Research Papers and Sessions

  • Individual Research Paper Proposals

    Abstract submissions are sought for individual research papers on topics related to the conference theme or other topical areas of interest to rural sociologists. Abstract submissions are due February 15, 2012. Abstracts that are submitted after this date will only be considered for the Poster Session.
    In order to facilitate scholarly discussion across thematically-linked papers, we will be using a Discussant/Chair format at the 2012 Meeting in Chicago. Consequently, to assure that all papers receive adequate attention, each paper session will include a maximum 3 papers. Authors will be allotted 15 minutes each to present their paper, followed by the Discussant/Chair who will then have 15 minutes to comment on and synthesize the papers in the session. He/she will then moderate another 15 minutes directed questions and answers.
    Participants in paper sessions will be required to submit a completed written paper to their Session Discussant/Chair by the July 2, 2012. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the paper being dropped from the final program.
    Because we want to make sure that there are adequate opportunities for all who wish to participate, a participant may only be listed as the lead author on no more than two papers.

    Organized Paper Sessions

    Proposals for organized paper sessions be considered for inclusion in the program. Proposals are encouraged that address current or emerging topical research, teaching, extension, or policy matters. Organized paper sessions should be comprised of three papers and include geographically and intellectually diverse presenters and follow the same Discussant/Chair format being employed by the meetings if at all possible.
    All proposals are due by February 15.

    The decision to accept organized paper sessions will be made by the program committee. The decision regarding their inclusion in the program will be made, and notification of acceptance will occur, by the end of March.

    Detailed information about the session, all presenters, and the discussant/chair should be included in the session abstract proposal. The session proposal should include the names of all authors in the session, the title of each paper, and e-mail contact information for each paper’s lead author. Please describe the purpose and organizing theme of the session. The person submitting the organized paper session abstract will be considered the session organizer (though they need not present a paper). Presenters of the individual research papers (oral presentations) within the coordinated session are also required to submit their abstracts separately on the regular conference web site, but should note on their submission that the paper is part of a proposed organized paper session. Note that when submitting the abstracts for each individual paper in these coordinated sessions, the authors will need to enter the session organizer’s email address.

    Participants in organized paper sessions will be required to submit a completed written paper to their Session Discussant/Chair by the July 2, 2012. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the paper being dropped from the final program.