, their environment, and the global systems that affect their existence. While many studies strive to address intersections between people, communities, and social issues, many budding scholars struggle with undertaking such ambitious research areas and are left with the concern of how their findings might benefit those outside the Ivory Tower. This year’s conference theme challenges us to question what it means to study “inequality and inequity” in rural and urban areas of the United States, the Global South, and beyond, through qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches.
It will ask us to consider:
- What does it mean to study issues of “inequality” and “inequity,” and how have these issues been made
more apparent due to recent global, national, and local events?
- How have individuals, communities, and scholars mobilized in response to wide-ranging
issues, such as climate change, food inaccessibility, and environmental racism?
- What are the relationships between individual and community inequalities and inequities? How might
studies of these intersections address broader social and environmental issues?
- What is the most effective way to make research findings available and accessible to
- How do we ensure our research remains relevant for the individuals and communities we
Our hope is that this year’s conference will help us consider what studies of inequality and inequity look like in action and will provide an intellectually engaging space to share our stories from the field, the lab, and consider how we might make our work more accessible, relevant, and impactful to the public.
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