The XXVIIth ESRS conference will be held in Krakow, Poland, July 24-27, 2017. The theme for the conference is ‘Uneven processes of rural change: on diversity, knowledge and justice’.
Europe is facing multiple processes of change that affect the rural in many ways: demographic evolutions, migration flows, renewed urban-rural relations, the rise and fall of alternative food networks vis-à-vis the seeming omnipresence of powerful food consortia, the changing power of constituencies of the rural, changing patterns of land use and valorizations of natural resources, rapid technological developments, etc. These change processes do not occur in isolation, but are embedded in a package of often interrelated external meta-trends (such as climate change, geo-politics, global markets) that position rural spaces in broader dynamics and result in uneven processes of change. The European Society for Rural Sociology has explored many of these processes in former conferences.
These uneven processes of rural change are interconnected and multi-level, involving multiple actors and governance approaches. They re-confirm the inadequacy of outdated concepts and dichotomies such as the urban-rural divide, the globalization-localization dichotomy or the disciplinary/academic segmentation of a complex reality. They are no longer able to capture the complex and systemic nature of today’s Europe, its countryside and the ongoing processes of change. We can question how we (in our multiple roles as scientists, citizens, policy makers, members of the business community or NGO representatives) can deal with this.
SIMRA’s partners Maria Nijnik (The James Hutton Institute), David Miller (The James Hutton Institute), Carla Barlagne (The James Hutton Institute), Laura Secco (Padova University), Elena Pisani (Padova University), Catie Burlando (Padova University), Riccardo Da Re (Padova University) and Tatiana Kluvankova (Slovak Academy of Sciences) will take part in the activities of the Working Group 21, titled Evaluation of “innovation” projects and partnerships: challenges, practical experiences and methodological innovations, where they will be talking about Co-constructing a new framework for evaluating social innovation in marginalized rural areas.
You can find the final programme here.
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Apart from papers regarding these questions, contributions focusing on the recent evolution in rural development and agricultural economics can be submitted. Practitioner papers and reports, case studies and academic research papers are accepted.
1. Important dates
Date Description 15 April, 2017 Submission of extended abstracts 30 June, 2017 Notification of acceptance of papers/posters 1 September, 2017 Registration 1 September, 2017 Pre-reservation, special rate for hotel reservation 22 September, 2017 Submission of presentations 3-4 October, 2017 ERDN Conference 29 December, 2017 Submission of full papers
2. Guidelines for authors Beside oral presentations there will be the possibility to present posters, please indicate clearly your preference on the attached authorship file which also gives advice to format and length of abstracts. Each abstract will be ‘double-blind’ peer reviewed for inclusion in the conference programme by members of the conference Scientific Board. In case of too many paper submissions the organising committee reserves the right to ask for poster presentation instead of oral presentation. Abstracts, posters and full papers should be submitted to: ERDN2017@awi.bmlfuw.gv.at
3. Presentations, conference language Each oral presentation will be given 15 minutes which can be accompanied by slides in PowerPoint® format. A poster session will give the possibility to discuss poster contributions. The entire conference will be held in English without translation facilities. During the two full days of the meeting, three thematic sessions (depending on submitted papers) and a half day field trip are scheduled.
4. Conference venue
5. Registration fee, accommodation, transport The number of participants is limited. There is no conference fee. Refreshments and meals will be provided. Participants are expected to pay their own travelling expenses and accommodation incl. breakfast and are responsible for their room reservation. AWI will provide an opportunity for transportation from Vienna city centre to the conference venue. Details will follow in due course. 6. Publication of Proceedings Following the conference the participants will be given the opportunity to revise their papers. The conference proceedings will then be published in a volume of the series “Rural areas and development” (http://www.erdn.eu/rural-areas-and-development/) by the European Rural Development Network in collaboration with the Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics (AT).
7. Scientific and Organizing Committee Scientific Committee: Agnieszka Baer-Nawrocka, Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland Biró Szabolcs, Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Hungary Paweł Chmieliński, European Rural Development Network, Poland Sigrid Egartner, Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, Austria Andrew Fieldsend, Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Hungary Garay Róbert, Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Hungary Julia Niedermayr, Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, Austria Vladimir Szekely, Academy of Sciences, Slovakia Monica Tudor, Academy of Sciences, Institute of Agricultural Economics, Romania Klaus Wagner, Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, Austria Dan Marius Voicilas, Academy of Sciences, Institute of Agricultural Economics, Romania
Organizing Committee (Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics): Sigrid Egartner, Julia Niedermayr, Klaus Wagner, Martina Wimmer
8. Contact Sigrid Egartner, Klaus Wagner Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics Marxergasse 2 1030 Vienna, Austria Tel: +43 1 877 36 51 637437 or +43 1 877 36 51 637426 ERDN2017@awi.bmlfuw.gv.at www.awi.bmlfuw.gv.at