CÓRDOBA, SPAIN LOOKING AT THE RURAL, THINKING ABOUT THE GLOBAL: NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR RURAL STUDIES AND RURAL AGENCY Whereas European society is now believed to be mostly urban and differences between rural and urban spaces and lifestyles are said by some to be dissolved, many academics have nevertheless rejected the idea of ‘doing away with rural (and rurality)’. In fact, the scope of rural studies has expanded at the same time that society has become more and more complex and the local and the global have been acknowledged as intrinsically intertwined frames of action. This new conception of society (and the consequent underlying social processes) leads to new conceptions of rurality and the topics entitled to be tackled by rural studies, giving birth to a wide diversity of research topics for rural sociology. These research topics give evidence of the intrinsic relationship between that observed in rural space and global processes. For instance, when we look at the emergence of new systems of values, we may observe their crystallization into aspects such as rural tourism, neo-ruralism, environmentalism, countrified lifestyles, consumption of organic products, and so forth. Closely related, if we direct our attention to the new economic demands and the search for a new model of development, issues such as the production of green energies, environmental sustainability and development, rural housing, and new agricultural paradigms may arise. Similarly, if we emphasize the administration and political systems, issues related to rural governance, the increasing power of experts in rural planning and agricultural policy, etc., become aspects of paramount academic interest.
This summer school is aimed at doctoral and postdoctoral students in Rural Sociology and cognate fields. The school will cover the above issues in a friendly and constructive atmosphere, using the students' projects and experiences as the starting point. The activities of the School will include students’ presentations, lectures given by invited specialists, and excursions to explore some particularities of rural areas in Córdoba.
10 June: Submission deadline for abstract of about 500 words and CV. Abstract and CV should be emailed to María Jesús Rivera Escribano (firstname.lastname@example.org).